Have you ever read a book and had it completely alter your thoughts and perceptions or make you feel empowered to change your life in some way? Those are my favorite kind of books. Between school, work, blogging, and my wild social life (sarcasm alert) I don’t have much free time these days to read for pleasure. With that being said, I prefer the types of books that teach me some sort of life lesson, or at the very least force me to think outside the box. If you are in need of some highly entertaining reading material that also serves as an inspiration, here you go
1. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
2. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Seeing as this is one of my favorite books of all time, I was thrilled to find out that they recently made it into a film. Although the movie was lovely (does Reese Witherspoon ever fail at anything?), I would still highly recommend that you read the book. This tale follows a girl through her brave solo journey across the Pacific Crest Trail, defying all odds. Having lost almost everything in her life, including her mother and her marriage, she was determined to prove to the world that she was capable of this heroic feat. Ultimately, she does a ton of soul searching and finds that this is what she truly needed in order to heal herself.
3. What Would Audrey Do? by Pamela Keogh
Audrey Hepburn is the epitome of class. In all areas of life, she displayed the utmost amount of elegance and grace. She is someone that I have admired for as long as I can remember and is undoubtedly a better role model to young girls than her counterparts today. This book is not just a biography of Audrey but also an assortment of life lessons to remind us that kindness never goes out of style.
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This is one of those books that really makes you reevaluate your life and whether or not you have been looking past the messages the universe has been trying to send you. The unique journey of a man on a mission to find a treasure teaches us that it is vital to listen to our hearts and never give up on our dreams. Although the story is a fairly simple one, the lessons are entangled in the literature from beginning to end.
5. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
My initial reaction after reading this book: wow. At the ripe age of 15, this young girl has displayed more bravery than I probably will in my entire life. Sometimes we get so caught up in our everyday lives that we forget there are crises going on in other parts of the world – this book sheds a light on one of them. This is the remarkable tale of a child who fights for her right to an education and doesn’t stop until her voice is heard.
6. Why Men Love Bitches by Sherry Argov
In my opinion, the name of this book is slightly misleading. Rather than teaching girl to be a ‘bitch’ per say, the goal is to encourage women to be strong, to be respected, and to stand up for themselves. When someone is taking advantage of you and thinks that they have the power to walk all over you; that is when you switch into Beyonce mode and show the world you can hold your own. By no means is this book encouraging girls to be rude or condescending to men, just merely reiterating the basic principle that you treat others the way you would like to be treated.
What are some books that inspire you?!