Five Books Every Young Woman Should Read – Link Up!

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.

Link up!

Now it’s your turn! What are some books that you think all women should read? Link up below!

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Martie @ SpunkyrellaApril 28, 2013 - 11:00 am

Funny you chose He´s just not that into you as well 😉

KaityApril 28, 2013 - 11:07 am

I had Pride and Prejudice on my list, too! Gotta love Mr. Darcy 🙂

I keep seeing How to Be a Woman floating around the internet so I may need to further investigate. Thanks for hosting this week!

Kimberly @ The SimplicityApril 28, 2013 - 11:31 am

I saw the funniest someecard the other day that said, “I thought he was a Mr. Darcy but he turned out to be a Wickham.” Love it! I also adore Caitlin Moran and think that she is hilarious. I saw her interview with KLG and Hoda on the Today Show and they looked so uncomfortable. I feel like Moran represents real, everyday women. She’s awesome. My version of He’s Just Not That Into You would be reading I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. I mean that’s an extreme case of a guy with a serious lack of regard towards anyone but I feel like it would help many a single lady. I have been dying to read A Handmaid’s Tale and I keep seeing it everywhere. I really just need to buckle down and read it.

Thanks for sharing and hosting this week 🙂
Disregard the tweet, I wasn’t sure if you had access to the Google response or not so I was frantically checking.

LoriApril 28, 2013 - 11:49 am

I thought about adding He’s Just Not That Into You too!
Helped me out after a crummy relationship ended.

Kristen AlexisApril 28, 2013 - 2:06 pm

I can’t wait to read Pride and Prejudice and Half the Sky. They both sound awesome but so also different!

MelissaApril 28, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Great choices! I never read Pride & Prejudice but I did love the movie. I’ve never been big on classics. He’s Just Not That Into You- SO KEY TO GIRLS!! Seriously!

ChristineApril 28, 2013 - 9:34 pm

I really want to read How to Be a Woman and He’s Just Not That Into You. They’re definitely on my to-read list.

AudreyApril 29, 2013 - 12:34 am

Such a difficult decision, you really din’t make it easy 🙂

i love pride and prejudice, it’s one my picks too.

x Audrey

MariaApril 29, 2013 - 5:24 am

I completely agree with The Handmaid’s Tale! Great choice!

MistyApril 29, 2013 - 7:20 am

P & P would make my list too! Hands down!

Half the Sky sounds absolutely amazing!

AngieApril 29, 2013 - 1:15 pm

I really need to read the Caitlyn Moran book!

AngelMay 1, 2013 - 8:08 pm

It was hard for me not to include Pride and Prejudice on my list! I love all of Jane Austin’s books and I think they should all be read by young women. I still have to read He’s Just Not That Into You, it’s on my list!

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