Books Women in their 20s Should Read

See the full list here, I recommend it!


Here’s some extracts from the article on

Recently, we stumbled upon this list of “fun” books that every woman should read in her 20s — needless to say, if you’re even a casual visitor to this space, the books (Confessions of a Shopaholic, Bitches on a Budget) aren’t exactly the ones we’d choose. So, perhaps rather predictably, we decided to put together our own list instead. Now, don’t forget, these are books for women in their 20s — we assume you’ve already read as much Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott as you care to, we expect that you’ve already tackled To Kill a Mockingbird and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Jane Eyre. And though women should read all books about all kinds of things and by all kinds of authors, this list sort of necessarily skews towards  both female writers and characters, given the topic of the day. Click through to check out our reading list — and since every woman should read more than 20 books in her 20s (hundreds, ladies!), add your own favorites in the comments


Bad Behavior, Mary Gaitskill

Gaitskill’s now-legendary debut collection, full of longing, strange sex, dislocation and disillusionment, reminds us that no matter how damaged we may find ourselves, we are not alone. We have Mary Gaitskill.

Sold by the title.


To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

Some may have read this classic in high school, but we didn’t get our paws on it until college. Woolf may be our most universally beloved female author — this is her (difficult, beautiful) masterpiece.

It’s Virginia Woolf. Say no more.


White Teeth, Zadie Smith

Smith’s witty, epic debut takes on race, gender, class, immigration, middle age, suicide, faith and everything in between. It’s also fun as hell. You’ll never look at your teeth the same way again.

Haven’t been able to find this in a single bookstore. Her more recent novel is everywhere though. Keeping my eyes peeled!


Self-Help, Lorrie Moore

This is the only self-help book you’ll ever need. Moore will teach you, in her wise, witty, playful way, everything it means to be a woman. These stories are tragic. They’re hilarious. They will not tell you the answers, exactly, but they will look up with you at the strange crack in the ceiling and commiserate.

Sounds unappealing, but is actually a REALLY good read. Loved the first story.


The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

This go-to of philosophical literature majors has a coterie of devotees for a reason. What is the difference between sex and love? Is there one answer? Who are we without each other? These are questions every girl in her 20s should think about.

This one really makes you think. Boys would like it too.


Read the rest of the article to see which ones appeal to you. They offer really different perspectives than your ordinary books. Really eye-opening for women 🙂