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We’ve gathered a list of books ranging from poetry, novels, psychological, and mystical to add some magic to your summer. Quotes & stories you’ll want to highlight, snap photos of to share or save for later when you’re in need of inspiration. I promise you will find wisdom that will last you a lifetime. After all, knowledge is power and we need as much of it as we can get during times like these. If you believe that women are some kind of magic, in need of little extra motivation, or nourishment for your feminist soul, these books are for you.
Here are 10 books written by 10 very talented women to add to your summer reading list:
In no particular order...
Everything from modern spirituality, health & well-being, sex & relationships, plant medicine, and crystals, this book provides a great overview on all things mystic & magical for the Divine Feminine. This was the first book I picked up that lead me down a path of even more new age books and writings. Whenever I described it to people I’d say, “it’s like a bible tbh.” I could probably describe the remaining books on this list that way too, but especially this one. Written by the creator of the online magazine, The Numinous, the now age guide to a high-vibe life. This is a perfect book for Goddesses just getting into learning about spirituality, as it gives an overview of many ideas and practices.
(And another part because this stuff is just TOO good)
“One of the saddest outcomes of our disconnection from the Divine Feminine is competition among women, which it seems to me is born of the fear that there’s simply not enough (love, acceptance, decent salaries, instagram followers) to go around. But what’s the fastest way to get the support we need to manifest our deepest, most heartfelt desires? To team up with each other. After all: there is POWER in numbers.”
Now let me start out by saying, don’t let the title stray you if you don’t consider yourself a ‘witch’. This book is for women. It taught me more about why I, as a female, have innate reactions, thoughts, and insecurities, than any psychology class has. It also speaks on themes relating to women and the patriarchy, competition, fear, and body image. Forget everything you’ve ever been told about witches. You will find references to various witchcraft practices, spells, crystals, herbs, and the sabbats/wheel of the year, but a huge part of this book is on the Goddess SHE within all of us. What our intuition is and how to trust it, and how to take your power back as a woman.
Fairytales turned into poetry, which are beautifully written and creatively expressed that will ignite a spark within you. Nikita Gill puts a new outlook on classic characters, both the villians and heros, in a real world, real issues context. She has combined century old stories with subjects of empowerment, love, feminism, abuse, and mental illness. Needless to say, these will be the bedtime stories I read to my children someday.
This book is a rare gem. Jungian analyst Jean Shinoda Bolen explores how specific Goddesses from ancient mythology can be relevant to women today. It’s a Greek mythology “personality type” book that covers aspects of the Goddesses listed below and how every woman can find a piece of each one within themselves. It is also arguably a deep and intimate self-help book by helping women recognize what aspects of ourselves we want to change, as well as self-activating the various character traits we want to invoke.
The Virgin Goddesses: Artemis, Athena, and Hestia.
The Vulnerable Goddesses: Hera, Demeter, and Perssephone.
The Alchemical Goddess: Aphrodite.
This book is for any woman who feels an urge to connect with wild and ancient concepts of what it means to be female. Especially relevant to women who’ve encountered struggles because of the pressures and pre-tailored expectations of societies, religions, families, men, etc. Using multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, Dr. Estes helps women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype. This one can be a slow read as it’s full of depth. The knowledge in it is timeless. I recommend reading it one story at a time and getting it in print copy so you can highlight and add your own notes.
A New York Times Bestseller, AND on the list of Oprah Magazine’s ten favorite books of the year. The legendary feminist Gloria Steinem writes on her lifetime of travel, activism, leadership, and stories from listening to people whose voices and ideas would inspire change and revolution. I listened to this one on audio book. Perfect read to listen to while running or driving.
Women Are Some Kind Of Magic Series by Amanda Lovelace
It will never cease to amaze me the way strings of words bring tears of happiness to my eyes. That is what I encounter when I read anything by Amanda Lovelace. Her raw, and honest writing on some more traumatizing events helps to heal all of us that have gone through something similar. This series contains 3 poetry books:
The Princess Saves Herself in This One: Exploring love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, and inspiration.
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One: The witch: supernaturally powerful, independent, and now—indestructible. The poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories.
The Mermaid's Voice Returns In This One: This book in particular does have a significant amount of intense content and messages related to sexual assault and abuse but along with it comes the powerful parts of healing and self love.
The Sun and her Flowers is a collection of poetry in five parts by Rupi Kaur. These five sections are a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms. A journey toward self-love and self-empowerment. A collection of poetry that will teach you that people too must wilt fall root rise in order to bloom.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is healing through a difficult season. Reading it is like having a friend tell you all the things you ever needed to hear through a heartbreak or struggle. This book is encouraging, it will strengthen you, and make you feel like you’re not alone. Bianca Sparacino’s reminder to you: No matter what you’re going through, no matter where you are on your healing journey—you are strong.
For all the Girl Boss’, creators and artists, this book is a MUST HAVE to your coffee table book collection. Over 100 exceptional and influential women, describe how they embraced their creative spirit, overcame adversity, and sparked a global movement of entrepreneurship. This book is full of empowering advice and inspiration. Also a very easy read you can pick up and enjoy whenever you feel like it. Each page contains quotes and stories that will spark something deep within us all.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think about them? Are there other books that come to mind when you see these? Share in the comments below to recommend to others. And have a magical, literature filled Summer. 💭🌞🌻📚