Hey 2016, please let the door hit you on the way out!
So I think for the most part we can all agree that 2016 has been a wee bit rough on all of us!
Whether it be the outcome of the election (still very angry), the disappointment of the DC cinematic universe, or the passing of our Rebel Princess!
I mean there has been some good stuff but that is for another time. Instead of doing our annual list of Best Books of the Year – we think we may need some help in 2017 and there is no better source of relief than a book! Check out our carefully curated list of books you should read during 2017 to help you feel empowered, positive, rebellious, and re-energized.
Here’s to a badass 2017 that will be fill with nasty women and righteous fighting!
Because Escapism Helps!
The Queen of the Tearling Series by Erika Johansen
The tale of Queen Kelsea is empowering filled with rebellious kickass ladies and I am f*!king obsessed! The series is if you only watch the Daenerys Targaryen bit from Game of Thrones. All three books in the series are currently available so get to reading!
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The middle book in The Hunger Games series is filled with rebellion and plus we meet the ever amazing Johanna Mason.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
The story of three Queen sisters who are suppose to battle to the death for the title but say hell with tradition and decided to take fate in their own hands. The first book in the three book series in currently available.
Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown
The Red Rising Trilogy is a science-fiction political drama that under all the action packed plot is filled with positive role models and interesting layered characters. All three books are currently available.
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
BEATRICE…that is all.
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Based off Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones is a modern literary hero as well as one of my personal heros! Plus she is good for a laugh.
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Get reaccquainted with your inner child, and with this independent, adventurous and curious young heroine.
Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume
Travel back to you childhood and discover how much of a badass Margaret was and remember just how much she taught you!
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Witness the start of a women’s revolution in Margaret Atwood’s distopian tale that is more poignant now than ever.
Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray
Because now more than ever we need General Leia!
Because We Have Heros That Can Help!
I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
The powerful tale of a girl who believes in standing up for what is right and a reminder that knowledge is power.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Sometimes you need a laugh from a strong and funny Boss Lady!
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
A tribute to an amazing woman who continues to fight for justice for all.
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
In Day’s collection of stories the reader is reminded that no one can tell you who you should be.
The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Lean how saying yes to the things that scare you can enrich your life and make you an all around better version of yourself, by learning how it helped one of the most powerful people in television. There’s even a companion journal is you’d like to start your own experiment.
The Book of Joy by 14th Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams
You must look within yourself to find the peace and joy you seek in the world – yep, we are getting deep!
How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
Moran is a funny feminist who puts a new spin on being a modern woman.
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
An “untold” story about brilliant and strong women that can have a positive impact in 2017. Make sure to read to book before the film comes out in the beginning of January.
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
Leaves no stone unturned when diving into the “secret” history of the man who created Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston and the strong women in his life that shaped his creative world.
No one can tell you what type of “feminist” you should be. Through the collection of essays by Gay, you are reminded that you don’t need to have all the answers to live a feminist life because in the end we are all really “bad feminists.”
Hey 2017, let’s try to be friends…keyword: try.
Happy Reading Geeks!