10 Empowering Books for Your Summer Reading List

Ah, summer. Despite its hustle and bustle, the season of sunshine entices us to dust off a book and take a passive moment for ourselves. Head to your nearest book store or fire up your e-reader – we’ve got a list of ten books that will have you feeling empowered, entertained, and inspired during everyone’s favourite reading season.


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the princess saves herself in this one

A poetic journey that centers around four themes:  the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. Amanda Lovelace transports you through the beauty and tragedy of her life, and then finishes her reflections with a conversation centered on You. The poetry is easy to read, insightful, and flows beautifully off each page leaving you feeling empowered. A perfect weekend read by the lake.


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The Nightingale: A Novel

A concurrent winner of Best Book of The Year, author Kristin Hannah takes us back to France in 1939 during WWII and captures a moment in time that is rarely examined – the women of the war. A historically accurate novel with deep detail, emotions and character development, The Nightingale will capture your heart and all of your free time. Grab this one before it becomes a major motion picture next year.


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A Thousand Splendid Suns

After his highly acclaimed novel “The Kite Runner”, Khaled Hosseini brings forth a stunning novel about the strength of women in unforgiving situations. Follow a group of women for three generations in Afghanistan as they endure hardship and victories in a striking example of how the spirit can thrive and endure. You’ll want to read this book in the comfort of your bed, and don’t forget the box of tissues.


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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

If you appreciate transparency and humor through a life-long battle with depression, pick up “Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things”. Join Jenny Lawson on a hilarious yet poignant journey through her struggle with mental illness as she learns to find the sun through the clouds. This book is going to make you spit a drink through your nose; therefore it is best served with a cocktail in the privacy of your own backyard.


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Sickened: The Memoir of a Minchausen By Proxy Childhood

Sickened is the true story of Julie Gregory and the abuse she endured through her mother’s psyche. A victim of Munchausen by proxy (MBP), Julie finds herself constantly medicated, examined, and operated on due to symptoms invented by her mother to gain attention from medical professionals. Clear your schedule and read Julie’s harrowing and unforgettable biography of survival and reinvention with a warm cup of tea on a rainy day – you will not be able to put it down.


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You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Grab a new perspective on life with this witty take on a self-help book by Jen Sincero. This novel filled with realistic advice procures 27 chapters of sass to help you silence your inner detractor and unleash your badass self. Stash this good read inside your bag for moments of necessary spontaneous inspiration.


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Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

You may be familiar with Portia De Rossi from shows like Ally McBeal or as the spouse of Ellen Degeneres, but in this shockingly honest novel, Portia tells her story of her battle with anorexia and her struggle with coming out as a closeted gay woman. Unbearable Lightness does not focus on Portia’s life as a celebrity, but rather her constant battle with her eating disorder and self-confidence. A brave and honest memoir that is a struggle to stop reading, De Rossi’s novel is perfect for a road trip or a lengthy flight.


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Left Neglected

A busy mom and career woman finds herself befallen to a car accident that leaves her with a serious traumatic brain injury. Lisa Genova’s novel chronicles Sarah Nickerson’s discovery of what matters most when she loses all function of her left side and is Left Neglected. Snuggle up with a cozy blanket on the front porch and enjoy this eye-opening story that reminds us that life is not to be taken for granted.


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Big Mushy Happy Lump: A “Sarah Scribbles” Collection

Relatable on every level, Sarah Andersen writes hilarious comics for daily life. This delightful collection of illustrations profiling adulthood challenges will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Need a great gift for your bestie? Grab Big Mushy Happy Lump – this is one book that will not land in the re-gift pile.


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In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom

In Order To Live is a harrowing true story about the resilience of a remarkable young woman and her escape from North Korea. Her accounts of the horrors endured living and defecting from her home country will leave you speechless, and her courage, determination, and strength to rise above it will have you inspired. Although difficult to read due to the disturbing content, this book serves as a reminder of what it means to be free.


Have you read any of the books on our list? What is your favourite empowering book? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

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