8 Books Every Woman Should Read

If you know me well at all, then you know I am a serious book worm. I love reading so much, and my favorite genre in particular is Southern Fiction--but I love so many books of all genres. If you're feeling down, or you just need a good book for the gloomy fall weather, then I got you covered.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

This sweet Southern gem is about a 14 year old girl named Lily Owens, whose Mother was killed when she was really small. It is set in the 1960's during the civil rights movement, and Lily finds herself living with three black sisters who are beekeepers. The little town the sisters live in holds secrets and memories about Lily's Mother. This book is one of my all time favorites, I have read it cover to cover at least 4 times. It is about sisterhood, racial issues, love, anger, healing, and so much more.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This book is a suspenseful thriller that keeps you on your toes. I felt like there was always something around the corner while I was reading this book, and I loved it. 16 year old Jacob has a family incident that causes him to travel back in time to Miss Peregrine's magical home for "peculiars", or children who have special powers. The ending has a great plot twist, and the very dark style reminds me of something Tim Burton would write--I guess it is fitting that he did the film for the novel.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This book is another thriller that will suck you in and won't let you put it down. The story is written with two points of views, Nick and Amy. Nick is unhappy in the marriage, so when Amy goes missing on their wedding anniversary of course he is a suspect. I won't give away anymore spoilers in this mystery, but just trust me, it is an amazing read--especially if you enjoy being kept on your toes.

Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore

This. Book. You guys, I stumbled across this book on another blog last year, and I was shocked when the Putnam County Library in Cookeville, TN carried it. Every Saturday, Catherine Grace Cline sits at the Dairy Queen eating Dilly Bars and figuring out how to get out of the small town of Ringgold, Georgia and into Atlanta for the big city life in the 1970's. Family drama takes Catherine back and forth through Atlanta and Ringgold while she tries to figure out where she belongs. The main character is witty and brilliant. I highly recommend this little book.

Doll Baby by Laura Lane McNeal

When Ibby Bell's father dies, her Mother unexpectedly drops her off at her Grandmother Fannie's door step in New Orleans in 1964. She's never met her quirky and mentally unstable grandmother. Fannie has a cook named Queenie, along with her daughter Dollbaby, who take Ibby under their wing. Strange rooms in the house are locked up, and Ibby starts to notice secrets within the family. I never expected the plot twist at the end of this book, it was such an amazing read and not nearly popular enough. I am SHOCKED there isn't a movie based on this yet.

The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells I'm not sure I can ever explain how amazing this book is for women of all ages and all walks of life. Rebecca Wells is an insanely creative and detailed writer who takes you into the life of Vivianne Walker and her daughter Siddalee through flashbacks. Vivi's lifelong friends confront Siddalee when she is interviewed for the New York Times and tells them that her mother was a "tap dancing child abuser". They take her back through the traumatic life of her mother and open her eyes to her relationship with her Mom. This group of crazy Southern ladies in Louisiana during WWII while make you laugh, cry, miss your mama, hug your best friend, and so much more. The movie is just as heartfelt and moving as the novel, and if you haven't had a sleepover with your best friends while watching this movie, then you have been doing it wrong.

The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere

This one is set in good ole' East Tennessee in 1950 with Ivorie Walker. The town looks sadly upon Ivorie because her parents both passed and left her to live her days alone on her farm, childless and unmarried as a middle aged woman. Until a little dirty boy from "the hills" comes down and starts stealing food from her garden. When she catches him, he won't speak. She is determined to find out whats wrong with him and why he won't talk, so she puts herself in dange r saving this little mute boy. It is a

deep and strong novel about motherhood and child abuse. It is a great read, and another one that you won't be able to put down.

​​A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens I mean, come on, its a classic, and everyone should read it. Yes, it is a children's book technically, but its such a sweet classic for Christmas time. It's one of my all time favorites, and Charles Dickens is one of the greatest writers of all time arguably. Its uplifting, reminds you of what is really important in life and how to be generous, and also has humor in it. Just do yourself a Christmas favor and pick this one up and read it.

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