The Ultimate #GirlBoss Reading List

Happy International Women’s Day, Savvy Readers! Here at The Savvy Reader, we celebrate women every day for all the ways in which they challenge, inspire, and dazzle us. But today, the whole world joins together to honour those awesome ladies and toast the uncrowned queens who walk among us.


We’re paying homage to the #GirlBoss women who’ve inspired us in some of our favourite books and made us proud – because there ain’t no boss like a #GirlBoss.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

If you haven’t read the words that inspired the movie yet, then run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookstore. Hidden Figures is the amazing true story of a group of mathematicians and engineers who oh, you know, PUT A MAN IN SPACE. These previously unknown heroes battled both racism and sexism in the workplace and paved the way for generations of black female STEM students and professionals.


Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

To call Roxanne Gay one of the foremost voices of her generation isn’t a lazy, clichéd compliment – it’s the honest truth. Bad Feminist, a collection of Gay’s perfectly crafted essays on politics, gender, pop culture and more, is an intimate revolutionary experience not to be missed by any aspiring #GirlBosses out there.


Yes Please! by Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler’s Yes Please! should be required reading for all women struggling to banish that voice in your head that says “you’re not good enough.” Yes Please! is a book that will pass from hand to hand to hand with the words “Read this!” repeated reverently every time. Amy is as wise as she is hilarious and every page is packed with not just unexpected gems, but pure gold, too.


Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran

If you haven’t already read How to be a Woman, Moranthology, or How to Build a Girl, by the whip-smart Caitlin Moran, Moranifesto is going to come as a delightful shock. Moran is funny, laugh-out-loud-and-make-everyone-uncomfortable-on-the-subway funny, and engages in the issues: war, poverty, Benedict Cumberbatch.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is a sensation long overdue. This debut novel by Angie Thomas (soon to hit the big screens!) is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and features another #GirlBoss we couldn’t love more. Thomas’s heroine, Starr Carter, is a girl rent with the loss of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Thomas and Starr together hold a mirror in which readers will find themselves, and tell a story too important, too vital to miss.


Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Elizabeth Bennett, the OG literary #GirlBoss couldn’t not be on this list. She doesn’t take crap from her crazy family, from the snotty rich guy who moves in, or her horrendous cousin who may “condescend” to marry her. Liz is a classic heroine with staying power for her bottomless well of wit, authenticity, and thoughtfulness in a mixed up town in a backwards age.


Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett

For all the #GirlBosses out there hoping to be literal bosses one day, Feminist Fight Club is for you. Jessica Bennett’s fabulous work is a funny, frank, and frustrated manual by a group of working women with advice to share, and butts to kick.


The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

Two words. Female. Gladiator. If that doesn’t inspire a little #GirlBoss energy, I don’t know what will. The central character of The Valiant, Fallon, is a bada$$ seventeen year old who makes lemonade after being captured by a band of ruthless brigands and forced into the gladiatorial arena. Not only will you love Fallon, but her unlikely BFF Elka is a boss in her own right, and will leave you wanting more from these two spear throwing ladies.


A New Model by Ashley Graham (On Sale 05/09/2017)

Ashley Graham is everything. Everything! We could not be more excited about her upcoming book A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like, if we tried. The talented model, entrepreneur, and advocate is also a talented writer, here to change the way women are perceived in both the fashion industry and in general with provocative essays you won’t be able to put down.

Who’s your favourite #GirlBoss? Let us know who inspires you at @SavvyReader.


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