Empowering Books For Women That Will Change Your Life

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If you’re twenty-something seeking your next page-turner, I bet these ten inspirational books for women will catch your attention.

I’ve been such a huge fan of non-fiction books since I was a college student. Specifically, ones that change my limiting beliefs into more supportive insights that pursue the results I want to see in my life.

Books tend to teach me a lot about self-help, laws of attraction, finance, investment, and living the best life. There is nothing like a good book on your lap, a cup of favorite drink, and spending hours getting lost and get inspired!

So, ready to explore some motivational books? Read on below.

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Brave, Not Perfect – Reshma Saujani

Book cover of Reshma Saujani: Brave, not Perfect

As a woman, I believe that some of us are taught that: “Girls have to be nice, but also fierce; polite, but also bold; cooperative but trailblazing; strong but also pretty”. This society’s definition of a perfect girl is making the lives of young women harder. It holds us back from being ourselves.

The book delivers a pure but powerful message: We should never live with the fear of not being good enough, or feel guilty for small mistakes, or please everybody just because we can’t say no.

Reading this book will remind you — or prove to you — that being brave to live the way you want is so much more important than being perfect for someone else’s expectations.

Highly Sensitive Person in Love – Elaine N. Aron

Do you love with all your heart but are afraid of intimacy? Have you ever doubted yourself as someone who is overly sensitive?

I want you to know that there’s nothing to be ashamed of being sensitive (or highly sensitive). All you need to do is understand your feeling and find the correct way to achieve happiness in life (or in a relationship). 

In this book, Dr. Elaine Aron, one of the leading scientists researching the psychology of love, mentions that highly sensitive people are perfect for close relationships since they’re conscientious, faithful, and aware of little signs around the relationship. However, sometimes their sensitivity might make them feel dependent or not quite as good as their non-sensitive partner. And that might become an obstacle.

Whether you’re a sensitive person or in love with a sensitive person, this book will prepare you with practical advice to make your romantic relationship happier and healthier.

The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz

Simple, short, yet powerful. This one is such a great book to start with the self-help journey. It provides four guiding principles that build a foundation to find joy, inner peace and live your life with liberation and happiness.

  • Always be impeccable with your words
  • Don’t take anything personally
  • Don’t make assumptions
  • Always do your best

These four agreements are like life mantras which I remind myself all the time. I honestly adore this book and am planning to read it several times over.

Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In addresses female perceptions and behaviors in the workplace that all women experience, but not everyone recognizes its importance or even talks about it. Sandberg also shares experiences and advice about negotiation techniques, mentorship, taking risks, and pursuing goals.

I highly recommend this book to anyone aspiring to leadership roles or to anyone who want to support their partners on professional careers (both men and women). You might close this book feeling like your own life has changed.

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

I bet you’ve heard this book more than one time. Is it truly magical? Try and find the answer yourself. But let me tell you this, I’ve never read any book about creativity that is as wonderful as this one.

Elizabeth Gilbert talks about creativity as a hobby that gives you joy and enhances your life. In this book, you’ll learn to change your mindset to cracks open a world of curiosity and joy and get the approaches you need to follow your big ideas.

How to Love and Be Loved – Paramhansa Yogananda

Paramhansa Yogananda is one of the best-loved spiritual teachers of the 20th century. You and I – we tend to see and feel things from our own points of view. Everybody does. And that’s normal! Because it’s a part of human nature. People tend to hear what they wanna hear and believe what they wanna believe.

Sometimes, we forget that having an open mind to people’s perspectives is the key to a successful relationship. This book encourages you to step outside of your world and see things from different angles. It points out the problems in human relationships and helps you reconstruct them based on unconditional compassion and selflessness.

If you’re wondering how to be a perfect partner and a perfect friend, I’d say that this book is a MUST.

The Gospel According to Coco Chanel – Karen Karbo

If I have to use one word to describe this book, I would say “Elegant”. As the book goes, it takes us on a journey through the history of fashion, style, and culture in France.

Karen Karbo had successfully put the rules of this great woman – Coco Chanel – into modern society by telling her life story, decisions, and achievements.

If you’re an ambitious woman and are looking for extra encouragement to work towards your dream, this book will be both entertaining and pursue your passions.

You Are A Badass – Jen Sincero

This book was one of my favorites this year. It’s one of the best feel-good books filled with insights, helpful tips, and real stories that I’ve ever read. If you think it’s the same as all other self-help books, let me tell you this: You Are A Badass is different (at least it is to me).

I love books with humor, and this is full of it. With 27 chapters, Jen Sincero will walk you through hilariously inspiring stories, helpful advice, and practical exercises. She will leave you bursting with motivation and excitement to strive for the things you want most.

The book has helped and supported me when I needed it, and I hope it does the same for you.

Everything Is Figureoutable – Marie Forleo

I did mention this book in my blog post last month about inspiring podcasts for every woman. Maybe you still remember?

Everything Is Figureoutable is an inspiring and humorous book that comes with a clear message: You can do anything you wish for, as long as you’re willing to stay persistent and put in all effort to make it happen. With a no-nonsense writing style, Marie offers many triumphant stories using this philosophy to transform their life. And it’s a huge motivation knowing that they used to be where you’re at right now, and how they conquer goals and make progress. Because everything is figureoutable!

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