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Boss Books for the Girl Boss in All of Us



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I love being a woman! Seriously. I love being able to be strong and soft. Beautiful and sassy. Classic and trendy. Fearless and vulnerable. I feel powerful in my femininity and I seriously believe there's a crown hovering over the head of every woman waiting to be taken a hold of. Yep, it's that deep to me lol 

Seeing women strive for adventure, equality, entrepreneurship and education ignites something in me. So it was only natural that I want to spend all my coins on books that speak to the boss chick in all of us ;-) 


In this novel about love and identity, we meet Ifemelu, a woman who has spent 15 years in America before returning to a newly democratic Nigeria where she finds love. How is she boss? While in America, she ran a successful blog on racism and achieved academic success at Princeton. Boom!


In this novel about strength and hope, we meet Esch--an expecting 14 year old mother in the midst of Hurricane Katrina. Despite all odds, she perseveres in protecting her family this storm. 


Caleana Sardothein is a young assassin who is betrayed and sentenced to the salt mines. However, an opportunity arises for her to earn her freedom in the most boss way possible.  



In this novel, we meet Mick Kelly--a young girl in a small town who chooses to combat the isolation by looking to beauty rather than drugs, violence or sex. 


In this Victorian era based novel, we meet Jane Eyre--a fiercely strong, independent, self aware woman as she explores social classes, love and morality. A literary classic, Jane Eyre may be one of the original girl bosses. 









In this book, we get to hear from the mega talented Shonda Rimes (Grey's Anatomy, HTGAWM, Scandal creator) as she chronicles the year she chose to say YES rather than retreat into her natural introverted self. How is she boss? I personally believe one of the greatest accomplishments a person can have is becoming a better version of themselves. Plus, how many of us loooove her shows? Exactly lol



In this book, Cara shares her journey to success in her starting and building her brand. She also includes interviews from other inspirational and successful businesswomen. 


Even with women having more money, education and choices, research shows happiness is declining. In this book, Valerie shares how the modern woman can navigate various issues to find happiness. 


(Goodreads excerpt)
In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world's most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale. How is she boss? Did you not see her credentials? Boom!


What are some of your favorite girl boss books? 



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27 comments

  1. This is a brilliant post! So helpful. I love Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, you must read We Should all be Feiminsts by her if you haven't already, or atleast watch her speech on youtube! It's amazing. I also have read and loved Throne of Glass, it makes me want to be an assassin SO much. Thank you for all of your amazing recommendations. I love this post♥

    PS, I'm a new follower of yours!
    Jumana @ Books by Jay

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    1. Thanks so much Jay! Glad you enjoyed it and yes! Adichie is an amazing writer. I haven't read We Should all be Feminists. I will have to check that one out! Thanks for the recommendation :)

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  2. Great post! I've of course read Throne of Glass, and while I didn't personally love the plot, there was no denying that Celaena was a GREAT woman pro

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    1. Thanks! And agreed. I just love how fierce she was :)

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  3. I love this post! I definitely need to add a few of these books to my TBR, especially Girl Code. That looks good!

    Erin @ The Hardcover Lover

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    1. Thanks! Let me know what you think if you read it :)

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  4. Ha! Perfect GiF at the top! :D I love Throne of Glass and Jane Eyre. Caleana is one of my all time fave heroines, definitely my fave in YA! Wonderful list!

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  5. Year of Yes is on my wish list at the library. I think it is a great idea and want to see her take-aways. I think one I loved was Bad Feminist. Really great insights and funny.

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    1. Someone else mentioned that book to me! Will need to check it out
      Thanks for the recommendation :)

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  6. I'm not a big nonfiction reader but I will definitely be checking out these fictional reads. I sometimes feel that this world isn't ready for boss women, and sometime I'm like "Get with the program y'all!"

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    1. Lol! RIGHT. People need to wake up. Women have been putting in work since day one! lol

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  7. I don't read nonfiction, but I think the books that celebrate how tough we really are need to be highlighted, and you did a wonderful job with your post!

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  8. Ohh, I just got Americanah this month so I'm looking forward to read it.
    Thanks for recs! :)

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  9. Holla. I mean, Queen Bey. I still remember when she killed it at the MTV Awards in high heels. I mean, that's not really unusual, but the woman was pregnant. PREGNANT. God. There is nothing. Nothing this woman can't do. Anyway, I've been meaning to read my copy of Americanah so thanks for your gentle reminder. :)

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    1. Yesssss! Still the most epic baby announcement ever hahah
      Let me know how you enjoy Americanah :)

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  10. Americanah sounds fantastic! I've seen the cover/title around, but I didn't know what the book was about. I also really love nonfiction books. I have Year of Yes to hopefully read soon. I just love the premise, since I'm an introvert myself!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

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    1. I love nonfiction also! Seems some prefer one or the other. I just love any good read :) I'm introverted also! Let me know how you enjoy Year of Yes :)

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  11. Thanks for featuring both fiction and non-fiction books in which there are some really strong women, Quinn! I'm with you - I love being a woman, and seeing other women succeed makes me feel even better as a woman.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  12. I loved this post! Who doesn't love a great book featuring an absolutely boss protagonist?
    I've read a few of the ones you've listed, but now I'm itching to get my hands on the ones I haven't heard of. This is a fantastic list!
    Erika @ Books, Stars, and the Pages in Between

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  13. I love your opening passage to this post, Jenn. Thanks for this list, I see a lot new to me books here, I’ll check them out. Also your post reminded me that I haven’t read Throne of Glass yet. All of my friends loved it and recommended it to me, but I still haven’t read it.

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  14. Really enjoyed this Jen! I will be bookmarking this for future reference. I'm currently making my way through Chimamanda Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun - I love the way she writes. Shonda Rimes' the year of yes is definitely on my read list - I keep hearing such great reviews!

    Martha | Martha Dahhling

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  15. Hey Jenn! I LOVE your passion and the way you speak your mind! I can tell you're rally passionate about the things you say an I love knowing that there are women out there that LOVE the skin they're in! <3 You've given me so many more options for books (and OMG, I'm reading Throne of Glass right now and OMG. YASSS Calena is A BOSS.) <3

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    1. Thanks Keionda! That obvious huh? LOL I really do love when women are able to see their worth and love who they are :) Glad you enjoyed it!
      xoxo

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  16. I've read most of these and they are great picks. Americanah is my spirit animal. I could kick myself for not reading it sooner.

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