Books by Women: Beginning the Master List


As I embark on this year of reading women, I have a running list of want-to-reads.

Currently, my to-read list is a random smattering of books that I have downloaded onto iPad or have purchased and are glaring at me judgmentally from the shelves. Here’s what I have on my to-read list thus far:

Memoirs/biography/personal humor essays

  • The Mockingbird Next Store: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills
  • The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport
  • Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  • You Learn by Living– Eleanor Roosevelt
  • A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren
  • My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me by Hilary Winston
  • People are Unappealing by Sara Barron
  • Pretty in Plaid– Jen Lancaster
  • It Looked Different on the Model– Laurie Notaro
  • Suits: A Woman on Wall Street by Nina Godiwalla
  • Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Etched in the Sand by Regina Calcaterra
  • Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker by Stacy Cordery
  • How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
  • Let’s Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell
  • The Queen’s Bed: An Intimate History of Elizabeth’s Court by Anna Whitelock
  • Her Last Death by Susanna Sonnenberg
  • American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life & Times of Gypsy Rose Lee by Karen Abbott
  • The Brontes: Wild Genius on the Moors, the Story of Three Sisters by Juliet Barker
  • The Astronaut’s Wives Club by Lily Koppel
  • Queen of the Conqueror: The Life of Matilda, Wife of William I by Tracy Borman
  • The Creation of Anne Boleyn by Susan Bordo
  • Soldier Girls by Helen Thrope
  • I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
  • Crazy Salad & Scribble Scribble by Nora Ephron
  • Fallen Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah
  • Infidel by Ayaan Hirslali
  • Everybody Was so Young by Amanda Vaill


  • Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • The Book of Unknown Americans– Christina Henriquez
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  • The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
  • The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar
  • One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  • Burial Rites by Hanna Kent
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Friendship by Emily Gould
  • Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
  • The Divorce Papers by Suson Rieger
  • The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan
  • The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancel
  • Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Neter
  • 2 a.m. at the Cat’s Pajama by Marie-Helene Bertino
  • The Eternal Wonder by Pearl S. Buck


  • Thrive by Arianna Huffington
  • What Works for Women at Work by Joan C. Williams
  • Mistakes I’ve Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting it Wrong by Jessica Bacal
  • How Remarkable Women Lead by Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston
  • Ask for It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever
  • Leading with Questions: How Leaders Find the Right Solutions by Knowing What to Ask: Michael J. Marquardt*
  • Smart Talk: The Public Speaker’s Guide to Success in Every Situation by Lisa B. Marshall
  • The Trusted Advisor by David Maister*
  • Pushback: How Smart Women Ask and Stand Up for What They Want by Selena Rezvani
  • Nice Girls Don’t Get It by Lois P. Frankel and Carol Frohlinger
  • Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In by Roger Fisher and William Ury*
  • Leadership without Excuses: How to Create Accountability and High Performance by Jeff Grimshaw*
  • Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage & Career for Women in Charge by Becky Blalock
  • Lead & Influence: Get More Ownership, Commitment, and Achievement from Your Team by John Wiley*
  • First Time Leader– Gillian Davis and George Bradt
  • Own the Room by Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lenciono*
  • Knowing Your Value by Mika Brzezinski
  • Secrets of Six-Figure Women by Barbara Stanny
  • The Girl’s Guide to Being a Boss by Caitlin Friedman
  • Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman by Gail Evans
  • Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way by Robin Gerber
  • Flow by Mihaly Csikzentmihaly*
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins*
  • Tell to Win by Peter Guber*
  • Difficult Conversations by Sheila Heen & Douglas Stone


  • Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little
  • Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda
  • Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet
  • Fever by Mary Beth Keane
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Nonfiction: Women/Gender/Sociology

  • Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas D. Kristof
  • Appetites by Caroline Knapp
  • The Trip to Echo Springs: On Writers and Drinking by Olivia Laing
  • Careless People: Murder, Mayhem & the Invention of the Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell
  • Drink: An Intimate Relationship between Women and Alcohol by Ann Dowsett Johnston
  • Locker Room Diaries: The Naked Truth about Women, Body Image, and Re-Imagining the “Perfect” Body by Leslie Goldman
  • In the Company of Women: Indirect Aggression Among Women by Pat Heim and Susan A. Murphy
  • Mean Girls Grow Up by Cheryl Dellasega
  • The Introvert and the Extrovert in Love by Marti Olsen Laney
  • The End of Men and the Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin


  • Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich- 75 Avoidable Mistakes Women Make with Money by Lois P. Frankel
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  • Miscellaneous running books
  • Miscellaneous writing books
  • Miscellaneous personal finance books

* Starred authors are men with business books that have come highly recommended and will most likely help me reach my professional goals

What should I add? What are some of the most influential books written by women that you have read?

Currently reading:

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton

The Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon and Half Marathon Training by Jennifer Van Allen , Bart Yasso, and Amby Burfoot


About theslipperyreader

When I was ten, I was grounded for reading and riding my bike at the same time. I know what you're thinking. The answer is "Boxcar Children".
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