Sunday, April 28, 2013

Five Books Every Young Woman Should Read Link Up



Hey guys!  I'm linking up again today with Summer Book Swap ladies for a book-centric post.  This time, it's the five books every young woman should read.

This was actually way harder than I thought it would be.  Partly, because I have an awful memory and partly because I read a lot of books that are inappropriate for young girls.  Here are my random five:

He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys
He's Just Not That Into You

My mom got me this book while I was "dating" someone who just so clearly was not into me, but I was of course head over heels, head buried in the sand, major denial, in love with him.  It was KIND of insulting at the time, but seriously, it helped.

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Are You There God?  It's Me, Margaret

Or you know, anything by Judy Blume.  No one better encapsulated what it was to be a young girl than Judy Blume.  Fun fact, her more adult novels are pretty dirty.  Good stuff.


Memoirs of a Geisha
Memoirs of a Geisha

This might seem like a weird choice, but I think it's a very non-graphic way to introduce women to sexism, sexual enslavement, abuse, and all manner of things that women then were faced with.  It's also an amazing novel of female strength, perseverance, and courage.  And it's beautifully written to boot.

A Little Princess
A Little Princess

I don't have the proper words for this one.  You just have to.  Every girl has to.  It's so good and beautiful and sad and courageous and fantastical.  I have vivid memories of reading this book and having it transport me so far away with its words.  Ohhhh I love this one.

She's Come Undone
She's Come Undone

This one has some pretty adult themes in it, but any young woman struggling with depression should read this book.  It examines depression, weight issues, being self conscious, being unhappy, being hurt by men...all of these things in an incredibly honest and heart breaking way.  It's also, like most of the books on my list, a great testament to how women can persevere regardless of what is thrown at them.

What are your Top Five Books Every Young Woman Should Read?

18 comments:

  1. I just picked up a copy of She's Come Undone, at a local thrift shop. I can't wait to read it and I have always loved A Little Princess. That and The Secret Garden were two of my favorite classics when I was a little girl. I never read He's Just Not That Into You but I did read I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell and Tucker Max's antics, I feel, are lessons well learned by reading the book versus a guy's charms.

    Thanks for sharing and linking up for week 2!

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    1. Good call on the Tucker Max book. Every girl in college should read that one as a warning!

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  2. I LOVED Are You There God, It's Me Margaret. It definitely brings me back to my teenage years!! But she's such a good author, it's hard not to like any of her books. I also picked He's Just Not That Into You because it's such an honest book!! xoxo-Kristen

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    1. It took me a while to get all 5 and then when I remember Judy Blume, I was like YES! Every girl should read those!

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  3. Judy Blume is awesome ...... that is all. =)

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  4. She's Come Undone and Memoirs of a Geisha have been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read forever. I think it's time to finally pick them up and read 'em. You make them sound so much more appealing! Thanks :)

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    1. Oh good! You won't regret either of them!

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  5. OMG, Are You There God It's Me Margaret... I REMEMBER READING THAT! Everything Judy Blume is such a must, you are totally right.

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  6. I shared two of yours in my top 5 and referenced your blog on my own (www.blackasiwannabe.weebly.com)

    I hope to read the others.

    re

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    1. Hey thanks! Can't wait to check it out!

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  7. Like your picks, some of them i've never read like memoirs of a geisha but i loved a little princess. Such a beautiful story.

    x Audrey
    fashionhightea.blogspot.com

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  8. She's Come Undone is great, it blew my mind that it was written by a man, but still pretty accurate about the female psyche.

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    1. I've never thought about that, but yeah that is amazing that he was able to do that!

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  9. Such a great list! She's Come Undone and Memoirs of a Geisha are two of my favorites as well!

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