Illuminating Books for Women in Their 20s ...

As an obsessive reader, I love the fact that there is an endless amount of books for women in their 20s. In my own experience, I noticed a major shift when I hit my early twenties compared to when I was a teen. From beginning to get a sense of who I am as a person to becoming more comfortable in my own skin, something about this age range brings on a burst of confidence and security. I can't put my finger on it but I feel like being in my 20s has really opened my eyes to life (and even love). That being said, these books for women in their 20s will help young adults gain appreciation for all of the marvelous life adventures to come.

1. It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken

On iTunes at: itunes.apple.com

When it comes to books for women in their 20s, Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt's "It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken" is definitely a contender for one of the most sincere (not to mention the funniest) novels around. It goes without saying that going through a breakup is the worst. Even though it's sometimes hard to move on, the authors make it a point to show that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

2. The Bluest Eye

On iTunes at: itunes.apple.com

Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" is one of the most insightful and incredibly thought provoking novels that you'll ever read. I'm in awe of the manner in which she portrays lead protagonist Pecola Breedlove and how she manages to bring her struggle with her skin and eyes to life. This truly is one book that you won't be able to put down.

3. Girls in White Dresses

On iTunes at: itunes.apple.com

Jennifer Close's "Girls in White Dresses" is so relatable that you will have no trouble imagining yourself in the shoes of these three best friends trying to figure out the course their lives are suddenly taking. If you've ever suffered from heartbreak, worried about where your career path will take you or are just genuinely confused on how to slow down life in general, this books is definitely for you.

4. MWF Seeking BFF

On iTunes at: itunes.apple.com

One of the reasons why "MWF Seeking BFF" will always be in my top ten reads is because of how honest it is. I think it's safe to say that there comes a time in almost everyone's life where they find themselves drifting from friends they used to be close with. In this tale, the author talks about her yearlong journey to find people that she can trust and depend on; she's so sincere in planning weekly dates to forge bonds with new friends that it's hard to fault her.

5. Confessions of a Shopaholic

On iTunes at: itunes.apple.com

Not only is this the perfect book to bond over with your best friend, it is totally relatable! If you've ever gone window shopping, dreaming about how fabulous you'd look in outfits you can't afford, and ended up giving in and buying that super trendy bag, this one is for you. Also, the lessons on love sprinkled between the drama don't hurt.

6. What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self

On iTunes at: itunes.apple.com

Ellyn Spragins speaks to all of the women out there who spent so much time worrying about the little things instead of focusing on the bigger picture: Just being happy. With her mission involving getting people to see why life is better when you're not stuck in a constant state of stress, she interviewed hardworking women with varying experiences (including the late Maya Angelou) to dish on what advice they'd offer to their younger selves if there was a button to turn back time.

7. Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

On iTunes at: itunes.apple.com

Lastly, from the minute I read the description on this novel by Kelly Williams Brown, I knew that I would be in for a ride. This easygoing guide essentially focuses on how to handle being thrown into the real world. I can honestly say that this is one book that you won't be able to stop reading.

The list could go on. The point that I'm trying to make with these selections is that this is the time to explore your wants and needs in life without apology. What are some books that you think are perfect for women in their 20s (or anyone in general) to read?

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