75 Books Every Woman Should Read (And What I’ve Read).

  • The Lottery (and Other Stories), Shirley Jackson – nope
  • To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf – nope
  • The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton -nope
  • White Teeth, Zadie Smith – nope
  • The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende – nope, but on my list (and other Allende read)
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion – nope
  • Excellent Women, Barbara Pym – nope
  • The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath – nope, but on my list
  • Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys – nope
  • The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri – nope, but on my list
  • Beloved, Toni Morrison – nope, but on my list (and other Morrison read)
  • Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert – nope, but on my list (?)
  • Like Life, Lorrie Moore – nope
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen – nope, but on my list
  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë – nope
  • The Delta of Venus, Anais Nin – nope
  • A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley – nope
  • A Good Man Is Hard To Find (and Other Stories), Flannery O’Connor – nope, but on my list (and other O’Connor read)
  • The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx – nope, but on my list (and other Proulx read)
  • You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down, Alice Walker – nope (other Walker read)
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston – yes, one of my top 20 ever
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee – yes, one of my top 20 ever
  • Fear of Flying, Erica Jong – nope
  • Earthly Paradise, Colette – nope
  • Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt – yes, ehhh
  • Property, Valerie Martin – nope
  • Middlemarch, George Eliot – nope, but on my list 
  • Annie John, Jamaica Kincaid – nope
  • The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir – nope, but on my list (?)
  • Runaway, Alice Munro – nope
  • The Heart is A Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers – nope, but on my list
  • The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston – nope
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë – nope, but on my list
  • You Must Remember This, Joyce Carol Oates – nope, but on my list
  • Little Women, Louisa May Alcott – of course
  • Bad Behavior, Mary Gaitskill – never heard of
  • The Liars’ Club, Mary Karr – nope
  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou – nope, but on my list (?)
  • A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Betty Smith – yes, one of top 20 ever
  • And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie – yes
  • Bastard out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison – nope, but maybe on list
  • The Secret History, Donna Tartt – yes, top 50 ever
  • The Little Disturbances of Man, Grace Paley – nope
  • The Portable Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker – nope
  • The Group, Mary McCarthy – nope
  • Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi – nope, but on my list (?)
  • The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing – nope
  • The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank – of course, top 20 ever
  • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley – yes, top 50 ever
  • Against Interpretation, Susan Sontag – nope
  • In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez – nope, on my list (?)
  • The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck – nope, on my list (?)
  • Fun Home, Alison Bechdel – nope
  • Three Junes, Julia Glass – possibly in the future
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft – nope, but on my list
  • Sophie’s Choice, William Styron – nope, but on my list
  • Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann – nope, but on my list (for fun)
  • Love in a Cold Climate, Nancy Mitford – never heard of
  • Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell – of course
  • The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. LeGuin – no, but other LeGuin and possibly this in the future
  • The Red Tent, Anita Diamant – nope, but on my list
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera – yes, one of my top 20
  • The Face of War, Martha Gellhorn – never heard of
  • My Antonia, Willa Cather – nope, on my list
  • Love In The Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez – nope, on my list, other Marquez read
  • The Harsh Voice, Rebecca West – never heard of
  • Spending, Mary Gordon – never heard of
  • The Lover, Marguerite Duras – possibly
  • The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy – possibly
  • Tell Me a Riddle, Tillie Olsen – never heard of
  • Nightwood, Djuna Barnes – never heard of
  • Three Lives, Gertrude Stein – possibly
  • Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons – nope, on my list
  • I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith – never heard of
  • Possession, A.S. Byatt – possibly, other Byatt read

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