“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”
Books are the biggest pleasure in the world. From providing comforting escapism to offering practical advice to life-changing lessons, books do it all. Here are 9 books every woman should read. These books are not only beautifully written but also empower a woman to become confident, independent and voice her own opinions.
1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The novel follows the lives, loves and tribulations of four sisters growing up during the American Civil War. While their father serves in the conflict, the sisters are guided on a journey of growth and experience by their spirited mother. Little Women is the story of a loving and unconventional family welcoming life’s joys and bravely facing life’s sorrows. In part autobiographical, this is an important historical portrait of young women growing up in a post-war American society of strong traditions and modern freedoms.
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a classic, a much-loved tale about marriage, upbringing, loyalty, and morality. It is hailed as one of the great works of literature and has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. It teaches two valuable lessons in life that every girl needs to learn: first impressions aren’t always right, and everyone needs second chances. It also teaches that when in love, pride must be humble, and prejudice must disappear.
3. Matilda by Roald Dahl
Matilda Wormwood’s father thinks she’s a little scab. Matilda’s mother spends all afternoon playing bingo. And Matilda’s headmistress Miss Trunchbull? Well, she’s the worst of all. She is a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey. As for Matilda, she’s an extraordinary little girl with a magical mind – and now she’s had enough. So all these grown-ups had better watch out because Matilda is going to teach them a lesson they’ll never forget. This children’s novel is important for a woman because it teaches a woman that she has value beyond what others see in her.
4. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman of colour while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years and commenting on the state of feminism today. The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society but also one of our culture.
Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny and sincere look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.
5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women. Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women — mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends — view one another.
So, go ahead and add these books in your to-read already!