Although it’s hard in the age of technology you should still try to find time for a good book and if you’re a girl in your 20s here are 10 relatable and wise books that you absolutely have to read!
1. #Girlboss – Sophia Amaruso
This book comes from the founder of clothing company Nasty Gal and details her struggle to go from eBay second-hand seller to one of the richest self-made women in the world. It’s inspiring and a great read for any girl just starting out in her career.
2. The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin’s novel details a year in her life dedicated to her ‘happiness project’. The memoir is brilliantly touching and will motivate you and make you feel great even if you’re not quite sure yet what you’re doing in life and still trying to work things out.
3. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
This historical fiction novel details the memoirs of Chiyo a young girl who is sold to a geisha boarding house and describes her life as a geisha as she grows into a woman. It’s a brilliant novel about growing up, determination and being a woman. A great read for any girl in her 20s.
4. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office – Lois Frankel
This is a must read for any girl looking to do well in her career. It explains the mistakes you might be making just because you’re afraid to take the initiative as a woman. It’s a great read and will really help you in your professional life.
5. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
This dystopian novel rings very true today. In a world where women are used purely for reproduction, the 1985 novel eerily draws a lot of parallels to sexism in modern day governments *cough* Trump *cough*.
6. Confessions of a Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella
For a lot of young girls, it’s hard to keep in style while living on a very tight budget. This is a light and fun book about living above your means, and I’m sure loads of 20 something girls will be able to relate to spending money in places they really shouldn’t be.
7. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
A thrilling and suspenseful read that hits on some hard realities on the subject of marriage and relationships, as well as what it’s like to be a woman, and specifically a ‘cool girl’. The ‘cool girl’ who ‘never gets angry; only smiles in a chagrined, loving manner and lets their men do whatever they want.’ It’s easy to read yet shockingly dark. Definitely a must.
8. The Last Girls – Lee Smith
This novel follows the stories of three female college friends as they pursue their careers and romantic relationships in a time when women had little respect. It’s a great tale of female friendship and trying to earn respect in a male-dominated era. Perfect for any girl trying to find her feet.
9. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
If somehow you avoided reading this for your English GCSE at school, it’s definitely worth a read now you’re an adult. This novel follows tomboy Scout as she navigates growing up in the deep south in the 30s as her father battles a court case defending a black man accused of rape. It’s a touching and brilliant novel that you will never forget.
10. The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing – Melissa Bank
This is a hilarious take on what it’s like to be a girl in their 20s growing up and navigating sex, love, and relationships as well as the workplace. It’s deeply insightful yet witty and sharp. A perfect addition to this list.