Rad Reads

7 memoirs that will inspire you to have an amazing 2017

There’s nothing more inspiring than reading about how amazing gals have achieved their dreams and changed their lives. If you’re curious about how your fave entertainers, athletes, and activists got to where they are today, then you're in luck. Many of them have put their thoughts and stories onto paper in the form of a book. Not only are they fun to read, but they’re also often filled with advice and support.

Get inspired by the page-turners written by these fabulous girls and women: 

Courage to Soar by Simone Biles

You’ve most likely heard of this super-talented Olympic gold medalist. At only 19 years old, she’s already been crowned a world champion in several gymnastic events and published a memoir to boot. But her success didn’t come easily—her book details years of hard work and the obstacles she faced. Hitch a ride on her incredible journey from foster care to the Rio Olympics by picking up this great read.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Raised by immigrant parents, Mindy Kaling grew up to become an actress, producer, writer, comedian and creator of the hilarious The Mindy Project. You might know her as Kelly Kapoor from The Office, but did you know she also wrote, produced and directed for the show? In her hilarious memoir, she discusses everything about her upbringing, friendships, and Hollywood career. It’s a must-read for any gal who’s interested in working in entertainment or just wants a laugh.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Hope Jahren is a geobiologist, and her best-selling memoir is brimming with her love of nature and science. Her work has taken her to the North Pole and Hawaii and many places in between, and she chronicles her awesome adventures right here. She’ll show you the beauty of plants and, along the way, encourage you to follow your own passions.

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

Fans of Gilmore Girls won’t want to miss this one. Through personal essays, Lauren Graham recounts her path to becoming a successful actress and “making it,” adding a dash of handy life advice and girl talk. She also talks about what it was like to portray Lorelai Gilmore in the show and its recent Netflix revival.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Malala was shot in the head at 15 years old for speaking up for girls’ rights to education in Pakistan, but she survived and became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Now 19, her best-selling memoir will inspire you to stand up for what you believe in and help make the world a better place.

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick, the star of Pitch Perfect, Into the Woods, and Twilight, shares stories from her life in this witty, honest memoir. If you’ve ever wondered about her childhood, middle-school crushes and how she broke into Hollywood, this book has it all.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

What do you do when it seems like you’ve lost everything? If you’re Cheryl Strayed you go on 1,000+ mile hike along the entire Western coast of the US, from the Mojave Desert to the state of Washington. All by yourself. In her popular memoir, she tells the inspiring tale of her physical and mental journey and how she healed herself in the end.

What memoir would you recommend? Tell us in the comments!

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by Grace Zhou | 12/25/2016