Happy Sunday! Today I’m hosting a link-up as part of the blogger book swap, and my topic is books that I think all women should read.
Putting this little list together was actually harder than I thought it would be. I started to think about books I read when I was younger that I loved, books that stayed with me, but while I might have loved these books, I didn’t necessarily think all women should read them.
So in the end I picked books about women that made me think about it was like to BE a woman. Books that I think are relevant to women of any age, but especially so to young women.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Every girl should read this book at some point in her life, if for no other reason than the fact that “Mr. Darcy” is a name you will hear throughout your life. The love story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy is one of the great love stories of literature. The book is, of course, lovely as well, but names and stories in this book will be referenced throughout your life, and you don’t want to be in dark!
How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran – I’ve written about this book before, so I’ll let that post do the talking. It’s about… feminism! But she writes about it in a way you can actually relate to, as if you were meeting a good friend for a drink at a bar and just happened to fall into a deep conversation about feminist theory and gender inequality and how modern day pornography is affecting our youth. We need to reclaim the word feminism because it’s gotten a bad rap, and this book is a great start.
Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn – A fantastic book that addresses issue affecting women throughout the developing world. The women in these book have faced unimaginable horrors, from sex trafficking to genital mutilation to infant gendercide. By the time you finish, you’re left inspired to get involved and fight against these injustices. Any book that makes you want to work to make the world a better, safer, place for all women, everywhere, is a book that you should read.
The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood – An incredibly well written and thought provoking book about what it would be like if women were no longer in charge of their bodies. Basically, imagine if America was taken over by religious extremists, and as a woman, you became the property of your husband or father. It really makes you think about what it’s like for women in other parts of the world, where this is actually a reality.
He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo – Okay, this is hands down the least serious and most stupid book on this list, but this book was incredibly helpful to me during my single years. I so wish someone had given it to me before I went to college, because it would have saved me hours upon hours of over-analyzing and loads of heartbreak. The advice is so simple it sounds stupid, but sometimes we girls just don’t get it and literally need someone to spell it out for us. That’s what this book does.
Now it’s your turn! What are some books that you think all women should read? Link up below!
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