Literature is a big part of our society, loved by almost everyone. Women have been into the literature since the start, from being able to publish a book under their names, officially to publishing them under an alias, unofficially. Here is a list of five books from female authors and their work in various genres for you to read and enjoy:
1. The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle
Story about Iris who is described as Cynical and Insecure; she has a twin sister named Summer whose life seems perfect and well. The sisters are set to sail on their family yacht to Seychelles where everything changes. Iris finds herself alone on the Island and pretends to be Summer. The mystery here is what happened on the Yacht and would she be able to hide her secret from everyone? The ratings of this book are 3.8 out of 5 on Goodreads and 4.3 out of 5 on Barnes & Noble.
2. Practical Magic & the series by Alice Hoffman
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, and Paranormal
This story is about two sisters who were born into a family of witches; their ancestors can be traced back to even The Salem Witch Trials. The two sisters, Gillian and Sandy Owens have endured the same fate as their ancestors of the past 200 years – being blamed for everything wrong in the town to being treated as outsiders. The two sisters dreamed of escaping from their house and the town. One thought of marriage as an escape and the other had planned to simply run away but their fate and bond bring them back together, like magic. The ratings of this book are 3.8 out of 5 on Good reads.
3. The Dating Plan by Sara Desai
Genre: New Adult, Romantic-Comedy
The story follows a young girl named Daisy Patel, a software engineer who has her life all planned out but her relatives keep irritating her regarding marriage. The second character is Liam Murphy who is described to be a venture capitalist who wants to prove something in his life. Daisy had a crush on Liam when she was a young girl and now she finds herself asking him to be her fake fiancé as it will benefit both Daisy and Liam. For Daisy, she will be able to get away from her relatives’ crazy obsession for her marriage, and for Liam, he will get his dead grandfather’s inheritance only after marriage, as stated in the will. Would they work together well and fall in love? This novel contains graphic scenes. The ratings of this book are 3.7 out of 5 on Goodreads.
4.The Binding Vine by Shashi Deshpande
Genre: Fictional, Cultural and Feministic
Shashi Deshpande’s novel starts with the story of Urmi who is grieving over the death of her young daughter, Anu who was only a year old when she died. It is through Urmi that we get to know the stories of Meera, her mother-in-law who died at childbirth; Kalpana, a young girl who was raped by her uncle; Kalpana’s mother Shakutai, a maid and a single mother to three kids who once had dreams and many other women. It tells us about the struggles women go through because of patriarchy. This novel also touches on the subject of marital rape, poverty, how women are abused and also talks about the friendship between women. The ratings of the novel are 3.7 out of 5 on Goodreads.
5. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Historical Fantasy
This Scottish Historical Fantasy book follows the story of Claire Randall, a nurse who rightfully opinionated (nee Beauchamp) who travels back through time while on a second honeymoon with her husband after World War II in the Scottish Highlands and finds herself in the year 1743 suddenly, with how women had almost no rights back then and the medical industry not yet established, how would Claire survive? To add up tension, this all happens right before the start of the Battle of Culloden. The ratings of the book are 4.2 out of 5 on Goodreads and 4.9 out of 5 on Books-A-Million. The book series span over 8 published books and one that is expected to be published this year.