Today is my birthday! I’m turning 26 today and I’m feeling pretty good about it. In celebration of today, I thought I would share five of my favorite books. These are books that really resonated with me either as an adult or while growing up.
Now without further ado…onto the books!
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
This is probably my favorite book of all time and definitely the saddest one on this list. I love Plath with a burning passion. I reread The Bell Jar every year and am constantly in awe of how brilliantly Plath writes about growing up as a young woman and struggling with mental health. I think this book should be required reading for everyone, but especially for women. Plath puts words to feelings I’ve only ever had.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I had an abridged version of this book growing up and I always loved reading about the March sisters. I finally read the full text a few years ago and loved it even more. There are so many great characters, morals, and vignettes in this book. Alcott wrote a tremendous family and their love for one another gets me every time.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Midsummer is my favorite Shakespeare comedy. I love all the different groups making trouble in their own ways and I always enjoy when the fairies decide to intervene! Midsummer is full of clever wordplay and physical comedy, making it one of the most fun Shakespeare plays to perform. There are an awful lot of characters in this, which can make it slightly confusing. But it’s oh so worth the trouble!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Okay, so I may have only actually read this book for the first time early last year. But I grew up knowing the story and watching film adaptations and have always adored P&P. I love the dynamic of the Bennet family, Darcy’s stern demeanor, and Elizabeth’s witty replies. Happy endings abound in this book and I always feel good every time I read or watch it. This is a beautiful story about a loving family.
The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
I LOVE me some Nancy Drew! I read so many of these growing up, including some of the spin-off ones with a younger Nancy, and reread them still. These books haven’t always aged well and are at times rife with stereotypes, racism, and sexism. But these were some of the first books I ever read in which the protagonist was a young woman who achieved things. I still have quite the collection of Nancy Drew books and loved playing the spin-off computer games, too!
That’s it for today! Have you read any of these books? What were your favorites growing up?