6 Books All Women Must Read

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I'm standing behind her in line. It's late, I'm tired, and I can't quite remember if I'm still wearing yoga pants. So I look away.

There are certain books that every woman should read because they light a fire that warms the space between us all.

Instead of making eye contact, I glance at my cart. It's full and I'm grateful. The bright lights harsh above. One lane over a graying man meticulously places three apples on the conveyor belt one by one — one red, one green, and one yellow. A tall, slender woman waits behind him with a baby on her hip and a toddler wrapped around her knees. Her little one peeks over, somewhat upside down, long dark curls that match her mama's graze the ground. I laugh, thinking back to when my own girls were small enough to do this with the familiar tug of nostalgia and the new-ish pull of that was then, and now is good.

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The woman in front of me, the one whose eyes I was carefully avoiding, laughs too. We look up and thread a moment that can only be shared between two moms shopping alone late at night, carts full, yoga pants on. With one hand resting against her cart, she's holding one of my favorite books in the other. I like her instantly. We smile and start chatting.

There are certain books that every woman should read because they light a fire that warms the space between us all. Here are six of my favorites — the second one is what my new friend was reading in that Target line.

Every Woman Needs: Friendship

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Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik is a tale of the power of female friendship. Colorful characters and the ties that bind are a reminder that we need each other.

Every Woman Needs: Gratitude

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The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison is a close-up look at a mother's perspective as she lets go of life with little boys and moves into life being a mom of teenagers. It's a heart-warming, easy read that focuses on the importance of noting the wonder of life's small moments. It's also a stark reminder that we are more the same than we are different.

Every Woman Needs: Inspiration

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Fancy Feet by Heidi Cave is the story of a woman who found light through darkness. After a car crash left her battling for her life, Heidi created her own path of recovery, forgiveness, strength, and hope. Her story reminds us that there's always a way.

Every Woman Needs: To Own It

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The Introvert's Way by Sophia Dembling is a smart, pithy look at introverts and not just how they maneuver the world, but how they need to view themselves. It's a must-read for introverts and for those who love introverts and a fabulous reminder that when we own how we are, the world feels, fits, and is better.

Every Woman Needs: Strength

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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is considered one of the greatest American novels; covering the themes of sin, guilt, and redemption. It's also a banned book, and every woman needs to read at least one of those. This classic is a reminder that what you need is always inside, how quickly life can change, and how slowly one should judge.

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Every Woman Needs: Empathy

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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech is an award winning children's book written as poetry disguised as journal writing between a teacher and her student. A young boy's growth is chronicled with the loving care that everyone deserves, and the reminder that we all have in us to give.

Which book is on your must-read list? Please share in the comments!

 

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6 Books All Women Must Read

Galit Breen is the author of Kindness Wins, a simple no-nonsense guide to teaching our kids how to be kind online. She has a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in human development and was a classroom and reading teacher for ten years. In 2009, she launched a career as a freelance writer entrenched in social media. Since then, her work has been featured in various online magazines including Brain, Child, The Huffington Post, TIME, and xoJane. Breen lives in Minnesota with her h ... More

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4 comments

  1. Profile photo of Michelle Michelle says:

    Well there’s one I want to read and another I’d consider.

  2. Profile photo of Jenna Jenna says:

    Thank you Galit, for letting me know about all these books – and reminding me how much I liked the Scarlet Letter! Nathaniel Hawthorne’s love life was pretty fascinating too – married Sophia Peabody, a beautiful artist, though her older sister was madly in love with him. But that’s another story…
    –Jenna – http://therubystreet.blogspot.com/

  3. Profile photo of Phammom Phammom says:

    Would like to read an introverts way.

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