Seven Brilliant Books to Inspire You to Your Soul


A book can mean so many things to so many people - maybe it's 'you' time or just to pass the time.  It can help you out of a funk or open your eyes and mind.  And it can give you that feeling, when you start buzzing a little bit because the pages just speak to you.  And then you want to get up and finish your coffee and do something, even if it's just make another coffee and carry on reading because this is what it feels like to be inspired.

So I asked you, my Strong Women Squad,
what book has MADE you feel inspired, and why?

My book inspiration comes from Amy Poehler’s Yes Please.  I find it relatable yet aspiring, and both funny and relaxing at the same time (perfect!).  She had me from the opening introduction chapter, where she talks about how hard it feels to sit down and churn out an entire tome.  And that made me think; so you feel the same about writing a book as I do… well maybe we can both do it together, then?

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Like A Queen: The Ultimate Queen's Bible - Constance Hall

'Queens see Queens. They don’t see weight problems, they don’t see crazy bitches, they don’t see failures.  Queens only see Queens.'

Absolutely bloody love @mrsconstancehall Like a Queen.  It has such a strong message about women supporting other women, and Con is hilarious, raw and honest not just about parenting but life in general
— Gem from Derbyshire, UK

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Nominated by Gem, who you can follow on Instagram at @underthemayblossom

Take A Look At Me Now - Miranda Dickinson 

'How far would you go to make a new start?'

Miranda Dickinson books, particularly Take A Look At Me Now, made me want to kick ass and follow my dreams.
— Trish from Blackburn, UK

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Nominated by Trish, who you can follow on Twitter at @tishylou

The Cows - Dawn O'Porter

'A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd.  
Women don’t have to fall into a stereotype.'

I recently really enjoyed The Cows by Dawn O’Porter as it made me think about children, life, feminism.
— Emma from Devon, UK

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Nominated by Emma, who you can follow on Twitter at @EmmaForsyth15

The Power - Naomi Alderman

'All over the world women are discovering they have the power. With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain - even death. Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they've lost control.
The Day of the Girls has arrived - but where will it end?'

I just read The Power by Naomi Alderton, really made me question some of my own views, and anything that makes you think is inspiring!
— Hannah from Devon, UK

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Nominated by Hannah, who you can follow on Instagram at @hanlouharri

A Spring Affair - Milly Johnson

'Clear your house and clear your mind. Don't let life's clutter dictate to you. Throw it away and take back the control!' 

Milly Johnson’s book A Spring Affair started me book blogging as well as changing lots of other things in my life and was the start of me getting involved with publishing. I always say that I’m where I am today because of that book!
— Kim from Staffordshire, UK

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Nominated by Kim, who you can follow on Twitter at @KimTheBookworm

Testament of Youth - Vera Brittain

'Much of what we know and feel about the First World War we owe to Vera Brittain's elegiac yet unsparing book'

Vera was my grandparents generation. My grandmother was a nurse but had to give up when she married in 1914 as married women were not allowed to nurse (!) My great grandmother lost two sons in the war within a month of each other in 1916. My two great aunts did what many ladies did after the war and emigrated to Vancouver to start a new life for themselves - a whole generation of young men had been wiped out. But also ordinary women had learned to do men’s jobs and started to realise that they could do more
[The book] made an impression and it resonated because I knew people of her generation to whom similar things had happened.
I admired my grandmother because she was a strongly independent lady and because she was fun. She did go back to nursing later when it was allowed. I also admired my two Canadian cousins for the same reasons - they were very intelligent - did not suffer fools gladly - and were always off on new adventures - mostly in their motorhome.
— Sarah from Devon, UK

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Nominated by Sarah, who is my mum :)