The ultimate summer 2021 female power reading list
Summer is here! There is nothing I love more in the summer than hitting the beach with a great book! I love to read a pretty wide variety of genres, but books about the stories of women always head to the top of my summer reading list. Unintentionally, my summer reading list has become my summer female power reading list!
Are you looking for a great read to inspire you, tug on your heart strings, or simply make you smile from ear to ear? Then I’ve got some perfect suggestions for you on my list!
These are all books I’ve read, loved, and shared with the amazing women in my life. Some are old, some are relatively new, but their stories are timeless!
Check out my suggestions below!
*While all books are linked below via Amazon, I want to encourage my readers to shop local/diverse-owned book shops however they can! Check out this list of Diverse-Owned Book Stores to Support Right Now from We Need Diverse Books and see if you can find any of these books in any of the listed stores first! The list goes state-by-state, so you can shop anywhere! XO
Summer Female Power Reading List
The Books On My List
Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer
I picked up this book 2 summers ago, I think after seeing it on another “summer reading list” I happened to Google and ended up loving every second of it! So much so that I felt compelled to email the author and express how much I loved it- and she responded!
The title is really self-explanatory, as this book highlights the evolution of female friendship in mainstream media and our society as a whole. Schaefer interviews countless women from a variety of backgrounds on their experiences with the female friendships in their lives, including her own. She also goes into detail about her own experience in a world that tells us to rely on the men in our lives for support, rather than leaning on the shoulders of our female friends.
This is one I will be adding to my summer reading list again this year! Snag it from Amazon HERE!
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Despite being published in 2018, Becoming by Michelle Obama is my most recent read! Former first lady, Michelle Robinson Obama’s memoir is truly an incredible and inspiring read you will definitely want to add to your summer reading list!
I loved how Michelle made the world of politics so accessible to the average reader. As I read, I felt like I was listening to a personal conversation rather than reading a book. Her writing and storytelling are so grounded and honest; I loved how “normal” she made her family out to be, because the Obama’s are just people too, after all!
Grab a copy HERE!
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
Ready for a tearjerker? Then Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah is the book for you! I’ve written about this book in my Monthly Minute posts before, but I love this book. I firmly believe if you are a friend, mother, daughter, etc. that you read this book!
Firefly Lane follows friendship Kate and Tully and the ins and outs of their entire lives together. You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel every feeling imaginable. And, if you’re anything like me, when it ends you will be a puddle of tears! Firefly Lane is also a Netflix series as of late, but spoiler alert: it’s absolutely nothing like the book. I would recommend picking up the book and leaving the show behind, just saying!
Get your copy HERE and share it with all the best people in your life!
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
Untamed by Glennon Doyle is another book that I picked up a little later than most! My mom read it first, insisted I read it myself, and got me a copy. (I like to write/highlight in my books, and she wouldn’t let me write in her copy!)
Doyle’s memoir is all about taking your power back as a woman, and I think it is a great read for women of all ages. My mom rad it as a woman in her 50’s, I read it as a woman in my 20’s, and I’m excited to return to it in different phases of my life as I get older. Doyle’s own story is so empowering and inspiring, and you can’t help but feel like she is on your side, walking you through the trials and tribulations of life!
Grab a copy HERE and share it with your best babes!
Believe It by Jamie Kern Lima
Clearly my mom wants me to learn from amazing, inspiring women because she bought me this book too! In this book, founder of IT Cosmetics (a brand I LOVE by the way), Jamie Kern Lima, covers the highs and lows of a woman in business making her way to the top.
I have watched Lima on QVC for years but knew nothing about her history. Her writing is so personal, and she makes it a point to make the reader feel like her friend. She covers her life story, her journey to becoming the first female CEO in L’Oréal’s 100+ year history, and her life as a mother, wife, and friend.
If you are a woman in business or are thinking of starting a business of your own, this is the perfect inspiration! You can get it HERE!
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
I read this book last summer and I think I read it in 2 days THAT’S how great it is!
While a good handful of books on this list are nonfiction, In Five Years is a work of fiction that will move you! The story follows a young lawyer who spends an hour of her life exactly five years in the future only to be sent back to the present at midnight. It’s a beautiful, unlikely love story that will warm your heart and make you think!
If you love fiction, grab yours HERE!
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
City of Girls is a also a work of fiction that will transport you to another era!
As a theatre artist, I love a book that is centered on the people in the theatre without actually being about theatre (if that makes any sense). This book will transport you to NYC in the 1940’s. It’s told from the perspective of an aging woman looking back over her life and its pleasures. The themes deal with female promiscuity and sexuality in that era, and I thought the story was very complex and compelling!
Grab your copy and get ready for some fun HERE!
I hope you’ve found the perfect summer female power read to add to your own list this summer! Have any other great female power reads you want us to know about? Leave a comment below and spread the word!
Lots of love!