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Books for Women 2018: Ladies, are you looking for new reading material for 2018? I’ve gathered a 20 intriguing must-reads coming in 2018 that you’ll need to add to your 2018 reading list ASAP. These books range from motivational to completely entertaining. Enjoy!

Books for Women 2018: Ladies, are you looking for new reading material for 2018? I've gathered a 20 intriguing must-reads coming in 2018 that you'll need to add to your 2018 reading list ASAP. These books range from motivational to completely entertaining. Enjoy!

20 Must-Read Books for Women 2018 Edition

2018 is here and my reading list has dwindled down. One oif the most exciting things about a new year is a brand new list of books releasing from some of our gavorite authors and maybe some authors we’ve never heard of before. This year, I’ve gathered my top 20 must-read books for women that have potential to make my year a game changer. These books are very promising as far as motivation, inspiration, and entertainment go. Whether you’re looking to surpass the goals you’ve set for yourself this year or you just need something to help you relax in your quiet time, there’s a little something here for you.

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1. Badass Babe Workbook

20 Must-Read Books For Women 2018Written By: Julie Van Grol

Available for purchase starting: January 30th (available for preorder now)

This empowering art book highlights the accomplishments and messages of over 100 badass babes with prompts, art activities, and writing exercises that will encourage you to unearth, fuel, and cultivate your own inner superpowers, unleash your creativity, and find your voice.

Get details on trailblazing, badass babes — scientists, artists, athletes, writers, activists, poets, entertainers, and boundary breakers — and you will see how creativity and self-expression combine to energize change yourself, and in the world. The Badass Babe Workbook is a playground for you to tap into your ideas, find your voice, and be reminded of the difference each of us can make when we are unafraid and assured in what we envision and express.

In these complex, sometimes bewildering times, the Badass Babes Workbook keeps you engaged and connected with phenomenal women. Dig deep into yourself, polish up your gifts, fight injustice, and be your biggest, best, badass self!

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2. Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship

20 Must-Read Books for Women | Coming in 2018Written By: Kayleen Schaefer

Available for purchase starting: February 6th (available for preorder now)

“Text me when you get home.” After joyful nights out together, female friends say this to one another as a way of cementing their love. It’s about safety; but more than that, it’s about solidarity.

From Broad City to Big Little Lies to what women say about their own best friends, the stories we’re telling about female friendship have changed. What used to be written off as infighting between mean girls or disposable relationships that would be tossed as soon as a guy came along are no longer described like that. Now, we’re lifting up our female friendships to the same level as our other important relationships, saying they matter just as much as the bonds we have with our romantic partners, children, parents, or siblings.

Journalist Kayleen Schaefer relays her journey of modern female friendship: from being a competitive teenager to trying to be one of the guys in the workplace to ultimately awakening to the power of female friendship and the soulmates, girl squads, and chosen families that come with it.

Schaefer has put together a completely new sociological perspective on the way we see our friends today, one that includes interviews with dozens of other women across the country: historians, creators of the most iconic films and television shows about female friendship (and Galentine’s Day!), celebrities, authors, and other experts. The end result is a validation of female friendship that’s never existed before.

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3. How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety

20 Must-Read Books for Women | Coming in 2018Written By: Ellen Hendriksen

Available for purchase starting: March 13th (available for preorder now)

Up to 40% of people consider themselves shy. You might say you’re introverted or awkward, or that you’re fine around friends but just can’t speak up in a meeting or at a party. Maybe you’re usually confident but have recently moved or started a new job, only to feel isolated and unsure.

If you get nervous in social situations―meeting your partner’s friends, public speaking, standing awkwardly in the elevator with your boss―you’ve probably been told, “Just be yourself!” But that’s easier said than done―especially if you’re prone to social anxiety.

Weaving together cutting-edge science, concrete tips, and the compelling stories of real people who have risen above their social anxiety, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen proposes a groundbreaking idea: you already have everything you need to succeed in any unfamiliar social situation. As someone who lives with social anxiety, Dr. Hendriksen has devoted her career to helping her clients overcome the same obstacles she has. With familiarity, humor, and authority, Dr. Hendriksen takes the reader through the roots of social anxiety and why it endures, how we can rewire our brains through our behavior, and―at long last―exactly how to quiet your Inner Critic, the pesky voice that whispers, “Everyone will judge you.” Using her techniques to develop confidence, think through the buzz of anxiety, and feel comfortable in any situation, you can finally be your true, authentic self.

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4. In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons From 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules

20 Must-Read Books for Women | Coming in 2018Written By: Karen Karbo

Available for purchase starting: February 27th (available for preorder now)

From Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Taylor to Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and Lena Dunham, this witty narrative explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in the world.

Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, this elegantly illustrated book is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history. Best-selling author Karen Karbo (The Gospel According to Coco Chanel) spotlights the spirited rule breakers who charted their way with little regard for expectations: Amelia Earhart, Helen Gurley Brown, Edie Sedgwick, Hillary Clinton, Amy Poehler, and Shonda Rhimes, among others. Their lives–imperfect, elegant, messy, glorious–provide inspiration and instruction for the new age of feminism we have entered. Karbo distills these lessons with wit and humor, examining the universal themes that connect us to each of these mesmerizing personalities today: success and style, love and authenticity, daring and courage. Being “difficult,” Karbo reveals, might not make life easier. But it can make it more fulfilling–whatever that means for you.

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5. Pocket Coco Chanel Wisdom: Witty Quotes and Wise Words from a Fashion Icon (Pocket Wisdom)

20 Must-Read Books for Women | Coming in 2018Written By: Hardie Grant

Available for purchase starting: February 6th (available for preorder now)

Coco Chanel was one of the most renowned designers of her time, creating timeless pieces such as the little black dress, chic quilted handbags and, of course, Chanel No.5. Known for her strong beliefs and fearless attitude, Pocket Coco Chanel is a collection of some of her best quotes.

‘A woman should be two things: who and what she wants’

‘You live but once; you might as well be amusing.’ ‘Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.’

Inspirational, stylish and fun, this is the perfect gift for the fashionista in your life.

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6. Party of One: Truth, Longing, and the Subtle Art of Singleness

20 Must-Read Books for Women | Coming in 2018Written By: Joy Beth Smith

Available for purchase starting: February 6th (available for preorder now)

Did you enter adulthood thinking marriage would naturally find you, only to end up at a second-cousin’s wedding, dodging yet another bouquet the night before you turned thirty? Maybe you’ve started wondering, is this the best the single life has to offer? Joy Beth Smith says it’s not. The single life doesn’t have to be the runner-up version of God’s best. It doesn’t have to leave you constantly waiting for “real life” to begin. Party of One offers a trade: let go of the tired lies weighing you down and turn toward truth.

With humor, self-awareness, and been-there perspective, Party of One delves into the insecurities and struggles of singleness and encourages you to find the good, the true, and the beautiful, to dive headfirst into community, and to stop pressing pause on a life you never expected.

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7. Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living A Better Life

20 Must-Read Books for Women | Coming in 2018Written By: Gabrielle Bernstein

Available for purchase starting: January 6th (available for preorder now)

The Judgment Detox is an interactive six-step process that calls on spiritual principles from the text A Course in Miracles, Kundalini yoga, the Emotional Freedom Technique (aka Tapping), meditation, prayer and metaphysical teachings. I’ve demystified these principles to make them easy to commit to and apply in your daily life. Each lesson builds upon the next to support true healing. When you commit to following the process and become willing to let go, judgment, pain and suffering will begin to dissolve.

And the miracles will keep coming. Once you begin to feel better you start to release your resistance to love. The more you practice these steps, the more love enters into your consciousness and into your energetic vibration. When you’re in harmony with love, you receive more of what you want. Your energy attracts its likeness. So when you shift your energy from defensive judgment to free-flowing love your life gets awesome. You’ll attract exactly what you need, your relationships will heal, your health will improve and you’ll feel safer and more secure. One loving thought at a time creates a miracle. Follow these steps to clear all blocks, spread more love and live a miraculous life.

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8. Slutever: Dispatches from a Sexually Autonomous Woman in a Post-Shame World

20 Must-Read Books for Women | Coming in 2018Written By: Karley Sciortino

Available for purchase starting: February 6th (available for preorder now)

We’re lucky that slut is such a great word, because it’s safe to say that almost every woman will be called a slut at least once in her lifetime. Despite a slowly shifting sexual double standard, it’s still taboo to be a woman who’s openly sexual-let alone one who sleeps around. Now Vogue columnist Karley Sciortino is on a mission to reclaim the word “slut” to represent a person who seeks out visceral experiences through sex, and who isn’t ashamed about it. Sluts are special. Sluts are radical. And sluts are skilled at time management, because they can handle multiple partners on rotation, plus their jobs and their blogs and their beauty routines. Not everyone is qualified for this coveted position.

SLUTEVER is a call-to-arms, a confessional memoir, a slut manifesto, as told by a sex-radical hedonist in a pink PVC mini dress. It’s a thoughtful, first-person account of a modern woman, navigating sex, love, casual hookups, open relationships,, bisexuality, BDSM, breakups, sex work, sex parties, and the power of sexual agency, as told from the front lines.

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9. The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love

20 Must-Read Books for Women | Coming in 2018Written By: Sonya Renee Taylor

Available for purchase starting: February 13th (available for preorder now)

Humans are a varied and divergent bunch with all manner of beliefs, morals, and bodies. Systems of oppression thrive off our inability to make peace with difference and injure the relationship we have with our own bodies.

The Body Is Not an Apology offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by these violent systems. World-renowned activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor invites us to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength. As we awaken to our own indoctrinated body shame, we feel inspired to awaken others and to interrupt the systems that perpetuate body shame and oppression against all bodies. When we act from this truth on a global scale, we usher in the transformative opportunity of radical self-love, which is the opportunity for a more just, equitable, and compassionate world–for us all.

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10. How to Get Sh*t Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything so They Can Achieve Anything

20 Must-Read Books for Women | Coming in 2018Written By: Erin Falconer

Available for purchase starting: January 2nd, 2018

Women live in a state of constant guilt: that we’re not doing enough, that we’re not good enough, that we can’t keep up. If we’re not climbing the corporate ladder, building our side hustle, preparing home-cooked meals, tucking the kids in at night, meditating daily, and scheduling playdates, date nights, and girls’ nights every week, we feel like we’re not living our best lives. Yet traditional productivity books—written by men—barely touch the tangle of cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list.

Finally, in the first productivity book by a woman in a decade, Erin Falconer will show you how to do less—a lot less. In fact, How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest. As the founder of two technology start-ups and one of Refinery29’s Top 10 Women Changing the Digital Landscape for Good, Erin has seen what happens when women chase an outdated, patriarchal model of productivity, and in How to Get Sh*t Done she shows how even the most perfectionistic among us can tap into our inner free spirit and learn to feel like badasses, rather than drudges.

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11. DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change the World

NEW Books for Women in 2018Written By: Krista Suh

Available for purchase starting: January 16th (available for preorder now)

On January 21, 2017, millions of protestors took part in the Women’s March, and many of them created a “sea of pink” when they wore knitted pink “pussyhats” in record numbers. The pussyhat swiftly found its place on the cover of TIME and the New Yorker, and it ultimately came to symbolize resistance culture. Creator of the Pussyhat Project, Krista Suh, took an idea and built a worldwide movement and symbol in just two months. But like so many women, Krista spent years letting her fears stop her from learning to live by her own rules.
Now in DIY RULES FOR A WTF WORLD, Krista Suh shares the tools, tips, experiences, “rules,” and knitting patterns she uses to get creative, get bold, and change the world. From learning how to use your own intuition to decide which rules are right for you to finding your inner-courage to speak up fearlessly; from finding what your passions are (this might surprise you!) to dealing with the squelchers out there, DIY RULES FOR THE WTF WORLD not only inspires you to demolish the patriarchy, but also enables you to create your own rules for living, and even a movement of your own, all with gusto, purpose, and joy.

12. How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 Habits that Are Holding You Back from Happiness

NEW Books for Women in 2018Written By: Andrea Owen

Available for purchase starting: January 2nd, 2018

How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t is a straight-shooting approach to self-improvement for women, one that offers no-crap truth-telling about the most common self-destructive behaviors women tend to engage in. From listening to the imposter complex and bitchy inner critic to catastrophizing and people-pleasing, Andrea Owen–a nationally sought-after life coach–crystallizes what’s behind these invisible, undermining habits. With each chapter, she kicks women’s gears out of autopilot and empowers them to create happier, more fulfilling lives. Powerfully on-the-mark, the chapters are short and digestible, nicely bypassing weighty examinations in favor of punch-points of awareness.

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13. Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World

NEW Books for Women in 2018Written By: Women’s March Organizers and Conde Nast

Available for purchase starting: January 16th (available for preorder now)

Together We Rise interweaves their stories with “Voices from the March”—recollections from real women who were there, across the world—plus exclusive images by top photographers, and 22 short, thought-provoking essays by esteemed writers, celebrities and artists including Rowan Blanchard, Senator Tammy Duckworth, America Ferrera, Roxane Gay, Ilana Glazer, Ashley Judd, Valarie Kaur, David Remnick, Yara Shahidi, Jill Soloway, Jia Tolentino, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Elaine Welteroth. An inspirational call to action that reminds us that together, ordinary people can make a difference, Together We Rise is an unprecedented look at a day that made history—and the beginning of a resistance movement to reclaim our future.

Women’s March will share proceeds from Together We Rise with three grassroots, women-led organizations: The Gathering for Justice, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, and Indigenous Women Rise.

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14. I Know How You Feel: The Joy and Heartbreak of Friendship in Women’s Lives

NEW Books for Women in 2018Written By: F. Diane Barth

Available for purchase starting: February 6th (available for preorder now)

“Do I have enough friends?” “Why did my friendship end?” and “What makes a good friendship work?”

These are questions that F. Diane Barth, a psychotherapist widely recognized for her expertise in women’s relationships, fields all the time. In I Know How You Feel, she draws out engaging stories from a lively and diverse cast of women, many of whom speak about feelings they haven’t shared before. She explores how life changes affect women’s friendships in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. Interweaving examples from classic women’s literature to chick flicks, she provides grounded advice on how to manage betrayal and rejection, how to deal with a narcissistic or bossy friend, what to do when your best friend and your family don’t get along, how to let go of a friendship that has stopped working, and much more. A timely, empathetic guide for women in their twenties to their sixties and beyond.

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15. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

NEW Books for Women in 2018Written By: Rachel Hollis

Available for purchase starting: February 6th (available for preorder now)

Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.

Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.

From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like the other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.

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16. Unwifeable: A Memoir

NEW Books for Women in 2018Written By: Mandy Stadmiller

Available for purchase starting: April 3rd (available for preorder now)

Mandy Stadtmiller came to Manhattan in 2005, newly divorced, thirty years old, with a job at the New York Post, ready to conquer the city and the industry in one fell swoop. Like a “real-life Carrie Bradshaw” (so called by Jenny McCarthy!), she proceeded to chronicle her fearless attempts for nearly a decade in the PostNew York magazine, and xoJane.

But there was a darker side to the glitz and glamor threatening to surface. After countless failed romances and too many blackout nights, she gave up on love and came to terms with who she was: broken, hurting, and angry. So she got sober and regained control of her life. And on the very last day of her thirties, she got engaged on the steps of Times Square to a man who spoke red flag fluently who couldn’t wait to make her his wife. Finally falling in love and getting married didn’t magically somehow fix her—but it did represent a metamorphosis of spirit.

Unwifeable is a New York fairytale brought to life—Sex and the City on acid. With hysterical insight, unabashed sexuality, and unprecedented levels of raw, honest pain, Unwifeable is a book that you can’t help but respond and relate to—perfect for fans of Amy Schumer, Chelsea Handler, and Sarah Hepola.

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17. Single State of Mind

NEW Books for Women in 2018Written By: Andi Dorfman

Available for purchase starting: January 9th

Sharing moments like finding her first New York apartment (the front door broke so she had to use the fire escape), her first dates on “celebrity Tinder” and finally, watching her ex-fiancé propose to another woman on Bachelor in Paradise, Andi Dorfman doesn’t shy away from pulling back the curtain on the life of a reality star who’s returned to reality.

Dorfman’s supremely relatable personality has inspired incredible devotion from her fans, who follow her every move on social media. Filled with a mix of romantic mishaps, city adventures, and, of course, plenty of insider Bachelor details, Andi’s new book is Sex and the City for the reality TV generation.

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18. Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say

NEW Books for Women in 2018Written By: Kelly Corrigan

Available for purchase starting: January 9th

It’s a crazy idea: trying to name the phrases that make love and connection possible. But that’s just what Kelly Corrigan has set out to do here. In her New York Times bestselling memoirs, Corrigan distilled our core relationships to their essences, showcasing a warm, easy storytelling style. Now, in Tell Me More, she’s back with a deeply personal, unfailingly honest, and often hilarious examination of the essential phrases that turn the wheel of life.

In “I Don’t Know,” Corrigan wrestles to make peace with uncertainty, whether it’s over invitations that never came or a friend’s agonizing infertility. In “No,” she admires her mother’s ability to set boundaries and her liberating willingness to be unpopular. In “Tell Me More,” a facialist named Tish teaches her something important about listening. And in “I Was Wrong,” she comes clean about her disastrous role in a family fight—and explains why saying sorry may not be enough. With refreshing candor, a deep well of empathy, and her signature desire to understand “the thing behind the thing,” Corrigan swings between meditations on life with a preoccupied husband and two mercurial teenage daughters to profound observations on love and loss.

With the streetwise, ever-relatable voice that defines Corrigan’s work, Tell Me More is a moving and meaningful take on the power of the right words at the right moment to change everything.

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19. Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 535 Easy(ish) Steps

NEW Books for Women in 2018Written By: Kelly Williams Brown

Available for purchase starting: March 6th (available for preorder now)

If you graduated from college but still feel like a student . . . if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store . . . if you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean . . . it’s OK. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Just because you don’t feel like an adult doesn’t mean you can’t act like one. And it all begins with this funny, wise, and useful book. Based on Kelly Williams Brown’s popular blog, ADULTING, makes the scary, confusing “real world” approachable, manageable–and even conquerable.

From breaking up with frenemies to fixing your toilet, this way fun comprehensive handbook is the answer for aspiring grown-ups of all ages.

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20. If You Could See Me: Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Sanity

NEW Books for Women in 2018Written By: Erin Mahone

Available for purchase starting: January 17th (available for preorder now)

Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Sanity is Erin Mahone’s first book in which she talks candidly about the challenges of growing up in a family where mental illness was pervasive and a sense of humor was an absolute necessity! She addresses how these formative experiences and relationships impact the how and why of her existence and her firm and absolute believe that we are all capable of greatness no matter who we are, where we come from, or what stories we have internalized to convince ourselves otherwise.

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What are your favorite books of 2018?

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