Back in December, I gave you a list of ten books I think that every woman should read. It is, to date, the most successful piece of writing I have ever done on the internet. I still get comments on it; I still get emails about it; I still mentally add books to the list almost every single day. I am A READER. Thanks in part to a lengthy subway commute, I devour at least a book a week, usually two, except these darn Harry Potter books are really slowing me down lately. I just don’t love them they way I love a good piece of historical fiction or a great character-driven novel.
I knew that the original list was going to need at least a companion piece (or two..or three) so I am back today to give you ten more books that I think every woman should read. There’s a bit of everything here—classics, contemporary, historical. I love them all, and they have all changed me in some way, and continue to change me to this day. They made me think; they made me feel.
1. Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger
2. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
3. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
4. The Red Tent- Anita Diamant
5. Circle of Friends - Maeve Binchy
6. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
7. The 19th Wife – David Ebershoff
8. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
9. The Invisible Bridge – Julie Orringer
10. One Day – David Nicholls
Ali Martell, is the managing editor of Canada’s Premier Parenting Site, The Yummy Mummy Club. She is also a writer, an ellipticizer, a mother, a wife, a lion-tamer, a diet coke quitter, a juggler, a getter-of-drinks. She is Canada’s Emma Pillsbury and her three children tell her that she is a DOF (destroyer of fun). She is learning to use her camera better and love her thighs more. You can read more from Ali on her blog, Cheaper Than Therapy.