The 10 Best Books Every Woman Should Read

Books can help an individual grow, heal, and see the world in a whole new light. The best books can help shift your mindset, change your life, or provide some delicious escapism when you need a break from your routine. If you aren’t sure of what to load on your Kindle queue next, here’s a list to remind you why reading is one of life’s richest pleasures.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

If you’ve seen the critically acclaimed series on Hulu, then you must read the books it was based off. It has been set in the dystopian United States where democracy has been overthrown by a totalitarian military theocracy. This best-selling novel follows Offred, a handmaid whose freedom is completely restricted.

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Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay

This collection of short stories is all about women who could be considered a little bit “difficult”. Full of raw emotion and chilling words, Difficult Women isn’t for the faint-hearted. For those who can stomach it, the novel has stories of tragedy, passion, and quirky human connections that make for one incredible read.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

In 1951, poor Southern tobacco farmer Henrietta Lacks sought help for a knot on her cervix. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer and during treatment, some of her cells, taken without her knowledge become one of the most important tools in modern medicine. This novel explores her the medical breakthroughs that came as a result, and the devastating effects it had on her family.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

In this novel, 13-year old Jojo and his younger sister Kayla accompany their drug-addicted mother on a harrowing road trip that doubles as a journey through the painful past. Through the lyrical prose, the author touches on the racial injustices some face living in America. This creates an unforgettable story about a family.

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Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

This is the book for fans of Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” or with novels that have unpredictable plot lines. In it, Ani FeNelli seems to have it all. An enviable job, a glitzy wardrobe, and a loving fiancé. But dark secrets from Ani’s past threaten to unravel the life and the version of herself she worked so hard to construct.

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Long before anyone donned an “I’m a Carrie” T-shirt, women knew which Little Women character was their literary twin. This captivating peek into Civil War-era life explore themes of sisterhood, duty, and true love. This makes it fun to read. You can read this book for free from various retailers. 

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

This is the first installment of Maya Angelou’s seven-part series of autobiographical novels. The harrowing memoir explores her struggle to break away from the shackles of racial oppression and sexism. While offering constructive critique, the acclaimed poet also delivers a message of strength and hope.

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I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This by Kate White

In this New York Times bestseller, Kate White offers practical advice to achieve and manage professional success. The former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief shares tips on everything from landing a job and managing projects to networking and handling office gossip. Each chapter is short, snappy, and peppered with humor and personal anecdotes. It’s a great read for all working women, regardless of their career stage.

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Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

There’s a reason this deeply personal account of one woman’s soul-searching became a best-seller. Every woman has loved and lost and learned. Elizabeth Gilbert just happened to do it while eating her way through Italy and watching Balinese sunsets.

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

This prize-winning novel has made many required reading lists, all the while being controversial for its violent and sexual plot line. Set in rural Georgia in the 1930s, it follows the life of an African-American girl as she endures abuse and racism. She ends up finding her strength in female friendships.

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