National Read a Book Day: an Obvi Reading List

It’s National Read a Book Day! It’s also finally beginning to feel like fall, so grab a plush blanket, fall into your comfy chair and open one of the Obvi team suggested reads! There’s a book on this list for everyone. Go ahead, get to know our favorite female characters.

12262741Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Annaliese Stockmeier says: “Wild is Cheryl Strayed’s honest, brave, and beautiful memoir about pain, loss, and nearly giving up, but pushing on. After the passing of her mother, Cheryl turns down a dark, self-destructive path, until she decides on a whim to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, having never done anything like that before in her life. Ultimately Cheryl is able to forgive herself for her mistakes and return to the woman she used to be, the woman her mother knew her to be. This is a book I will read again and again and cry every single time. 

6514The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Hannah Nobbe talks about her book choice: “Paralleling her own experiences with mental illness, Sylvia Plath invites us to witness young Esther’s spiral into darkness. Esther’s dreams are incredibly feminist but are unfortunately not celebrated by the world around her as she hoped. The rejection she receives from the majority of people around her cause her to question her very being. Plath’s dark tale leaves the reader wishing thing could have been different and that there were more novels by this famous poet.

23513349Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Read this if you’re looking for poetry Sarah Muzzillo says Rupi Kaur’s prose and illustrations are breathtakingly poignant. She explores body image, love, abuse, family and sexuality in relatable and layered ways.

15507958Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Alison Burdick-Evenson feels like this is the kind of book that makes you weak in your knees. The protagonist, Louisa, is written in such a way that brings you through her journey with her. Every awkward encounter, emotional defeat and cutting word from the men in her life hit you with the same intensity she feels. This is a love story, an answer to a moral question of life and death and most importantly, a story of a woman who learns that she was always enough on her own.

38447The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Madelaine says: “The Handmaid’s Tale is a story set in a possible, dystopian future version of America which has been overthrown by a totalitarian Christian Theocracy.  In this society, women’s bodies and behaviors are controlled to an unthinkable degree. The main character is a Handmaid, a member of a lower social class whose purpose in society is to provide children to an assigned woman of a higher social status. This novel is unsettling and interesting and exciting from start to finish — definitely worth a spot on any book lover’s to-read list!”

7042The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

Katie Simpson says this is “one of the earliest novels we have and it’s written by a woman outside of the US. It’s a wonderful novel capturing medieval Japan. More importantly, it is a great reminder that women all over the world have been telling their stories for millennia.”

82434Saving Franchesca by Melina Marchetta

Lisa Hooper read this book when she was a teenager and she still picks it up once a year. “The way Melina can tell a story about the complexity of teenage life not only through relationships but with school, friendships and family, makes my heart ache with jealousy. She pulls me into these characters’ heads and I laugh with them and cry with them and most importantly understand their pain, which is something I would not have experienced myself. All of her characters are strong, funny and true to themselves! Nothing is exaggerated and I think anyone could relate to any aspect of these characters.”

22749796Dietland by Sarai Walker

“A unique, subversive take on a woman’s journey towards her weight loss surgery.” Mimi Haze says this is her pick because it’s super feminist and takes on the fucked up beauty industry standards, gender equality and diet culture.

Y20910157es, Please by Amy Poehler

Katharine Donohoe enjoyed Amy Poehler’s compilation of essays about life and her journey through it, as well as comedy and performing as a woman. Really funny and insightful stuff, with some bonus asides, like a chapter by Seth Meyers.

10429045Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Colleen O’Connor’s choice if you want to read about “a badass lead female character written by an even more badass woman!”

1629601The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Genny Glassman’s pick: “Frankie is the new girl at an elite boarding school. After years of being sort of a geek, her summer growth spurt has given her a new figure that attracts a cute senior boyfriend, whom she quickly learns is part of a secret society that only boys are allowed to join. The story follows Frankie as she attempts to out-prank her boyfriend and his secret club, while also tricking them to expose the sexism and classism that pervades their school.

18667945#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso is such a powerhouse of a woman.  She details her journey and is (honestly pretty appropriately) self-deprecating.  She talks about her behavior when she was younger, how cool she thought it was, and how irresponsible she now realizes it was. Ultimately, though, all of her bizarre mishaps contribute to the success of her Ebay store Nasty Gal Vintage, which later became one of the most successful e-commerce retailers in history.  Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle read this book almost two years ago, and still cites it as some of her biggest inspiration.


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