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5 Books To Ignite Your Inner Badass

We all could use a little inspiration for fall, and what better place to look than inside the minds of fictional and real-life badasses? From mythological tales to historical heroines, these books are sure to ignite a fire within you, giving you a full dose of motivation to last you all the way through winter.

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Ocean’s Fire by Stacey Tucker

Learn how to take control of your life with badass Skylar Southmartin, the main character in Ocean's Fire, the first installment of the Equal Night Trilogy. At the same time that she’s recovering from her mother’s death and trying to finish her veterinary degree, Skylar is coming to terms with her own mystical powers. Furthermore, she reconnects with her first love Argan, but is unable to deny her attraction to the mysterious and irresistible Joshua. In this captivating and explosive story, Skylar must make choices that will indefinitely alter her own life and the lives of everyone around her.

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

After a triumphant reign and successful conquests, Adelina has finally found victory—and revenge against those who betrayed her. The arrival of a new danger, however, threatens not only her, but her entire empire. Forced into an uneasy alliance with the Daggers, Adelina decides to risk it all, even now that she finally has something to lose. In true badass fashion, though, Adelina is ready to fight for her kingdom, no matter the cost.

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Being a badass doesn’t necessarily have to mean saving the world as a YA heroine. In her most frank memoir yet, real-life badass Hillary Clinton shares her true thoughts, feelings, and experiences during one of the most controversial elections in history. She confronts the sexism, double standards, and setbacks she faced, while also offering a hope—and a warning—for the future of our country. Ultimately, Clinton shows us that, sometimes, being a badass is just finding strength to get back on your feet.

The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper

Before there were the March sisters of Little Women, there were the Alcott sisters. While Louisa Alcott finds success publishing Little Women, May Alcott, her sister, finds herself distressed at Louisa’s less-than-desirable portrayal of May as spoiled sister Amy March. An artist and creator in her own right, May leaves on a journey across countries, finding her own identity, showing women can be artists, and proving she’s more than just the other Alcott. What better source of inspiration than an 1800s badass?

Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding

These rousing essays from a diverse group of writers show us how women can cope, proceed, and, ultimately, unite after Donald Trump’s presidential win. This book features essays from talented and influential authors, including Rebecca Solnit, Cheryl Strayed, and Sara Hepola, that document the experiences and reflections of women across America. These stories are sure to inspire—after all, there’s no better way to ignite your own inner badass than by being encouraged by the badassness of others.

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