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Top 6 Books Every Woman Should Read

First of all, happy international women’s day! Even though this is a nice occasion, you should celebrate being female every day of the year. Why? Well, for starters, we don’t have to experience beard stubble, recessive baldness and mustache. Just kidding, some women have those too. πŸ™‚ Anyway, there are so many reasons being a woman is amazing, and you know it!

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Now, if you don’t feel that amazing (sometimes many of us don’t), there are many powerful women out there, in our world and history, fictional or real, who can change your mind. And there’s no better way to honor this day than by reading a novel written by a powerful female like yourself. I know you thought of The Handmaid’s Tale straightaway, but there are more amazing novels worthy of your feminine attention. Read more about these amazing women:

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Alias Grace by Margaret AtwoodAlias Grace

Who: Grace Marks

What: Based on a true story of a young Irish servant,Β Grace Marks, this novel explores the circumstances in which a woman of a low position and heritage has found herself after being convicted of murdering her employer. Grace spends a total of 30 years in an asylum and a prison, enduring humiliation, torture and abuse. Whether she was truly guilty or not is on you to decide.

 

 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Who: Henrietta Lacks

What: A nonfiction account of a poor African American tobacco farmer, buried in her thirties in an unmarked grave. Then why do we know anything about her? Because her cells, today known as HeLa cells, were taken without her knowledge and consent and were then used in groundbreaking medical discoveries like developing the polio vaccine and important advances for in vitro fertilization and cloning. Until now she’s been virtually unknown, but finally her story is told.

 

The Bell Jar by Sylvia PlathThe bell jar

Who: Esther Greenwood

What: Semi-autobiographical, this novel follows Esther’s descent into a mental breakdown. A talented and successful young woman battles with a severe depression, slowly sinking deeper day-by-day, losing grip on reality. Unfortunately, Sylvia Plath did not emerge victorious from her own battle, and The Bell Jar can shed a little light on what she was really going through.

 

 

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Who: Celie

What: Racial segregation, poverty, rape, loss, unwilling marriage. All this on the back of one single woman. This is the story of Celie, of her utterly difficult life and fate, and how she managed to take charge of it, and completely change it around. Her story is told through a series of letters written at first to God, and then to her loving sister Nettie. This novel is very harsh and hard to read, but definitely worth it.


 

 

Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer ChiaveriniEnchantress of numbers

Who: Ada Lovelace

What: The story of Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate daughter of the infamous poet Lord Byron. Ada was separated from her father by her controlling mother, in hopes that she will not follow the same scandalous path. Ada’s mother, an educated and religious woman, forbade all forms of imagination, instead rigorously educating Ada in mathematics and science. Years later, Ada wrote the first computer program – that is, an algorithm designed to be carried out by a machine, and made important contribution to modern computer science.

 

 

Little WomenLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott

Who: Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March

What: Loosely based on Alcott’s early life, the tale of these iconic four sisters is one every young girl should read. Through their adventures and hardship we learn to appreciate the complexity and strength of friendship, life, family and love. War, disease, poverty and death plague this unfortunate family, but they show us that incredible strength can be found at the worst of times. Like it was with power rangers, every little girl had to be one of the March sisters, I was always Jo.

 

 

Bonus reading: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, The Story of my Life by Helen Keller, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontΓ«, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Have you read any of these novels and what do you think? Which other female-authored books do you think are a must-read? Feel free to leave a comment and happy reading!

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14 thoughts on “Top 6 Books Every Woman Should Read

  1. I’m creeping on your blog posts, so sorry! You already have a Margaret Atwood but for me the ‘one’ is another one of hers – The Handmaid’s Tale. I read it about 15 years ago (wow, that makes me feel so old) and it’s stayed with me since!

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    1. Hahahahaha no apologies necessary since I stalked yours yesterday, both blogs XD I just didn’t comment because then you’d know, but now I will haha πŸ˜€

      I love The Handmaid’s tale! It’s just that everyone was putting it on their lists so I chose Alias Grace, plus I’d recently watched the mini series so was under the impression πŸ™‚

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  2. Happy international women’s day to you too! This is a wonderful post to celebrate the day. I love The Bell Jar, and Little Women is such an empowering book yet lovely and heartwarming at the same time.

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    1. Thanks! I didn’t want to sound too feminist, so I omitted some books everyone already knows about, but I still wanted to create a list of quality books written by women, about women, and about important issues. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks! Though you will have to google a bit too – as the book sometimes centers more on her love/domestic life, and not so much on her as a scientist – it’s more about how she got there, but it’s a good read nonetheless. It made me very interested in her life. Happy reading! πŸ™‚

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