Ask any semi-recent college grad and they’ll tell you that being a millennial is hard. Being a millennial woman is even harder. Now I don’t know about you guys, but I am a major bookworm. I’m also a sucker for “self-help” books and anything with a lot of swearing and a sassy tone. So I’ve decided to provide you with 5 books I’ve recently read (like within the last few months) that have helped me realize that while millennial life is not always sunshine and roses, it’s manageable. So without further ado, I give you:

 

Five Books all Millennial Women should Read

  • Life is hard. We all have our insecurities and doubts and sometimes, they hang over us like a giant gloomy cloud. Success coach, Jen Sincero teaches you how to tell that cloud to get the hell outta here in her book You are a Badass. Unlike most tired self-help books, You are a Badass is filled with humor, and a no-nonsense attitude that really makes you want to get your shit together. Unlike feeling like you’re being preached at by some holier than thou motivational speaker, you feel like you’re getting a fresh dose of reality from a best friend. I think Sincero has changed the game when it comes to self-help books and can actually make you realize just how much you kick ass. If you need a good kick in the rear or pick-me-up, this book is for you.

  • This book by Laura Bates is actually the spawn of her project of the same title that inspired a worldwide movement. Everyday Sexism discusses the very real problem affecting women of all ages, races, classes, etc. in a way that makes your blood boil, because it includes entries from the project. Having to hear about your sisters’ experiences makes your heart ache for them, and also for yourself. The experiences from women are mixed in among backing statistics and Laura Bates’ candid, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes angry commentary which makes this book a must read, not just for millennial women, but for all women. And you know what? Men too. Everyday Sexism covers all of the hardships that women today face, and reads almost like a call to arms for feminism.

  • So Sad Today, started as a Twitter account that rapidly gained hundreds of thousands of followers because Melissa Broder tweeted what we were all thinking and feeling. These tweets then inspired the book which is probably the rawest, saddest, realest, and most uncomfortable collection of personal essays I’ve ever read. And I’ve read a fair share of them. Melissa Broder tears herself open and shows us her deepest, darkest, most disgusting parts. It’s uncomfortable only in the fact that you relate to them, and find them disturbingly gorgeous. You identify with these typically unseen parts, and you feel exposed, even though you’re reading her personal essays. In her review of the book, Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist says, “They [the essays] reveal so much about what it is to live in this world, right now.” And I couldn’t agree more. The world is messy and it’s hard to navigate at times, but these essays make you feel like you’re not completely on your own in making your way through it.
    • Note: if you’re easily susceptible to existential crises you might want to tread carefully.

  • This book by Nicole Lapin is honestly a godsend for financially clueless shopaholics like myself. I’m not in crazy amounts of debt or anything, all I have are student loans (honestly who doesn’t these days?) and a low monthly truck payment, so overall I’m doing alright. But this book has helped me get on track to do even better. To do great. Lapin lets brings you into the daunting financial world in a friendly, easy to understand way that doesn’t make you aware that you’re actually reading a guidebook to managing your money. She throws in tips and confessions about her personal finance journey so you never feel like you’re being lectured – it’s more like a chat between to friends. One of the things I especially enjoy is that it’s not just about money. Lapin provides life and career advice that I’ve already started to follow. While I may not agree with everything in this book (i.e. her advice to never lease a vehicle), I think that for the most part she’s dead on with her suggestions. If you don’t mind being called some variation of ‘bitch’ repeatedly, then I highly suggest you give this a read. Get a grip on your money so you can get a grip on your life.

  • In her collection of essays, Roxane Gay talks about what it’s like to be a feminist while loving things that traditionally go against feminist ideology. Gay discusses topics like gender and sexuality, race, and politics through essays about pop culture and her personal experiences. While the collection has been subject to mixed reviews by critics, I think that taken with a grain of salt these essays can be insightful, entertaining, and generally worth the read.

Published by Jordan Trantham