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Empowering Books to Read to Ring In The New Year

Kaitlyn Luckow

With a new year comes a storm of people declaring their New Year’s goals on social media and a lot of them were to read more books.

If you’re someone who is looking to read more in 2019, I have some book recommendations for you. These books are perfect if you need a little empowerment in your life--especially if you’re a woman.

These books will make you celebrate your womanhood and make you feel like you can take on the world--because you can.


Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister

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Rebecca Traister is a bestselling author and feminist journalist whose latest book explores how women’s anger has been a transformative force throughout history. It also looks at how women’s anger is viewed by society today and how its perceived by others, especially in the political realm.

This book is deeply researched and full of anecdotes and quotes from powerful women in politics and media today. I especially loved this book’s emphasis on white women and what white women need to do in the feminist movement today.


The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward

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Although this book isn’t overtly empowering, Daley-Ward tells the story of her life through poetry and prose in such a raw way. She doesn’t shy away from telling the story of her life and is emotionally honest throughout telling her experiences about fear, addiction, and sex. 

This memoir will make you feel empowered to tell your own story and make you feel like you have a safe place to do so.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

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This is a stunning feminist retelling of Snow White. Yup, you read that right. And it’s awesome. This fantasy novel is told from the perspectives of Lynet (Snow White) and Mina (the step-mother). While the two women are pitted against each other, just like the classic fairytale, they are determined to settle their own fates.

This book is full of women supporting one another and triumphing in the end. There’s also incredible LGBTQ+ representation throughout.


Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Fill Your Soul by Nikita Gill

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Going along with the fairytale theme, this delightful collection of poetry and short stories by Nikitia Gill retells all the classic fairytales in a new light. It’s perfect for adults and children alike as it re-tells fairytales from all new perspectives giving each of us new lessons to learn. Most of these are lessons of empowerment, understanding, and self-love.


Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

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This book has been exploding in popularity lately, and for good reason. Hollis is a popular Instagrammer and blogger and she wrote this book to help other women realize their worth and to ignore the lies that are bringing them down. 

Throughout the book, she tells stories of her own life and mishaps while helping women shift their mindsets to become more self-confident and achieve their goals.


While you’re trying to achieve your goal of reading more books this year, make sure that you’re giving yourself books to read that will empower you and your soul.


What are some of your favorite empowering books? Tell us in the comments below or on our Instagram! @nannocare



*Images contained in this article are sourced from Google image and Thought Catalog.


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