For the record: creating this list was really difficult. There are so many books I’ve enjoyed and read over and over again, but I finally made my final cut for this list of Five (5) Books Every Young Woman Should Read:
Gone With The Wind — Margaret Mitchell
If you are a Southern Woman, this book should already be on your bookshelf or e-reader. If not, check yourself! Every young woman needs to read this book, because there are going to be days when you are feeling like the spoiled rotten Scarlett and there will be days when you don’t give a damn either, like Rhett Butler!
MWF Seeking BFF — Rachel Bertsche
I don’t remember how I was introduced to this book, but I know I read it after ending a friendship I had had since college. We were at different places in our lives, that’s I will say about it. Needless to say, I read this book at a pivotal time in my life. It was fascinating and enlightening, and I praise Rachel Bertsche for taking on such a commitment (especially as a newlywed!) to “interview” potential friend candidates! It’s a cool concept and I am more willing to step outside of my comfort zone to pursue genuine, more meaningful friendships now. There were several tough lessons to learn and realities to accept: 1) living in a different place than where I grew up, folks ’round here don’t know me so I’m not as popular as I think I am; 2) friendships take time …. and lots of it; 3) you won’t be friends with everyone and this is okay; and 4) Quality is better than quantity ….. it’s better to have four quarters than 100 pennies!
Letter To My Daughter — Maya Angelou
I love Maya Angelou. I don’t love her in a weird, celebrity stalker kind of way. No. I love her as an honorable, grace-filled, intelligent and generous woman who has been through the trenches and mentors every woman, no matter our age, skin color, nationality, or religious belief. I love the way she writes, as if she is writing every word to me. In Letter To My Daughter, Maya writes to the daughter she never had but sees in all women and girls around her. She teaches readers to live well and live a life with meaning and purpose.
The Joy of Cooking — Irma Rombauer
Ladies, even if you don’t like to cook, at least learn a few basic skills. I cannot imagine NOT enjoying the cooking and baking processes, but I know lots of people (men and women …. Husband being one of them) who hate to cook. Fortunately for them, they know my table is open anytime and they will leave my house with a sated belly. But I encourage all women – young and old – to have at least five go-to recipes that they can whip up in a moment’s notice. If you are still hesitant, invest in quality cookware. It’s like wearing your big girl panties and people will take you more serious!
Book of Ruth — The Holy Bible
I saved my favorite for last ….. the Book of Ruth is a tale of two women (one Jewish, one non-Jew) who, through death, drama, and Divine Intervention create a story for the ages. It is an intimate story of family, relationships, and loyalty to both. The Book of Ruth also teaches inclusiveness for all people, Christians and Jews alike, and reminds us all that God can create extraordinary things from the ordinary and anybody can be used as God’s instrument if he/she so chooses. After all, Ruth was the great-grandmother of King David and, ultimately, connected to Jesus himself!
What are some of your favorite books? Tell me in a comment below!