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.

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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9 Books That Will Put You On The Road To Success

Live your best life TODAY. Starting off with reading one of these self-help books!


I won't bore you with the topic of the importance of reading. These books aren't your average read. These books mean business. Each one will offer you insight in your career, and overall life skills.

1. "#Girlboss"

Learn about CEO of women's clothing and fashion Nasty Gal, Sophia Amoruso. Sophia spent her young adult years hitchhiking on the West Coast, diving through dumpsters, and stealing. By mid 20's she founded the every growing business, Nasty Gal. This story is an inspiration to everyone and proof that success is not a straight and clear path.

2. "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"

Published in 1989, but still important and relevant. Written by author Stephen Covey, this is a self-help and business read. It will teach you how to be proactive and how to reset your way of thinking in life. Selling over 25 million copies since its release date, it has to teach readers something right?

3. "The Confidence Code for Girls"

Everyone including every woman can use that extra push to be confident. From childhood things like making sports teams, to address ing the fad of Instagram likes, this book teaches women to keep going. To look past those things, and to find their self-worth. Written by New York Times bestsellers Katty Kay and Claire Shipman.

4. "When: The Scientific Secrets Of Perfect Timing"

In this book, Daniel Pink teaches us how to use time to our advantage. Did you know that in the morning we are 20% smarter?

5. "Choose Wonder Over Worry"

Amber Ray writes about how changing your attitude can change your quality of life. Sometimes it's not about the materials you buy that can help, but how your outlook can.

6. "The Power of Habit"

By Charles Duhigg, this book will open your eyes to how our daily habits affect everything in our lives. From our nightly routines, to what we eat for breakfast.

7. "The Thriving Introvert"

With words of affirmation, Thibaut Meurisse talks about how as an introvert, you don't need to be the loudest person in the room. He teaches readers how to use their qualities to succeed.

8. "Girl, Wash Your Face"

"Stop believing the lies about who you are so you can become who you are meant to be" Rachel Hollis. In this popular book, Rachel Hollis talks about how as humans we tell ourselves lies that ultimately discourage us from becoming the best version of who we can be.

9. "How to Get Sh*t Done"

If you're constantly telling yourself "Eh, I'll do it tomorrow." Then find yourself saying the same thing the next day, this book is for YOU. This book by Erin Falconer teaches it's readers how to get sh*t done and prioritize!

Even if you don't consider yourself a book lover, you will find yourself indulged in one or more of these books learning about how you can live your best life.

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