5 Books about Strong Women with Expert @smartypants.books

5 Books About Badass Women!!

That will make you feel like one too!!

Featuring Grace Gudenkauf from @smartypants.books


 We have Grace from @smartypants.books on IG on the blog this week!!!

What does she do?! On her kickin’ page she shares books and other resources for never-ending learning, growth and more!!!!!!! She also helps lead a female finance book club with her sister @littlemissfinance (pssst – we had her as a guest feature a few weeks ago and she answers all TOUGH money questions and how to actually SAVE mula!! Check it here 🙂

Grace reached out to me asking if she could share some books about badass women that’ll make you FEEL like you’re a badass women. Wanna know what I said?! HECK YES QUEEN!!!

As someone who is always reading more self-development type books, I’m excited to share her top-notch list of these books that’ll for sure motivate you to feel like a BO$$ ! 

Grace’s (the Expert’s) Take on These Books –

“Badass women are what make the world go ‘round. They’re empowering, inspiring and motivating. They make you go, “Oh yeah! I’m a chick and I’m AWESOME.” So, I’m here to share these 5 books written by or about some fellow badass chicks. These reads will make you feel brave, courageous, and proud to be a woman.  Not to mention that all of these books are amazing stories in and of themselves! So, as it’s getting to that cozy, cuddly time of year, grab one of these reads and snuggle in! “

So what are Grace’s Reccs for some Awesome Sauce Strong Women Reads?! 

Keep Readin’ Suga!!!! 

PS – Grace provides different ways to read these books below 

(SPOILER- one of them is FREE!) 


Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer
by: Lisa McCubbin

Former first lady of the Whitehouse in the 70s, Betty Ford was never anything but her unique self. When women were supposed to remain quiet and polite, she spoke out to the nation about taboo topics. She addressed her battles with breast cancer, addiction, alcoholism, ultimately dismantling stigmas that prevented women, and men, from getting help. Eventually she co-founded the Betty Ford Center. There is nothing more empowering than being someone who remains true to themselves, and stands up for what they believe in. And that is Betty Ford to the core. 

// Check It Out Here // 

Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls Book
by: Carrie Goldberg

Carrie is an absolute badass who runs a victim’s rights law firm, after experiencing a helpless stalker situation herself. Setting the record straight over what you don’t have to put up with and what you can do about it, Carrie is relentless in her belief of not only standing up for yourself, but giving a hell of a fight back! She reminds all women that we are all warriors, and worthy of being absolutely nobody’s victim.


The Woman Who Would be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
by: Kara Cooney

Is there a more badass figure in ancient history that Hapshetsut? Probably not. Hatshepsut was the longest reigning female pharaoh in ancient Egypt. Her story is truly remarkable, even inconceivable. Stopping at nothing, she transformed herself from a secondary character to being the single most important leader in Egypt at the time during a time when women held virtually no power or authority in society.


I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
by: Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai

Malala has stood the ultimate test of standing up for what you believe in. She was attacked by the Taliban for speaking out for women’s education and going to school. Just 8 years ago. Overcoming every type of adversity Malala and her father lead the charge in her community for education for women, and nearly paid with her life. She is the ultimate badass who stopped at nothing to bring a better life to her family, community and country. 




by: Tara Westover

No matter where you come from you can do anything you set your mind too. That seems to be pretty true for Tara Westover. She grew up in the hills of Idaho, believing that an apocalyptic doomsday could descend upon the world at any minute. Doctors, medicine and formal education were as foreign to her growing up as the apocalypse is to us. At 17 she went to school for the very first time and almost exclusively self-taught herself to catch up, eventually earning a PHD. Her story is a beacon of hope among hopelessness, having to cut ties with family and achieving what she could never have imagined.



How to get your own copies?!

1) Books are linked to Amazon above


2 other ways that I love to read books (and that are a lot easier on the pocket and environment)


1) Libby. Free App and All you have to do is have a public library card, download the app, sync it and start renting! I love listening to audiobooks and reading ebooks on my iPad using this app. Even better, you can enter multiple library cards if you have them, giving you even more access to amazing reads!

2) Half Price Books, You can look online or call to see if a specific book you want is available. Otherwise head on over to the nearest HPB to you and get to browsing! Buying used is better for our world AND you can get books for just a few dollars!


3) BetterWorldBooks, This also lets you buy used and they donate a book for every one you purchase.


No matter which option you choose, don’t wait to read these books, because I promise you will love them!!! 

That’s all folks!!! What other Bo$$ Women Books have you read?! Any we should put on the list?! 

– Rachel and Grace

Published by Mae We All

I like Olivia Pope's drive, Phoebe's spirit, and Old Dominion Lyrics. Pinterest Junkie, my Marketing major helps me view situations in an optimistic and positive light (blessing & curse) I'm just here embracing the uncertainty and trusting God's plan. I know everything happens for a reason and until then I will always search for that silver lining. So, Mae we all... become inspired a little more each day to choose happiness (and the largest cup of coffee available ;) )

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