12 Books For The Independent Woman

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.

Find on Amazon for $12.99

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.

FInd on Amazon for $1.50

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.

Find on Amazon for $9.59

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.

Find on Amazon for $10.18

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.

Find on Amazon for $12.79

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.

Find on Amazon for $7.19

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.

Find on Amazon for $12.99

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.

Find on Amazon for $9.59

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16 Rupi Kaur Poems Everyone Should Read

An experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity

Rupi Kaur is a Canadian poet, writer, illustrator, and performer. She is widely known for her first published book, "Milk & Honey," a collection of eloquently written poems and drawings. Kaur has also just announced that she will be releasing a new book called "The Sun And Her Flowers" in October of 2017.

Words and ideas can change the world, and poetry like this holds so much meaning. I hope you get something out of them too.


There's is so much more to you than being pretty


First be full on your own


Never forget this


No matter how dark the night gets the sun will still rise, so will you


I am so sorry people do not understand


Choose love, always


Celebrate your friends, your family, your neighbors, each other


Choose kindness, even when they don't deserve it, especially then


People are their actions, remember that


The most important thing is being comfortable with yourself


Do not ever compromise who you are


You are your home


Never let anyone belittle you


Do, be, and make what you love


Rest in peace


You are strong, you are gold
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16 Candid Stories About Famous Authors That Are More Interesting Than The Stories They Wrote

Sometimes the stories authors create within their own lives are far more interesting than the stories they create on paper.


Throughout history, authors have written millions of stories that entertain people around the world. However, sometimes the stories they create within their own lives are far more interesting than the stories they create on paper.

1. Mary Shelley Kept Her Dead Husband's Heart in a Jar Postmortem


Percy Shelley died in a shipwreck, and when his body was found, it was burned. During the burning, a friend of his saw the heart and salvaged it. Later, it was given to Mary Shelley, and in turn, she kept the heart in a jar until she died.

2. No One Knows How Edgar Allan Poe Died


The death of Edgar Allan Poe is a mystery to everyone. The man was found wandering the streets in a drunken state, in another person's clothes. He was confused and didn't know where he was. He was calling out for a man named Reynolds.

3. Jane Austen Never Married


The most romantic writer of all time, never married. Austen was engaged for about twenty-four hours. However, the next day, she turned around and said she could not marry the fellow because she was not truly in love with him.

4. Lord Byron Is Infamous for Incest


In his early years, Byron fell in love with a cousin of his. This loved sparked the poems "Hills of Annesley" and "The Adieu." Later on in life, Byron had a strange infatuation with his sister. The infatuation was so strong that his wife left him because of it. There are rumors that he had an affair with his sister.

5. Mary Shelley's Virginity


There is a reason that no one is more goth that Mary Shelley. During her youth, Mary spent a lot of time in the graveyard visiting with her mother. When she met Percy Shelley, this was the place they would meet to spend time together. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin's grave is also the site where Mary Shelley lost her virginity. Yes, Mary Shelley lost her virginity to Percy Shelley on top of her mother's grave.

6. Agatha Christie Went Missing


In December 1962, following an argument with her husband, Agatha left a note for her secretary saying she was going to Yorkshire. At 9:45, she left their home and later her car was found at Newlands Corner, parked above a chalk quarry with expired driving license and clothes. Over a thousand police officers, 15,000 volunteers, and several airplanes searched the landscape for her. Agatha was not found for ten days, even though there was an ongoing search. On December 14, 1926, she was found at the Swan Hydropathic Hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire where she was registered as Mrs.Teresa Neele from Cape Town. The name is the same as the woman who Agatha's husband was having an affair with.

7. Crying In Charles Dickens' Yard


At one point in his life, Hans Christian Anderson received a bad review. In light of this situation, Hans decided to lay face-down in the dirt to cry. However, the funniest part of this is that he was not just laying in any patch of dirt, Anderson was laying in a patch of dirt in Charles Dickens' yard.

8. Victor Hugo And Bats


At one point in his life, Victor Hugo gave his wife, then fiancee, a bat in an envelope. Romance level: Ozzy Osborne.

9. Percy Shelley Believed in 'Free Love'


Percy Shelley, a famous poet as well as Mary Shelley's husband, is known for believing in 'free love.' Essentially, this is the idea that anyone could love whoever they wanted. On the surface, this is a wonderful concept, and definitely, an idea that was before his time, however, it did cause issues. Mary Shelley was not Percy's first wife. He started courting Mary before his first wife had divorced him, or anything of the sort. And during his relationship with Mary, he had affairs with countless other people. It's even speculated that he had an affair with Mary's step-sister, Claire.

10. Magic and Sir Author Conan Doyle


You may know Sir Author Conan Doyle as the man who invented the Sherlock Holmes series. During his life, he was friends with Harry Houdini. The two were friends until Houdini discovered that Doyle truly believed he (Houdini) had magical powers.

11. Elizabeth Gaskell's Secret Home


The Victorian novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell, bought a home in Hampshire which she kept a secret from her husband. However, sadly, while having tea with her daughters, she had a heart attack. Her husband didn't know about the house until after she had passed.

12. Emily Dickinson or Boo Radley?


Emily Dickinson was notoriously a recluse during her life. She didn't leave home that often, and when she did it was to tend to the garden. She was such a recluse that she didn't even leave her bedroom upstairs to attend her fathers funeral that was being held downstairs.

13. Vladimir Nabokov and Tiny Stories


Okay, maybe they weren't tiny. It is said that Nabokov wrote all of his stories on index cards as a way to piece together the pieces of the plots. Tedious work.

14. Ernest Hemingway's Urinal


At one point in his life, Ernest Hemmingway stole a urinal from a bar called Sloppy Joe's. Hemingway stated that he "pissed away enough money" in the bar, therefore he deserved to own the urinal.

15. Samuel Beckett and Andre the Giant


Beckett and Andre the Giant were close friends, and therefore Andre's dad, Boris Rousimoff, helped Beckett build his farm. In exchange, Beckett would drive Andre to school every day.

16. Haruki Murakami and Baseball


The whole reason Haruki Murakami started writing novels was because, one day at a baseball game at Jingu Stadium, he decided it would be a fun idea. That same night he started writing Hear the Wild Sing.

It's obvious that authors not only created stories for people to read. Authors created stories within their lives that people will still learn about years after their passing. These authors were some of the most interesting people to ever live!

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