Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. As a mother, there have been times when I read for myself less (read a lot to the kids). But it’s never failed to be a big part of my life. There are so many benefits to reading–it opens up all sorts of virtual experiences and perspectives that we might not normally even consider. I found this article’s list of books interesting–I have read several of the suggested books. See what you think!
Turning 25 is kind of a big deal, since you are halfway home to 30 years old and yet still young and learning the world. You’re basically not a girl exactly but not yet a woman, word to Britney Spears.Still, 25 is usually the year when you start thinking you should take being an adult seriously. It’s when you start obsessing over some of the things you always thought were for old people and caring about keeping yourself inspired enough to maintain at least a halfway decent career.
You’re about to experience so many adventures and overcome so many struggles, so it’s fine to be scared and excited at the same time. You’re also going to need as much inspiration and support as you can get, so why not turn to books for some of it?
To help you along, here are a few books to read for inspiration when you turn the big 25 that should let you know you’re not alone in some of the struggles you will inevitably face.
1. By Lois P.
This book teaches you all of the ways that society has socialized women to not assert themselves and get what they want in the workplace, and how to unlearn these behaviors.
2. by Maya Angelou
Writing by the late poet, Maya Angelou, is ever timeless. Let her first memoir,, inspire you to embrace who you are and to put your best foot forward to survive trauma you might face in your life.
3. By Sophia Amoruso
The former CEO of the fashion brand, NastyGal, wrote a memoir that will inspire you to chase your dreams in your personal and professional life.
4. by Sarah Dessen
This coming-of-age fiction story is actually a YA book with pretty mature subject matter. The storyline follows Ruby, a young woman forced to take care of herself after her mother, who has a drinking habit, neglects her.
Her sister ends up taking her into her home and Ruby goes on a journey to discover what it is to be truly wanted. The book is a captivating read about learning your worth and allowing yourself to accept the good that comes your way.
5. By Zora Neale Hurston
Janie Crawford’s story is one about womanhood and how we define it outside of men. She has three key relationships in this film and each one hits her at a point in life, teaching her something new about herself. By the end of the book, Janie is a different, stronger woman.
6. By Terry McMillan
Believe it or not, this book is about a 40-something woman namedDr. Georgia Young, but don’t get un-hooked just yet. Georgia’s story isabout what happens when you’re a woman who has it all in terms of her career and worldly possessions, but is still bored to death and wanting a change.
It’s the perfect just do it, just follow your dream push you’ll need to start that new thing you need to start in your life.
7. by Issa Rae
Issa Rae is television’s new It Girl, thanks to her new HBO show, , which she co-writes and produces. Before there was though, she was an author telling the world about how she created her first hit web series called. Her book is also filled with her thoughts on all aspects of the social and dating life, as well as her journey to self-love and being content with her own company.
8. By KeKe Palmer
KeKe Palmer’s memoir/self-help book will inspire you to be true to yourself and not let anyone take advantage of your value.
9. by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This book will literally soothe you, and you’ll relate if you’ve ever been in a situation where you felt completely out of place and invisible.
10. By Amanda Palmer
Read about the importance of not carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders and reaching out to the people around you who can be there for you in different ways. This book is all about abandoning your pride and admitting you don’t have it all together because, well, no one does.
11. By Warsan Shire
Warsan Shire is ahas a way of telling you all of your business with the most beautiful words strung together in poems. Yes, she’s the one who wrote the poems in Beyonce’s film, but she’s been doing this thing a long time. Her book is the perfect exploration of womanhood that will definitely let you know that you aren’t the only one going through your experiences.
12. by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale
This memoir follows two post-graduates who are trying to navigate life after college with all of its ups and downs. Sound like you!? Exactly! Let this book serve as inspiration that life gets harder, but it also gets better.
Add these books to your summer reading list and know that your 25th birthday is just the first day of the rest of your life. Enjoy it.