10 Books Every 20-Something Should Read

10 Books Every 20-Something Should Read

Assigned books can sometimes become your favorite books.

As an English major, I've read my fair share of assigned readings for some of my classes. And like all of us, I have also read many assigned books in high school as well. Some people might groan and complain at assigned readings, and honestly, most will just end up looking it up SparkNotes, but I actually read all the books. Some I could have gone without, but school actually helped exposed me to books that I ended up really liking and probably won't have picked up on my own. Here are the best books that I've had to read for school (so far)...

1. "Affinity" by Sarah Waters

Reading this book was one wild ride - but I mean that in the best way possible. I couldn't stop reading this addictive story about a woman who is drawn to a mysterious prisoner.

2. "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll

This is definitely not just a book for children. There are so many complex themes present in this fantastical adventure story that jump out to you as an adult reader.

3. "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

Reading this book helped further open my eyes to the oppression that women face in regards to the expectations placed by society. Also, the ending to this story was simply unforgettable.

4. "Beloved" by Toni Morrison

Providing commentary on slavery, race, love, guilt, family, and much more, this book is pretty mind-blowing, especially aided by the storytelling talents of Toni Morrison.

5. "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

While reading this for A.P. English during my senior year of high school, I'm pretty sure I was the only one who actually enjoyed reading this crazy story that takes you inside the deranged and unhinged criminal mind of main character Raskolnikov.

6. "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

You might think of the flashy film featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, but when I think of "The Great Gatsby," I mostly think of F. Scott Fitzgerald's beautiful prose. I actually read this book before it was assigned during my junior year of high school, but I was more than happy to read it a second time.

7. "The Handmaid’s Tale" by Margaret Atwood

This dystopian novel showcases a society where women are extremely oppressed, making this both an intriguing and alarming read. I was immediately drawn into this twisted world that Atwood created.

8. "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson

This disturbing - yet witty - novel is a perfect example of gothic literature. It's a psychological thriller of the best kind, and the ending was something that I never saw coming. This is one book that will definitely make you think.

9. "The Razor’s Edge" by W. Somerset Maugham

This is a book that slowly grew on me when I had to read it back in high school. It makes for one compelling read and also teaches some eye-opening lessons on life.

10. "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

I think pretty much any high schooler is assigned this book at some point. It is, undoubtedly, a classic in the world of American literature, so that is not a surprise. This book teaches many important lessons that should not be overlooked, and it's just an extremely engaging story.

Assigned novels in your classes should not be seen as a burden - instead, they should be seen as an opportunity. I know that I'm typically drawn to popular or new novels, so I'm thankful that school has allowed me to expand my literary perspective.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.


Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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13 Quotes For All Of Us Empowered Female-Identifying People Out There

For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.


For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

1. Do you really need someone else's permission, acceptance, wink, or nod, or are you ready to give these to yourself? -The Universe

I get notes from the Universe everyday and all of them are so amazing and inspiring. There might be a few of them on this list. You can sign up for your own notes from the universe here.

2. The princess saves herself in this one. -Amanda Lovelace

The quote is based off a book called The Princess Saves Herself In This One, which is a collection of poetry about resilience, you can get the book here.

3. I'm made of more than you think. -Snow White, Mirror, Mirror

4. Other people's perception of you ain't none of your business. -Lisa Nichols


5. Do you realize how many events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading to the making of just exactly the way you are? -Mrs. Which, A Wrinkle In Time

I love this because it really hits home how so many right and wrong decisions led to the creation of you and how you should appreciate the good and the bad because without either of them you wouldn't be exactly who you were supposed to be.

6. You can't stop what's done to you. You can only survive it. -Rachel, Georgia Rule 

This brings up an important theme of my life that I'm still trying to figure out. The only thing you can control in your life is how you react to what happens to you.

7. Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want. -Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You

8. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Queen Clarisse, The Princess Diaries

9. No trifling of the past, no matter how great, can tarnish the brilliance of eternity. -The Universe

10. People who are insignificant to your future shouldn't have an impact on your present.

Someone once told me this, and although I can't remember the person, this quote has always stuck with me.

11. Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before. -Lady Gaga

You know what... I think she was talking about you.

12. Tell yourself it's easy. Tell yourself often. Make it an affirmation. Eat, sleep, breathe it, and you life shall be transformed. -The Universe

13. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. -Mark Twain 

Go on then, be empowered and trust your instincts, you've got big things coming... I can tell.

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