The best books for remembering you’re 100% that bitch

Why am I passionate about this?

I am a writer, poet, and seeker, creating art that empowers women to choose their own destiny and live their truth, authentically. I’ve spent the better part of my life feeling powerless, victimized, and alone. For years, I lived in situations that demanded that I give up my power and subjugate myself to men in order to be respected and welcomed into my community. And then, after a period of extreme trauma, I learned how I had been brainwashed. So I have made it my life’s mission to spread this one message: you have all the power you will ever need, right now, within you. Claim it.

I wrote...

Evryn, The Light

By Kaighla Rises,

Book cover of Evryn, The Light

What is my book about?

On the island of Kenozaria, women are in charge. But Evryn Korina, the chief's eldest daughter, is nothing like her mother; crippled by an isolating secret, she prefers nature to humans. But when a new, formidable enemy arrives on her shores, Evryn must learn to tap into her inner strength and connect with her fellow women in order to save her home, her people, and their culture from destruction.

Meanwhile, Lord Lukin Velga is disenchanted with his role as Captain of the Armies of Branngard and wary of his scheming uncle—the Torch—and his mission to spread their faith. When Lukin is sent to capture Evryn, he finds himself taken captive by her courage and integrity. Will he fulfill his destiny or uphold the honor of the woman he loves?

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of The Power

Kaighla Rises Why did I love this book?

Imagine a world in which women are suddenly and unequivocally given the power to control their own fates and finally be seen as powerful in their own right. In this book, that’s exactly what happens when girls and women across the globe suddenly gain the ability to shoot electric currents out of their hands. 

I loved this book because it masterfully explores the question at the heart of the modern uptick in widespread misogyny: what would happen if women had the power to subjugate men the way men have done to them? Some of the women in her story want revenge, but others just want to be able to go to the grocery store at night without fearing for their lives. 

In The Power, Alderman brilliantly breaks up the monolith of women and explores the many facets of modern female disempowerment and the multitude of ways we each learn to grapple with our experience in the face of an increasingly dangerous world for girls and women.

By Naomi Alderman,

Why should I read it?

8 authors picked The Power as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?


'Electrifying' Margaret Atwood

'A big, page-turning, thought-provoking thriller' Guardian


All over the world women are discovering they have the power.
With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain - even death.
Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they've lost control.

The Day of the Girls has arrived - but where will it end?


'The Hunger Games crossed with The Handmaid's Tale' Cosmopolitan

'I loved it; it was visceral, provocative and curiously pertinent . . . The story has stayed…

Book cover of Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger

Kaighla Rises Why did I love this book?

We’ve all experienced that unnerving moment when someone (usually a man) tells us to calm down when every inch of our body screams, “This is not okay!” In this book, the author argues that female rage is and always has been one of the most powerful forces for necessary change, and it’s one that the patriarchy works hard to tamp down.

I loved the way this author worked to convey the message that women are rightfully enraged by the injustices they experience on a day-to-day basis and rather than covering up that rage or calling it sadness or generally working to ignore it, we should channel it into doing all we can to effect change in the world around us.

I loved this book because it reminded me that anger is an important messenger, alerting me when an injustice has been committed and urging me to take action.

Before America Fererra’s monologue in The Barbie Movie, Rage Becomes Her is a manifesto of the uniquely feminine experience of always being both too much and not enough, of being forced to choose between one’s own self-respect and something like respect from the people in charge, and of the rage that accompanies such a predicament.

By Soraya Chemaly,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Rage Becomes Her as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A conversation-shifting book urging 21st-century women to understand their anger, embrace its power, and use it as a tool for positive change

'How many women cry when angry because we've held it in for so long? How many discover that anger turned inward is depression? Soraya Chemaly's Rage Becomes Her will be good for women. After all, women have a lot to be angry about.' GLORIA STEINEM

Women are angry, and it isn't hard to figure out why. We are underpaid, overworked, thwarted and diminished. The assertive among us are labelled bitches, while the expressive among us are considered shrill.…

Book cover of Untamed

Kaighla Rises Why did I love this book?

When my husband left me, I was distraught and confused. I had done all I could to force myself into the box he built for me, to be the perfect wife and mother, and he still left. In the middle of my spiral of hurt and self-hate, a friend recommended this book to me, and I devoured it in a matter of days. 

In Untamed, Glennon—who also did all she could to be the perfect wife and mother before her ex-husband engaged in a string of affairs—argues for women to stop killing and abandoning themselves to win the love and appreciation of other people (especially men) and to instead claim their own power and live the life that they want to live.

This was the first book I ever read that argued, in no unclear language, that women have the right and responsibility—as all people do—to stand up and walk away from situations and people and jobs and relationships and family members that hurt them.

Through a series of stories and memories—often involving her kids and her wife and exploring her past addictions—Doyle brings readers under her wing and advises them, like a loving auntie, to do everything in their power to protect, honor, and celebrate their own inner children.

By Glennon Doyle,

Why should I read it?

14 authors picked Untamed as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OVER TWO MILLION COPIES SOLD! “Packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today.”—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club Pick)

In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, bestselling author, and “patron saint of female empowerment” (People) explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY O: The Oprah Magazine • The Washington Post • Cosmopolitan • Marie Claire • Bloomberg • Parade •…

Book cover of Circe

Kaighla Rises Why did I love this book?

If you, like me, were forced to read Homer’s Odyssey in high school, you may recall the famous story about the witch Circe, who turned Homer’s sailors into pigs. And you may have felt as I did: slay, queen. If so, then Circe, Madeline Miller’s sophomore novel, is the book for you. 

In Circe, Miller expounds on the scant details we have on the life of Circe—who, like so many women in mythology and literature only existed as side character in the main male character’s storyline—producing a sweeping, moving narrative of female empowerment.

I loved this book because I could see so much of myself in this story—from Circe as the unwanted child to Circe the rebellious young woman to Circe the sensualized siren to Circe the broken-hearted muse. In all the phases of her life, Circe learns to find her own way in a world that does all it can to entrap her and blame her for the wrongs committed against her.

I couldn’t put this book down and found myself alternately cheering and weeping at the sheer beauty of Miller’s writing style. 

By Madeline Miller,

Why should I read it?

36 authors picked Circe as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The international Number One bestseller from the author of The Song of Achilles, shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction

Woman. Witch. Myth. Mortal. Outcast. Lover. Destroyer. Survivor. CIRCE.

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. Circe is a strange child - not powerful and terrible, like her father, nor gorgeous and mercenary like her mother. Scorned and rejected, Circe grows up in the shadows, at home in neither the world of gods or mortals. But Circe has a dark power of her own: witchcraft. When her gift threatens…

Book cover of Claim Your Power: A 40-Day Journey to Dissolve the Hidden Trauma That's Kept You Stuck and Finally Thrive in Your Life's Unique Purpose

Kaighla Rises Why did I love this book?

In the summer of 2019, my world began to crumble, and this book was the catalyst for the earthquake I desperately needed.

When I picked it up, I was on the tail end of a failing marriage, but I didn’t know it yet. All I knew was that I needed to figure out who I was outside of the trauma narrative I had told about my story, again and again. And I needed to stop feeling like a victim in my own story. 
If you need a swift kick in the rear-end, this book is the one for you. With insightful and encouraging, but direct, prose, Kipp invites you to take a careful look at who you are and what values you truly hold, dispute your best intentions. I thought I knew who I was and what I wanted, but I didn’t feel empowered to make those dreams a reality until I read this book.

Across forty days, Kipp invites you to take off your own blinders and see the ways in which you are inadvertently tripping yourself up and holding yourself back from your potential, and it’s not always a comfortable experience, but a necessary one. I would not have become who I am today—and I love who I am today—without reading this book.

By Mastin Kipp,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Claim Your Power as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Has your vision board turned into just wishful thinking? Do you believe in the power of intention and goal setting, but are losing self-respect because you aren't following through? Do you feel completely stuck in life?If things haven't been going the way you've planned, know this: Everything changes the moment you discover your life's unique Purpose. Success, love, abundance, health and well-being, and vibrant energy are all by-products of leading a Purpose-filled life.Maybe you don't know what your life's Purpose is, or you don't believe you have one, or you thought you knew what it was…

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By Carolyn Mathews,

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What is my book about?

Transforming Pandora, women's fiction with a metaphysical undercurrent, is written with humour and a light touch. As the plot slips between two time frames, separated by more than thirty years, the reader explores her life and loves: her ups and downs.

In the opening chapter, Pandora is attempting to come to terms with her husband's death. At a friend's suggestion, she reluctantly attends an evening of clairvoyance, after which her life is transformed by a mysterious spirit who sets her on a new path.

Her romantic life is reignited when she encounters a new man, but complicated by the appearance of a significant figure from her past. At the same time her spiritual life is presented with a challenge when she's offered the chance of enlightenment via a heavenly correspondence course. Her quest in life to find her true purpose is within her reach. Will she grasp this opportunity? Or will she choose love over light?

Transforming Pandora

By Carolyn Mathews,

What is this book about?

Pandora, 51, childless, and still beautiful, is attempting to come to terms with her husband's death. Having a history of being drawn to the esoteric, yet remaining a healthy sceptic, she reluctantly attends an evening of clairvoyance and raises a spirit who sets her on a new path...

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