January 17, 2023

5 books to read with strong female leads

Are you into reading? As the Summer season is already here and most of us are about to have a well-deserved vacation, it’s a good opportunity to take one interesting book and read it on the beach or while chilling in the tent.

And what can be better than reading a captivating book with strong female leads? From autobiography to myths and classics – there are many publications worth digging into. Check out the top 5 books we’ve selected for you.

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés


Women Who Run with the Wolves is one of the books that every woman should read at one point in her life. It’s a spiritual and somehow mystical book that brings you closer to the divine feminine essence. The book is a collective of myths, fairy tales, and stories that share the same idea – the power of the woman.

As the story and the author’s commentary go on, the reader gets to see and understand the Wild Woman, representing true women’s nature. This book confirms that there is a powerful force within every woman, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Definitely worth reading!

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimm Bradley


Are you a historical fantasy fan? If yes, check out the book called The Mists of Avalon, where the author describes the legends of King Arthur from the female character's perspective. Although King Arthur is considered a fictional figure, there are many legendary stories about himself and his battles, and some are told by women.

The Mists of Avalon is narrated by Morgaine, the main character of the book. She is a high priestess of Avalon and Queen of Cornwall. Morgaine is capable of transfiguration and second sight, which was a gift of her Goddess. In the story, we can see how the heroine transforms from being the victim of fate and having no choice to realizing her strength and changing many views in her life. For some, the story might seem tragic, but it still brings many insights and gives an understanding of the difficult transformation that, in the end, is worth it.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


Do you fancy classics? Little Women is a book published back in the 19th century that gives an overview of everyday life at that time. The book became so popular it was adapted to several stage plays, films, and TV shows. The author tells a story of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy – describing their different personalities and unique wishes.

The oldest sister, Meg, is taking care of the household and educates her younger sisters. Jo is a stubborn and fierce sister who learns to control her emotions. Beth is shy, quiet, and gentle and is in love with music. And Amy is the youngest sister, a sweet lady with a passion for art. The story is easy to read and won't keep you indifferent to any of the sisters, and you might recognize yourself in one of them.

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner


Do you want to read something from this age? Check out Crying in H Mart called the best book of 2021, and New York Times Bestseller. This book is a memoir of the author Michelle Zauner who shares her story of growing up Korean American and overcoming different life obstacles.

Michelle tells a story that might be so familiar to any of us. She's sharing how she was coping with high expectations of others and painful adolescence. The diagnosed cancer of her mother changes her perspectives, and Michelle starts to get back to her roots and find what's truly hers. Profound and inspiring book!

Becoming by Michelle Obama


The last but not least book worth mentioning is Becoming by Michelle Obama. This book is another New York Times Bestseller and tells the First Lady's story in the US. Michelle shares her story within the White House and how she became a powerful advocate for women and girls in America and then around the world.

Throughout the book, Michelle tells her own honest story and shares her wins and disappointments in both public and private lives. The story covers the First Lady's childhood in Chicago, the struggle to balance motherhood and work, and life in the White House. This book is powerful and inspiring and is a must-read for any girl and woman out there.

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