Books by women you should read before you die

I love book lists and reading lists. And lately, as I’ve been doing my own library inventory, it just dawned on me that around 90-95% of the books I own or have read were written by women. When scouring the shelves in a bookstore, I’m more likely to give a book another look and read the blurb at the back in greater detail if the author was female. I know there are a lot of great male authors out there, and I have nothing against male writers, I promise. It’s just that at this moment in my life, I consciously pay more heed to a woman’s voice. I am after all, a woman, and I am more drawn to the female perspective–how they describe the world around them, their innermost thoughts and experiences that mirror my own or are unique to me. I want to feel a connection with the women I encounter in my readings. I get to live many lives vicariously through them, and I emerge a stronger woman, a richer person out of it.

So imagine my excitement when I came across this list of recommended books to read written by women.

Here are the ones I’ve read so far:

  • Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë) – my favorite!
  • A Room of One’s Own (Virginia Woolf)
  • A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J.K. Rowling)
  • Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
  • Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  • The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
  • The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson – I have a copy of this, but still haven’t finished going through all of Emily Dickinson’s poems. They’re so many!
  • The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
  • The Giver (Lois Lowry)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) – very gripping
  • The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton) – very tragic
  • The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)
  • The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)
  • We Should All Be Feminists (Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie)

Those on my to read list:

  • And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie)
  • Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) – currently reading
  • Bad Feminist (Roxanne Gay)
  • I Am Malala (Malala Yousafzai)
  • Middlemarch (George Eliot)
  • Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
  • Obasan (Joy Kogawa)
  • Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)
  • Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
  • Second Sex (Simone de Beauvoir)
  • The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
  • The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
  • The Death of the Heart (Elizabeth Bowen)
  • The Feminine Mystique (Betty Friedan)
  • The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls)
  • The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri)
  • The Tale of Genji (Murasaki Shikibu)
  • Tipping the Velvet (Sarah Waters)
  • Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)
  • Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
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