Read Women 2015

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Recommended books are preceded with a *

Highly recommended books are in bold

Books I loathed are preceded with a –


Taiye Selasi’s Ghana Must Go

Kamila Shamsie’s A God in Every Stone

Maaza Mengiste’s Beneath the Lion’s Gaze

Catherine Johnson’s The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo

Nadifa Mohamed’s The Orchard of Lost Souls

Esmeralda Santiago’s Almost a Woman


Gabriella Gillespies’ A Father’s Betrayal

Shauna Singh Baldwin’s We are not in Pakistan

Esmeralda Santiago’s When I was Puerto Rican – A Memoir

Yejide Kilanko’s Chasing Butterflies


Chanda Hahn’s Unenchanted

Chanda Hahn’s Fairest

Chanda Hahn’s Fable

Chanda Hahn’s Reign

– Chanda Hahn’s Forever

–  Pauline Francis’ Raven Queen

Anita Anand’s Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary

* Tamara Winfrey Harris’ The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America

Sandi Toksvig’s Heroines & Harridans: A Fanfare of Fabulous Females

Jackie Kay’s Red Dust Road

– Iris Murdoch’s The Bell

Jackie Kay’s The Adoption Papers

Jackie Kay’s Fiere


Andrea Levy’s Every Light Burning in the House

Andrea Levy’s Never Far From Nowhere

Andrea Levy’s Uriah’s War

Sarita Mandana’s Tiger Hills

Laila Ibrahim’s Yellow Crocus


Andrea Levy’s The Fruit of Lemons

Sarah Dunant’s Blood & Beauty

Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth

*Jamaica Kincaid’s The autobiography of my mother


Ruiyan Xu’s The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai

– A.S Byatt’s Ragnarok: The End of Gods

Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy. Snow. Bird

Yejide Kilanko’s Daughters who walk this path

*Shauna Singh Baldwin’s The Tiger Claw

Kerri Sakamoto’s The Electrical Field

Mineko Iwasaki with Rande Brown’s Geisha, A Life

Sadie Jones’ The Outcast

Nancy Richler’s The Imposter Bride

Tatiana De Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key

Kiran Desai’s Hullabaloo in the Guave Orchard

Padma Viswanathan’s The Toss of a Lemon  

Shauna Singh Baldwin’s The Selector of Souls

Jhumpa Lahiri’s Lowland

Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake

Janet Evanovich’s Takedown Twenty

Sadie Jones’ The Uninvited Guest


Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eyes

Vera Brittain’s Testament of Friendship

Bucha Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood

Maggie Harris’ Kissadee Girl

Jamaica Kincaid’s See Now Then

Zora Neale Hurston’s Their eyes were watching

– Suzanne Joinson’s A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar

* Ethel May Dell’s The Obstacle Race

Ruth Joseph’s Remembering Judith: A True Story of a Shattered Childhood

*nayyirah waheed’s salt

* shilpi somaya gowda’s Secret Daughter

Anita Rau Badami’s The Hero’s Walk

*Shauna Singh Baldwin’s What the body remembers

Meg Cabot’s Royal Wedding

Janet Evanovich’s Top Secret


Sofka Zinoviesff’s The House on Paradise Street

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists

Kamaria Muntu’s A Good Lynching Should be Enjoyed

*Pat Murphy’s The Falling Woman

J.D. Robb’s Obession in Death

– JoJo Moyes’ The girl you left behind

Sunny Singh’s Hotel Arcadia


*Sara Marcus’ Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrl Revolution

A.S Byatt The Song of Solomon

*Kathryn Hughes’ The Letter

*Marian Keyes’ The Woman Who Stole My Life

*Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies

Mhairi McAlpine’s You had me at hello

Anna McPartlin’s Pack up the moon

Madeleine Miller’s The Song of Achilles

Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love

*nayyirah waheed’s nejma

*Carolyn Wall’s Playing with Matches

J.D Robb’s Festive in Death

M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and the Blood of an Englishman

Meg Rosoff’s How I Live Now

Sylvia Waugh’s The Mennyms

Sabrina Mahfouz’ The Clean Collection

Elizabeth Laird’s Kiss the Dust

Georgie Ellis’ Ruth Ellis, My Mother


Muriel Jakubait & Monica Weller’s Ruth Ellis: My Sister’s Secret Life

Carol Ann Lee’s A Fine Day for Hanging: The Real Ruth Ellis Story

Jeanne Theoharis’ The Rebellious Life of Mrs Rosa Parks

Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth

*Assata Shakur’s Assata: An Autobiography

Helen Keller’s The Story of my Life

Petra Kelly’s Fighting for Hope


*Helen Castor’s Joan of Arc

Larissa Juliet Taylor’s The Virgin Warrior: The Life and Death of Joan of Arc

Kathleen McGowan’s The Expected One

Kathleen McGowan’s The Book of Love

Sabina Khan’s The Realm of the Goddess


Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra: A Life

* Octavia Butler’s Kindred

Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist

*Michelle De Kretser’s The Hamilton Case

– Clara Sanchez’ The Scent of Lemon Leaves

*Carol Birch’s The Naming of Eliza Quinn