but the russian one has the badass steampunk thing going on

My #ReadWomen Recommendations

Here are some of my favourite books written by some AWESOME ladies! Hope some of you can find something on here that interests you:

Classics/Literary Fiction

“The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Settefield for a gothic, haunting tale of two sisters and a writer’s past

“The Secret History” by Donna Tartt for a modern Greek tragedy and the beautiful prose

“Emma” by Jane Austen for some good old English humour and because who doesn’t love Jane Austen (if you don’t, that’s okay!)

“Little Women” by L.M. Alcott

“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte

“Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier

“A Novel Bookstore” by Laurence Cosse - a story of a small French bookstore that would be enjoyable for any lover of literature.

“The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath for a profound insight into a mental illness that’s still relevant today.

“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith for a sweet coming-of-age story of a girl who loved writing more than anything and for a strong, amazing mother figure.

“Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson - published almost 20 years ago, the novel has never stopped being important and has helped many victims of sexual assault. “Speak” is important.

Historical Fiction

“In the Shadow of Blackbirds” and “The Cure for Dreaming” by Cat Winters for the ladies who were way ahead of their time and hauntingly beautiful writing that will stay with you a long time after you close the last page.

“Girl in Translation” by Jean Kwok for a story of an Asian-American immigrant, the hardships and triumphs and the love and heartbreak endured by her as she is forced to choose between two cultures.

“Purple Hibiscus” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for a coming-of-age story about the promise of freedom.

Fairytale retellings

“The Lunar Chronicles” by Marissa Meyer for a great cast of characters and our favourite fairytales re-imagined like never before

“Deathless” by Catherynne Valente for a re-imagination of Russian folklore intervined with the heartbreaking events of WWII.

Contemporary/Contemporary YA

“All the Rage” and “Cracked Up to Be” by Courtney Summers for a deep insight into rape culture and unlikeable, complex protagonists. Courtney Summers is amazing.

“The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks” by E.Lockhart for a story of a girl who is possibly a criminal mastermind at 16. The story is about how she got that way.

“The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh for an elegantly written story of second chances given to you by the people who love you and by things you love to do.

“Revolution” by Jennifer Donnelly. Most of you know that this is my favourite contemporary YA novel of all time, so I urge all of you to read it when you get the chance.


“Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters for two very unlikeable, very complex heroines with tragically amazing backstories making their way through Dickensian England.

“Wildthorn” by Jane Eagland for a girl stuck in a Victorian asylum for daring to be herself.

“Everything Leads to You” by Nina LaCour for a romance between two girls driven together by their love for the art of film

Fantasy/Sci-fi/Urban fantasy/Magical realism

“Matthew Swift series” by Kate Griffin for an asexual protagonist who’s dead but not really, a lot of badass women of colour, and the magic of the great and terrible London as we’ve never seen before.

“The Invisible Library” by Genevieve Cogman (and the sequel comes out in December!) for some inter-dimension library travel, dragons and badass characters

“The Parasol Protectorate series” by Gail Garriger for an alternative, steampunk Victorian England populated by humans, werewolves, vampires and preternaturals, and some excellent smut.

“The Falconer” series by Elizabeth May for a steampunk Scotland, the evil Fae and a badass heroine

“The Diviners” by Libba Bray for the New York of the roaring 20s where dreams come alive and Naughty John makes you afraid to go to sleep. 

“Throne of Glass series” by Sarah J Maas for… well, most of you know what this one is about!

“Vampire Academy series” by Richelle Mead for an underrated boarding school vampire series with wonderful characters

“Bel Dame Apocrypha series” by Kameron Hurley for gritty cyberpunk, badass Muslim queer ladies and a lot of blood, guts and bug-based alien technology.


“Dublin Murder Squard series” by Tana French for five beautifully written gripping murder mystery novels with amazing characters (I love the first two books the most because CASSIE MADDOX)

“Books by Gillian Flynn” - yes, all three of her novels in all their glory of unreliable narrators and female villains.