The ‘Preview to Summer’ blogger book swap is officially under way! I’m so excited. We got our partners earlier this week and I’ve been having lots of fun getting to know a new blogger in the process.
Another Sunday means another link-up leading up to the final book swap, and I’m linking up on Spillerena!
Today’s question: What are 5 books every young woman should read?
There are a lot of books out there that young women should read, if we’re being honest. I think a lot of people will say that there are some classics that are an absolute must, and I wouldn’t disagree about that in the least. But I’ve never been very interested in classics. They have never appealed to me or impacted me the way some other books & characters have in past years.
I think everyone will have different favorites that they think are a “must” for future generations. In my experience (as a bookseller, working with teens) and in my own personal growing-up experience, there are some not-so-classic classics that I think every growing teen girl should read!
1. Harry Potter – the entire series by J.K Rowling (tell me you were surprised, honestly!)
I grew up on these books and discovered what falling in love with books, characters and words on a page was about. I would not be ME without those books, I would not know what it means to lay in bed for an entire day just to devour the pages that one of my favorite authors has written. Hermione was a character that I looked up to and, in a way, still do. Every young woman (and girl, teenager) should be able to have this feeling with books.
2. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
I don’t even know where to start with this series. It affected me on so many levels growing up, it’s ridiculous. Tibby, Lena, Bee & Carmen encompass a little bit of what every young woman should be. Brave Bee, outspoken (and slightly self-conscious) Carmen, beautiful and modest Lena, and the creative yet nerdy Tibby. My friends were these girls. I became these girls. I vacationed in Greece with my three best friends and could only think of the Sisterhood. It’s a story of friendship that every girl out there should know!
3. The Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty
I read this series a little bit late, but it still affected me so much more than I realized at the time. Jessica Darling- she is ME. Or rather, she was me growing up. Every young woman should read Jessica Darling, because I guarantee we ALL have something in common with her as we go through our awkward teen years. She is funny, witty, discovers love, embarrasses herself on a daily basis, and learns that it’s okay to be YOU. She is a wonderful literary role model that every young woman should discover.
4. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Growing up, I was always told to travel as much and as often as I could. I’m sad I waited until I was an adult to discover and fall in love with the rest of the world, instead of uselessly spending my time and money as a teenager. 13 Little Blue Envelopes is a coming of age story for teen girls. It touches upon tough situations, love, heartbreak, and of course, travel. This book made me fall more in love with Europe than I already was, and Ginny Blackstone is an absolutely amazing exploration of what it really means to be a teenage girl going through life.
5. the Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison
I had to dig way back for this one, search through my Goodreads & look through all the books I have read. The fifth spot was tough to fill because I’ve ready So many great books that have potential for this spot, but I needed to put something that has stuck with me over time. I read these books in high school and they were exactly what I needed. Georgia is the best, most hilarious character I have ever read, and she just goes through the most ridiculous teenager moments, you can’t help but fall completely head over heels in love with this girl from the very first book. The entire series is worth reading, and I must admit it taught me a good lesson in not taking myself too seriously!
What would make your must-read list for young women?