9 Books Every Woman Needs To Read By 35

We know the day-to-day hustle and grind of seemingly endless work and errands can seem overwhelming. Often times it feels like there’s never enough hours in the day and we couldn’t squeeze in one more thing no matter how hard we tried.

The struggle is real, but instead of spending those last few minutes before bed aimlessly scrolling through your newsfeeds, try picking up one of these books. Not only will you give yourself a much needed break from technology, but you may just learn a thing or two about feminism and tbh, yourself.

1. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay


Roxane Gay’s collection of insightful essays takes you on a journey through her evolution as a woman of color. She sheds light on the changing political culture of the last few years while commenting on the feminist issues of today. Her hilarious, yet extremely accurate account of the way we consume the world around us is an inspirational reminder that we should constantly be improving and making something of ourselves.

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2. Backlash by Susan Faludi


Faludi’s feminist text takes a look at the cyclical nature of women’s achievements that seem to continually be followed by a an inevitible backslide. She reminds women everywhere that while we’ve made monumental achievements, we still have to keep pushing. “The glass ceiling is still low; women are still punished for wanting to succeed; basic reproductive rights are still hanging by a thread. The backlash clearly exists.”

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3. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir


In this newly translated and unabridged version of  The Second Sex, OG feminist Simone de Beauvoir analyzes the Western notion of “woman,” and calls for unbridled equality. She argues that women have too long been seen as second class citizens and lists the ways society has treated them as such. Much of this book will have you nodding in agreement, while also causing you to become mildly horrified at how much progress still needs to be made.

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4. Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen


For anyone who doesn’t know the story or hasn’t seen the excellent film adaptation, Girl Interrupted is an in-depth memoir of Kaysen’s young adult life. At 18 years old she was sent to the psychiatric ward of McLean Hospital where she spent the next two years learning about life and ultimately her own sanity. The story is incredibly relatable and gives us a chance to reasses how we define mental illness.

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5. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg


Lean In is a must-read for every female in her 20’s or 30’s living in the professional world. Sandberg (the chief operating officer of Facebook) examines our disturbing lack of progress in achieving leadership roles. Even though women make up more than 50% of college graduates in the U.S., we are still given a backseat. Sandberg gives insight into why this is continuing to happen  and what we can all do to reach our full potential and cement our roles in the workforce.

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6. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey


Before Saturday Night Live, before Liz Lemon, Tina Fey dreamt of becoming a renowned comedian on TV. When this dream became a reality, Fey began to tell her story in a typically hilarious fashion. From her early nerd days, to her time on SNL, to her near fatal honeymoon experience, Fey reveals all and proves that “you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.”

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7. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling


Kaling is an expert when it comes to brutal honesty and her collection of essays entitled Why Not Me? is no exception. We can all relate to her ongoing struggle to find happiness and excitement in adulthood, whether it be through inner office romance, new friends, or finding your place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

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8. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

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Forty years since its publication, Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethelhem, remains a resilient staple of American culture in the ’60s. The best-known essay in the collection, “Goodbye to All That,” is a tumutluos combination of a love letter to New York and a break up note to a lover. It’s an important lesson in knowing when to walk away.

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9. Sexy Feminism by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong


Often called “Not your mother’s feminism,” Sexy Feminism is a realistic look at 21st-century feminism in an approchable form. Armstrong and Rudúlph call out society’s double standards on women and encourages us to own exactly who TF we are. “It’s an inclusive, approachable kind of feminism—miniskirts, lip gloss, and waxing permitted.”

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See Also: 11 Erotic Novels That Might Just Be Better Than Porn

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