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10 Books Every Woman Must Read At Least Once In Their Lives

10 Books Every Woman Must Read At Least Once In Their Lives

I love to read books. In fact, I have been introduced to books from a very tender age. And as I grew up, my affection for books grew too. Nowadays, it’s not that I get a chance to read books everyday. But I would love to throwback to those times when I used to lazily lie down on my bed with a book and packet of snacks. I have exposed myself to varieties of storybooks, and many have been etched on my heart. The list here talks about certain books that, not only are they written by women of different culture, background, or society, but empower a woman to become independent and voice her own rights. Here is the list of 10 such amazing books that every woman should read at least once in her life.

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    Little Women

    by Louisa May Alcott

    Little Women is a beloved 19th century classic that is still read today and loved by all, especially women from all around the globe. The novel is about four sisters who grow up together, about family love, about sibling rivalries, about searching for your own identity, about love and relationships, poverty, wealth, priorities in life, and most importantly, focuses on female independence. Back in that time, a young woman could not compete with her male companions. This novel breaks that stereotype.

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       Pride and Prejudice

      by Jane Austen

      This book has been considered a personal favorite by many women. One of Jane Austen’s most famous works, Pride & Prejudice teaches two valuable lessons in life that every girl needs to learn: first impressions aren’t always right, and everyone needs second chances. It also teaches that when in love, pride must be humble, and prejudice must disappear.

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        Matilda

        by Ronald Dahl

        Matilda is a young girl who has been neglected by her family. She is smart, and very talented. It is later discovered that she possessed magical power. And this power is further encouraged by a kind teacher from her class. Afterwards, Matilda takes control of her life, and decides her own fate. This children’s novel is important for a woman because it teaches a woman that she has value beyond what others see in her.

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          To Kill A Mockingbird

          by Harper Lee

          A beautiful classic, this novel deals with a 6 years old protagonist who stars as a feminist icon, and who refuses to accept society’s standards, instead pushes for both races and gender equality. The novel is set during the Great Depression, and even till date, the protagonist’s life lessons are applicable for the modern day readers.

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            The Diary of a Young Girl

            by Anne Frank

            During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, thousands of Jews flew into hiding. Anne Frank was one of them. And what makes her extra special, and loved by millions of people around the world is because of a diary she wrote during her hiding. This famous diary tells us, especially the young women around the world, about the small details of a young girl growing up: typical girlhood consciousness, friendship with other girls, crushes on boys, how the historical significance has affected her life, her emotional roller-coaster, and her loneliness.

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              I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings

              by Maya Angelou

              Maya Angelou wrote this autobiography in 1969. This novel is a solid example of how a woman can stand strong despite societal and personal injustices. Fighting racism, sexism, and personal trauma, this book shows how easy it is to internalize these negative forces, and how powerful a woman can become by resisting.

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                Ella Enchanted

                Ella is an unrepentantly intelligent, witty, and adventurous. She is like the modern day Cinderella with a twist. She has a prince charming who falls in love with her, and it is not him but Ella, who is capable of rescuing herself. This book shows a fiercely independent heroine who struggles against the curse of obedience ans doesn’t need a knight in silver armor to rescue her.

                by Gail Carson Levile

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                  Esperanza Rising

                  by Pam Munoz Ryan

                  This young adult novel is set during the Great Depression. The location is set in Mexico and California. Esperanza is a wealthy girl who struggles when her family falls into poverty.The story is a reflection on the starting point for girls beginning to learn about the life of immigrants, the overlaps of cultures, and the challenge of poverty.

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                    Bossypants

                    by Tina Fey

                    Who said women can’t be humorous? Well, comedian Tina Fey sure knows her way into the world to show that women can be funny. This comical autobiography also throws light on the valuable lessons about feminism and body image, something every woman should learn about.

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                      Inkheart

                      by Cornelia Funke

                      Meggie and her father have a special power: when they read aloud, the fantasy villains enter the real world. One night, when her father was reading a book aloud, the villain entered their living room, and left Meggie with no choice but to fight him, and save the day. Inkheart is a book about fantasy adventure, about fierce feminism, about imagination, and most importantly, about life.

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                      A book can be a woman’s best friend. Books can inspire one to do so many things, overcome emotions, make one realize one’s stand in this world, and of course, make one confident, and inspired to become independent, and voice for gender equality. A woman should read plenty of books for a better understanding of the world, and her position in it.

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                      10 Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life

                      10 Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life

                      If you want to change your life, you are going to have to do things differently. Sometimes you can look to inspirational books to create a positive change in your life. If you desire change, you are going to have to step out of your comfort zone. As Anthony Robbins points out in the quote below, you are going have to experience discomfort and pain in order to transform your life. Any change, whether it be an organisation or personal, can be a painful process. However, the rewards of going through the change process are priceless.

                      “All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs. So how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief. You must feel deep in your gut that not only has this belief cost you pain in the past, but it’s costing you in the present and, ultimately, can only bring you pain in the future. Then you must associate tremendous pleasure to the idea of adopting an empowering new belief” – Anthony Robbins

                      There are two specific events that threw my life into a tailspin, where for a while there it felt like I was losing control. These two events were, the sudden and tragic loss of my parents, and being made redundant three times in eighteen months.

                      With the third redundancy, I was at my lowest point in my life. I felt utterly useless. My self-confidence was at zero, and I could see no future for me.

                      My life was turned upside down. I knew that I had to turn it around. I just didn’t know how.

                      Then one wet Sunday afternoon, I picked up a book from my bookshelf called ,“The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown. I had this book for at least a year and had been meaning to read it, but hadn’t gone anywhere near a book for months.

                      When I read this book, I decided that I needed to get my life back. I needed to learn how to heal and rebuild my confidence, as well as my self belief.

                      So I started to read books. I read lots of books about inspirational stories on life, love, and happiness. Personal development and motivational books were full of information, tools, and strategies about how I could take control back and change my life. I would like to share with you the inspirational messages I got from reading these ten books that changed my life.

                      Read these 10 books because I believe they will inspire you, motivate you, and show you how to take action and go change your life!

                        Awaken The Giant Within

                        by Anthony Robbins
                        The inspirational message from this book is how you have the power right now to control how you think, how you feel, and what you do. Anything you want or desire in your life, you already have the power to achieve it.

                        “You and I have that same power at our disposal every moment of the day. At the moment, the questions that we ask ourselves can shape our perception of who we are, what we’re capable of, and what we’re willing to do to achieve our dreams” – Anthony Robbins

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                          Screw It Lets Do It: Lessons in Life

                          by Richard Branson
                          Reading other people’s stories about their journeys in life can give you better perspective of what the journey of change can be about. Richard Branson is into reinvention and as a result, he embraces change.

                          This book will fuel your enthusiasm to give things a go. It will show you how to sort out the self-limiting beliefs that stop you from stepping up and taking on the challenge of change.

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                          “As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live” – Richard Branson

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                            The Art of Happiness

                            by Dalai Lama

                            There is not a person I know who is not in the pursuit of happiness.

                            “The Art of Happiness” is a book that will encourage you to practice the discipline of self-reflection.The more you reflect on your life, the deeper you look into your inner self (your soul). This is where you discover what happiness truly means to you.

                            Knowing what happiness means to you, gives you purpose. With purpose, you’ll have clarity, focus, and a vision. These are the foundations that will empower you to embark on the journey to change your life.

                            “Both these people illustrate the essential point that happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by external events.” – Dalai Lama

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                              The Four Agreements

                              by Don Miguel Ruiz

                              “The Four Agreements” are Don Miguel’s code for life.

                              “The Four Agreements” provide an inspirational code for life, for the way you handle your relationships, how you behave, and how you communicate with others. If you want to change your life, read “The Four Agreements”. This book will show you how to attain a happy fulfilled life.

                              “If you live in a past dream, you don’t enjoy what is happening right now because you will always wish it to be different than it is. There is no time to miss anyone or anything because you are alive. Not enjoying what is happening right now is living in the past and being only half alive. This leads to self pity, suffering and tears.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

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                                The Magic of Thinking Big

                                by David J Schwartz

                                According to Dr Schwartz, to create change in your life and to attain all that you desire, you need to change your thinking and your attitude.

                                The importance of preparing your mind and your thinking for the journey of personal change is the key message of this book.

                                “Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can’t, cannot. Belief triggers the power to do.” – David J. Schwartz.

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                                  Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How To Create A New You

                                  by Deepak Chopra

                                  Deepak Chopra believes that personal transformation not only involves the mind, but also your body and soul. According to Chopra, you cannot transform your mind without transforming your body and soul.

                                  Reading this book will encourage you to think about the potential energy force and power you hold within you. This energy grows when you are connected and aligned to your mind, body, and soul.

                                  “The key to transformation is that you create the change you want to see in yourself.” – Deepak Chopra

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                                    The Greatest Salesman In The World

                                    by Og Mandino

                                    This little classic has been around since 1968. Have you ever wondered what truly successful people have in common?

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                                    This book doesn’t really tell you how to be a great salesperson. It will; however, give you some fantastic tips on how to be an entrepreneur, how to self-motivate, and how to think like a successful person.

                                    The underlying message is the power of positive thinking – that you become what you think, say, and do. This book has great tactics for those of us in the process of change.

                                    “My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action.” – Og Mandino

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                                      Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

                                      by Richard Carlson

                                      This book helps you to manage the small stuff in your life that is usually creating the most pain in your life. This very supportive book is full of great practical suggestions on how you can live a more joyful and peaceful life.

                                      “True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems, but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.” – Richard Carlson

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                                        Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

                                        by Chip & Dan Heath

                                        Have you ever tried to lose weight or get fit and never reached your goal? You know that you have to make changes in your life, but you don’t know how?

                                        If you are nodding in agreement, then you need to read “Switch“. If I had to recommend one book that shows you how to create and maintain lasting change in your life – then it would be “Switch“.

                                        In this book, Chip and Dan share the Secret as to how you can create and sustain change in your life.

                                        Hint: It has something to do with knowing how to “Direct The Rider”, “Motivate The Elephant”, and “Shape the Path.”

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                                        This book, without a doubt, will show you how to change your life.

                                        “When you’re at the beginning, don’t obsess about the middle, because the middle is going to look different once you get there. Just look for a strong beginning and a strong ending and get moving.” – Chip & Dan Heath

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                                          The Gifts of Imperfection

                                          by Brene Brown

                                          Do you ever feel that you are just not worthy enough, intelligent enough, or courageous enough to live a fulfilled happy life?

                                          Do you have secret dreams that you hold deep inside of you that you don’t share in case someone thinks they are silly? Or are you too scared to follow your dreams because you fear that you may fail?

                                          Brene Brown’s book, “The Gifts of Imperfection”, will show you how to find your courage, as well as rediscover your self-belief and self-worth.

                                          This is the book that will get you prepared to embark on your journey of change. “The Gifts of Imperfection” is about you learning how to let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.

                                          “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy — the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brene Brown

                                          These 10 books were key to helping me change my life. I rediscovered hope for my future. I found my courage, strength, and my self-belief. I hope that by reading these books, you will find the same inspiration and motivation to take up the challenge and change your life.

                                          “If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads.” – Sherman Alexie

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