Happy International Women’s Day!

Today I want to thank all of the beautiful and amazing women in my life. Through aunts, cousins, adopted sisters, friends, and many many others I have found that women are an amazing, powerful, and magical piece of humanity. My identity has been so changed in my adult life thanks to all of you incredible ladies.

I would be remiss if I did not write a piece about the females in society that have affected me through their books though. This is a book blog after all! We know the powerful effect a book can have but have you read a book that broke you down into tears? Inspired you to do more with your life? Completely changed your outlook on something? These books are mine.

I want to start with Wishful Drinking. Carrie Fisher, was and always will be our princess. She was never anything but herself and shamelessly shared her struggles with her quintessential humor. I adored the woman. I adored her realness, her imperfections, and her career. Right after she died I listened to Wishful Drinking on audible again and her narration of it broke my damn heart. I cried through the entire thing. She makes all of the screwed up ridiculous episodes in life feel okay.

What can I say about Jane Goodall that has not already been said? The woman is a saint. She is such an inspiration to me in so many ways but mostly she is the essence of good humanity.

Not pictured is Amanda Palmer’s, The Art of Asking. That book taught me a lot about owning my womanhood and being myself. There is no shame in being feminine and not wanting to shave my legs every single day. There is no shame in needing my own space. And there is absolutely no shame in owning my own power as an independent female.

Most inspiring of all though is Kate Mulgrew and her book, Born With Teeth. I had the privilege of seeing her speak at Denver Comic Con two years ago. At the time I had been having kind of a personal crisis about whether to go back to school for Business because I would always have a job or Creative Writing because it was what I wanted to do. If I went for business I would be secure in the job world and unhappy with my whole degree. If I went for Creative Writing I would be broke and happy. During her talk she gave the most realistic answers I have ever heard. When asked about writing and chasing your dreams, her answers basically boiled down to stop saying you are going to do something and put in the work because you won’t get anywhere without the hard work. In that moment my decision was made and I have not regretted it for one moment since. Born With Teeth is a testament to her work ethic and her personal code. It is incredible.

What woman inspires you? What memoir by a strong female would you recommend I read based on these?

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