3 Books Every Woman Needs on Her Reading List

This isn’t another reading list of self-help books featuring the latest diet trend or steps to happiness. Instead, we are challenging you to live your life on your own terms!

After all, in the words of Marie Forleo:

"Sometimes the best self-improvement is realizing that you don't really need to be improved--you just gotta live."


Here are three of our favorite books that challenge the socio-cultural norms and empower women through self-acceptance and sexual exploration:


Dietland, by Sarai Walker

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. With her job answering fan mail for a teen magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. But when a mysterious woman in colorful tights and combat boots begins following her, Plum falls down a rabbit hole into the world of Calliope House — an underground community of women who reject society’s rules — and is forced to confront the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a guerilla group begins terrorizing a world that mistreats women, and Plum becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.


Fat Girl Walking, by Brittany Gibbons

Talking honestly about size and body image on her popular blog, brittanyherself.com, Brittany Gibbons has ignited a national conversation. Now, in her first book, she shares hilarious and painfully true stories about her life as a weird overweight girl growing up in rural Ohio, struggling with dating and relationships, giving the middle finger to dieting, finding love with a man smaller than her, accidentally having three kids, and figuring out the secret to loving her curves and becoming a nationally recognized body image advocate. And there’s sex, lots of it!


Come As You Are, by Emily Nagasaki

An essential exploration of why and how women’s sexuality works—based on groundbreaking research and brain science—that will radically transform your sex life.

Researchers have spent the last decade trying to develop a “pink pill” for women to function like Viagra does for men. So where is it? Well, for reasons this book makes crystal clear, that pill will never be the answer—but as a result of the research that’s gone into it, scientists in the last few years have learned more about how women’s sexuality works than we ever thought possible, and Come as You Are explains it all.

Let's be honest: Sometimes you don't want to read a "self-help" book and "work on" yourself--you just want to chilax. Summer is imminent, and you want to indulge with some fun reads. Luckily, these books are just that. We just can't help loving the fact that, as a bonus, they leave you feeling ready to take on the world.