With the shelves of many bookstores fit to burst, it’s no easy feat to choose the perfect present for the literary lover in your life. So, if you’re struggling to sort the wheat from the chaff, we’ve curated five of the best book gifts for women, this holiday season. Whether you’re after an inspiring read for your BFF, an informative guide for the businesswoman in your life, or a thought-provoking tome for your favourite feminist, we’ve got you covered.
Eat Sweat Play: How Sport Can Change Our Lives
In a world dominated by men, Anna Kessel’s Eat Sweat Play is set to inspire a legion of women to make big changes in the sporting world. Exploring what it really means to be a sporty woman in the 21st century – from Sporty Spice to mums who box, sportswriter Kessel looks at women are finally reclaiming sport, and by extension their own bodies, for themselves – and how you can too.
A poignant and brilliantly written guide to living beyond the bounds of fear and allowing creativity to bloom, Big Magic is a testament to not only author Elizabeth Glibert’s prowess as a writer; but also her dedication to a life of writing. She offers guidance and inspiration to would-be artists – whether their channel is words, music, or paint – treat your creativity like a lover; always make time for it, nurture it; be ruthlessly passionate when it comes to your art.
The Working Woman’s Handbook
With the rise of aspiring businesswomen and would-be entrepreneurs, The Working Woman’s Handbook by Phoebe Loveatt is the perfect present for anyone wanting to break out of the constraints of a 9-5. Founder of The Working Women’s Club, an international platform that provides creative women with the tools to network, share ideas, and grow their own careers, author Phoebe Loveatt has penned the ultimate guide for ambitious freelancers and business owners, covering everything from the art of networking to navigating budgets.
We Should All Be Feminists
An extensive essay from award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, We Should All Be Feminists is essential reading for anyone with an interest in equal rights for women. Adapted from the powerful TEDx talk of the same name, ripe with prose and powerful to the very last page, We Should All Be Feminists is a must-read for women all over the globe.
Leap In: A Woman, Some Waves and the Will to Swim
From Alexandra Heminsley, the author of Running Like A Girl – a marathon memoir that inspired many a woman to pick up their running shoes, comes the equally inspiring Leap In. Disillusioned with running and the many logistics that come with it, British journalist Alexandra Heminsley turns her hand to wild swimming in the bitterly cold waterways of the UK and beyond. Part memoir, part guide, it will inspire even the most unlikely of candidates to explore the art of swimming and the sense of freedom that comes with it.
Lucy Pearson is a certified bookworm, wanderluster, and qualified yoga teacher with a thirst for adventure and a love for life.
Lucy has her own blog, The Literary Edit, and also contributes to Stylist Magazine and Hip and Healthy.