For Black women, self-confidence can be hard to build, especially with so many layers often stacked against us from racism to sexism. But what if we told you there are many books out there that'll empower you to live your best life and encourage you to say, "Forget about societal standards. I'm going to find confidence within myself, my own Black Girl Magic!" 

Take a look at these five empowering books for a powerful transformation. 

The Misadventures of an Awkward Girl

The Misadventures of an Awkward Girl by Issa Rae helps introverted Black women to accept themselves- natural hair and all. As Issa Rae talks about her own life as an awkward Black girl, Black women who can relate to her experiences will love this book.

The Sisters Are Alright

In The Sisters Are Alright, Tamara Winfrey Harris highlights the stereotypes against Black women that often define them and cause them to live up to those stereotypes. Within her book, Harris wants Black women to understand that "We have facets like diamonds. The trouble is the people who refuse to see us sparkling."

Face Value: The Hidden Ways Beauty Shapes Women's Lives

Autumn Whitefield-Madrano talks about the positive ways beauty shapes our lives in her book Face Value: The Hidden Ways Beauty Shapes Women's Lives. This brilliant author explores how appearance relates to other aspects of life, including science, social media, sex, and more.

Butterfly Transition

In Butterfly Transition, Diana Ramsey guides Black women through the journey of transitioning from relaxed hair to natural hair. But don't get it twisted; this book goes beyond hairstyles, products, and techniques. Ramsey also touches on finding beauty within yourself, inside and out. 

Year of Yes: How To Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person

In Shonda Rhimes' Year of Yes, the famous television producer talks about her issues with confidence early in her career. As your read on, you'll see how she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her most authentic self.