5 Inspiring Summer Reads for Women 2018
There’s no better time to be inspired and motivated for a new season than summer. Sunshine, warmth, and lax schedules make it the perfect time to dive into some books that get you inspired. Which is precisely why I compiled this short but sweet list of inspiring summer reads for women. Before you scroll through, let’s clear two important things up:
- No, these books are not ONLY for women. I just think they are great reads for all women.
- No, this is not a comprehensive list of every inspiring summer book that exists.
These are merely five books I read this past month during my summer break that I think women would enjoy, especially if looking for inspiration, motivation, and empowerment.
The gist: Straight and to the point, this self-help book delivers no bullish*t inspiration with some bouts of lighthearted humor. If you’re looking for a comprehensive self-help book, this probably isn’t for you. It’s a short, good read, making it the perfect beach or road trip companion this summer.
Memorable quote: “Life won’t stop for your pauses and procrastination. It won’t stop for your confusion or fear. It will continue right along without you. Whether you play an active part or not, the show will go on.” – Gary John Bishop
The gist: Blunt, hilarious, and inspiring, this how-to guide on being your best self cuts through the excuses and self-help fluff to motivate you in a very realistic way. This is on my inspiring summer reads for women, but it’s great for everyone, really, especially if you’re into spirituality without too much “woo woo.”
Memorable quote: “You are perfect. To think anything less is as pointless as a river thinking that it’s got too many curves or that it moves too slowly or that its rapids are too rapid. Says who? You’re on a journey with no defined beginning, middle or end. There are no wrong twists and turns. There is just being. And your job is to be as you as you can be. This is why you’re here. To shy away from who you truly are would leave the world you-less. You are the only you there is and ever will be. I repeat, you are the only you there is and ever will be. Do not deny the world its one and only chance to bask in your brilliance.” – Jen Sincero
The gist: Prepare to be blown away by this anthology, as its pages will take you on a journey of women’s empowerment that you won’t be able to shake off. Featuring sixty-nine authors that are women of color, this book is filled with short, powerful essays on various topics that will give you all the feels (so get those tissues ready!). It’s the perfect book for a little dose of diversity and open-mindedness, at a time when human rights and justice are continually challenged.
Memorable quote: “Inside the collection, trailblazing activists and writers open up about the intergenerational relationships that shaped their identities and their work in tender and brave poetry and prose. As the diversity of their voices comes together, readers acutely recognize the importance finding home can have in our journeys toward building a better world.” – Carmen Rios, Ms. Magazine
The gist: Don’t let the title scare you away – while this novel does include some erotic stories, you’ll fall in love with the dynamic characters and unraveling storyline. It’s a light read with some complex issues uncovered. Nicki, considered a “modern girl” in her community, teaches what she believes to be a literacy class for women. Her students are all Punjabi widows, all in seemingly endless mourning, who are awakened by their ability to tell stories that empower as they explore sexual experiences, desires, and identity. Woven throughout are a couple different subplots as the main character unravels tensions in her community between generations, delves into mysterious, unsolved deaths of women, and her own inner dilemmas.
Memorable quote: “Perhaps passion and excitement were meant to be secondary to a stable adult life.” – Balli Kaur Jaswal
The gist: Being a classics girl, I just can’t have a book list without a classic thrown in. This is an oldie but goodie, for sure, and the context makes it fit to be on any modern inspiring summer reads for women list. This short novel, first published in 1899, shocked readers with the subject of female marital infidelity. The novel portrays a relatable woman that’s trapped in an un-exciting and stifling marriage, who explores physical passion and independence outside of the confines of her domesticity.
Memorable quote: “The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth.” – Kate Chopin
If you’re headed to the beach, embarking on a trip, or just have some free time to spend reading this summer, I encourage you to pick up some inspiring summer reads. For women like myself, I found that these five books made a lasting impression on me this past month, and I’m excited to be able to recommend these.
There is an abundance of remarkable books to get you inspired this summer, and I have a few more to read before the season is over, so I will be updating my list as I come across new recommendations.
If you have any recommendations on inspiring summer reads for women or for me, I’d love to hear the titles in the comments!