Summer is so close we can almost smell it, and I’m assuming we all can’t wait to be those super aesthetic Instagram bloggers who post pictures of them reading novels by the beach and caption it “serenity”… no one? Well this list of books will surely get you started on your quest and maybe even inspire you to change something or start something you have been longing to do for a while now. This list is for that one brain cell you have left after exam season so make it worthwhile and keep her going, poor thing needs some nourishment. So without further ado, here’s a list of five girl boss books to kickstart your summer’19.
#1 Julie Murphy – Dumplin’:
A kick-ass, plus-size, coming of age story filled with twists and turns that will keep you screaming “yes queen!”. This is one of my personal favourites and one I can definitely say has a hell of a girl boss as the protagonist. This novel is the true definition of “Go big or go home” as it follows Willowdean Dickson, a confident, intelligent and witty character, daughter to a former beauty queen mother and have I mentioned a plus-size goddess? She’s absolutely fearless; her definition of a bikini body you ask? Putting a bikini on your body. If this is not enough to get you reading it, Willow is on a mission to prove that everyone deserves to be a beauty queen and in the process manages to do one of the most horrifying things on any teen’s agenda… joining her own mother’s beauty pageant. Also she might have scored one handsome devil along the way. Another side note: there’s also the pretty kick-ass movie starring Jennifer Aniston… just saying.
#2 Sarah J. Mass – Throne of Glass:
This next one is for the series lovers. Throne of Glass contains the ultimate heroine. As fictitious and fantastical as it may seem, the novel itself holds much more in terms of real life issues than what meets the eye. Upon first glance, it seems to follow an assassin aiming to be titled as the King’s assassin (as soon as she defeats a series of male assassins in a cluster of brutal battles of course) but a deeper reading will show you just how much of a girl boss Celaena Sardothien actually is. On more than one occasion, she managed to single handedly manipulate an ongoing lineup of male egos risking her life to remain the undefeated. It is a story about persistence, dedication and power, as we watch her defeat her enemies but also completely demolish her fears that in any other circumstance would have overruled our will to live. This one is not only an entertaining series to get your summer started, but probably one that is going to make you wonder why you haven’t yet mustered the courage to ask your longtime crush on a date… just saying.
#3 Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre:
I had to include one in there for the classical literature lovers, I simply couldn’t resist. Here’s the thing though, you don’t even need to be a fan of classical literature to enjoy this. You’re probably wondering “mesh zaha2 shwaya” the truth this, this Victorian woman is nothing short of extraordinary and not just for her time. She did what most women could only dream of. She managed to accept herself for her intellect, letting her mind determine her worth, “GASP!” it’s true. This novel will open your eyes and take you out of the narcissist side of media we at times fall victim to, so, if by any chance you come across this gorgeous piece of literature, pick it up and give it a read, trust me when I tell you it will be one of the most empowering feminist novels you will ever read.
#4 Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson:
This next one is a bit unconventional and perhaps the most controversial of the bunch but that is precisely why it deserves a place on this list. It is a memoir splashed with just enough sadness and pathos to make it the perfect read for those of us who lost some of our ‘girl boss twang’ along the way. Lawson is no stranger to the crippling world of mental illness and its ability to render us incapable of simply living a ‘normal life’. Her commentary on the ups and downs of life makes her exactly what we need to read during a time in our lives when we don’t necessarily feel on top of our game or as empowered and ready to take on the day. This read is for those days when you wake up and the thought of getting out of bed seems like a battle in itself. Perhaps this is the perfect read to get back that girl boss spark you lost a few weeks back and are ready to reignite. Side note: it’s ABSOLUTELY hilarious, as I am sure the title has already suggested.
#5 Brotopia – Emily Chang:
Last but surely not least, is this extraordinary commentary on the male-dominated corporate world that is currently setting women back generations. Chang exposes those greedy venture capitalists and ‘titans’ (as one could refer to them) by interviewing powerful female COOs (Chief operations officers) and CEOs (Chief executive officers) from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki to give us an insight into what it takes to make it. So, if you’re a rising entrepreneur scared of that final leap, perhaps this read will give you the push you need.