21 Books Every Young Woman Should Read Before They Turn 30

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Reading used to be something that was required of us, but now as adults, we can read whatever we would like and whenever we damn well please. Which, honestly, makes it so much more enjoyable now than it was back in high school when we were skimming every page of Beloved before AP English class the next morning.
A book can take you to a different place in your mind and change your life through emotions. There are certain books that, as young women, we should all read. They speak to us through feminism, humor, love, and relationships and teach us lessons we may not otherwise learn. Even if reading isn't your favorite (Netflix for life!), there has to be a classic you’ve missed that you would actually enjoy.

Every book on this list will (hopefully) entertain you, make you laugh, cry, or both, and will speak to you as a woman. Some of these may have been high school reading, others are books you've never heard of. All are literature that deserves your time.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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We've all seen the Keira Knightley movie version, but have you read the actual book? Pride and Prejudice is a classic novel that's beautifully written with humor and a classic love story that left us all swooning for Mr. Darcy. This book is a must-read for any fan of classic literature. If it wasn't good, it wouldn't have so much buzz 200 hundred years later. There is a reason it is much loved and you need to find out.