Together with MyBook, the largest book subscription service, Beautyhack has selected books that all girls and women should read. In them, the main character is a real role model: she is strong and courageous, but at the same time kind and wise. And even though there are screen adaptations for all the works we have proposed (and many have more than one!), We believe that only on paper can one very clearly describe the image and character traits of a character or, in some cases, a real person.
Selflessness and Heroism: The Zoo Keeper's Wife by Diana Ackerman
Diana Ackerman told the real story of the Zhabinsky spouses, founders and owners of the Warsaw Zoo. During the German occupation, they rescued about 300 Jews by hiding them on the grounds of their home and menagerie. Antonina Zhabinskaya risked herself to save innocent people from death. Her kindness, heroism and self-denial are admirable. She was incredibly observant and caring for both people and animals: animals trusted her, and people adored her. Perhaps, if each of us had even a drop of her kindness and mercy, the world would be much better.
Quote: “Going beyond herself, putting her feelings on a par with the animals, she looked after her pets with unflagging interest, and something in this attunement helped them feel safe.”
Enterprise and Lust for Life: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The events of the famous novel by Margaret Mitchell are set against the backdrop of the American Civil War. The author describes in great detail and accurately the events of that time and the mood of the people who happened to be their participants. And the main character of the book, Scarlett O'Hara, has become one of the most famous female characters in American literature. Bright, temperamental, she charms men with her energy, mental alertness and unpredictability. The green-eyed Irish woman steadfastly endures all trials and hardships, is not afraid to express her opinion and gets out of any troubles with enviable dexterity. And her signature "I'll think about it tomorrow!" has become the motto of beauties around the world.
Quote: “Most of the girls settled down with their gentlemen on long benches at the tables, but Scarlett, having reasoned that each girl had only two hands and she could only put two gentlemen on the bench, one hand and the other, decided to sit at a distance and gather around you as many gentlemen as you can."
Kindness and Patience: Chocolate by Joanne Harris
Infused with the aromas of chocolate, overseas spices and magic, this story is perfect for chilly evenings. Vianne Rocher, a wandering chocolate-maker, arrives in a small French town and turns the lives of its inhabitants from head to foot. Joanne Harris describes a mysterious, slightly frightening, but at the same time kind and attractive woman, whose heart is devoted to cooking. Watching her cook is a real delight, and the passion and imagination with which she does it inspires to change the world. By the way, if you are on a diet, be careful: you cannot resist sweets.
Quote: "The art of culinary is akin to magic: it is as if I am fortune-telling, choosing ingredients, mixing them, chopping, brewing, insisting, seasoning with spices according to recipes from ancient cookbooks."
Fortitude and Purpose: Game of Thrones by George Martin
Of the many characters in the George Martin saga, let us focus on Daenerys Targaryen, the daughter of the deposed King of the Seven Kingdoms from the Targaryen dynasty, Aerys the Mad, and the mother of dragons. She amazed and inspired us with her transformation. As the plot develops, this blonde beauty from a modest and cowardly girl becomes a domineering and brave warrior, ready to sacrifice anything to achieve her goal. The author has prepared many tests for her, but Denis boldly overcomes them, perhaps surprising even his creator with strength of character, foresight and inflexibility.
Quote: “If several people die in the arena, it's better than thousands at the gate. This is the price of peace, and Denis pays it knowingly. If you look back, you will be lost."
Responsibility and Devotion: Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
In 1991 in the United States, the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club conducted a public opinion poll that found the Atlas Shrugged Dystopia was second only to the Bible as the life-changing book. The main character of the novel, Dagny Taggart, runs the largest US railroad company. She directly expresses her opinion, is responsible for her words and gives all of herself to work. Hardworking, goal-oriented, not compromising and not losing her composure even in the most critical moments, she has become a model of approach to doing business not only for women, but for many men.
Quote: “Dagny survived the breakup. She was able to survive it because she did not believe in suffering. She perceived pain with indignation and indignation and refused to attach importance to it.
Determination and Wisdom: "Tales of 1001 Nights" (collection)
This monument of medieval Arab and Persian literature was first published in Cairo in 1835. The collection of fairy tales for adults consists of stories told by Scheherazade. The girl decided to save the country from the evil and dissolute Shah Shahriyar, who, after betraying his wife, killed innocent girls every day. An inventive storyteller began an interesting story, but cut it off at the most exciting moment, and the king expected the end and did not kill her. This went on for almost three years! In the end, everything ended well, and the skill to keep the intrigue saved many lives.
Quote: "But Shahrazada said:" Where is this before what I will tell you about the next night, if I live, and the king will spare me!"
And the king then thought to himself: "By Allah, I will not kill her until I hear the end of her story!"