“I do believe something magical can happen when you read a good book”, said J. K. Rowling. Not only do books serve as a great form of escape from reality but also teach you a thing or two about life. They boost your imagination and help you develop ideas for a better life.Some books are so inspiring, so moving, that you’re never too old to read them. Such iconic books are meant to be read at least once in a lifetime!
Did you ignore all those “boring classics” back in school? Don’t worry! Here’s a list of classics by female authors that every girl should read. We hope you enjoy them! Trust us, these are worth bookmarking!
9 Classic Books By Women That Every Girl Needs To Read!
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The book follows the journey of a passionate young woman, Jane Eyre whose choices and yearnings take her places she had never imagined. Being an orphan who was compelled to live with an unloving aunt and subjected to the cruel regime at Lowood Charity School did not break Jane Eyre’s spirit and integrity. And that truly makes this book an inspiration.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women is the heartwarming story of Jo, Beth, Amy and Meg – four sisters who struggle to survive through the Civil War in poverty, without their father by their side. Celebrating womanhood, sibling power and emotional strength, this book is a must read for every girl.
Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
This classic is about Elizabeth Bennett, one of five sisters from a middle-class family. The story revolves around her romance with Mr Darcy, an aristocrat. But beyond a love story, it is also a fascinating narrative about what it meant to be a woman in 19th century England.
The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
Anne Frank’s diary was found in the attic where she spent the last years of her short life. It has since then become a powerful reminder of the horrors of war. During the Nazi occupation of Netherlands, she, along with her family was in hiding for nearly two years. This book is an honest, inspiring and poignant account of the struggles of a family that was forced to live in confinement and constant fear of death.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Passionate, fiery and bordering on violent, the love between Catherine and Heathcliff () takes a rather ugly turn when he is humiliated by Catherine’s brother. With the misunderstanding that his love for Catherine was not returned, Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights only to return as a rich and polished man, brimming with vengeance for all that he had been subjected to.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Realistic, emotional and hard-hitting, this is Sylvia Plath’s account of a woman, Esther whose life gets taken over by a mental illness. Esther’s breakdown is intense, so much so that her fantasy life borders on real and rational. Plath’s masterpiece is a heartbreaking account of a woman, who the world just doesn’t understand.
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
A young woman from an affluent family finds herself destitute and without support as war tears the country apart. Scarlett O’Hara is passionate and stubborn – the ultimate survivor. She’s a young girl who makes bad decisions and grows into a woman in the hard school of life. It’s also a story about the complexity of love, relationship with her youthful admirer, Ashley Wilkes, and the enigmatic Rhett Butler who becomes her husband.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
What happens when a scientist brings to life a creature of his own making? Would the world ever stop painting him as a monster? Or is it just a lost soul looking for love in a world that it did not choose to be born into? Terrifying yet deeply moving, Frankenstein (written when the author was only 18) is a must-read for every girl who has ever thought about what life actually means.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
“Beloved” is a novelized account inspired by the life of Margaret Garner, a woman who escaped slavery after the American Civil War. This Pulitzer Prize winning book is a poignant, heartbreaking story about what it means to be truly free.