There is no better feeling than coming home from a hard day, steeping a cup of tea, curling up under a blanket and losing yourself in a good book. At least that’s my favorite way to wind down. I’ve been an avid reader my whole life – the main reason being that I use it as an escape from my own life; I use it to take a break from the real world. Every gurl needs a way to lose herself for a while in a world other than her own. Being the proud owner of over 400 titles, here is my ‘Top 5 Books Every Gurl Should Read.’
1. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
A quirky murder mystery, with the best main character I have ever encountered. Flavia de Luce is a determined, intelligent, driven gurl with a passion for chemistry and a mission to clear her father’s name of murder. Did I mention she’s 11 years old? If there was ever a headstrong character who won’t take no for an answer, it’s Flavia. This novel is the perfect picture of a gurl who breaks all the rules and stays persistent to prove what she knows is true.
2. Coventry by Helen Humphreys
Set on a single night during World War II, Coventry tells the story of Harriet, a middle aged woman who still mourns the loss of her husband 25 years prior, and how she survives the devastating bombing of her town. In Harriet’s attempt to escape the blitz, she joins a man half her age in his search to find his mother. Among the chaos, Harriet and Jeremy are drawn together as they navigate the dark and crumbling city and witness how fragile life is.
3. Bossypants by Tina Fey
We all love her. She’s hilarious. She’s successful. And those glasses. This biography is a look into Tina’s life and her journey to where she is now, and of course Tina’s writing is comedic throughout. Tina thrives in an industry traditionally dominated by men, and Bossypants tells of her struggle to get where she is and how she stood her ground as a woman in comedy. From childhood to SNL to 30 Rock to motherhood, Tina shows she is a woman who goes out and gets what she wants, most of the time. Even with her less shining moments, Tina makes a damn good story out of it.
4. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Not wanting to end up barefoot and pregnant like the rest of the gurls in her town, Taylor Greer heads west straight out of high school to make something of herself. What she didn’t expect was to unexpectedly have a 3 year old gurl, Turtle, come into her care. Taylor finds herself with exactly what she ran away from in the first place, motherhood. Taylor and Turtle head off together, with both of them learning to trust and overcoming their fears together. It’s a beautiful story of an unlikely mother-daughter pairing and unconditional love.
5. Irma Voth by Miriam Toews
Irma is a 19 year old girl raised in a Mennonite family with a tendency to rebel. Marrying a Mexican man is only the beginning of her breaking away from her controlling father and making her life her own. When a film crew comes to their small Mexico community, Irma befriends the cast and crew and joins in with the movie making process, again to her father’s dismay. It’s a story of love, heartbreak, secrets, finding the strength to carry on and finding the strength to forgive.