“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin.
This is a profound quote that has stayed with me for years. To be honest, I don’t read as much as I would like to. Reading is a new year resolution that has been a constant item in my list for years now. Yet I somehow can’t get myself to read more. I end up more time on social media where I keep scrolling until I stumble upon something interesting. My reading has now become limited to tweets, facebook updates and any article links that I get directed to.
Today I chanced upon this quote again and realised how much I am missing in life. I remember how involved I had become into Hassan’s life when I was reading The Kite Runner. Or for that matter, how I had cried while reading Tuesdays with Morrie. Today I vow yet again to improve my reading and pick up an unfinished Forty Rules of Love. A while ago, I had prepared a list of 10 books that every woman must read. I have read a few but I am yet to complete the list. I thought of sharing this list with you if you are sailing in a similar boat and don’t know where to begin.
10 books every woman should read
I know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
I am a huge fan of this phenomenal lady who spoke six languages and won three Grammys in her lifetime. She was a voice that mattered and created a difference through her civil rights movements. She was a woman of great determination who lived life on her own terms and fought racism when it was at its worst. This novel is her autobiography where we get to know about her formative years and the gradual formation of her inner strength.
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
This novel, set in the nineteenth century, is still loved all across the globe. It is a tale of four sisters who grow up without their father and shows how they find their own identities in this world. It is about family, love, sacrifice and breaking stereotypes
To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee
Several readers describe this book as the one that stays with you forever. This book is set during The Great Depression and the hero of the novel fights for equal rights. It is relevant even today as the society may have moved past those racial and gender prejudices but several others still exist. Harper is said to have carved strong characters who demonstrate courage in their own ways.
Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
This is an inspiring book that nudges you to discover what you truly love. You may have everything and maybe living the best life as per the societal standards. However, your heart may be in a different place and you know this is not what you want from your life. This is exactly what this book talks about and inspires you to explore what matters
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
I was gifted this book about a decade back and the story still remains with me. It is a beautiful tale of Sayuri that speaks of the lonely lives of Geishas. You can pick up some important details about Japan’s history and indulge in the intricacies of relationships.
Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed
This book is a series of advice columns helmed by Sugar. She provides answers to people suffering from relatable life’s disappointments. Her stunning wisdom, empathy and honesty have won her thousands of fans who swear by this book.
Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg
This book is a must read for every woman who is struggling to make a place for herself in the corporate world. It talks about the biases that a woman faces at work and how she can strike a work-life balance. This book will give you confidence that you must work if it is what makes you happy and that others’ opinions don’t matter.
We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Feminism has become an ‘it’ word and being a feminist has become fashionable. This book is an extension of the author’s popular Ted Talk. It speaks about what feminism really means in today’s world while exploring the aspects of being a woman in today’s’ world.
The Beauty Myth – Naomi Wolf
In today’s world beauty is all about conforming to a certain image. Led by advertising, this new definition of beauty puts women in a miserable place. They become self-conscious, doubt their social acceptance and live under a cloud of insecurity.
Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell
This is an easy read and trust me, I couldn’t put this book down until I finished it. It talks about first love, its awkwardness and finally, its purity. It talks about teens with such precision it is hard to believe that Rainbow is not one.
Can You Keep a Secret? – Sophie Kinsella
What is a reading list for women without Sophie Kinsella? This book is perfect if you are looking forward to snuggling in your bed and reading something light over the weekend.