Education is one of the best and most powerful gifts you could ever give or hope to receive. So with that beautiful sentiment in mind, we wanted to list our top five books that we believe any woman would adore.
From hard-hitting true stories, to poetic masterpieces our list comprises of some of the sharpest minds and heartfelt notions you could hope to find.
1. I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai
“I thought that words and books and pens were more powerful than guns.”
Critically acclaimed and for good reason, Malala’s memoir has held a spot in the charts since it’s original publication in 2013. Her memoir is one of lives torn apart by global terrorism, of her standing up against inequality and fighting for her education.
Malala’s life has not been one without struggle, but the determined power with which she carries herself has earned her the Nobel Peace Prize at just 16 years of age; making her the youngest ever laureate to receive this honour.
From the streets of the Taliban controlled Swat Valley where she was shot on her way home from school, to New York where Malala now finds herself becoming a symbolism of strength in a world that desperately needs hope, Malala’s story is one that will be felt by every woman.
A hard hitting story that you won’t want to put down, it’s a book that will hold your attention long after it’s finished.
2. Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur
“Since day one, she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.”
Divided into four parts this gorgeous book by Rupi Kaur—Canadian writer, poet and spoken word artist—tackles some of life’s most painful and beautiful moments. Tenderly written pieces capture everything from heartbreak, to her first realisation of the power of women.
Gentle, insightful and powerful are the only ways to describe Milk and Honey, arguably some of Rupi’s best work. It’s a book that will be revisited for years and years to come, drawing on and making sense of various aspects of your life as you grow.
3. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
“Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always.”
A Thousand Splendid Suns follows the incredible journey of strangers Mariam and Laila, who find their lives entwined in a way they could never have imagined. In a war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan these women must find a strength within themselves to survive arranged marriage, abuse, hunger and the Taliban. An incredible story of love and sacrifice that flourishes in even the darkest, and dangerous of places.
A life altering book that will change the way you see the world and the women who must survive in it. Once finished pay this book forward to another woman, so she may learn the same.
4. Fifty Shades of Feminism
“We are either going to have a future where women lead the way to make peace with the Earth or we are not going to have a human future at all.”
A collection of fifty women of varying ages and professions, come together to share witty, intelligent and thought provoking written pieces for this playfully titled book. A must have for the modern feminist – male or female.
Exploring the ‘shades’ of what it means to be a woman today, they reflect on society’s treatment of women, as well as their own juxtaposed view of themselves.
This collection of inspiring pieces will be there waiting for you when you need it most. Enjoy it with a glass of wine in hand after a hard day at the office; sit back and vent with these women before returning refreshed and empowered.
5. A Book for Her, Bridget Christie
“Women were invented ages ago, before the 1960s, because God realised very quickly that Adam needed an audience for his jokes.”
British comedian Bridget Christie recounts some of the moments in her life in which she was so dumbfounded by the perception and need for feminism. Light-hearted and funny, Bridget’s writing perfectly captures the jovial way in which we often talk about feminism today, in order to be heard.
But behind the joking we can find the real voice of frustration and empathy; the voice that mocks gender stereotypes and social norms, making it an easy read with a lot of soul.
The perfect companion on any long-haul flight, or lazy afternoon on the beach.