These 15 Thought-Provoking Books Should Be Considered Required Reading in 2019

As Oprah aptly wrote in an oft-quoted oped for : "Reading opens you up. It exposes you and gives you access to anything your mind can hold." The act of reading "gives you the ability to reach higher ground. A world of possibilities awaits you." Frankly, we couldn't agree more with the well-read cultural icon, so in honor of , we asked some of the most well-read women we know to reveal the  they think should be considered required reading in 2019.

Ahead, Ebony LaDelle, creator of , a newsletter that highlights books by up-and-coming writers of diverse backgrounds; Hayanna Kim, creator of Her Pickings, a bookish Instagram account that's garnered something of a cult following among bibliophiles; and Uli Beutter Cohen, creator of Subway Book Review, an Instagram account that features book reviews from readers on public transit, recommend eye-opening books to add to your reading list stat.

From a feel-good young adult book about a self-proclaimed fat girl who takes on her small town's beauty pageant to a nonfiction novel that chronicles the revolutionary power of women's anger, these are the empowering books starring and written by women to read for Women's History Month and beyond.