As we continue to celebrate Women’s Month, we put the spotlight on 15 women that deserve a place in your to-be-read list. There are stories of love and friendship, the struggle of a woman in a man’s world or of just getting out of bed, and there are some that are just really good stories you can’t miss out on. Check out our list below!

Hanya Yanagihara

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If you haven’t picked up A Little Life yet, add it to your to-be-read pile for 2017. Yanagihara’s prose is immersive and visceral — and by the end of the novel, it feels like you’ve known Jude, JB, Willem, and Malcolm your entire life. It’s a heartbreaking and beautiful story of love and friendship.

Also by Hanya Yanagihara: The People in The Trees. Read our review here.

 

Margaret Atwood

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Margaret Atwood has been writing for more than five decades but her stories of feminine struggle under the yoke of male dominance still ring true. The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood’s award-winning dystopian speculative novel, is being adapted for TV — streaming on Hulu this coming April.

Where to start: The Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin

 

 

Carrie Fisher

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We all know her as General Leia Organa, the princess who fought the Empire. But Fisher has always been trying to make sense of her life and fame through words. And it seems like in The Princess Diarist, Fisher has finally come to terms with her legacy. We miss her deeply.

 

 

 

 

Nicola Yoon

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Though a self-proclaimed late bloomer, Nicola Yoon certainly shines when she writes. Her works are the result of handwritten drafts, empty pens, and a deep understanding of the complexities of growing up. If you haven’t yet, pick up her debut novel Everything, Everything, which is coming out in cinemas this May.

Also by Nicola Yoon: The Sun Is Also a Star

 

 

Raina Telgemeier

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Women are carving their own place in the comic and graphic novel genre, and Raina Telgemeier is one of the must-reads. Her themes seem merely fun and lighthearted at first glance — drama club, family road trips, dental visits — but Telgemeier reveals deep insight and sisterly wisdom through her words and illustrations. We wish we read her growing up.

Where to start: Sisters, Telgemeier’s Eisner-award winning autobiographical comic on her relationship with her sister as they were growing up.

 

 

 

Lucy Maud Montgomery

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L.M. Montgomery’s literary creation, Anne Shirley, is best beloved by girls and women all over the world. Anne — with her fiery hair and sharp wit — is an icon for kids who didn’t quite belong. A new generation will be acquainted with Anne Shirley soon, thanks to Netflix’s Anne, set to be released this coming May.

Where to start: Anne of Green Gables, The Chronicles of Avonlea

 

 

F.H. Batacan

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Batacan recently released an expanded version of her Palanca-winning novel, Smaller and Smaller Circles. Though written in 1999, the story of two Jesuit priests trying to solve the mystery of serial killings in Payatas still resonates today. A film adaptation is also set for commercial release soon.

 

 

Elena Ferrante

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Named in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2016, Ferrante remains an enigma. Her identity is unknown — though there have been recent serious attempts to uncover her. But beyond the riddle, Ferrante must be read for her unrelenting scrutiny and exploration on female friendships throughout the various upheavals of life.

Where to start: My Brilliant Friend

 

Sylvia Plath

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For the past few years, poetry has been standing in the spotlight again. Young readers are relating more and more to personal and intimate free-form poetry — the kind of which was revolutionary in Sylvia Plath’s time. Along with her contemporaries like Anne Sexton and Allen Ginsberg, Plath pushed confessional poetry forward, openly discussing issues not usually laid out for public consumption: suicide, mental illness, and dysfunctional relationships. More than 50 years after her death, Plath’s poetry is still a must-read for women and men alike.

Where to start: Ariel: The Restored Edition

Helen Oyeyemi

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Born in Nigeria and raised in London, Oyeyemi’s writing has been compared to that of Edgar Allan Poe. Her books evoke the dark oddness and mystery of fairy tales you grew up with while also dealing with issues like race, identity, and abuse. While many describe her style as “magical realism,” Oyeyemi rejects the categorization. Regardless of whatever genre you may think she belongs, Oyeyemi is a modern storyteller that you should be acquainted with.

Where to start: If you’re not ready to commit to a novel, check out Helen Oyeyemi’s short stories in What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

 

Elif Batuman

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Elif Batuman has been writing for The New Yorker since 2010, the same year she released her first book, The Possessed, which explores her love for the great Russian writers. And like them, she demands more from literature than just form and craft. She’s been described as unpredictable and charming, but one of the best things about her is unpretentious love for literature.

Where to start: Elif Batuman’s debut novel, The Idiot

 

 

Han Kang

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South Korean writer Han Kang received  wider readership after her novel, The Vegetarian (translated by Deborah Smith), won the Man-Booker International Prize for Fiction in 2016. Hers is a fragmented but rhythmic style of writing — owing to her beginnings as a short story writer — that complements her themes of pain and trauma. If you want a writer to take you out of your comfort zone, pick up a novel by Kang.

Where to start: Han Kang’s newest novel, Human Acts. Read our review here.

 

 

Joan Didion

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If you have never given creative non-fiction a try, reading Joan Didion is a great way to begin. Didion blends her acute journalistic sensibilities and her natural storytelling instincts that makes even the most mundane walk down the street so meaningful. We can’t wait for South and West to be released so we can take a glimpse into Didion’s mind via her private never-before-seen notebooks.

Where to start: The Year of Magical Thinking

 

 

V.E. Schwab

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V.E./Victoria Schwab is the mastermind behind the fantasy worlds of The Archived, Vicious, and A Darker Shade of Magic. An exceptional world-builder and storyteller, she’s often named a favorite among contemporary authors, including Neil Gaiman. With ten books on her roster and more on the way, she’s definitely an author to invest in and watch out for.

Where to start: A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, and this year’s release, A Conjuring of Light

 

 

Sarah Andersen

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Sarah Andersen won us all over with her cute and popular web comics. Almost autobiographical, her innocent-looking cartoons perfectly encapsulate how she — and practically this generation — deals with daily struggles of being a grown-up. If you want to take a break from the Real World, she’s definitely someone to go to.

Where to start: her first collection Adulthood Is a Myth, or her latest title Big Mushy Happy Lump

 

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93 Comments

  1. Han Kang, Yanagihara, Atwood, Montgomery, and Plath. I would also like to recommend Madeline Miller.

  2. I’ve been revisiting the classics lately and I must say Jane Austen was really ahead of her time when she wrote her novels. Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion are my personal favorites.

  3. Han Kang’s Human Acts needs to be appreciated and be read not only by book-lovers but also by many people. I never read it before but I know that it has a very deeeep meaning that every one could relate to. And also, Helen Oyeyemi’s What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, since it deals with issues nowadays like our race, identities and abuse on people. I believe that through reading this novels that I’ve recommended, everyone can be inspired of it and it can also be an inspiration because every story/novels has its own lessons. Hoping that those stories/novels that I’ve recommended will be forever appreciated. :)))

  4. Enid Blyton. I think everyone must read her works. Most of them may be children books but there’s a message and moral behind it. There’s this magical feeling in her books that has many lessons you can learn from. She’s a teacher and I believe that through her works, she was able to communicate and connect to her students. She inspires me to spread knowledge to the youth just as she did. Personally, I think that the youth must be honed with wit because children are our future.

  5. Paulina Salvador

    Lucy Maud Montgomery Maud Montgomery! I think that her book is a must-have classic. I first heard about her book when I was in grade school and has been one of my first great reads. She writes beautifully and her book engages young readers easily.

  6. Gillian Flynn, though. Her psychological thrillers are the bomb dot com.

  7. Vera Liza Gonzalez

    I’ve always loved Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale since reading it but I’ve been hearing raves about F. H. Batacan’s Smaller and Smaller Circles.

  8. Katherine Tagum

    Nicola Yoon

  9. Mayee Manalo

    Miranda July is my current pick ❤

  10. Ivy Ocampo

    Sylvia Plath is today’s Lang Leav. Her collection of poems and novel is something I look forward reading to. I am excited to be toured inside the literature of product of her imagination.

    • Lang Leav is not today’s Sylvia Plath. Sylvia’s poems are much deeper than that of Lang Leav’s,l. It’s like comparing apples with oranges. They’re both poets but Lang Leav is not on the same level nor lane as Plath.

  11. Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

    • Lang Leav is not today’s Sylvia Plath. Sylvia’s poems are much deeper than that of Lang Leav’s,l. It’s like comparing apples with oranges. They’re both poets but Lang Leav is not on the same level nor lane as Plath.

  12. Gian Cuartero

    For those who love fairy tales, should try to read Marissa Meyer’s books. She is popular for doing retellings of the classic fairy tales with a twist of her own. I love how she seamlessly create these stories as her own, and her characters are fantastic.

  13. Han Kang, Sylvia Plath, L.M. Montgomery, Sarah Andersen, and all the great women-writers behind all the great writings/books who continue to inspire women, wherever we are in the world, whatever the race or color

  14. Aleen Joi Gonzales

    I highly recommend any books by V.E Schwab and S.J Maas. They are two of the best when it comes to character development and world-building. Plus, MCs in their stories are just so badass! Never been disappointed. Enjoyed every minute of reading their books that I have to reread each 4 to 5 times!

  15. Michelle Oytas

    Most of the authors on this list offers a promising and eye-catching novels. It’s really hard to choose. Although, Margaret Atwood has already proven something in her craft. When you say “Margaret Atwood,” there’s no need for an introduction. I have high respect for Carrie Fisher as well. I love her character as Princess Leia. It’s just that I am not sure if I am going to have the same vibe while reading her book(s). Hanya Yanagihara’s and Nicole Yoon’s books got my attention as well while browsing this page 🙂

  16. Kay-Ann Parpan

    I see myself on Sarah Andersen’s works most, I think everyone does. It’s highly amusing.

  17. Maria Johanna Ybañez

    I am going to read Amy Tan and Harper Lee this year. Though because of this blog, I’m going to add Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and Sarah Andersen. 🙂

  18. Victoria Schwab’s ADSOM series is definitely one of my favorite books. Lila Bard is a badass heroine and the world building is definitely amazing.

  19. I’ve read all of Melina Marchetta’s books; she’s crazy good that I can’t even put into words how much I love her books because it won’t do my feels justice.

  20. I’m always a fan of YA and I think everyone should read V.E. Schwab books!

  21. Marrhon Mangalus

    Ursula K. Le Guin, an unparalleled voice in sci-fi!

  22. Annie Dillard

  23. Paulo Viloria

    Everyone should read F. H. Batacan’s Smaller and Smaller Circles, not only because she is a fellow Filipino, but also, I believe that her book is very much timely and relevant to what’s happening in our country. It is a great eye-opener.

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  24. I’ve been eyeing A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. It feels like I’ll really be involved with the pain and beauty of relationship she’s about to tell in the book.

  25. Leira Panganiban

    Margaret Atwood 🙂

  26. Intisar Khanani – she writes fantasy with strong, real heroines 🙂

  27. Cynthia Diaz

    Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club. Wrote my high school paper about it and was really moved how women are really resilient characters — no matter the constraints culture and society has imposed on them, they always find a way to fight back

  28. Amy Tan

  29. Nayyirah Waheed

  30. Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab, Maggie Stiefvater, Rae Carson, and April White… They write beautifully and their prose is absolutely amazing.

  31. John Gied Calpotura

    I think everyone should read Leigh Bardugo’s books. She writes some pretty powerful people with powerful minds, she crafts them with heart and she makes them human as possible.
    What makes her different with other female fantasy writers is, for me, she’s not afraid to show something darker, that there is a darkness lurking in this world and she shows it in her books. She also loves her fans the way she loves her characters, as a Tumblr user, she always replies to her fans and she also replied to me thrice! (Which is an honor).
    Never shy to show something what she wants, Leigh Bardugo is one of today’s influential female writers, that should earn a spot on your shelf.

  32. I really think everyone should give a chance to “Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery (partly because it was part of my childhood,) and Anne has served as an inspiration for me to embrace your own oddness, your own self. 🙂

  33. I’m going to go about this with the master and her timeless masterpiece, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Highly recommended and deserves it’s spot in ever “books you need to read before you die” list.
    Other recommendations:
    -Madeline Miller is also highly recommended (Song of Achilles). Her book is so beautifully written.
    -I also recommend Naomi Novik for fantasy, underrated woman author, her book Uprooted is one of the books that have gotten me to reading more adult and high fantasy genre.

  34. Rory L. Torres

    Toni Morrison is on my list. After reading “Beloved,” I’m looking forward to her other novels, particularly “Song of Solomon” and the new one “God Help the Child.” She writes such deep and profound characters and her words are so vivid.

  35. Joshua Jake Reynaldo

    I still believe JK Rowling is one of the best authors of our time. Her world building is amazing and she’s a pretty flexible author, capturing our hearts and imaginations in one generation, then enticing our lust for excitement with her next detective stories. I can’t imagine a work without her worlds.

  36. So many great female writers out there! Probably one of the most famous is J.K. Rowling – one can findvvery memorable characters, storylines, and life lessons in her novels. Her Cormoran Strike books show she can write for different genres. She also gave us Harry Potter and the wizarding world.

  37. Jessica Joson

    For a different genre, I recommend Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. A feminist lesbian cartoonist, her works are smart, funny and meaningful. Fun Home was also adapted into a play – there was a run recently with Lea Salonga! It was great to see Bechdel’s memoir come to life. Plus: she came up with the Bechdel Test, which measures whether women in film talk about something other than a man.

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  38. Marella Liwanag

    I think everyone should read Sarah J Maas’ books especially when you’re into the fantasy genre. I absolutely adore Feyre, the lead character on her ACOTAR series, since she portrays both feminine strengths and weaknesses 🙂 You can really relate to her characters and at the same time make you question yourself.
    Can’t wait for the third book of this series though (internal screaming!!!) <3

  39. Kath Erine

    Can I mention a name not included in the list? I think Adeline Yen Mah’s works are a must-read for everyone. She writes emotionally beautiful stories na hindi lang heart-wrenching pero motivational din.

    “Please believe that one single positive dream is more important than a thousand negative realities.”
    -AYM, ‘Chinese Cinderella’

  40. Jovylene Yvette

    I highly recommend Gayle Forman’s works! Because like what I’ve read somewhere, everything you learn about life, you learn it from Gayle Forman’s books. 🙂 In addition to that, I’m very much delighted to see Nicola Yoon in this list! I’ve just finished reading her books (in a row!) and I’m just so inlove. ❤ Defo waiting for more books of her! ☺

  41. Brent Ian Luis

    I just finished reading “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. I’d definitely recommend her books because she’s a hardcore feminist.

  42. Alvelyn Berdan

    Andrea McNicoll. She wrote Moonshine in the Morning. I was moved by characters Mother Nong and Mother Pensri, their roles in the community and how they save their menfolk from the illusion of a widow ghost.

  43. Simone de Beauvoir. She made an excellent analysis of the female condition through her philosophy, despite criticism that she was not inclusive towards women-of-color. Also, her novels are downright awesome.

  44. Everyone should read the books by Sarah J Maas. Her female characters in TOG series not only portrays physical strength, they also show that emotion is never a weakness. Also the books as a whole is fifty shades of awesome! So do check it out!

  45. Included in my list of books to read this 2017 are the works of Hanya Yanagihara and Han Kang.

  46. Veronica Garcia

    Everyone should read V.A. Schwab’s enchanting tale of A Darker Shade of Magic! It offers a lot of plot twist possibilities.

  47. Dennis Ong

    Emily Dickinson for her very lovely inspiring porm

  48. Maria Belen Espinoza

    I love Sylvia Plath, her works are somehow sad but it’s raw and honest and touches my soul

  49. Patrick Cendreda

    Cheryl Strayed — There is something wonderful about the power of Cheryl Strayed’s literary works, such as Wild, Brave Enough and Torch, that take us beyond our comfort zones, and show us worlds and adventures that will never be ours. She makes you realise that the truth of living is that there are just some things we’ll never do; some of these we are comfortable with, others will leave us with regret. Wild, my personal favourite, possesses an engaging story that effectively combines themes of rage, pain, contemplation and acceptance that’s hard to put down.

  50. I loved Anne Shirley the first time I read it by LM Montgomery. Its pages were beautifully written. Also, I’m currently reading Smaller and Smaller Circles by HF Batacan, excited to finish this one.

  51. Everyone should read Margaret Atwood! 🙂

  52. Vanessa Rosales

    Halfway through with Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things.

  53. I think Lualhati Bautista is an important Filipina writer. A lot of her stories were set during the Martial Law era, and people, young and old, should be picking up her book every once in a while because, you know, we easily forget the past. We have the tendency to blatantly deny the truth. I feel that there’s even more truth in her stories than in our history books. Dekada ’70 is a gem, and I also especially like Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa? and Bulaklak sa City Jail.

  54. I highly recommend checking out Gillian Flynn’s books. All of her protagonists are flawed, conflicted, and well fleshed out. She’s also good with building up tension. And her books never fail to surprise me.

  55. Denise Alzate

    I’m sure every women mentioned in this blog are amazing! But Victoria Schwab has my heart. From the moment I started reading one of her books I knew I’d love everything she writes, and I was right! The way she writes her character, the plot, her world-building…. incredible! I just really love her so much. (I hope one day she comes here). Read her books! (and she definitely deserves a nap). 🙂

  56. Jenina Kamille Cunanan

    I recommend Amy Tan’s books because they explore family relationships (mostly mother-daughter) in a way that is both captivating and relatable to those who read them.

  57. Sarah Andersen’s works always give me good vibes and are mostly relatable. Sarah Andersen would be a great choice for me 🙂

  58. Sarah Anderson has drawn some of the most hilarious and amazing comics! She’s truly an inspiration ❤

  59. Charlaine Arcader

    I wanna read “The Idiot” by Elif Batuman.. I’m intrigued.

  60. I think it should be Jennifer Niven. 🙂

  61. I love Alice Walker every woman should read her work The Color Purple!

  62. I’d sugget Toni Morrison

  63. The classics section in every bookstore and bookshelf will always, hands down, be my favorite. Majority of classics everyone knows are written by men, but I’m actually proud to say that my top three favorite authors are all women: Harper Lee, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath. Reading their work always feels like a life-changing moment, and they’re always worth the read, regardless of sex or gender.

  64. Lezel Malazarte

    Hanya Yanagihara’s work should be on everyone’s list!

  65. Joanna Marie Azarcon

    Planning on reading books by celebrities like Lily Collins and Demi Lovato. Just want to read from different point of view especially from famous people.

  66. Dianne Pesado

    I started reading V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic two weeks ago and I couldn’t stop flipping the pages. I admit I am a slow reader (would usually take me a month or so to finish a book), but this one was an exception. 48 hours after and I was halfway done! The world she built in her book engulfed every nook and cranny of my surroundings, I can feel as if I was in the setting. Growing up with Harry Potter, this made me reminisce the a world I was invested before I… grew up. A magical world where everything is possible.

    If reality is slowly eating you alive and you’re looking for something to distract you from the whimsical bouts of life, I highly recommend this series!

  67. I’ve definitely been into more journals and memoirs this year, would love to read about Carrie Fisher.

  68. Patricia Celso

    If there’s something that inspired me during my literature classes, that’s Margaret Atwood. I remember how our professor would let us read her poems and novels as a part of our discussion, and indeed, that moment was one of my favorite sessions in our class. I really love the way how she play with words. She plays with it quickly. It is interesting to think how she manages to render a good poem in just few words; one could trace it in her poem, “You fit into me”, which we discussed in our introduction to literature course.

    “you fit into me
    like a hook into an eye

    a fish hook
    an open eye”

    I can’t seem to genuinely see anyone to who could juggle these words more perfectly that her.

    Aside from this, her novel, “The Handmid’s Tale” was discussed too in our class. It really encouraged and galvanized me to read more of her books, which led me to buy her books “Life Before Man” and “The Edible Woman”.

    In her books, she was so empowering!!! And with every page of these books, you could feel feminism – woman empowerment! Thereupon, I admire her an author, from which, I sincereley believe that she deserves to be honored this Women’s month! I salute you, Margaret Atwood; you will always be part of my list of favorites, as you also became a fraction of my literature wisdom. You’re lit!!!!!

    • Patricia Celso

      If there’s someone that inspired me during my literature classes, that’s Margaret Atwood. I remember how our professor would let us read her poems and novels as a part of our discussion, and indeed, that moment was one of my favorite sessions in our class. I really love the way how she play with words. She plays with it quickly. It is interesting to think how she manages to render a good poem in just few words; one could trace it in her poem, “You fit into me”, which we discussed in our introduction to literature course.

      “you fit into me
      like a hook into an eye

      a fish hook
      an open eye”

      I can’t seem to genuinely see anyone who could juggle these words more perfectly than her.

      Aside from this, her novel, “The Handmid’s Tale” was discussed too in our class. It really encouraged and galvanized me to read more of her books, which led me to buy her books “Life Before Man” and “The Edible Woman”.

      In her books, she was so empowering!!! And with every page of these books, you could feel feminism – woman empowerment! Thereupon, I admire her as an author, from which, I sincereley believe that she deserves to be honored this Women’s month! I salute you, Margaret Atwood; you will always be part of my list of favorites, as you also became a fraction of my literature wisdom. You’re lit!!!!!

  69. Vincelle Yasa

    She may not be featured above but I think one of the female authors everyone should read is Clarissa Pinkola Estés and her book, Women Who Run With Wolves. It’s incredibly moving and awakening. Her words allow you to get in touch with your primal self, your inner wolf. And it not only offers a path to rediscovery and re-evaluation but also a road to metanoia. Here’s one of my favorite lines from her book,
    “Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down.”

  70. Charrice Feliciano

    I think Nicola Yoon. Because she created these characters that reminds you to always fight no matter what.

  71. Grachelle Carabeo

    Everybody needs to read F.H. Batacan’s Smaller and Smaller Circles. I already loved the book in its original novella form but I loved it even more in its current expanded version. The novel paints an accurate picture on the truths about the Philippines that we tend to cast aside. If you want to dive into and rediscover Philippine Literature, I suggest you begin with this book.

  72. Jen Magbanua

    Patti Smith’s Just Kids really shows that you could achieve your dreams by always believing that you can, and by being yourself. Patri is definitely someone I looked up to after reading the book.
    A Little Life also is another great yet difficult read. Difficult since it will trigger deep emotions, with pages that would make you “stop,” yet you want to know what’s next so just deeply breathe and turn the page.

  73. Toni Morrison is a must-read for everyone. Her works confront the experiences of people living in society’s many margins, using words that feel deeply personal despite the cultural differences between reader and author. It’s always an empowering experience to read books which are not only literary but politically conscious, too. Other great female writers are Margaret Atwood, Eve Ensler, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 🙂

  74. Louie Barcelon

    I would definitely love to read Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life. I remember talking to one of the Fullybooked staff and recommending that book to me. The cover is gorgeous and all, but I just thought that I might still not be ready to commit myself to a thick book. But now, I heard so many great things about it. I think I’m ready now–more than ready–to finally read it.

  75. Thadeus Granada

    Hanya Yanagihara’s remarkable novel “A Little Life” is a must read.
    A Little Life is spectacular in a way that it’ll never really leave you, even after months of reading it.
    Hanya’s vivid writing makes each characters real. The flaws, the struggles and pain, their journey and hard works; your journey with these four friends will seem so payed off as you progress throughout the novel. It seems as if you’ve been with them on their lifetime as well.
    A Little Life leaves you with extreme feelings, and will definitely make you say “Damn, I’ll never read anything quite like this ever again.”
    Hanya Yanagihara is by far, one of the most phenomenal writers in our era.

  76. Whenever I’m in the mood to escape reality and get lost in a different world, my go-to female author is V.E. Schwab.

    From the moment I picked up “A Gathering of Shadows” I knew I just had to read the rest of her works. From multiple Londons, to the thrilling world where people with EO existed, then a city overrun by monsters big and small, she’s just insanely good at building these unique, brilliant, and magical worlds.

    I can’t wait to read the rest of her works like “A Conjuring of Light” which recently came out, “A Dark Duet” (coming soon!), and any other book she’ll be writing. I’m sure I’ll love it all!

  77. Alexandra M. Staley

    Eve Ensler, hands down. She gives women’s sexuality and value a voice in a provocative yet raw and sometimes humorous way. I loved reading The Vagina Monologues, The Good Body, and I am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World. She is a feminist, an activist and able to catch attention with her plays and books that draw an audience to look into the universal and close to universal concerns of women all over the globe.

  78. Shirley Jackson. She’s an underrated writer who really does magic with words. Her gothic horror feels real and grows and creeps up on you and lingers even after you have finished reading her stories.

  79. Elaine Ramos

    I just have to be that someone who writes: people should read works by J.K. Rowling and not just watch the movies based on her work.

  80. Patricia Boneo

    I recommend Nicola Yoon’s books. She really see to it that the readers can relate to her works as a strong woman. Not only that, she also create strong & passionate characters that inspire women and young ladies around the world. Kudos to all women! ❤

  81. Ericka Pingol

    I enjoyed reading The Bell Jar and A Little Life, both by great women writers! I am currently reading Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. 🙂 If there’s one book I’d recommend in celebration of Women’s Month, it’s definitely Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex.

  82. I love Margaret Atwood and LM Montgomery’s works and now I am enjoying Han Kang’s The Vegetarian…definitely will keep this list!

  83. jello dela cruz

    I think everyone should read Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life. It’s an instant classic in the modern day world, 700+ pages of a good book, a sad one but a brilliant book by Yanagihara. It tackles a lot of issues and genres and I am really not into adult fiction books but this one is a must-read. And if you are into Fantasy, you better buy V.E. Schwab’s ADSOM trilogy, hands down to this wonderful author.

  84. I have a particular fascination on Margaret Atwood’s work. The Handmaid’s Tale is at the top of my to be read list simply because it has women in the core of the story. It’s a novel that represents one of the most celebrated and essential themes today—sex discrimination—enveloped in a dystopian world where women suffer from inequality and misogyny, which I think is not far from what we in the real world still fight for every day. Looking forward to reading it.

  85. Florence Deanne Barcenas

    For me, I think everyone should atleast read one of Joanne Harris’ books. Tho the genre that she writes is far beyond what people actually do take interest in nowadays, the worlds that her books hold are very genuine (and intriguing in a way) and bring a somehow vintage feel to the soul. She is one of the best authors than do bring back the old times to our minds.

  86. I read Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything last year and it was really great. Her second book, The Sun Is Also A Star, is on my TBR pile. Both have diverse characters.

  87. Katrina Marie Torres

    Definitely interested with Joan Didion as I have not tried reading creative non-fiction before. Will definitely add this in my to read list!

  88. Chelsea Pacheco

    I think everyone should read Sylvia Plath 🙂 Her poems are immensely captivating and genuine. She knows how to best tell a story or narrative, in ways we can’t even imagine.

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