12 Books Every Strong, Independent Girl Needs To Read

12 Books Every Strong, Independent Girl Needs To Read

Books, we all read them from time to time as females.


Books, we all read them. But do we as ladies really take the time to pick out genres that speak to us and teach us lessons? That is the question I hope that you are able to answer by the end of this article. Enjoy!

1. Girl Wash Your Face By Rachel Hollis


Girl Wash Your Face is a Rachel Hollis take on how us women shouldn't be afraid to go out and chase our dreams no matter how long it takes us to get there. It's really inspiring to know that there are other ladies out there to cheer us on this race called life. I really enjoyed reading this book over the summer!

Find on Amazon for $12.99

2. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso


Girl Boss takes you on the journey of Sophia Amoruso and how she is now a boss babe in society. The book dives deep into how she started from the bottom by herself and is now at the top which is why it got turned into a TV show. This story It'sproves that a woman can do anything that they put their minds too, even if it means creating an empire like Nasty Gal.

Find on Amazon for $12.40

3. Dumplin' By Julie Murphy

The main character in this book is a plus-sized girl who wants to inspire other girls by creating her own fashion line that will carry more plus sized items. She faces a lot of backlash and comments from others about her journey but she ignores it. She keeps her chin up and doesn't let anything get in her way throughout the novel. Dumplin' is truly an inspiring look on being independent as a woman.

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4. New Moon By Stephanie Meyer


New Moon in the Twilight series gets overlooked a little bit because as a reader you don't realize that Bella Swan is on her own journey for half of the book when Edward leaves. She has to deal with the struggles of everyday life without him, but she also finds that there is more to life than just a boy.

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5. The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood


This book has changed my outlook on how society lived in this book. Offred, the main handmaiden was the main focus of the book, but so was the other woman. They could not use their birth names throughout the novel, they had to go by their master of those that they served, so they really didn't have much control. This made them independent though because they were living a life where they had to be a certain way in society.

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6. Wild by Cheryl Strayed


Wild is a book that takes you on the journey with Cheryl as she walks eleven hundred miles of the West Coast of America in her own. This just goes to show that if Cheryl can something do this, so can you in life. It also shows no matter the struggles as a woman, you can get through it even if its tough.

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7. Hidden Figures By Margot Lee Shetterly

This book is about the true story of NASA's African-American female mathematicians who helped pave the way for America's space program. What a elevencool thing to witness as a woman while reading this book, it truly is inspiring and is a story that all woman can learn from even if they chose to pursue a different career path.

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8. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert


It seemed like Elizabeth had everything put together with her life, but turns out it was not together at all. A divorce and a love affair after, she realizes that she needs to take some time for herself. She goes on a journey to find pleasure, devotion, and balance. She travels parts of the world and is able to discover her true happiness, which is what we as woman dream about doing at some point.

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9. Bridget Jones's Diary By Helen Fielding


This book is a twist on modern relationships but focuses on Bridget's life as a single, independent woman as she is trying to navigate everything in her life. Bridget wants to eventually have the relationship with the white picket fence, but she is not too sure about what is going to come with being in a relationship. She has to discover more about what she would like in her life and has to make choices.

Find on Amazon for $9.45

10. Girl Interrupted By Susanna Kaysen

This book is a memoir that tells of 18-year-old Susanna Kaysen's battle with depression on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital. She has to deal with her own battles as a teenager but also dealing with others around her that help complicates her story.

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11. The Duff by Kody Keplinger


You may know this book from the movie that it was made from, but the book is so much more. It truly dives into the real Bianka Piper and her friends. Bianka owns what she knows in her life and she isn't afraid to be herself, even if that means being different than the popular crowd. The Duff is inspiring for all women to read!

Find on Amazon for $8.89

12. You Are A Badass By Jen Sincero


You, yes you girl are a bad ass according to this book! You don't need anyone else telling you what you and can/cannot do in life. Your life and your choices are up to you to create. Others will want to follow what you are doing when you blaze your own trail and stand out from the crowd.

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13 Of The Best, Most Famous Poems Ever Written

Masterpieces by some of our favorites like as Shakespeare, John Donne, and Homer.

Some of us read poetry for an eager and fast escape from this world. On the other hand, some of us read poetry solely to share it with the ones we love. There are miracles on paper that can easily be forgotten about if we let them be. The following poems are written by some of our favorites such as Shakespeare, John Donne, Homer, and more. It is clear why these have become some of the most famous and unforgettable poems ever written. So grab a pen, and interpret these poems in your own, unique way.

1. “Go and Catch a Falling Star” - John Donne

Go and catch a falling star,

Get with child a mandrake root,

Tell me where all past years are,

Or who cleft the devil's foot,

Teach me to hear mermaids singing,

Or to keep off envy's stinging,

And find

What wind

Serves to advance an honest mind.

If thou be'st born to strange sights,

Things invisible to see,

Ride ten thousand days and nights,

Till age snow white hairs on thee,

Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me,

All strange wonders that befell thee,

And swear,

No where

Lives a woman true, and fair.

If thou find'st one, let me know,

Such a pilgrimage were sweet;

Yet do not, I would not go,

Though at next door we might meet;

Though she were true, when you met her,

And last, till you write your letter,

Yet she

Will be

False, ere I come, to two, or three.

2. “Drinking Alone in the Moonlight” - Li Po

Beneath the blossoms with a pot of wine,

No friends at hand, so I poured alone;

I raised my cup to invite the moon,

Turned to my shadow, and we became three.

Now the moon had never learned about drinking,

And my shadow had merely followed my form,

But I quickly made friends with the moon and my shadow;

To find pleasure in life, make the most of the spring.

Whenever I sang, the moon swayed with me;

Whenever I danced, my shadow went wild.

Drinking, we shared our enjoyment together;

Drunk, then each went off on his own.

But forever agreed on dispassionate revels,

We promised to meet in the far Milky Way.

3. “Sonnet 18” - William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer's lease hath all too short a date:

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;

Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

4. “The World Is Too Much with Us” - William Wordsworth

The world is too much with us; late and soon,

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—

Little we see in Nature that is ours;

We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;

The winds that will be howling at all hours,

And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;

For this, for everything, we are out of tune;

It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather be

A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;

So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,

Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;

Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;

Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.

5. “She Walks in Beauty” - Lord Byron

She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that’s best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

Thus mellowed to that tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,

Had half impaired the nameless grace

Which waves in every raven tress,

Or softly lightens o’er her face;

Where thoughts serenely sweet express,

How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,

So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,

The smiles that win, the tints that glow,

But tell of days in goodness spent,

A mind at peace with all below,

A heart whose love is innocent!

6. “How Do I Love Thee?”- Elizabeth Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death.

7. “ Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” -Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

8. The Jabberwocky” - Lewis Carroll

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;

Long time the manxome foe he sought—

So rested he by the Tumtum tree

And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

9. “Tears Fall in My Heart” - Paul Verlaine

Tears fall in my heart

Rain falls on the town;

what is this numb hurt

that enters my heart?

Ah,the soft sound of rain

on roofs, on the ground!

To a dulled heart they came,

ah, the song of the rain!

Tears without reason

in the disheartened heart.

What? no trace of treason?

This grief's without reason.

It's far the worst pain

to never know why

without love or disdain

my heart has such pain!

10. “We Wear the Mask” - Paul Lawrence Dunbar

We wear the mask that grins and lies,

It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—

This debt we pay to human guile;

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,

In counting all our tears and sighs?

Nay, let them only see us, while

We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries

To thee from tortured souls arise.

We sing, but oh the clay is vile

Beneath our feet, and long the mile;

But let the world dream otherwise,

We wear the mask!

11. “The Panther” - Rainer Maria Rilke

His vision, from the constantly passing bars,

has grown so weary that it cannot hold

anything else. It seems to him there are

a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world.

As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,

the movement of his powerful soft strides

is like a ritual dance around a center

in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.

Only at times, the curtain of the pupils

lifts, quietly--. An image enters in,

rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles,

plunges into the heart and is gone.

12. “Sea Fever” - John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,

To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,

And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

13. "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight" -Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Save these poems for your next coffee shop date or solitude moment. You might be surprised at how much you can find yourself in a poem.

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A Collection Of Sonnets

My first attempts at emulating Shakespeare's sonnets


I have always been an admirer of Shakespeare. Theater was one of my hobbies growing up, so I was familiar with many of his plays. However, I was formally introduced to his poetry in high school. When I first read Sonnet 18 (the oh so classic "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?) I was in love. However cliche, it is still one of my favorite poems to this day. I especially loved the structure of the sonnets. For some reason, I think sonnets are the perfect form to capture a thought, especially about love. Each poem is written in iambic pentameter and has three stanzas with four lines each followed by a couplet at the end.

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Thus, I was hellbent to receive assent

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The cruelest and most torturous conundrum

I felt angry, but mostly pathetic

Yet I could not help it but to love him

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And often the loved craves another's love

Still, the lover cares, of course it's not fair

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The loved's love, or lack thereof, is estranged

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I reach back to the reserves in my mind

For more love to replenish my front stock

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Romantic, platonic all in one pot

A bottomless pot of delicious love

Warm and sweet, infinite and limitless

Each sip perfectly unconditional

And unconditionally imperfect

So you scoop it out and pile it high

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