It’s the last month of our Summer Book Club (we promise, we will be back for the school year!) and this month we’re recommending empowering and amazing reads for ladies ( men can totally get into these amazing books too!).
We also invite everyone to share their favorite books in the comments and social media with the hashtag #summersaltbookclub.
August – girl power month!
Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem by Gloria Steinem
The iconic feminist’s book is a great starter read for anyone who’s looking to learn more about women’s issues, have some insights into the history of that, and well – learn about feminism. It is not a dry or a preachy read as some might expect, so if that’s what’s holding you back from picking up this book – do not worry.
“Steinem’s book unfolds like a flower: it offers literature, art, nature, meditation, and connectedness as ways of finding and exploring the self. Her message is that it is our very selves that we need to trust, despite educational and societal pressures that may denigrate the female experience. Her focus is women, but she is clear that what she has to say is for men, too, and she is neither strident nor dismissive”, – GraceAnne A. DeCandido, “School Library Journal”
Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés
The book has become somewhat of a bible to women looking for freedom and to connect with their inner selves.
An incredibly inspiring, entertaining and educational read is still relevant (if not more than ever) and is a must have in every woman’s library.
“Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Though the gifts of wildish nature come to us at birth, society’s attempt to ‘civilize’ us into rigid roles has plundered this treasure, and muffled deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become overdomesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped.”, – Amazon.
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do (A No F*cks Given Guide) by Sarah Knight
Do not feel put off by the name (if these things annoy you), this book is a good wakeup call and a reminder of how we are so often at fault by creating our own stress and anxiety (about looks, work, family and all that jazz.
Light-hearted, fun and no-bullshit read will definitely help those who are feeling like they just can’t take it NO MO!
“Are you stressed out, overbooked, and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? It’s time to stop giving a f*ck.
This brilliant, hilarious, and practical parody of Marie Kondo’s bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt–and give your f*cks instead to people and things that make you happy”, – Amazon.
Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen
A coffee table book with a message, captivating content and beautiful illustrations. It covers 100 inspiring women who have done incredible things in their lives and remained – well, badass! A perfect gift for a friend or yourself.
“The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. From pirates to artists, warriors, daredevils, scientists, activists, and spies, the accomplishments of these incredible women vary as much as the eras and places in which they effected change. Featuring bold watercolor portraits and illuminating essays by Ann Shen, Bad Girls Throughout History is a distinctive, gift-worthy tribute”, – Amazon.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
If you do not think that Amy Poehler is the most amazing woman out there we can’t be friends. The autobiographic book offers a look at Amy’s career, life and also inspires all of us to stay true to ourselves, no matter how quirky, weird or outrageous anyone else might say we are. It is not necessary to say, but we will anyway – the book is laugh out loud hilarious too!
“Yes Please delivers what it should: life lessons and vicarious thrills…the book is largely a portrait of confidence. Reading it, some of it rubs off on us”, – New Yorker