An Empowered Summer Reading List

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By: Whitney Mayfield

We’ve all been there, we keep adding books to our amazon cart, we keep ordering them, we keep not reading them. Summertime is the perfect time to dust them off and get lost in the stories within. According to Stanford, nearly 2.8 million books were published in English in 2015 alone; so whether you enjoy self-help, education, comedy, or mystery, there is a book for everyone.

Here at Moon Cycle Bakery we’ve been trading tips and favorites with each other.  Below are some books that we will be reading this summer, toes in the sand (or green grass), cold drink in hand.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild is a memoir by Cheryl Strayed chronicling her 1,100 mile trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s a story of love and loss and how one woman needed to get lost in order to get found. Even if you’ve seen the movie with Reese Witherspoon, we highly encourage the book.

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

This best selling book has now been read by millions. Everytime I ask my friends to suggest a book to read this is immediately their go to. It’s found in the “self help” section of the book store, but I believe it’s more “self empowerment”. It is a book that inspires you to live your best life without excuses. It is a book that makes you want to be a better version of yourself — a book that reminds you of the badass you are.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

She made a name for herself on Saturday Night Live, however, there is much more to Amy Poehler than just her celebrity status. She is a mother, an ex-wife, a girlfriend, and a badass business woman. She is candid about her life lessons and how she does it all (no sleep and nannies). She encourages women to be the boss of their own life, to never give up, and to never take it too seriously.

Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I’ve heard from several people who have read Women Who Run WIth the Wolves that it’s their go-to bible; their guide when they’re feeling lost and disconnected to the power that lies within us as women. Clarissa Pinkola Estes shares life-lessons through storytelling and folklore, reminding us how fierce, brave, strong and wild we are. If you’re looking for a boost of empowerment coupled with that feeling you get when you sit around the campfire and read, this is the book for you.

Woman Code by Alisa Vitti

This is the book that every woman should own. It is the manual of a healthy cycle, taking charge over your fertility, and how to understand your own body. Alisa breaks down all parts of a woman’s cycle including what foods to eat, what to avoid, and how to feel empowered even when we feel bloated and hormonal. She encourages real conversation and writes in a way that you  feel like you are having a heart to heart with Alisa Vitti herself.


Devon Loftus