5 Empowering Books You Should Read

Finding your perfect book to read can take a bit of time, especially if you’re looking for one that could uplift you and make you believe in your own power. But don’t worry, I’ve compiled a list for you so you don’t have to look any further. Here are 5 empowering books that you should totally read.

I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

Sometimes you might feel powerless or feel that your voice isn’t being heard when it matters the most. This book will inspire you to find your voice and seek to be heard no matter what. The story is an inspirational look at how a brave young teenager from Pakistan stood up against the injustices she witnessed in her country, and how she became the voice and advocate for all girls’ education. 

The year of yes – Shonda Rhimes

This book encourages you to say “yes” to the things that you’re scared to try out, like using your voice, accepting who you are and loving yourself regardless of your flaws.  It also encourages you to say yes to meaningful friendships and love, and yes to being yourself!

You are a badass: How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life – Jen Sincero 

Are you feeling a little demotivated or stuck in life? This book will help you get rid of the doubt you have and will get you to start believing in yourself. This book is especially for anyone who just needs a bit of motivation to tackle their fears and reach their full potential. 

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman – Lindy West

If you want a book that takes a funny approach to serious topics, then this might be the book for you. Lindy West believes in equality, justice and body positivity – so her book looks at serious issues like fat shaming, racism, rape culture, and Twitter trolling in a humorous way. 

Sister outsider – Audre Lorde

In this book, the author aims to tackle social issues like homophobia, sexism, classism, etc. and she uses the social differences to get action that will lead to change. This book’s message is of hope and showing that activism can bring about change – if done right. 

Whether you’re a bookworm who buries their face in novels or someone who reads occasionally, it’s always important to remember that there are a lot of valuable lessons that we can learn from literature and books; and if you have a favourite book that you would like to suggest for me, tell me in the comments below.

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