There are millions of books in the world, published day in, day out. It is hard to read every one of them in the limited lifespan that we have. But the pro of having so many books is that you never run out of books to read. There is always that one book that you have to read. It’s right there on your book list and you can’t wait to get your hands on it. Once you’re done with it, another one mysteriously emerges and thus, the cycle goes on and on.
There were a few books on my list that I absolutely HAD to read. Not that my list is very extensive, but as I read those few books, I realized that they helped me grow stronger as a woman, whatever the definition of stronger might be in your dictionary. Some made me cry and told me that it is okay not to cry, that this world will not always give you what you want, while some others told me that as long as you know what you want and as long as you strive to reach that goal, the struggle is always worth it.
The following five books are what, according to me, every woman must read. Oh, no “feminism” or “women empowerment” here. It is more like they teach you a sense of identity and self-belief.
- Eat, Pray, Love: Yes, yes, yes. A cliché when it comes to such lists. But you have to admire the independence that the book portrays. You can leave all you know behind, be it for a sense of adventure or to heal yourself or to just look for life in all you do. Who knows, in all your travails, you might just rediscover yourself and find that one reason that can have you falling head over heels in love, either with yourself or with a person who can make you fall in love with yourself.
- The Fault in Our Stars: This book seems to grab a spot on every book list that I make. I am that affected by it. There are probably a million reasons why I am absolutely in love with this book. One of them is how it shows the futility of regret. You might have heard this a million times, but greatness is not the only objective of human life. Finding happiness, love and content is. There is no better life than this life and treasure what you have. Fight against the odds, but don’t forget to live!
- The Undomestic Goddess: Relocating to some place you do not know and fitting in there is an uphill task. Running away from your past sure sounds easy, but it will eventually catch up with you. And when it does, be prepared to have a clear mind to make the decision of what you want. Do you want the past that now suffocates you? Or do you want the present that presents you with a million new ways to see life?
- The Hunger Games Trilogy: When you isolate and connect the beginning of the first book to the end of the third, you somehow feel that maybe sacrifices are in vain. But as you concentrate on the intermediate parts, you will understand that sacrifices, even if started on a small scale, might grow on and amplify their goodness to the rest of the world. You can mourn for a while or for a long time, but the world, the recipient of the goodness of your sacrifices, will forever be thankful to you.
- Gone With The Wind: Another cliché. Scarlett O’Hara may be a smart yet vain and selfish woman, but she has the strength to not only get through wars and famines but also take care of the people who hold her close. She might not be beautiful, but she has plenty grey matter to use her verbal charms accordingly. Loss is not the end. Loss is a brief trough in life.
There is hardly a day that passes that does not containing posts and articles related to women, be it empowerment, praises or humorous dissing. This is just a post that combines two loved topics into one. Women. And Books.