Introducing a (semi?)-regular feature on Slow but Steady…Literary Lunaday. Every Monday I will try to write something about literature, fiction, memoirs, biographies…like that. Today, as I am not-at-home I am just going to post a meme about women writers.
Originally seen at My So Called (ABD) Life
Instructions: Bold the ones you've read. Italicize the ones you've been wanting/might like to read. ??Place question marks by any titles/authors you've never heard of??
Allcott, Louisa May–Little Women
Allende, Isabel–The House of Spirits
Angelou, Maya–I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Atwood, Margaret–Cat's Eye
??Bambara, Toni Cade–Salt Eaters??
de Beauvoir, Simone–The Second Sex
Blume, Judy–Are You There God? It's Me Margaret
Burnett, Frances–The Secret Garden
Bronte, Charlotte–Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily–Wuthering Heights
Buck, Pearl S.–The Good Earth
Cather, Willa–My Antonia
Chopin, Kate–The Awakening
Christie, Agatha–Murder on the Orient Express
Cisneros, Sandra–The House on Mango Street
Clinton, Hillary Rodham–Living History
??Cooper, Anna Julia–A Voice From the South??
Danticat, Edwidge–Breath, Eyes, Memory
Davis, Angela–Women, Culture, and Politics
Desai, Anita–Clear Light of Day
Dickinson, Emily–Collected Poems
Duncan, Lois–I Know What You Did Last Summer
??Emecheta, Buchi–Second Class Citizen??
Esquivel, Laura–Like Water for Chocolate
Flagg, Fannie–Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Friedan, Betty–The Feminine Mystique
Frank, Anne–Diary of a Young Girl
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins–The Yellow Wallpaper
Gordimer, Nadine–July's People
??Grafton, Sue–S is for Silence??
Highsmith, Patricia–The Talented Mr. Ripley
hooks, bell–Bone Black
Hurston, Zora Neale–Dust Tracks on the Road
??Jacobs, Harriet–Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl??
Jackson, Helen Hunt–Ramona
Jackson, Shirley–The Haunting of Hill House
Jong, Erica–Fear of Flying
Keene, Carolyn–The Nancy Drew Mysteries (any of them)
Kidd, Sue Monk–The Secret Life of Bees
Kingsolver, Barbara–The Poisonwood Bible
Kingston, Maxine Hong–The Woman Warrior
L'Engle, Madeleine–A Wrinkle in Time
Le Guin, Ursula K.–The Left Hand of Darkness
Lee, Harper–To Kill a Mockingbird
Lessing, Doris–The Golden Notebook
??Lively, Penelope–Moon Tiger??
Lorde, Audre–The Cancer Journals
Martin, Ann M.–The Babysitters Club Series (any of them)
McCullers, Carson–The Member of the Wedding
McMillan, Terry–??Disappearing Acts??
??Markandaya, Kamala–Nectar in a Sieve??
??Marshall, Paule–Brown Girl, Brownstones??
Mitchell, Margaret–Gone with the Wind
Montgomery, Lucy–Anne of Green Gables
??Morgan, Joan–When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost??
Morrison, Toni–Song of Solomon
??Murasaki, Lady Shikibu–The Tale of Genji??
Munro, Alice–Lives of Girls and Women
Murdoch, Iris–Severed Head
Naylor, Gloria–Mama Day
Niffenegger, Audrey–The Time Traveller's Wife
Oates, Joyce Carol–We Were the Mulvaneys
O'Connor, Flannery–A Good Man is Hard to Find
Piercy, Marge–Woman on the Edge of Time
Picoult, Jodi–My Sister's Keeper
Plath, Sylvia–The Bell Jar
Porter, Katharine Anne–Ship of Fools
Proulx, E. Annie–The Shipping News
Rand, Ayn–The Fountainhead
Ray, Rachel–365: No Repeats
Rhys, Jean–Wide Sargasso Sea
Rocha, Sharon–For Laci
Sebold, Alice–The Lovely Bones
Smith, Betty–A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
??Smith, Zadie–White Teeth??
??Spark, Muriel–The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie??
??Strout, Elizabeth–Amy and Isabelle??
Steel, Danielle–The House
Tan, Amy–The Joy Luck Club
Tannen, Deborah–You're Wearing That
??Ulrich, Laurel–A Midwife's Tale??
Walker, Alice–??The Temple of My Familiar??
Welty, Eudora–One Writer's Beginnings
Wharton, Edith–Age of Innocence
Wilder, Laura Ingalls–Little House in the Big Woods
??Wollstonecraft, Mary–A Vindication of the Rights of Women??
Woolf, Virginia–A Room of One's Own
OK, I’m sorry. But I can’t do these meme things without commenting about the stuff in them.
This list includes some of my favorite books ever- Jane Eyre, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The House on Mango Street, A Wrinkle in Time, The Woman Warrior, My Ántonia, Rebecca, Dust Tracks on a Road, To Kill a Mockingbird.
But also one of my least favorite books- The Fountainhead (I cannot stand ayn rand. Her philosophy just ruins her books for me 100%). I have very strong feelings about Rand. At least Jane Smiley’s not on here or I’d really have to go into rant mode. I don’t know why but Smiley’s books make me want to hide under my bed and never, ever emerge.
But there are also weird things on here-
a cookbook (Rachel Ray): huh?
For Laci: UGH!
You’re Wearing That (Deborah Tanner): a combination linguistics scholarly treatise and self-help-y book which I bought for me and my mom and is about how mothers and daughters communicate but it’s a weird thing for this list
The Babysitter’s Club: huh? (I’m kind of embarrassed that I have read them) Danielle Steel: I’ll admit I’ve actually read Steel in some moment of nothing-to-read-and-getting-on-an-airplane-panic but they’ve without fail made me profoundly depressed
There’s also books by my favorite authors but not the book that I love the most by them (Jane Austen, Barbara Kingsolver, Virginia Woolf, Gloria Naylor, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Louise Erdich).
There aren’t that many that are on my to-read list, although I will look up some of the ones I’ve never heard of, especially When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost, cos that’s just an awesome title. Some, like Iris Murdoch, I know I should read. I just can’t quite bring myself to do it. And Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar has been on my list forever but I may never read it. I’m afraid it would just send me right over the edge. And then there are the ones that I will never read. Betty Friedan (I know I should for historical feminist reasons and RIP and all that but I just can’t.bring.myself.), Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (just not that motivated!)