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Who said that “summer reads” have to be fluffy, skim-through novels? If you ask us, there is no better time to breeze through empowering books and get going on your own adventures. If you’re looking for some inspo or just a nice read, scroll down to find the one for you.

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

“I’d rather take a photograph than be one,”

A captivating novel that tells the story of a model turned a renowned photographer and her search to create a new identity as one of the first female war correspondents. Lee has worked as a model in New York but aspired to get behind the camera, so she found a way to become Man Ray’s assistant and learn everything while having a crazy love affair.

We like this story because it portrays Miller as the independent and daring woman that she truly was.

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals

“I believe we can change the world. But first, we’ve got to stop living in fear of being judged for who we are.”

We see it too often: women being perfectionists, ashamed to be who they are, and almost apologizing for what they want. In Girl, Stop Apologizing, Rachel challenges women to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, forget excuses and unhelpful behaviors and get on the path to growth, confidence and believing in yourself. The book is upbeat, motivating, and offers solid and realistic steps for women to work towards embracing and then pursuing their personal goals boldly. If you want to shed new light on your dreams and live to your full potential, then run to your nearest book store.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.

“When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.”

Based on twelve years of research, Ms. Brown dispels the myth that vulnerability is weakness and instead argues it to be our most accurate measure of boldness. The book is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. It will challenge you to step back, examine your life, and realize that there’s nothing more uncomfortable and hurtful than standing on the outside and not having the courage to step into the light —whether it’s a new relationship, a career goal, or a difficult conversation. Daring Greatly will give you a new perspective and courage to let yourself be seen.

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Change the World

“If you want to lift up humanity, empower women.”

Written by Melinda Gates, The Moment of Lift is an urgent call to courage. In this book, Gates not only addresses empowering women in poverty but is also honest about her challenges as a woman in the tech industry and the wife of a very influential man. The book will change how you think about yourself, your family, your work, and even what’s possible in the world. The book is a rare combination of honest storytelling and data that will make you think about it long after you finish it.

City of Girls: A Novel

“Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are.”

You’ve probably read “Eat, pray, love” and chances are you even considered a trip to Bali afterward. Elizabeth Gilbert has written another love story set in the New York theater world during the 1940s. Narrated from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth, City of Girls explores the life-altering events and the gusto with which she lived. Written with vibrancy and depth, City of girls will captivate like no other.

What books are you excited to read this summer? Tell us in the comments.

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