6 Empowering Books for When You Need a Confidence Boost


No matter how hard we try, we all have days where we aren’t feeling like our best selves. Luckily, books can help pull us out of a slump. Next time you’re feeling down, try these six books to help empower you to be your best self.

For when you need a reminder that success doesn’t happen overnight…


Read: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Although we think of Amy Poehler as one of our favorite SNL cast members from the early-2000s or as the quirky and relatable Leslie Knopp from “Parks and Recreation,” Poehler’s book reminds us that there is a story behind everyone’s success. Her book takes us through over 300 pages of embarrassing memories, childhood photos, and tales of sex and drugs. Even though we know that, in the end, she is incredibly famous and successful, Yes Please reminds us that, not too long ago, Poehler was just like us.

For when you need a reminder that women are strong, unique, and beautiful…


Read: The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler

Ensler met with women from all walks of life to talk about one thing we often never discuss–vaginas. Her collection of interviews, which were adapted into the award-winning one-woman show, is the perfect reminder that we don’t have to be strong because we are already strong. The stories will make you laugh, cry, and feel ultimately united with a collective womanhood you may not have known existed.

For when you need a reminder that no one is a perfect feminist…


Read: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

In an age where our every action can sometimes feel like a reflection of our personal beliefs, it’s easy to feel like a bad feminist. Gay’s memoir and cultural criticism helps remind us that even the best feminists can sometimes be “bad.” Over the course of reading her book, we are reminded that liking pink, reading Vogue, and listening to Kanye West don’t make us bad feminists, they makes us humans with our own unique interests.

For when you need a reminder that you’re going to laugh about this someday…


Read: I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley

Crosley’s collection of essays throw us into the urban world of a woman who just can’t seem to get things right–a character that may often seem too familiar to us. But although her struggles are often cringe-worthy, they remind us that someday we will move past this–whatever “this” may be–and we’ll be able to tell the story with a smile.

For when you need a reminder that following your passion is always the right choice…


Read: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

In her first book, Kaling shows us the transformation of a self-described chubby and androgynous child into a talented award-winning actress, writer, director, and producer. Even though she hits some roadblocks along the way, Kaling reminds us that with passion and the inspiration of our friends and family, we have the power to reach our goals.

For when you need a reminder that you’ll sometimes get lost, but you’ll always find your way…


Read: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

After a series of tribulations, including the death of her mother, a distant family, drug use, and a divorce, Cheryl Strayed makes the decision to hike the 1,100 mile Pacific Crest Trail by herself. Her memoir shows us that sometimes life is hard–really hard–but we always have the strength to shake ourselves off and get back on our feet.

For when you need a reminder that self-growth never stops…


Read: My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

At over 80 years old, feminist legend Gloria Steinem continues to learn about herself on a daily basis. Over the course of the book, what first appears to be a story of Steinem’s lifelong travels quickly reveals itself as a tale of self-discovery. Her memoir shows us that even our childhood heroes make mistakes and continue to better themselves and she inspires us to make every day a journey that can reveal something new.

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Meghan is a senior at Lock Haven University with majors in English and Communication and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. When she’s not writing, Meghan can be found drinking iced coffee, reading Bustle articles, or spending too much time on Pinterest.

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