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My favourite books by women

Last year I only wrote one post about books, and that was the overview post of my reads for 2020. So for this year I decided to change that, as books play an important part in my life, and I want my blog to reflect that. In the past few years I’ve read many a wonderful book by female authors, and have started to seek them out more specifically as well. For the occasion of International Women’s Day 2021 I would like to share my favourites with you.

What’s on my list


  • Lena Dunham: Not that kind of girl – I should really reread it because it’s been ages since I read it and barely remember it. 
  • Arianna Huffington: Thrive – I suffer from insomnia, so this was a good book about the importance of sleep.
  • Elizabeth Gilbert : Eat, Pray, Love – I read this while travelling around Bali, not knowing she would go there too. I admire her courage to travel alone and am a little jealous of her experiences. 
  • Sheryl Sandberg: Lean In – I think this was the book that made me look into books around gender inequality and female empowerment more. 
  • Caitlin Moran: How to be a Woman – Because, really, do you know? 
  • Caroline Criado Perez: Invisible Women – The best book on the list and an obligatory read for anyone, in my opinion. 
  • Elizabeth Day: How to Fail – Honest and raw sometimes, but a very accessible read. 
  • Catherine Gray: The unexpected joy of the ordinary – Very much in line with ‘How to Fail’ and a good read in these COVID-times. 


  • J. K. Rowling – I don’t agree with her opinion on trans people, but her books have made a massive impact on teenage me, and I don’t think I would be quite the same person without them. 
  • Erin Morgenstern: The Night Circus & The Starless Sea – currently reading the second book, and as much in love with it as I was with The Night Circus. Morgenstern takes you a magical journey far far away. 
  • Gail Honeyman – Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: what a wonderful book and female character to follow. 
  • Kathryn Stockett: The Help – The story smacked me in the face, but brought in such a heart-warming way.

What I would like to read

As you can see from the cover photo I have already acquired the first book on this list and I hope it will be followed by many more:

  • Reni Eddo-Lodge: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
  • Cheryl Strayed: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
  • Jeanette Winterson: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
  • Aliza Licht: Leave Your Mark
  • Amy Poehler: Yes Please
  • Kelly Cutrone: If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You
  • Sophia Amoruso: #Girlboss
  • Michelle Obama: Becoming
  • Nora Ephron: I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections
  • Kate Schatz: Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History
  • Susan Orlean: The Library Book
  • Elizabeth Gilbert: Big Magic
  • Alexandra Heminsley: Running Like a Girl
  • Patricia Hampl: The Art of the Wasted Day
  • Natalie Fee: How to Save the World for Free

Have you read any from the list above? Or any others you would recommend? Please let me know in the comments!


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