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15 Favorite Books by Female Authors

By Coryn Whitecar


As an avid reader, I’m often asked an impossible question, “what is your favorite genre?” Some people can answer simply, but it’s difficult for me to sum up my interest into one genre. I love all kinds of books.  Books from different eras and books written for all ages.  I read adventure, mystery, contemporary literature, war novels, stories for children, history, biographies, classic literature, short stories – basically everything.  However, if I HAVE to answer the question about a genre I’m drawn to more than others, I would say literature written by women.  Sure, that’s probably cheating, considering women have written all genres, but that’s why I think it’s the perfect answer 🙂

Below is a list of 15 books that I recommend reading sometime during the upcoming year:

1 – Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” This book is always delightful to read.  I love Miss Anne Shirley dearly.

2 – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A coming of age novel dealing with race in the deep south during the 1930s. Everyone needs to read  this book.

3 – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I grew up with three sisters and so this story has always meant so much to me.  If you’ve only seen the movie versions of this novel, you definitely should read the book.  It’s a deeply touching story.

4 – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

If you desperately need to to remove clutter and reorganize your home – this book will be your favorite.  Ms. Kondo’s philosophies for tidying up will be life changing.

5 – The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

{Okay, okay – I realize this is seven books, but it’s impossible to pick a favorite}

JK Rowling changed my world.  Back when I was 11 years old, I struggled with reading.  My teacher told me about a new book called “Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone”. Once I opened it, I couldn’t put it down.  I’ve been an avid reader ever since reading Harry’s first adventure. Thank you for helping me become a reader, JK!

6 – Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

I love all of Jane’s books, but I particularly enjoy this one.  Although not constructed as well as Pride & Prejudice or Emma, it’s hard not to love the characters she created in Northanger Abbey. The novel perfectly satirizes Gothic literature and gently criticizes social customs of the day.

7 – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Another coming of age novel about a girl name Francie Nolan who is growing up in Brooklyn in the early 20th Century.

8 – Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

I wanted to spy on people just like Harriet – and I did.  I carried around a notebook and wrote down things I observed. This book was definitely a favorite of mine as a kid.

9 – Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

This book will have you cracking up while reading.  Definitely a fun, quirky read.  After the death of her parents, the novel’s heroine, Flora Poste moves to Cold Comfort Farm to live with her distant relatives.  While living there she helps bring a bit of the modern world into their lives.

10 – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

“I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.” Atta girl, Jane.  I love this novel.

11 – Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

A governess accidentally gets sent to the wrong address and she meets Miss LaFosse and a wonderful story develops.  I actually saw the movie before I knew there was a book.  I love both the book and the movie equally.  Read the book and see the movie.  Both are gems!

12 – Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Number the Stars is a moving children’s novel about bravery during a terrifying time. The story takes place during the invasion of Copenhagen, Denmark during WWII. The main character, Annemarie, risks her life to help protect her Jewish friend.

13 – Mastering the Art of French Cooking – Julia Child

Although I’m a novice in the kitchen, this book is still one of my favorite cookbooks.  The Quiche Lorraine recipe is perfection (I just cheat a little by using a store-bought crust)

14 – Quiet by Susan Cain

Are you an introvert or do you have friends that are introverts?  Read this book either way.  It helps you understand the introverts world much better.

15 – Rebecca by Daphne du Marier

This is an intriguing mystery.  It’s hard to put down once you start reading it.

And here’s a few more:  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingles Wilder,  Bridge to Tarabethia by Katherine Paterson, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, and The Outsiders by SE Hinton

What are some of your favorite books by women authors?  Comment below with your favorites!



2 thoughts on “15 Favorite Books by Female Authors

  1. Thank you for this post! There are some new ones here and I’m reminded of some old favourites to look up and share with my children. Some of the female authors closest to my heart are Gabrielle Roy, Carol Shields, Sharon Butala, Anne Michaels and Sandra Birdsell. Oh, but I could go on!!


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