5 Books Every College Woman Should Read
1. My Year With Eleanor: A Memoir by Noelle Hancock
This memoir by Noelle Hancock is based off Hancock’s search for inner peace as she follows Eleanor Roosevelt’s oft-quoted advice to do one thing a day that scares her. She then embarks on a year-long self-journey of embracing discomfort. While any normal college student may not be able to afford a year off to do “one scary thing a day” as Hancock does, the lesson remains. Hancock shows readers that life is too short to be scared, and that critical life-junctions could be missed if we avoid what makes us uncomfortable. Filled with Eleanor Roosevelt quotes and inspiration, this memoir is a must for college girls who need a burst of confidence before making their next leap.
2. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Secret Life of Bees is about the life of Lily Owens, a little girl growing up in 1964 South Carolina. One of Sue Monk Kidd’s best works, this fictional novel shows the true importance of love and healthy relationships. When Lily runs away from home and finds herself in the company of three beekeeping sisters, she truly learns what it means to be loved, to be vulnerable, and to be true. We learn that it doesn’t matter how broken we are, or what obstacles we have faced, but when we are surrounded by love and respect we are made all the stronger for it. Women in college who may be struggling with homesickness or perhaps finding a second family away from home, will benefit immensely from Kidd’s work. This book will leave them with an appreciation for spirituality, family, love, and female power.
3. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Milk and Honey is an honest and raw poetry collection with the theme of survival at its center. The work is divided into four different parts, each one dealing with different pains and life events; moments such as violence, hope, and love. This poetry collection is an important read for college women struggling to understand a world that can be filled with such hurts. Nevertheless, Milk and Honey is also inspiring, and provides moments of hope and love and the empowerment brought on by femininity. It shows how sweetness can almost always be found amidst the ugly. And sometimes that’s exactly what every college girl needs to hear.
4. The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
This posthumous collection of writings from Marina Keegan is for every college student, regardless of gender, as they consider the possibilities before them post-graduation. Keegan offers a refreshing, hopeful view for those afraid to leave the comfort of school and enter the real world. Her viewpoint as a soon-to-be college graduate is so relevant for students looking into the abyss. She tells us readers that it’s okay to be a little lost, or a little confused; that it’s okay to be uncertain of where we’re going. Published posthumously, Keegan’s work has undertones of sadness because of a life and talent gone too soon. However, the life, wit, and soul contained in her writings inspires young readers to live life like Marina.
“The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. We’re graduating college. We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.” – Marina Keegan
5. Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling’s novel/autobiography is the best addition to any college girl’s book shelf. The whole novel is full of wit and refreshing comedy, and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a celebrity. Kaling is so relatable, and her childhood stories will put a smile on anyone’s face. She also instills tidbits of advice throughout the book, such as how to identify a best friend and what makes a great guy (or guy-friend). Kaling’s book is the breath of fresh air every book collection needs and is the perfect laugh between pouring over textbooks.