Hi, lovely people welcome back to my blog. We're gonna talk about the 10 best inspirational books for women to read in 2021. Some books that inspired me and that I just loved reading and made me daydream and think about who I want to be and what I want to be. I want to share it with you.
The best inspiration for women is not always what we see on the pages of magazines and newspapers. It is more inner strength and determination to succeed, to achieve the impossible, and to overcome anything that comes your way.
Best inspirational books for women are there to give you some encouragement, inspire you and give you some direction. Inspirational books for women are also there to give you some ideas that will help you get through the tough times in your life.
The best inspirational books for women in the world are novels, but it is also a great idea to read a lot of non-fiction books. Some good examples would be business and personal development books, as well as fiction and non-fiction books about life. Books about spirituality and religion are also a great source of inspiration for women.
I talk about some of the books for successful women that I find are super inspiring and super empowering for women. Of course, not only women don't have to read these books. I think everyone should read these books. They are such powerful and empowering women stories that I really want to share these best inspirational and motivational books for women with you guys.
10 Best Inspirational Books All Women Should Read In Their Lifetime
1. The Handmaid's Tale
The first book that is on this list is the handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood now this is a dystopian fiction novel that is set in a world after civilization has kind of broken apart in the united states and a kind of religious cult has taken over the united states and in this world, women are stripped of like almost all their basic rights.
so the right to education the right to work just a lot of their freedom is stripped from them and it is quite a scary and horrific world for women and the reason why I think that this book is really important and very very powerful is that.
It teaches us just how bad society can get when it is based on inequality and it also teaches us why it's really important for every human being everyone, not just men and women but like different races, everyone why it's very important for everyone to have equal rights and I think it has one of the most powerful messages that are in an unfair unequal society everyone loses.
this book is honestly one of the most gripping heart wrenching one of the most impactful books that I have ever read so I highly recommend it to everyone everyone should read the handmaid's tale.
The next book on my list is becoming by Michelle Obama now this is of course Michelle Obama's memoir and it's the story of her entire life and this woman is just so so inspiring like honestly
This is one of the most inspiring memoirs that I have ever read what I loved about this book and the kind of like the lessons that I learned from.
This book is one of the importance of education in anyone's life and especially when it comes to women's education. I find it so sad that even in today's society there are so many young girls and so many women all over the world who are still denied education just on the basis of their gender and it could be because their family is too poor to kind of educate their daughters as well as their son so they choose the sons
because the sons will probably get jobs and be able to provide for the family but the daughters are just left without anything and that's just so sad to me so this book really really put the value of being educated and the value of being learned in today's world because that is so so important
And the last thing that I found really inspiring about Michelle Obama's memoir was how she kind of described every single role that she had to play whether it was daughter wife mother and then the first lady of the united states and how she played all these roles beautifully
I think the best lesson that you can get from that aspect of her book is that you don't need to sacrifice one aspect of your life to get the other you can be an amazing mother but you can also be an amazing leader and have like leadership roles in whatever work that you're doing you can be an amazing wife as well as an amazing daughter you don't have to choose one above the other and honestly you can have it all and for everyone who tells you that you can't tell them to suck it.
3. A Thousand Splendid Suns
The next book that is on my list is a thousand splendid suns by Khalid Hosseini now this is a story of two extraordinary women and it is set in Afghanistan.
What I loved about this book is how the story of these women is interwoven with the political turmoil that takes place in Afghanistan and how Khalid Hassani has beautifully interlinked these two stories the thing that stood out to me.
This book is that it really captured the resilience courage and the sheer strength that women have and they have put in extremely dire situations like the will to fight against injustices and the will to just get out of those really bad situations that these women were put into just that was so so powerful so so inspiring to read and honestly.
This story will move you to tears like the two characters who are there in this book Lela and Maryam. I mean I said this in the vlog that I did while reading this book you can check it out over here. if you want to check out my entire vlog but those two characters have stayed in my heart and they are just amazing women and their story is so inspiring even though it's fiction even though this book is a work of fiction.
I can only imagine that real women in Afghanistan went through exactly what these characters have gone through and they probably reacted and acted in the same way as these two characters. so it just feels so real and so amazing to read.
The lesson that I learned from this book is the importance of fighting for injustices if it is if there is any injustice that you face in your life even if it's very small compared to the atrocious injustices that these two women face even with a small injustice but you're facing it because of your gender race or anything that is not within your control, if you face those injustices then definitely don't be afraid to stand up to it and definitely don't be afraid to fight for it because you don't deserve for things to be taken away from you just on the basis of your gender raised sexuality.
4. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel
The next book that I want to talk about is the seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins reed this is one of my new all-time favorite books and it's basically the story of Evelyn Hugo who was a fictional actress um in the 1950s.
If I'm not mistaken basically it's the story of her life and it's a story of how she comes about to have seven husbands and it's a story of love, it's a story of this one woman's sacrifice to gain fame and also in some ways it's a story of the price she had to pay to get that fame the thing that.
What I loved about this book is that while there are a lot of inspiring female characters in books, who are very clean, they're very humble.
they have like you know the hero aspect to them Evelyn Hugo's character is extremely flawed and she has a lot of faults to her but the thing that makes her character extremely powerful and impactful is that she is unapologetic.
She's unapologetic about the things that she has to do to reach where she wanted to reach and she owns her mistakes and her regrets and I was just so moved to read about that because you always read about heroes who do the right thing and who are you know like the typical heroes that we see in movies and stuff but here is an extremely flawed, extremely strong-headed, extremely unlikable character but you can't help but feel mesmerized by her and also gain some amount of inspiration from her.
5. Pride and Prejudice
The next book that I want to talk about is pride and prejudice by jane Austen. this book is a classic book like everyone knows, everyone has heard of this book and it's the story of the Bennett sisters, the Bennett family basically there are five Bennett sisters and their mother wants to get them all married off and she's very obsessed with getting her daughters married off to some rich guy who can basically save them from their impoverished life.
This book honestly the only reason you need to read it is for the main character Elizabeth Bennett who is one of the best female characters ever written in my opinion she's witty, she's fierce, she doesn't care about what society has to think of her. she's a little bit nerdy and she goes after what she wants and she goes after what her heart wants plus she does all this.
In the 1800s English society was extremely patriarchal and extremely unfair towards women and she is such a breath of fresh air and she's just an amazing character to read about and I absolutely loved her character and loved the way her story was written actually read all of Jane Austen books because jane Austen really had the knack to write some amazing female characters amazing strong female characters for that time period.
Of course, if you look at it from like a 2021 point of view some of the things some of the actions seem a little bit traditional and still patriarchal but from an 1800s English society point of view, these characters were groundbreaking and just absolutely amazing so definitely check out pride and prejudice if you haven't already and read all of Jane Austen books.
6. The Poet X
The next book that I want to talk about is the poet x by Elizabeth Acevedo. This book I think I've written about a couple of times on my blog but I absolutely loved it. this is the book of a young Dominican-American girl who lives in new york city and she is just this like a boisterous loud emotional girl and she's going through puberty in her teenage years and she's just trying to figure everything out the really good thing.
About this book is that it's written in like the form of poems so the life of this girl the coming-of-age story of this girl is written through short poems which are so emotional and so powerful and just so so amazing to read.
What I loved about this book is that while you have like you know a lot of young female characters who are demure and ladylike especially in a society where women are told that they have to be ladylike they have to sit in a certain way they have to act in a certain way because that is what is proper in society here we have this young teenage girl who is just like I said loud boisterous emotional she's not afraid to explore her sexuality and she just goes after what she believes in and she questions many things that society has kind of set up for herself especially in terms of religion because her mother is extremely religious in this book.
It's just so so amazing to read because the poems are written in such an emotional and such a powerful way like you really feel the emotions of this girl and it's just a fantastic book so if you're into young adult fiction and you're into like coming of age stories then I highly recommend the port x because it was just absolutely fabulous.
7. Year of Yes
When it comes to the name Sanda Rhimes, some people may not be familiar with it, but when it comes to the American drama "Grey Intern", many people know it, even if they haven't watched it, at least they have heard of it. Sanda Lemes is the screenwriter and producer of "Grey Intern". Lemes's works include "Private Clinic", "Scandal", "Immunity", etc., and can be regarded as a successful person in Hollywood.
Shonda Rhimes is the queen of television. Still, those six life-altering words were used to describe her which also appeal to me. Her debilitating social anxiety is also mine. In my case, my unhappiness with my weight caused me to say no 'also to many amazing opportunities outside of my comfort zone.
Enter the 'Year of Yes', her first book details how her entire life changed when she committed to saying yes to everything for one year. Rhimes tells you that money, power and honor do not equal self-love and acceptance. Her reason behind saying no to things that scared her is what makes her witty, human and relatable. We sometimes simply didn't know we were worthy of yes especially when were brought up instilling with making small of ourselves and being humble.
One of the most influential factors for my unhappiness is being obese and even it's no exaggeration! Seriously! What I learned from Rhimes is that whether you want to lose weight, gain weight or stay the same, say yes to loving your body and commit to giving it the best you can, because you deserve it. In my case, it is really about to get started to work out, lift some weight, do some squats, stand on that treadmill...
As I said I am not a fan of 'chicken soup' books, so I can not say I like this book very much. So I go through it really fast and the most important thing about this book is cliché all over again which is when you understand that you deserve good things, saying no to the bad things becomes so much easier.
There are 15 chapters in this book, which are rich in content and very interesting to read. Originally, Lemes is a natural master of story writing, and writing his own stories is also lively, interesting, and fascinating. Moreover, the author's growth process is also enlightening, which can inspire people to challenge themselves. Therefore, this book can also be regarded as an inspirational book. It is not only suitable for girls to read, but also for men who want to be successful.
8. The Gifts of Imperfection
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
The major reason I read this book is because of a TED talk given by the author of this book. I was really touched by one of her talk: The Power of Vulnerability, and that talk really drove me to think about myself and my life.
I am a person with all kinds of fears: fear that I am not good enough, fear that I would achieve nothing in the end, fear that I will be rejected (although it always happens), fear that people will look down on me, and fear that I am not a good fit for the society. Anyways, many fears. These fears, on one hand, to a certain degree, stimulate me to improve myself all the time (even writing this article, it's that I want to improve my writing).
On the other hand, however, it deprives many joys and an adventurous spirit of life. Let me give you an example of doing research. I oftentimes find myself afraid of taking any new directions and always worrying about doing something new (even I have to). Why? Because of my vulnerability where I feel I have a great chance to fail, or what I think is a piece of shit. I know these fears stop me from wholehearted living and a better me.
These fears originate from the feeling of shame, according to Brené Brown. I feel shame when I am told I can do better, I feel shame when I am rejected, I feel ashamed when people look down on me, and I feel shame if I am not the fit of society. Shame is like a really bad desire that sucks away all of my worthiness, and I want to do my best to fulfill it. What do I gain? It will grow bigger, and I lose myself even more. So on and so forth.
"Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It's going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn't change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging."
Some people may find this type of book boring because it's all about “what-to-do” if you briefly read it. For me, it is more like a self-awakening experience. It's like writing about my own feeling and value toward myself, life, and the world. I feel the “opposite of wholehearted living” is so like me. But, the first step to change is to realize what we actually think and then do something to change, right?
Actually, I really like the practices the author does when she feels bad (let me put it this way). They teach me how to calm down and get refueled in a better way.
So, I would recommend this book for people who are raised in this culture but somehow feel doubted if that's really the value of life we should establish.
If you are only interested in a girl’s hiking experience, not for the Oscar nomination for best actress or the halo of the famous director, or to appreciate the well-maintained face of the former "American Sweetheart", don't look at it. The movie is out. It's better to read a novel. The novel is frank, humorous, inspirational, easy to understand, and there is not so much jerky vocabulary.
The novel is not only an exhaustive travel narrative but also a record of the spiritual growth of the author Cheryl. She has divorced her parents since she was a child, and she remembers the violence of her father and the hardships of life. Fortunately, her mother is strong and optimistic. She has been in a close relationship with her since she was a child, and her mother is like her spiritual support.
When she was 22 years old, her mother suddenly died of cancer. She felt abandoned by the whole world. From then on, she was devastated. She did not finish college, promiscuous, drug abuse, abortion, divorce, and she was sinking deeper and deeper into the whirlpool of self-destruction. In the summer of 1995, at the age of 26, she trekked on PCT for 94 days alone, covering a total of more than 1,700 kilometers.
In fact, she didn't know why she had to do this (perhaps for drug addiction, sex addiction) before she set off. The process of walking was shocking and risky, and she didn't immediately reborn after walking. The impact of this hike on her was a little bit that she experienced in the next seventeen years.
She was 43 years old when this novel was published. She accepted the harm that no father brought to her and got rid of the shock of her mother's death. She accepted that the world could only rely on herself, and believed that she could control her own life. It took her seventeen years instead of three months to grow from a little girl waiting to be loved to an independent mature adult. This hike is just a turning point, a beginning, and a shell. Because the pilgrimage-like trekking is very similar to the growth process of a person’s soul: a person in the wilderness, carrying a 60-pound bag, has no experience, no help, no retreat, only various unknown difficulties and the destination on the map.
Can a walk from point A to point B really change my life? Maybe it just makes people stronger, as strong as the verse of Emily Dickenson that Cheryl likes: "If your courage rejects you, surpass your courage."
10. The Happiness Project
The Happiness Project, Tenth Anniversary Edition: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin
The best-selling list of books this year. The author is a happy wife who lives in the Upper East Side of New York. She has a handsome husband and two cute little girls. She has a stable income, harmonious in-laws, and a happy family. Such a background... Frankly speaking, it is usually difficult to produce superb writing.
The same New Yorker also uses the time scale of the year as the theme, The author borrowed a year to implement a set of life guidelines every month to enhance the connotation of a happy life. The content of these happy life proposals is not yet vague and incorporates many classic masters’ elegant words and research statistics (or statistical myths).
It regards happiness as a specific behavior that requires repeated practice, which is planned, recorded, evaluated, and revised. Less lasting spiritual inspiration purely shows the determination of the writer to implement the happy course of action.
The atmosphere of the whole book is like a life statement version of a lesson plan from an enterprise research institute. The gist of the book is the repeated practice of the happy life principle. Its readability is rich in interest due to the multiplication of the author’s life case and the response of blog fans. Many proposals seem trivial, but they are not unreasonable. Most of them contain elements of self-restraint or relaxation.
The author of this book uses 12 methods such as health, marriage, occupation, parenting, making friends, consumption, gratitude, and thinking patterns to formulate his own plan for happiness- happiness, which can be learned. We are fully capable of making ourselves feel happy.
For me, real happiness can only be achieved through comprehension and gradually strengthened into the whole me from the inside out. But my dear friend, if you have difficulty gaining comfort and happiness by comprehending life, you might as well read this book.
Learn to change external behaviors to improve internal balance; be happy through practice and make yourself happy. Although I personally feel that this book was written deliberately, citing many famous quotes deliberately, and deliberately citing too many statistics, it is still a good happy reference book.
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