Life has its highs and lows, and can often be overwhelming. But what better way to soothe your soul than by reading some empowering books? Here are eight we recommend to get you feeling inspired (and also happen to pair well with a glass of your fave Shine Club Wine!). Drink it all in, ladies!

1. How To Get Over A Boy by Chidera Eggerue

Got a guy you just can’t quit? This read should help you to get your head straight! In it, the author challenges the old-school goal of finding a man and offers practical solutions to help women navigate the dating scene while prioritising themselves. She also has plenty of advice for singles on how to live their best, solo life.

2. Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

If you feel like adulthood is complicated and overrated, you’ll *definitely* relate to the main character of this book. Her friends are settling down, she’s getting ghosted on dating apps and her family is a mess. This read tells a story about the problems faced by millennials in a way that is emotional, funny and all too familiar.

3. You're Not Broke, You're Pre-Rich by Mapalo Makhu

It's never too late to level-up your financial game. Whatever your money goals, local moola expert Mapalo Makhu’s book can help you achieve them. She encourages her readers to change their mindset around money and gives advice on how to handle your cash day-to-day so that you spend less and save more.

4. A Guide To Sexual Health And Pleasure by Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng

Sexual health expert Dr T (as she is known by her massive following) wants the women of Mzansi to understand their bodies better. This, she says, is the foundation of a healthy, and oh-so-satisfying, sex life. In her book, she addresses this topic in a way that is both interesting and entertaining and gives you all the tools you need for ultimate fulfilment.

5. Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

This fantastic fiction read tells the story of immigrant life in the American South. It tells the story of a family with Ghanian roots in a raw, intimate way. At its core, this book is about love and redemption and how to rebuild ourselves after loss and struggle. Have tissues on standby, because this powerful book will have you feeling alllll the feels.

6. Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given

If empowering books are what you’re after, this one *has* to go on your to-read list! It gives readers an easy intro to modern feminism and explains why women need to band together to dismantle the patriarchy (and the toxic structures that comes with it). It will also help you to identify your own values as a feminist, no matter where you are on your journey.

7. Self Care by Leigh Stein

This book is the perfect poolside read and will have you hooked from page one. It’s about two #bossbabes who run a wellness startup trying to be good people while doing good business. Turns out, it’s not that easy doing both! This modern story is relevant and deals with everything from workplace drama to digital detoxing and, of course, self-care.

8. Coconut Kelz's Guide to Surviving This Shithole by Lesego Tlhabi

Coconut Kelz is of SA’s top comedy queens, and her book will have you spitting out your wine from laughter! She pokes fun at some of the joys of frustrations of living in South Africa – something we can all relate to! – while tackling issues such as privilege at the same time. This read will remind you why you love living in this crazy, colourful country.

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