Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Books Every Woman (Including Myself) Should Read

Monday, I shared my list of Books Every Woman Should Read that I had read myself. Today, I have a list of books that every woman, including myself, should read. If you have read any of these, let me know what you thought of them, and as usual leave me some recommendations for books you think everyone should read.

Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

A Utopian society with only women? This sound like such an interesting read, and I trust Gilman with a plot and concept like this. 

The Color Purple, Alice Walker

This one sounds heart-wrenching but so beautiful and worth while. I have heard great things about the relationships between women in this novel, and that really interests me.  

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Another one that sounds heart-wrenching but absolutely necessary to read. The cover of this book is beautiful, and I think the story will be too.  

A Vindication of the Right's of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft 

I'm so interested in reading this piece from 1792! Plus Wollstonecraft is the mother of Mary Shelley. This nonfiction early feminist essay is a staple of women's literature. 

The Edible Woman, Margaret Atwood

I loved The Handmaid's Tale by Atwood (in fact it made my list on Monday) and I really need to read more works from her. This one sounds really bizarre and scary like The Handmaid's Tale, so of course I'm excited to read it. Atwood is so great at poignancy.

The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan  

Another feminist classic, this one published in 1963, this one is often attributed to sparking the second large wave of feminism in the U.S. I believe this one is nonfiction, and highly researched based? I don't know a lot about it, but I really want to find out more. 

So, what do you ladies think? Anything else I need to add to this TBR?    


  1. Great list! I absolutely loved The Handmaid's Tale, but I have never heard of The Edible Woman. I love her stuff so I should check that one out. :)

    1. Hope you do! I'm really eager to read more by Atwood this year, she is so clever and her writing is so gorgeous.
      thanks for stopping by!

  2. Brilliant list! Pretty much all of these are on my TBR; I read some of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short stories, including The Yellow Wallpaper, last year and really enjoyed how she wrote, so I'd love to read Herland this year. :)

    1. I've read The Yellow Wallpaper, but I want to read more of her short stories. Herland sounds so interesting.
      Thanks for stopping by!