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Read More By Women

Do me a favor. Get up and go to your bookcase and look at your books. How many of the books are written by women authors? If half of them aren’t female, you might be interested in reading this Alternet article to learn about passive bias.

After reading about passive bias, one of my friends asked for suggestions of female authors I have read and enjoyed so that he could read more by women. I decided to post the list online to provide a permanent reference and to share it with others. These are all books that have made me smile, made me cry, or made me feel something. The list is in no particular order. Authors link back to their Goodreads pages and book titles/series link back to Amazon (with my affiliate code). If I couldn’t find a collection for a series, I linked to the first book in the series (with one exception where I linked to my favorite book in the series).

Kim HarrisonThe Hollows series
Marissa MeyerThe Lunar Chronicles
Rachael HerronCypress Hollow Yarn series
G. Willow WilsonMs. Marvel
Kelly Sue DeConnickCaptain Marvel, Pretty Deadly, Bitch Planet
Libba BrayGemma Doyle Trilogy
Kami Garcia and Margaret StohlBeautiful Creatures series
Kerry GreenwoodPhryne Fisher Mysteries
Gail CarrigerParisol Protectorate
Meg CabotQueen of Babble series
Georgette HeyerThe Quiet Gentleman, Venetia, The Grand Sophy, Frederica
Jane AustenPride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Emma, Sense and Sensibility
Shanna SwendsonEnchanted Inc series
Alice HoffmanPractical Magic, The Ice Queen
Jennifer CrusieCrazy for You
Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird
Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie BarrowsThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mercedes LackeyElemental Masters, 500 Kingdoms
Lucy Maud MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables
Mary StewartMerlin trilogy, Touch Not the Cat, This Rough Magic, My Brother Michael
J.K. RowlingHarry Potter
Louisa May AlcottLittle Women
Elizabeth George SpeareThe Witch of Blackbird Pond
Margaret MitchellGone With the Wind
Diane SetterfieldThe Thirteenth Tale
Trudi CanavanThe Black Magician Trilogy
Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games Trilogy
Julia QuinnThe Bridgertons
Jenny LawsonLet’s Pretend This Never Happened
Diana Wynne JonesHowl’s Moving Castle
Margaret AtwoodThe Handmaid’s Tale
Frances Hodgson BurnettSecret Garden, A Little Princess
Susanna ClarkeJonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

One of my friends reminded me of two additional boosk I should add to the list:

Natalie GoldbergWriting Down the Bones
Anne LamottBird by Bird

If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments. If I’ve read them and like them, I’ll be sure to add them to the list. If I haven’t read them, then I’ll be adding them to my list of books to read!