Once upon a time, in a world without Netflix or WiFi, people entertained themselves by reading books. World Book Day reminds us that books haven’t gone out of style, even in this digital age. Sure, there’s the whole print versus e-book thing but as long as you’re reading, you can’t go wrong.
From your daily commute, to an exotic vacation destination or your local café, it’s not difficult to spot someone with his or her nose buried in a book. No matter what genre you’re into, have comfort knowing that there are plenty of other bookworms reading among you. It's also never too late to become an avid reader, even with a crazy schedule. Besides, knowledge is power — who would pass that up?
These books written by some of our MAKERS are guaranteed page-turners. Grab a copy, or a few, the next time you’re at your favorite bookstore and tell us what you think!
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Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" by Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham guides us through her life, so far, with this collection of hilarious essays.
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
Before "When Harry Met Sally" came out on the big screen, Nora Ephron wrote this novel based on her own divorce. A definite must-read for romantic-comedy fans.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Walker's novel takes place in 1930s rural Georgia which focuses on the lives and hardships of African-American women due to their low social class in American culture at the time.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
If non-fiction is more your style, definitely get your hands on this one. Susan Cain's novel helps introverts find their inner-strength towards navigating the world while helping extroverts understand their quieter counterparts.
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Judy Blume's books still continue to inspire generations of young girls. This YA novel captures what it feels like for a girl to come of age and attempt to tackle the beginning of womanhood.
Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
If poetry's more your style, or would like to get into it, check out Tracy K. Smith's 2011 Pulitzer prize-winning collection. Subjects range from childhood, grief, and deep space.
Against Her Will: Men, Women, and Rape by Susan Brownmiller
Susan Brownmiller's groundbreaking book helped transform attitudes towards rape and influenced laws that would better protect victims.
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
Rita Mae Brown's first novel gave people a glimpse into the portrayal of lesbianism during the 1970s and was inspired by her own coming of age journey.
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Sheryl WuDunn
Sheryl WuDunn teamed up with her husband Nicholas Kristoff to write this best-selling book which addresses the worldwide opression of women.