Whether you are heading back to school, back to work or forging ahead like you do all year long, fall is a great time to snuggle up with a great book. From self-discovery to exploring far away lands to revisiting important times of the past, here is a list of inspirational books for women that strike a chord with us, no matter how many times we’ve read them.
1. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia byElizabeth Gilbert
From pizza to yoga to meditation, this novel takes us on a trip from Italy to India to Bali that is all about self-discovery.
2. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
This biblical story is told from the perspective of Dinah, recounting the life of a woman in ancient times.
3. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The story of a family with four daughters who find their way in an African village while surmounting political turmoil in the 1960s.
4. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
A tale of growing up, self-discovery and learning the art of trust from the point of view of a girl who lost her mother at a young age.
5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Women of all ages and races unite in this book to set the truth free. We loved the movie version too!
6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Long before Oprah hit the big screen in the film adaptation, this book inspired women to stand strong in the fight against racism and sexism.
7. Bossypants by Tina Fey
This laugh-out-loud book tells the autobiographical story of one of our favourite female comedians: Tina Fey.
8. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
A tale of love, passion and the art of cooking in a Mexican family that is tied in tradition.
9. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
A 1,100 mile solo hike just might be the best way to find yourself and recover after a series of losses.
10. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The perseverance and emotions of a young girl hidden from the Nazis during World War II.
These are just a few of our favourite inspirational books for women. Do you have any more to add to the list?