Books Every Woman Must Read by the Time She’s 20

So many books, so little time, so start here.

Books Every Woman Must Read

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman who enjoys literature must be in want of constant recommendations. Well, whether you need these recommendations or just want to check these books off your list and say, Hey, I’ve totally read that already, we’ve compiled this collection of books that we believe every woman (as well as genderqueer or non-binary folk) should read by the time they turn 20. If you haven’t read these books and you’re older—don’t fret! You’ve got plenty of time to read them now, too. (So many books, so little time, we know—our TBR list is endless too.)

Bookshelf compiled by Ilana Masad.

Image credits: adamkuylenstierna/Twenty20


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About Ilana Masad

Ilana Masad

ILANA MASAD is an Israeli-American writer living in New York. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Printer’s Row, The Toast, The Butter, The Rumpus, Hypertext Magazine, and more. She is the founder of, a podcast for new, emerging, and struggling writers. She is (way too) active on Twitter @ilanaslightly.

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