5 inspiring books every woman should read at least once

5 inspiring books every woman should read at least once
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The role of women in society has changed significantly over the last century. Following the success of the suffragette movement and the evolution of women’s rights, many women are feeling more and more empowered. But, sometimes even the best of us lack the motivation to go ahead and strive for the best. Many of us want to do something extraordinary, just to stand out from the crowd. But where does one begin?

Every person, regardless of their gender,  needs some kind of inspiration to provide the impetus to keep trying. For women, what would be a better option than to check out the literature from some of the most inspirational women of our time. Books provide us with new insights, taking us to worlds far beyond our current knowledge. If you are an aspiring woman looking to make a change in your life, then these books written by some of the leading women of our time should act as your ammunition. Take a look!

“Becoming” by Michelle Obama

Former First Lady, Michelle Obama, in 2009. Photo: Joyce N. Boghosian, Wikimedia Commons

“Becoming” became one of the bestselling books of 2018. Written by the iconic former First Lady of United States, Michelle Obama, “Becoming” is a deeply powerful and inspiring memoir. The book explores her early life, her role as the First Lady of the United States, her public health campaign and her role as a mother. In this book, she shares her deeply personal journey from an ordinary to an extraordinary person. Clearly, it is a definite must-read for every woman out there.

“All About Love: New Visions” by Bell Hooks

In “All About Love”, Gloria Jean Watkins, known by her pen name as Bell Hooks, provides an insight into how people perceive love in our modern society. Through eleven chapters, she talks about how our early childhood affects our conception of giving and receiving love. In our generation, love is just a four letter word that has lost its actual meaning. Hooks offers a reconsideration of self-love that she thinks can bring peace and compassion to our personal and professional lives. This book passes a message to people hoping to re-evaluate their perception of love in the modern world.

“Years of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes, author of “Years of Yes.” Photo: Greg Hernandez, Wikimedia Commons

We’ve seen Shonda Rhimes inspire us with the powerful characters that she plays on TV shows like “Scandal”, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” If you enjoyed watching her on television, then you will most definitely enjoy her written work. In “Years of Yes”, which was published in 2015, Shonda Rhimes talks about how saying “YES” altered her life, and how it can change yours too. Who would have thought that a leading Hollywood actress was an introvert who suffered from panic attacks before facing press interviews?

Everything changed when Shonda’s sister muttered something to her during a Thanksgiving dinner in 2013. “You never say yes to anything.” These six words changed Shonda’s life. She took it upon herself to respond positively to everything that terrified her. The book is hilarious, poignant and deeply intimate. This book is truly inspirational for every woman who doubts herself.

“What I Know For Sure” by Oprah Winfrey

If you are looking for inspiration, then you don’t have to look further. ‘What I Know For Sure’ is a completely candid, uplifting and moving book. Written by one of the most acclaimed public figures, Oprah Winfrey, it is definitely one of the inspiring books every woman should read. This book consists of a compilation of stories from Oprah’s monthly column called “What I Know for Sure”, which was a part of The Oprah Magazine. These stories capture inherent human truths, engaging readers to return again and again. Moreover, the book is packed with insight and revelation from Oprah Winfrey. It is filled with stories of joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity and power.

“The Last Black Unicorn” by Tiffany Haddish

Tiffany Haddish in 2013. Photo: Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr, Wikimedia Commons

“The Last Black Unicorn” is a story that defines the concept of rags to riches in its true sense. Actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish shares her story through personal and hilarious essays. Tiffany grew up in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of South Central Los Angeles. Her only means of survival was to make people laugh. She used comedy to make friends, earn money, pass her school grades and avoid physical bullying at school. The story passes on the message that if you follow your dreams and stay true to who you are, you can accomplish great heights. The book is sure to keep you hooked and entertained until the last page.

So, if you’re looking for new quality reading material, make sure you check out some of the most uplifting tales from influential women in today’s society!