After a long week of meetings, appointments, and conference calls, the weekends are for relaxation and plain ol’ “feel-good” books. You know, the kind of books that make us smile, feel good about ourselves, and deliver an instant inspirational pick-me-up. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite novels that give us all the feels and remind us that we’re strong, determined women, no matter what happens during the work week.
1) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
This classic novel is currently being made into a movie, set to release in April, starring Lily James (Downton Abbey, Disney’s 2015 live-action Cinderella). This epistolary novel tells the story of writer Juliet Ashton who travels to German-occupied Guernsey after receiving a letter from a man she’s never met. When Juliet arrives, she finds more than a wonderful story for her next novel, she finds friendship, loss, and most extraordinarily, love.
2) Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
When she was 22, author Cheryl Strayed lost what seemed like everything after her mother’s death. Four years later, still living a life headed toward self-destruction and loneliness, she did the one thing she could to help herself heal. Alone, she hiked more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Her memoir recounts her adventure, from her most vulnerable moments to the ones that helped her remember what living actually feels like.
3) How To Party With An Infant, by Kaui Hart Hemmings
A hilarious story about a single mom in San Francisco, trying to navigate the minefields of the “Mommy Wars” the best she can, while still managing to find friendship and love. The novel provides a humorous look at motherhood, single life, and the meaning of family.
4) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Deeply rooted in the political upheaval of the 1960s, The Secret Life of Bees celebrates the power of women during the fight for civil liberties. After the tragic loss of her mother, Lily Owens escapes to a small town in South Carolina. There, she’s taken in by a three strong women who are beekeepers, who teach her the power of love and friendship in hopes of healing her broken heart.
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