Monday Musings

Musing Mondays (3)

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Each Monday, a book- or reading-related question will be posted and we blog our answers, then link back to the original post. (You can find this week’s original post by clicking on the above image).

This week’s musing asks…

What do you think are the top 5 books every woman should read?

In no particular order

1. The Hunger Games Trilogy, Suzanne Collins

I think this is a series all young women should read. I know it’s been used a lot in a lot of book lists recently, but I think Katniss Everdeen is a great role model for girls.  She is strong and family oriented.  She is not shallow, vicious or petty.

2. MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a BFF, Rachel Bertsche

This is a great memoir about searching for a best friend in a new city.  It’s more than just that, though.  There’s a lot about what friendship is, how it is formed and not just through the eyes of the author.  We learn about research actually completed in regards to this.  (Bertsche has a blog where she posts pretty frequently about many things related to friendship and BFFs. Check it out here)

3. Maybe the Alphabet books (Kinsey Millhone series) by Sue Grafton (A is for Alibi, B is for Burglar,  etc.)

I say these hesitantly.  They have a strong female lead, but it all depends on whether you like crime novels or not.  If you enjoy crime then you will probably like these.  They’re set in the 80s, so it’s interesting to try to stay in that mindset.

4. Friday Night Knitting ClubKate Jacobs (and the later novels)

It is a great story about family, friendship, knitting and life.

5. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

This is a classic that should be read by everyone.  Jane is actually a bit modern for her time period and a rather strong female character, despite her upbringing.  This is one of my favorite novels.

I’m sure there are “better’ options out there, but this is what I came up with.  Enjoy 🙂


5 thoughts on “Musing Mondays (3)

  1. I felt like Katniss started out strong in the first book and progressed downwards from there. By Mockingjay I pretty much just wanted to slap her… she still beats Bella Swan any day though 🙂 I’m really excited to read MWF Seeks BFF as we’re about to move to a new city this summer and I’m the WORST at making friends. Hopefully she’ll have some practical tips for me.


    1. Agreed: Katniss will ALWAYS be better than Bella. She’s the antithesis of a strong female role model.

      Bertsche relates some funny stories about meeting new friends, but it definitely is an eye opener as to how women feel about making friends, etc., especially when you read the research snippets she adds.


  2. Just finished the Hunger Games trilogy, and I’d have to agree that by the third novel I wanted to rewrite most of Collins decisions for her characters. For the most part, Katniss is a pretty cool character. And, Jane Eyre is a fantastic recommendation. Great list.


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