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Five Must Read Books by Strong Female Writers

5must read books.pngBelieve it or not, I’m much more culturally exposed than just watching Netflix.

Part of being a writer stems from also being a reader. I’ve loved reading since I was a kid. I started reading adult novels at a much younger age than was probably appropriate. I read a sex scene long before I saw one in a movie or on tv. But, that is neither here nor there. I’ve read some great material lately and wanted to share a few recommendations. I’m pretty sure, none involve sex scenes.

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri51M2lwSGI1L._AC_US436_QL65_

This book spoke directly to my soul. A quick backstory: I took 4 years of Spanish between high school and college and always loved the language. For the last couple years I’ve wanted to start learning again with the goal of becoming bilingual. This is an autobiographical book by Jhumpa Lahiri and her experiences/love of the Italian language. It will make you want to pursue your linguistic dreams.

Bossy Pants by Tina FeyUnknown

Tina Fey is one of my favorite comedians. In this book she shares her life experience from being a comic leading her to SNL, the sexism she faced and had to overcome, getting her own TV Show, 30 Rock, and trying to have a life while dominating her career. She’ll make you laugh, she’ll make you face palm, she’ll make you wish you were as funny as she is.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling41w9cuGRkWL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

Mindy Kaling is part my spirit animal, part my hero, part my girl crush. If you’re a fan of The Office, then you’ve been witness to her amazing work. She was a writer on the show and now she has her own show, The Mindy Project. She is hilarious and tells very personal stories from her time as a writer on The Office and now her experience on The Mindy Project. I read this on my recent travels to Pennsylvania and Delaware and could not stop myself from literally laughing out loud on the airplane. I’m sure I looked insane.

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham51JqQOlLTjL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

I was a late fan to Gilmore Girls. I never watched it when it was on TV, but I streamed it non stop on Netflix. I also binged on Parenthood. So I’m familiar with Lauren Graham. I feel like she is the same character in both sitcoms, and after reading her book, I think she put a lot of herself in both characters. It was extremely interesting to read about her path from plays to TV. I also think she writes a lot like I do, so if you like my writing, you’ll like hers.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty51hiyZAxDAL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

It’s actually been a couple years since I read this book. I really liked it when I read it though. It’s funny and it keeps you wanting to read more because you don’t really know how everything connects until the end. I was very excited to see HBO was making it into a miniseries. I’ve been watching the new episodes every Sunday and have been hooked by the story line yet again. I intend on re-reading the book once I get a chance. I highly recommend the book and the show.

Wow, I didn’t realize how much reading I’ve done lately. I’m trying to have a routine where I read a bit before bed, rather than getting sucked into the vast emptiness of social media. I’ve noticed my eyes and head will hurt if I stare at the screen on my phone too much in a day. I’m susceptible to migraines-so no bueno. Hey look! I’ll be bilingual in Spanish in no time!

Any book recommendations you have for me?

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3 thoughts on “Five Must Read Books by Strong Female Writers

  1. I love books too. I’ve noticed some of your recommended ones on the shelves at Browseabout. Wow, I think I’d love them all.
    Carlie, you might appreciate Stephen King’s “On Writing,” a mix of autobiography and text book. I actually think you’d love it.
    My most recently read book is “When Breath Becomes Air.” I cannot put it away and cannot stop thinking about it. It was written by a young neurosurgeon named Paul Kalanithi during his battle with cancer. This is a book I wish everybody everywhere would read.
    Now I’m reading “Between Breaths” by Elizabeth Vargas, and oh my, I love her so much.
    My favorite book ever is “She’s Come Undone” by Wally Lamb.


  2. I loved Bossy Pants and Big Little Lies. I enjoyed Mindy’s other book “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” so I should look into this other one, too! I also really liked Sarah Silverman’s memoir, “Bedwetter” and Girl on the Train was a much better book than movie (don’t watch the movie if you haven’t already). Right now I am mostly reading baby books (boring) but then I need to catch up on some classics that I somehow missed – The Book Thief and The Handmaid’s Tale are sitting on my nightstand in line-up!

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  3. Great recommendations! I have yet to read any of these big Big Little Lies is such a great show! The finale was INSANE and the cast is perfect. Liane Moriarty has a great writing style and I am looking forward to eventually reading this book. I read The Husband’s Secret and that was really well done. If you want a book that is different, I highly recommend The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. It’s a book that reminds you of important life lessons. I don’t want to give too much away but its worth the read. Lastly, if you liked Tina Fey’s book, you will probably like Amy Poehler’s Yes Please.

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