Ever since I was a child, reading has been one of my favorite activities. I've always imagined having a huge library in my house where I could pull out any book I wanted, whenever I wanted it. Though I'm a lover of all books, there are certain classic titles that I've vowed to keep on my shelf as long as I live. But you can't read every book ever written, which is why there are some classic books every woman needs to read. Because it easier when someone tells you what to read?
For me, reading certain classics didn't resonate with me when I was younger. For example, I was required to read Aldous Huxley's Brave New World during my freshman year of high school and couldn't get into it. But I went back and read the novel a few years later and understood why it had become such a favorite of many and, subsequently, a fnew avorite of mine.
Whether you have a list of classics to read or not, these 13 books are worth adding to your GoodReads as soon as you can. Who knows, you may want to run out and get them all sooner than you think.
1. 'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Harper Lee
2. 'Like Water For Chocolate' by Laura Esquivel
3. 'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker
Though most know the film verison of Alice Walker's The Color Purple, the timeless book deserves you attention, too. From detailed accounts of a woman being demeaned to her finding her strength, The Color Purple is a gracious tale of how women banding together can produce positive results.
4. 'I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings' by Maya Angelou
5. 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is a prophetic tale of a future world where drugs and sex are made out to be a utopian space, and a main character who longs for the realistic, familiar feelings of the old world. From finding love to breaking out of the confines of what's forced upon you, this book is still relevant 85 years later.
6. 'The Awakening' by Kate Chopin
7. 'The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood
8. 'Little Women' by Louisa May Alcott
9. 'The Scarlet Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne
10. 'Anna Karenina' by Leo Tolstoy
11. 'Pride And Prejudice' by Jane Austen
Though Pride and Prejudice was set in the 19th century, Jane Austen's ability to create a relevant and modern written masterpiece keeps it settled near the top of every reader's "must read" list. Fascinating and riveting, Pride and Prejudice will become a favorite of whomever reads it.