Five Great Books Every 20-Something Woman Should Read 

by | Apr 24, 2021 | Book List | 0 comments

The specter of age 30 is looming. It seems as though you’re too old to be still living at home, for your card to be declined, work to be harsh, and for failed relationships. You might be in distress right now, seeing that you still have no achievements to be proud of at this point in your life. But, at this 20-something age of yours is a time of making mistakes and building experiences. Many people are going through the same anxieties as you, but only a few have had the language to articulate this sense of failure into words. Here are some books you need when facing your quarter-life crisis. Even if you’re not experiencing this crisis, these recommendations are a must-read as this will leave you empowered and motivated. Moreover, these books are authored by amazing women that will inspire you. 

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Everybody knows the amazing first lady Michelle Obama. She is probably the most compelling first lady America has. Former first lady Michelle Obama released her memoir Becoming in 2018. Obama shares intimate accounts, inspiring stories, and thought-provoking questions to help you discover your own story. Michelle Obama was an outstanding mother, wife, and daughter. Her life is filled with meaning and accomplishments, but she also has a fair share of downs. She was an iconic figure for women out there since she is the first African American first lady. She also was renowned for her charity works, establishing her powerful advocacy for women and girls. Becoming is a work of reflection and mesmerizing storytelling of a woman of soul and substance. 

Patchwork by Carol Wilson-Mack

Author Carol Wilson-Mack’s Patchwork is a work of art that tells a fascinating story of women from varied generations who shared the same love of quilting. Despite the narrative covering the period between 1939 to 1959, young women like you can relate to the experiences and stories shared in this book. Quilting was not just a past-time hobby for these women. Quilting was a platform for them to share their stories with other women in the community. These women gather to share stories, conversations and building a tradition that you can pass to the next generation. These God-centered women built a community where members can help one another’s families by sharing challenging stories on Patchwork. This will teach you that despite the gap, different generations can have something similar to share. 

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close 

Girls in White Dresses is a work of fiction but might be read like someone’s memoir. The story follows three ladies, namely Isabella, Mary, and Lauren. These women share something in common: they feel as if everyone they know is getting married. Weekend after weekend, they attend bridal showers and giggle over gifts received by the bride. Amidst this fun celebration, these women are facing problems in their lives. Isabella is working a dead-end job. Mary is dating a nice guy with an awful mother. And Lauren works as a waitress, confused over her attraction to a sleazy bartender. Will these women thrive in their early adulthood years and soar the joys of modern life? Or will they be unhappy for the rest of their lives?

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Malala is a girl living in Pakistan who fought for her right to an education, which most females don’t receive. This almost cost her her life. She was shot in the head while riding the bus home from school, and a few expected her to survive. Instead of cowering away from fear, she was more determined to let her voice be heard when she recovered. This book shares her miraculous recovery, personal accounts of her life, and her advocacy. I Am Malala will make you believe in the power you hold to inspire change in the world despite only having a voice and nothing else. 

How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti

At some point, you might have questioned who you truly are. You’ll start comparing yourself to others, thinking that is how a person should be. However, Heti wrote this work to explore the unknowable pieces of a woman’s heart and mind. How Should a Person Be? is part novel, a part self-help manual for every woman out there still confused about who they are. This book is a startling account and genre-defying novel about friendship, sex, and love in this generation. Heti’s raw depiction of female friendship will shock, challenge, question, frustrate, and entertain readers. 


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