Madeline Howard

Spring Break is fast- approaching: A perfect time to sit back, relax, and most importantly, to dive into some  good reads.  In order to save you the trouble of searching for the right book, I’ve composed a list of the ones every empowered lady should have on her reading list for a week of leisure!


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#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

This book is written by Nasty Gal founder and feminist advocate Sophia Amoruso.  She shares the struggles she experienced on her path to success, as well as other advice she has to offer for both surviving and thriving in the business world.  Her main focus is providing women with a vision for their career by sharing her own story and encouraging them to work their asses off without complaint.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur is an extremely talented feminist writer and artist from Canada.  Her book of poetry is beautiful and it is a quick, easy read for an on-the-go reader.  Kaur’s poems are about both the suffering and beauty associated with being in love, as well as the societal expectations imposed on women and how it impacts them from childhood to adulthood.  

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

If you haven’t heard of Amy Schumer, seen Trainwreck, or watched any of her standup performances, you definitely need to do so as soon as possible!  She will provide you with lots of laughs in her new autobiography, which tells the story of her rise to comedic fame.  Schumer’s life has been  filled with lots of heart breaking experiences, but fortunately, she knows how to to find the humor in almost any subject matter.

You Don’t Have to Like Me by Alida Nugent

In her latest book of essays, Nugent tells readers about discovering the gift of feminism, and how she learned to call herself a feminist after years of rejecting the term.  Nugent is witty and her essays are incredibly relatable, especially for millennial women.  She also provides convincing arguments on the importance of bodily choice, eating happily, and of course, a good lipstick.  This book is a fast read, but you won’t finish without both laughing and crying at the stories she tells.

Now that you have some recommendations, I hope you take a trip to the bookstore before break.  These are all great works by strong, female writers and will surely give you empowerment vibes to feed off of as you get back to work the following week!


Madeline is a student-athlete at New York University studying English and American Literature. Given her school’s location in Manhattan, Madeline loves to explore the city and document her various adventures on her blog,  You can also find her wandering around  bookstores searching for her next read and sipping an iced coffee. For a more holistic view of her creative and professional style, check out her portfolio website,



Comments (4)

  1. Amanda Sannella

#GirlBoss has been on my list for a while this article reminded me to add it to my kindle!

  1. Elizabeth

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo is great.

  1. Meagan Hooper    Elizabeth

It's on my list!

  1. Meagan Hooper

Oooh - need to read all of these!

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