Read Women 2013

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Recommended books are preceded with a *

Highly recommended books are in bold

Books I loathed are preceded with a –



M.C. Beaton’s Perfecting Fiona

M.C. Beatons’ Hell’s Bells

M.C.Beaton’s Animating Maria

M.C Beaton’s Enlightening Delilah

M.C Beaton’s Finessing Clarissa

M.C Beatons’s Marrying Harriet

M.C Beaton’s Our Lady of Pain

M.C Beaton’s Refining Felicity

M.C Beaton’s Sick of Shadows

M.C Beaton’s Hiss and Hers

M.C. Beaton’s Annabelle


* Monica Ali’s Brick Lane

Cath Staincliffe’s The Kindest Thing

Karin Slaughter’s Snatched

Karen Dolby’s Oranges and Lemons: Rhymes from the Past

Ali Bee’s Trying to Make Sense of Things

M.C Beaton’s Refining Felicity

Jennifer Handford’s Daughters for A Time


Samantha Geimer’s The Girl

Shirley Chisholm’s Unbought & Unbossed: Expanded 40th Anniversary Edition

Pauline Hopkins’ Of One Blood: Or, The Hidden Self

* Precious Williams’ Precious

* Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions


Valerie Martin’s Mary Reilly


Jane Eagland’s Wildthorne

Edie Claire’s Never Buried

Elizabeth Day’s Home Fires

– Tara Shuler’s Blood Haze

Lisa Appignanesi, Rachel Holmes & Susie Orbach’s Fifty Shades of Feminism

* Joan Smith’s The Public Woman


Emma Chapman’s How to be a Good Wife

Francesca Brill’s The Harbour

Rumer Godden’s China Court

Roma Tearne’s Bone China

Margaret Forster’s Keeping The World Away


* Valerie Solanus’ Scum Manifesto

* Hannah Richelle’s Secrets of the Tides

Charlaine Harris’ Dead Ever After

Elizabeth Buchan’s Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman

Diane Chamberlain’s The Lost Daughter


J.D. Robb’s Calculated in Death

J.D. Robb’s Chaos in Death

J.D. Robb’s Delusion in Death

J.D Robb’s Haunted in Death

J.D Robb’s Interlude in Death

J.D Robb’s Celebrity in Death

J.D Robb’s Eternity in Death

J.D. Robb’s Missing in Death

J.D. Robb’s Remember When

* Lynne Harne & Elaine Miller’s All the Rage: Reasserting Radical Lesbian Feminism


Kate Summerscale’s Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace

* Bettany Hughes’ Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore

Joanne Harris’ Runemarks

Melinda Tankard Reist & Abigail Bray’s Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry

Sandrine Hayashi Danas & Leveque’s Stripped: The Bare Reality of Lap Dancing

Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Dreams

Jennifer Donnelly’s A Gathering Light

Trine Rogg Korsvik & Ane Sto’s The Nordic Approach: Feminists Talk Candidly about the Nordic Battle to Ban the Purchase of Sex

Karen Boyle’s Everyday Pornography

* Andrea Dworkin’s Pornography: Men Possessing Women

Linda Lovelace’s Ordeal

Linda Lovelace’s Out of Bondage

Kathleen Barry’s The Prostitution of Sexuality: The Global Exploitation of Women


* Aminatta Forna’s The Devil that Danced on the Water

Barbara Black Koltuv’s The Book of Lilith

Barbara Kingsolver’s Pigs in Heaven

Rose Tremain’s The Way I Found Her

* Rumer Godden’s The Doll’s House

Liz Jensen’s War Crimes For the Home

Jewly Hight’s Right By Her Roots: Americana Women and their Songs

Helen Castor’s She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth

Siri Mitchell’s She Walked in Beauty

Hilary Boyd’s Thursdays in the Park

* Rosalind Miles’ The Women’s History of the World

Rumer Godden’s Black Narcissus


Lisa Gardner’s The Other Daughter

Anne-Marie Conway’s Butterfly Farm

* Aminatta Forna’s Ancestor Stones

M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance

* Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider

Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street

* Lola Shoneyin’s The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

Chibundu Onuzo’s The Spider King’s Daughter


Meg Cabot’s Size 12 and Ready to Rock

Janet Evanovich’s Notorious Nineteen

Janet Evanovich’s Wicked Business

* Nina Power’s One Dimensional Woman