Books that Empower Us
Ok. Let’s get real for a minute. This has been a rough time for a lot of people. The election felt like it lasted for approximately nine decades, and now that it’s over, a lot of us are left with the question, “What’s next?”
Being the book nerds that we are, many of us turn to books to find answers and to seek solace during difficult times. Here are a few of the books that inspire me to go out there and try to make the world a better place.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl is one of my favorite books, and it’s the first book I turn to when I feel like I need a pick-me-up. The main character, Leo, is an ordinary, go-with-the-flow guy, but when a new girl, Stargirl, comes to town, his world is turned upside down. Stargirl doesn’t care what anyone thinks – of her weird flowy skirts, of her rat Cinnamon, or of her ukulele. This book always reminds me that being yourself is worth it, even if it’s difficult, and that one person can make a difference in the lives of many just by spreading joy and positivity.
All the Feels by Danika Stone
When you’re feeling powerless and small in this world, reading a great book about the power of the internet is the perfect remedy! All the Feels is a great portrayal of how one person – in this case, Liv – can start a whole movement – keeping her favorite TV character alive – by unleashing the awesome power of the internet. In addition to a great love story, this book is a wonderful example of how one person can make something big happen, whether that’s igniting a fandom, starting a charity, or volunteering for a cause you believe in.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
One thing that always makes me feel powerful is reading other stories about powerful women and girls, even if they’re fictional. The Golden Compass is one of my favorite books in this category. The main character Lyra is fearless and relentless in her search to find her friend Roger, and her courage gives me courage to tackle big, scary things that seem impossible (I also really want to ride on a big polar bear like Lyra, which is actually impossible). When I’m feeling down, I turn to this book for the ultimate girl power boost.
What books empower you and make you feel like you can change the world? We want to hear from you!