Top 10 inspirational books for women

As Beyoncé once said who runs the world? GIRLS!  She is not wrong, especially as women do make for some of the most intriguing characters. Women can be captivating, inspiring and successful. This is something you’ll see when reading these inspirational books for women.

There is nothing more empowering than reading about how to start leading the life you want to live. All you need is that little push and confidence.

So, we have put together a list of the top 10 inspirational books for women that we think every woman should read. With World Book Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start reading these inspirational books.

These titles are packed with motivational antidotes and valuable wisdom. Searching for career advice? The cure for a broken heart? Or do you simply want to learn how to love yourself? Whatever it is you’re looking for; these inspirational books are a great place to start. And most importantly, they are written by women who are transforming lives, one book at a time.

10 inspirational books for women

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life – Samantha Irby

"We are never meeting in real life" yellow book cover with an image of a small, loud kitten

This series of essays focuses on a multitude of topics, from adult difficulties to the reasons that certain people are perfect for reality TV. It's full of hilarious and fun stories that are certainly going to stick with you.

Why we love it: There’s no limit to what Samantha Irby is willing to share. This hilarious collection draws together her experiences and will have you cry laughing.

Where to buy: Click here to buy this book from Waterstones.


Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay

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This collection of essays addresses issues ranging from feminism to politics. In her intimate stories, Gay is honest and revealing as she thinks about what feminism entails and how it plays out in real-time.

Why we love it: Gay has a powerful voice and is a keen cultural critic whose discerning eye is well illustrated. Her statements will stick with you even after the book has been finished.

Where to buy: Go to Amazon to buy this book now.


Well-Read Black Girl – Glory Edim

"Well-Read Black Girl" orange and deep purple book cover with an illustration of a woman reading, surrounded with silhouettes of leaves

The significance of honouring Black women in literature is concentrated in this series of articles by Black women writers. Black women writers shine a light on how important it is that we all, regardless of gender, race, religion, or ability, have the opportunity to find ourselves in literature. It was nominated and curated by the Well-Read Black Girl book club for an NAACP Image Award.

Why we love it: The curated collection includes a plethora of amazing authors, and it's a great book to encounter all kinds of Black women in literature.

Where to buy: If you’re looking to join the Well-Read Black Girl Club, buy this book from Amazon.

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – Jen Sincero

"You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life" yellow book cover with bold black writing

A book of self-help that serves as a guide to "how to" own your life and be the person you can be. In order to build a life, you enjoy, world-travelling success coach Jen Sincero serves funny anecdotes, great tips, and personal activities anyone can do. Figure out how to make some money, learn to love yourself and others, set big goals and reach them. It will basically show you how to create a life you totally love and how to create it now. 

Why we love it: Let's be honest. Sometimes, we all need a reminder to own our inner "awesome-ness."

Where to buy: If you want to learn how to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life, buy this book from Amazon today.


In the Company of Women – Grace Bonney

"In the Company of Women" book cover with lots of candid photographs of women on the cover

This book focuses on embracing the entrepreneurship perspective of women by sharing over 100 stories of women around the world in diverse professions. The reader gets a first-hand view of what modern life is like for women of all genders, cultures, and backgrounds by adopting a range of careers, from tattoo artists to architects.

Why we love it: This will serve as the ultimate guidebook to becoming a fearless leader. It will change your perspective on both your personal and professional life.

Where to buy: Find this inspiration book for women on Amazon.


Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person - Shonda Rhimes

"Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person" book cover with red and yellow font and a woman jumping on the cover

Even extremely successful individuals will slip into repetitive habits. In one of these ruts, Shonda Rhimes, producer of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, finds herself reluctant to do something different. Rhimes decided that things had to change after her sister found out that she never went beyond her comfort zone anymore. She will say yes to anything that frightened her for the next year.

Why we love it: It may be tempting to believe that Rhimes, the producer of some of the most innovative TV series, has it all together. So, it seems strange to learn about how still she has issues with public speaking.

Where to buy: Learn how saying yes can change your life. Buy Year of Yes from Amazon.


Becoming – Michelle Obama

"Becoming" book cover with Michelle Obama posing on the front

The former first lady guides readers through the struggles and triumphs of her life that have transformed her into the fearless feminist leader she is today. Read all about her life in her autobiography.

Why we love it: In the face of challenges, Michelle's narrative is about inclusion and activism for women. Any feminist around the world should take away lessons of courage and determination from her life.

Where to buy: Buy online from Amazon and become inspired by this feminist leader.


Girl Boss – Sophia Amoruso

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Girl boss was written for the women who never consider themselves leaders or CEOs. Before launching Nasty Gal and Girlboss, Sophia Amoruso was broke, homeless and rummaging through dumpsters for leftover food. Her book tells her story and emphasizes that the path to success is often very jagged.

Why we love it: Some books written by the world's successful leaders offer keys to success that are primed and pretty. This book is real, gritty, and relatable to the average girl looking to rise up.

Where to buy: Motivate yourself to become your own #Girlboss today by buying this book from Waterstones.


Men Explain Things to Me – Rebecca Solnit

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Have you ever heard of the term "mansplaining"? Then you should read this book by Rebecca Solnit. In interactions between men and women, Solnit points out what always goes wrong, namely men mistakenly believing that they already have the solution.

Why we love it: Many of us may have had something "mansplained" to us, and the stories are both amusing and relatable to people who have had this happen to them too.

Where to buy: Buy ‘Men explain things to me’ from Amazon.


Nice Girls Don't Get Rich: 75 Avoidable Mistakes Women Make with Money – Lois P. Frankel

"Nice Girls Don't Get Rich: 75 Avoidable Mistakes Women Make with Money" white book cover with pink and green font

In all aspects of their lives, including money, most women were raised to "be nice" and "play it safe". Dr Frankel offers women financial and investment advice for succeeding in life. Although women may not know it, certain behaviours and habits that they learnt when they were girls are now preventing them from attaining financial fulfilment.

This includes things such as depending on men for financial advice and/or support, mistaking negotiation for confrontation, fear of math and numbers, spending indiscriminately, playing it safe and operating on financial autopilot.

Why we love it: This book isn't just about financial planning; it's about financial thinking. It allows women to understand how to build the wealth they deserve.

Where to buy: Buy from Amazon and learn how to manage your money so much better than ever before.

That’s our round-up of our top 10 inspirational books for women that could change your life. Sometimes we need to look at someone else’s perspective to know who to change ours. At Ukiyo, we are all about female empowerment, and we know that all of our Ukiyo babes can be the boss women they want to be. 

We would love to see what you think of these inspiring books for women. So, if you have read any or have any female book recommendations make sure to tag us on our socials using @ukiyoonline_.