As a new year approaches, we start to think about resolutions and goals that we would like to accomplish in the upcoming months, filled with promise, possibilities, and the perfect time for a fresh start! The end of a year represents change within ourselves, and a thoughtful way to receive it is by learning about inspiring stories by other women.
We’re made of stories, and books are the perfect symbol of why we enjoy narratives so much. As we step into the next chapter, here are nine empowering reads written by remarkable women that are sure to inspire you through the year ahead.
1. “More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)” by Elaine Welteroth
As the former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue, Elaine shares her empowering journey as a woman of color in the media industry. Her book resonates deeply with work and identity, and her journey isn’t just personal but also emblematic of broader societal shifts. Through her experiences, she communicates the challenges and triumphs faced by marginalized voices in the industry, highlighting the significance of representation and inclusion.
2. “Harness Your Creativity” by Genesis Gutierrez
Even though it’s a book currently on presale, Genesis has already fostered a vibrant community on her social media platforms, dedicated to empowering first-gen Latinas in navigating life in this country. Her upcoming book promises to be an inspiration and guidance for unleashing your creative potential in the year ahead.
3. “Kim Ji-Young, Born In 1982” by Cho Nam-Joo
Witness the narrative of a young woman navigating societal norms and expectations in South Korea. This thought-provoking read challenges cultural constructs and sparks conversations around identity, making it an insightful choice for the new year (and one of my favorite readings ever!).
4. “Stay True: A Memoir” by Hua Hsu
This story offers an intimate glimpse into the author’s journey. With candid storytelling, Hsu invites readers to embrace authenticity and stay true to themselves in a world filled with constant change and challenges for women of color.
5. “They Called Us Exceptional: And Other Lies That Raised Us” by Prachi Gupta
In her work, Gupta guides us through the complexities of societal norms and encourages us to uncover our path to success. Drawing from her own experiences as an Indian-American writer, she reminds us to rediscover our true selves and break free from the expectations of others. Her exploration of societal pressures and the myths surrounding success prompts us to reflect on our definitions of excellence and self-worth.
6. “Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir” by Dolly Alderton
In this book, the author shares a collection of personal essays that delve into some of life’s most mundane topics, including love, friendships, and personal growth. Her anecdotes are deeply relatable and thought-provoking, offering insights that resonate with readers on a personal level. Through her stories, Alderton explores the complexities of human relationships and the journey of self-discovery.
7. “You Exist Too Much” by Zaina Afarat
As a Palestinian writer, Zaina narrates a story of desire, identity, and societal expectations. Arafat delves into the complexities of existence and the pursuit of authenticity through a beautifully written narrative. The main character here seeks to reconcile her sexuality, personal desires, and familial obligations in a world that often imposes rigid expectations on women.
8. “Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices On Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings” by Sonia Guiñansaca y Reyna Grande
The authors of this book deliver a collection of authentic voices navigating the intricate challenge of migration and resilience. As a migrant myself, this narrative promises to enlighten and inspire readers seeking stories of courage and hope.
9. “The Lucky Girl Journal: A Guided Workbook To Embody The Lucky Girl Syndrome” by Keila Shaheen
Shaheen’s guided exercises are designed to help readers cultivate positivity and gratitude, which are essential for building fulfillment in the new year. If you’re planning on creating a vision board, for example, I highly recommend adding this audiobook as background music during your New Year’s rituals. It will help you stay focused and motivated as you envision your goals for the future.
As you step into the new year, let these books be your friends along the way. Dive into these pages and let them spark the positive perspective you seek in the year ahead. Happy reading and cheers to a kind year!