We are really into reading at the moment. If you are not, then there has never been a better time to fully get into reading.

To help you out we have compiled a list of books that anyone could read. These include titles that are life-affirming, books that will make you cry and books that are just plain good.

Keep reading to find 9 essential books for women in their 20s.

The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath’s only novel, was originally published in 1963 under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. The novel is partially based on Plath’s own life and descent into mental illness and has become a modern classic.

This is not the worlds most cheerful book, but this is an absolute joy to read, with every chapter expertly written.

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and other lies | Scarlett Curtis

This book asked 52 women: what does the F word mean to you? The result is extraordinary. This book is bursting full of feminism.

Just Kids | Patti Smith

“A prelude to fame, Just Kids recounts the friendship of two young artists. Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe. Whose passion fueled their lifelong pursuit of art.” Beautifully written, this is an unforgettable portrait of New York.

Why the Caged Bird Sings | Maya Angelou

In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother’s lover.

‘I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it’s like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again’ Maya Angelou

Go Set a Watchman | Harper Lee

Originally unpublished this is the follow-up novel to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. This is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humour and effortless precision. This is a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times.

It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to a classic.

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k | Sarah Knight

This irreverent and practical book explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt – and give your f**ks instead to people and things that make you happy.

A game changer and a huge bestseller this book is certain to resonate with everyone who reads it.

Everything I Know About Love | Dolly Alderton

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown-up, journalist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. It’s a book about bad dates, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough. Winner of Autobiography of the Year at the National Book Awards 2018, this is a must read for all of us.

The Power | Naomi Alderman

This dystopian novel focuses on the power of people. More specifically those who are seen as weak the world over. “Suddenly – tomorrow or the day after – teenage girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.”

This power play novel is electrifying to read, and one that we really enjoyed.


Anything you want

Go into a bookstore, and pick a book up. Anything that you like. Have fun and enjoy reading!

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8 books to read in your 20s

8 books to read in your 20s