By Puja Chandra Nanda

This circuit breaker has been particularly hard for women around the world who have been balancing an increased load of household chores with office work, while also catering to the never-ending demands from children cooped up at home.

If reading is your idea of bliss or if you are looking for a new hobby to kick off in the circuit breaker, Parents World has rounded up some of the best feel-good, inspiring reads by female authors! Enjoy your “me” time and de-stress with these women- centric best selling reads!

1. Becoming

Genre: Biography, No. of pages: 400, Author: Michelle Obama, Year of Publication: 2018

Topping the charts globally, Becoming is the memoir of former United States first lady Michelle Obama published in 2018. Becoming is a candid biography by Michelle Obama where she provides an insight into her childhood, her roots, her life experiences before she moved to the White House and then her time at the White House. It is a memoir of a strong woman who made her own mark, distinct from the First Lady and is also an inspiring mum to two beautiful girls. Becoming is the winner of the Spoken Grammy 2020 Award for its audiobook.

If we can open up a little bit more to each other and share our stories, that’s what breaks down barriers.” -Michelle Obama, Becoming

The book is available in hard cover, paperback and kindle versions on Amazon, the Book Depository and other stores. You can download the book in audioformat at Audible.com or download the e-book at Goodreads. Becoming is also streaming now on Netflix.

2. Where the CrawDads Sing

Genre: Mystery, Literary Fiction  No. of Pages 368, Author : Delia Owens, Year of Publication: 2018. 

Where the Crawdads Sing has taken the literary world by storm. It has topped the The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 and The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2020 for a combined 30 non-consecutive weeks. The much raved about book follows two timelines – both based in North Carolina- that slowly intertwine during the course of the book.

“I wasn’t aware that words could hold so much. I didn’t know a sentence could be so full.” – Delia Owens, Where the CrawDads Sing

The book is available in hard cover, paperback and kindle versions on Amazon, the Book Depository and other stores. You can download the book in audioformat at Audible.com or download the e-book at Goodreads.

3. Women Who Think Too Much

Genre: Self-help, No. of pages 288, Author:  Dr. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema , Year of Publication: 2004 

A must read for every woman, Women Who Think Too Much presents the author’s groundbreaking research into how over thinking and over analyzing every situation is hurting us more than we realize. The book stresses on the need to stop mulling over everything and the importance of letting go in order to avoid depression, anxiety and negative thoughts. Nolen-Hoeksema provides concrete strategies to live more productively in this life-changing, self-help classic.

“For overthinkers, whose feelings and thoughts about their loss linger much longer than those of nonoverthinkers, the social time clock for “getting over” loss is really punishing.”- Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Women Who Think Too Much

The book is available in hard cover, paperback and kindle versions on Amazon, the Book Depository and other stores. You can download the book in audioformat at Audible.com or download the e-book at Goodreads.

4. Little Fires Everywhere

Genre: Contemporary, No. of pages 368, Author:  Celeste Ng, Year of Publication:2017  

The #1 New York Times bestseller and Good reads Choice 2017 winner, Little Fires Everywhere is a riveting novel about a mother and daughter. With danger lurking at every corner, secrets to be kept and unraveled, the best selling book is an “unputdownable” read. It is also a perfect book for discussions and reviews at your book club.

“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.” – Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere

The book is available in hard cover, paperback and kindle versions on Amazon, the Book Depository and other stores. You can download the book in audioformat at Audible.com or download the e-book at Goodreads. Little Fires Everywhere has also been adapted as a mini TV series, starring Reese Witherspoon.

5. Bossypants

Genre: Biography, No. of pages 283, Author:  Tina Fey, Year of Publication: 2011 

Elizabeth Stamatina “Tina” Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer. Bossypants, her memoir is written in typical Tina Fey style with humor, satire and a very spirited, enjoyable narrative. It is about her dreams and life in the world of entertainment. Bossypants proves yet again that women can be funny and as the author says you are no one till someone thinks you are a Bossypants!

“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.” -Tina Fey, Bossypants

The book is available in hard cover, paperback and kindle versions on Amazon, the Book Depository and other stores. You can download the book in audioformat at Audible.com or download the e-book at Goodreads.

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