As RuPaul would say, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the h*** you gonna love somebody else?” To that we say, “Amen!”
So this Valentine’s Day, take a little time to appreciate that gorgeous lady in the mirror before planning something nice for that certain someone. For us, there’s no better way to “love ourselves” than to kick back and snuggle in to a great book…especially one that can remind you just how fabulous you are.
Here are our picks for some of the best new books to help you see once again that you are one powerful, vibrant, incredible woman.
This book covers everything from weight loss, love, and friendships, to the ridiculous Hollywood standard for beauty. We love Kaling’s writing style which is completely down-to-earth and authentic. And the essay format of the book offers something really dynamic as she takes little snippets of life and dissects them to show the humor in all the ironies associated with being a 30-ish female professional in today’s competitive world. We feel ya, girl.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
The format of this book is especially wonderful for those mommas out there that would like to pass the female power on to their little ladies…but really it’s just great for the little lady inside all of us as well. Featuring amazing short-form tales about women from plenty of different backgrounds, ethnicities, and eras…there is sure to be characters that speak to you and your daughter. J.K. Rowling, Elizabeth I and Serena are just a few of the powerhouses described in these engaging stories.
Poehler explores the power of saying “yes” and just how sweet life can be when we’re open to new experiences. She fills the text with bits about her life, alongside witty analysis and sage advice. In short, we love her.
As a powerful fashion exec and wildly successful social media influencer, Licht knows how to teach others to follow their dreams and take the world by storm…just as she did. She has a warm and friendly style that makes us feel as though we’re just sitting with her at the local coffee shop. If you want to be inspired to move your career to the next level, and love your life while doing it, this is a great read for women of all ages.
Amy Schumer has seriously changed the face of movies and television over the past few years, and now she’s changing the book world. She’s witty, naughty, satirical, and oh-so-powerful in this semi-autobiographical work. She gets pretty personal and real as she talks about her teenage years, family, friends, sex and journey to stardom.
If you’re not familiar with Nora Ephron, it’s way past time. She’s written most of the best romantic comedy films and plays in the last thirty years, and she doesn’t disappoint in this semi-autobiographical text either. She speaks a bit about growing up, and a lot about growing older. Her dry wit throughout the entire thing helps us feel way better about our lives, too, as she admits to her own loneliness, parenting struggles, and fear of death. Same.
Having written three prior works to make #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers list, and produced nearly a dozen other texts and audiobooks, Brown has proven that she has unique and inspiring wisdom to share with millions of women across the globe. In this, her most recent and arguably best motivational work yet, she discusses how our current social climate is more polarized and disconnected than it has ever been. She offers thought-provoking ideas as to how we can navigate and manage this isolation by finding belonging through the power of true authenticity. You’ll become far more mindful, zen, and in touch with yourself as you read this powerful text.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
Hilarious and entertaining, Sincero shares great stories and anecdotes for self-love, exercises for self-empowerment, wisdom for all women, and the best way to turn off the nasty voices we all have in our head. With the occasional swear word and a lot of humor, she motivates you to live life to the fullest and get what you want for real.