Bustle.com published a list of 21 books every woman should read before they are 35 (because reading keeps you sort of young) and even though my last books challenge was a dismal failure, I’m going to give this one a try. I turn 34 in a few short weeks (on March 17th) and 21 books in a year? No problem! Below is the list of books from the challenge and updates as the ones I have read along the way and links to any blog post. My kick-off blog post can be found here. If you’ve read any of the books on the list, please share your thoughts!

  1. I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
  2. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  3. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  4. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  5. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
  6. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
  7. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  8. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  9. Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton
  10. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  11. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  12. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  13. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  14. Mistakes I Made at Work by Jessica Bacal
  15. Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
  16. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (READ!)
  17. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso (READ!)
  18. The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
  19. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
  20. It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken by Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt
  21. Self-Help by Lorrie Moore
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