Five books every woman should read in 2022

Shanique Sinclair
Shanique Sinclair

January 17, 2022

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For centuries, women have turned to book reading, whether it is fiction or non-fiction, as a means of not only gaining knowledge and information, but also as a hobby and as a therapeutic escape from the stresses of daily life. I solicited the help of five of my fellow female book-loving friends to share with you five books that resonated with them and that they think every woman should read for 2022.

Latoya McLeod (@jamaicangirlreads)All About Love by Bell Hooks

I read this book at a time in my life when I had to confront what love really means. Fresh off several life changes and emotional roller coasters, this book really inspired me in a holistic way. Bell Hooks shares practical tools that helped me define what self-love and healing should look like. If you are looking for ways to identify and help you confront toxic life cycles, name and understand your emotions in a realistic and relatable way, this is the book for you! I cannot recommend this book enough, especially for our young women who are struggling to find their way in this complicated world.

Renee Wallace (@rensbookishspace) You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

This book is a great book to guide you on the path to self-discovery. Many people are not very interested in reading and getting into self-help/motivational books, but I feel like everyone can get a gem from reading this book, and it is not in any way overwhelming or chastising. The author delivers the message with a side of humour, so it’s easy to digest. She also speaks to the reader as if she was talking to one of her girlfriends, so the tone is not obnoxious, and I loved that. It definitely speaks to things that we already know deep within; however, seeing it and reading it from her perspective allows you to see it in a different light and makes it resonate. It did for me.

Brianna Carter (@whatbrireads) Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and fitting into neither. I’d recommend Queenie because sometimes life hits you HARD. Queenie really hit rock bottom at a time in her life when people expect you to be ‘growing and thriving’. All our rock bottoms look different, but they hurt the same. Despite the negative connotation mental health has in Caribbean households, she was brave enough to get the help she needed to make it through her rough patch. We could all use a little of her bravery and know that it is okay to not be okay, which is why this is a book that I would definitely recommend all women take a chance on.

Jacqueline Alvaranga (@jbrandreads) Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu Rising is a book that highlights a very important phrase that we often forget, which is that not everything that glitters is gold, and not everything is as it seems. This book will make you examine yourself and assess how you cope with different types of relationships. This book will empower you to seek inner strength even amid adverse situations. You may also find yourself in one of the female characters in the book, and overall, the book makes for a great story.

Sophia Windett (@bookgurlmagic) The Love Songs of W.E.B Dubois by Honoree Jeffers

This is a book I have recommended countless times because while it follows the journey of an American family from the slave trade to the present day, it touches on a part of history that is so often overlooked in society. It follows the protagonist (the main character in the book) through so many different facets of life — trauma, heartbreak, grief, love, and self-acceptance. It is such a well-researched and beautiful body of work. I think all women should read this.

What books have you read that you think should be added to the list? Email feedback to jamaican_hummingbird@hotmail.com and lifestyle@gleanerjm.com.

Shanique Sinclair

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Shanique Sinclair

Shanique Sinclair, also known as 'Shanz the Book Fairy', is a book enthusiast with a love and passion for reading and discussing literary works. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in literatures in English and a Masters in education management. She reads, collects and reviews books and has recently launched the #loveourboys initiative, where she donates books and aid to various homes for boys.

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