28 Motivating, Inspiring Books With Strong Women

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Books with strong women as main characters will always have a special place in my life. I find them insanely readable and since they inspire and motivate, excellent for your emotional and spiritual health.

They are also the perfect pick-me-up books in case your self-esteem is a bit low.   Aside from this, if you think about it, there’s no denying that sharing is quintessentially good – so if reading it yourself is not enough, have a read-together with your daughter or another young woman in your life.

I try to notice reading trends, and I couldn’t be happier to see strong female characters in young adult and girls books on the rise.

I love that the females in books now have more substance and are no longer playing only damsels in distress and princesses.

Who can argue with the logic of emphasizing strength, and planting seeds of independence? I know you’ve heard this before, but it bears repeating – because at the end of the day – there is no prince on a white horse coming to save the females of the world. Sorry, Mr. Disney.

Books with strong women don’t necessarily have to be a staple in your daily reading – but every woman should seek out at least a few.

Summer is fast approaching and chances are you’re going to need some reading material, which makes now a perfect time to add a few books, this way no matter where you end up – the beach, poolside, some exotic destination or home in your favorite chair – you’ll be all set.

That said – if you’re perusing your bookshelves and decide your home library needs a revamp, browse through the suggestions in this post and maybe bust out of your reading bubble.

Today it’s all about powerful, independent women. The stories are varied, but the women all share one common trait- determination. They think for themselves and stand up for what they believe in.

And it doesn’t matter if you are looking to get back into reading this type of book or starting fresh – there is something for everybody. I promise some of the books will have you brimming with emotions and tears others will motivate you to conquer your world.

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

  – Malala Yousafzai

Click through the links for our reviews and more …

    The Handmaid’s Tale         My Name is Mary Sutter    A Piece Of The World       Moloka’i    The Red Tent

  The Second Mrs. Hockaday     The Widow’s War       Circling The Sun       Americana   

 One Thousand White Women      I Am Malala      Small Great Things     The Fault In Our Stars     The Help 

  The Girl On The Train     My Sister’s Keeper     Outlander    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo   

 Fanny      Daughter of Fortune      Anne Of Green Gables       Little Women        The Color Purple

 Emma    The Scarlet letter     Jane Eyre    Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl

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    Kerry Postle

    I agree. I love reading novels about strong women. They can inspire and usually they have had much to fight against in order to get by in life. There’s nothing more irritating than a potentially strong female lead who simpers when she doesn’t have to. It can spoil an otherwise well-written book ( a very popular novel comes to mind but I won’t name it as I really did quite enjoy it). Thank you for your lists. I’ve read quite a few of them but it’s reminded me of others that I’ve never got round to.

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