10 Life-Changing Books that will Give you a Confidence Boost

Books can be one of the most powerful resources for guidance and reassurance in your life.

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Reading has always been fundamental , especially when it comes to your well being. Reading the right literature can give you the motivation and inspiration to reach your goals, or set some new goals.

Women, Black women in particular, often don't get the support and encouragement they need as it applies to career goals, frienship and health and wellness. 


Luckily, there are many books written by and for Black women that are sure to give readers a boost in confidence: 

The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America by Tamara Winfrey Harris

This book in a collection of interviews of diverse women, teach you where certain stereotypes come from about Black women and issues all women face. This is definitely a learning how to love yourself read. 


Fervent by Pricilla Shirer

The Fervent by Pricilla Shirer is a book that teaches women to fight their demons with prayers, and becomes your best friend in your head. 


Wouldn't Take Nothing for my Journey Now  by Maya Angelou

This was actually Maya Angelou's first published book of essays that give her views on a range of topics such as racism, fashion, entertainment and more. 


Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts by Ayana Byrd and Akiba Solomon

This book is critical to have on your shelf as it teaches Black women to love every part of themselves; from their hair to their body shape. 


Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes has been an inspiration to Black women all over, and has certainly paved the way for others in entertainment. In her books she tells us how she overcomes discomfort through powerful storytelling. 


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Sisters of the Yam: Black women and self-recovery by Bell Hooks

This books explores the lifelong impact of racism and sexism, but gives advice on how to heal from that pain.  


A Belle in Brooklyn by Demetria L. Lucas

Known as the Black Carrie Bradshaw, Lucas focuses on teaching women how to live their best life while living single. 


What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

Although she's no longer hosting her talk show, Oprah is still giving her audience her best advice. Learn from one of the best in this book of life lessons. 


We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union is one of the most inspiring actresses, having been through so much and came out on top. She's been sexually abused, overlooked; and now she's sharing her stories and continuing to be inspirational. 


The Little Black Book of Success Laws of Leadership for Black Women By Elaine Brown, Marsha Haygood, Rhonda McLean

Having trouble navigating the business world? This books is your guide to surviving as an entrepreneur and corporate America. 


What books would you recommend for a confidence boost?