21 Books to Read

The Huffington Post recently published this list of the 21 books from the last five years they recommend every woman read.


I have only read five of them! So I made a little goal of attempting to read the remaining 16 in the next year or so. I’ll post on each of them so you know if they are worth picking up.


So as soon as I finish Killing Patton, which is fantastic, I will start one off this list.


Here is the list. I have crossed off the books I have read. Who has read some of these? Which one do you recommend I read first?

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Her by Christa Parravani
Drink by Ann Dowsett Johnston
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
NW by Zadie Smith
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson
How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
Room by Emma Donoghue
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

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4 thoughts on “21 Books to Read”

  1. I am a little late on “Bossypants” but I recently started reading it on a long flight and was instantly hooked. I giggled out loud so many times I think people were beginning to stare. I’ve also heard that Mindy Kaling’s, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” is just a humorous. I hope to hit that one up next. I love that both are written by smart, successful, funny women that know how to relate to those of us that are just as smart, successful, and funny as they are. Just not as famous. Yet.


  2. Bossypants is the one audiobook I’ve listened to all the way through; I absolutely loved it. (I listened to it on a long, late night drive from Watertown to Yankton and it managed to keep me awake.)

    I tried The Orchardist and had high hopes for it. The writing was beautiful. But the book was slow moving, never went anywhere, and was depressing as hell. I gave up about half-way through.


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