Thursday Discussion : Favorite Books By Female Authors

Nice to see this topic making the rounds! This Thursday Discussion book prompt is from Ally Writes Things, the original post showcasing the topic is here. Excited to take part, it’s tough to choose but I’ve finally picked an assortment of incredible, much-recommended, and greatest books I’ve read by female authors.

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Within this small number of pages, a mere 152, are two storylines of healing effervescence. The characters are brought to life in such an astonishing bit of time and the themes of loss that are explored here are deeply affecting and surprisingly uplifting.

You by Caroline Kepnes

When I think about favorite books of 2019, this book has yet to be matched. Maybe because it was the first amazing book I read this year, or really, in years? But it was a trip to another world through the mind of a twisted character. I interpreted the ending to be incredible at sending a very topical and relevant message.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

What struck me about this book is how genuine the characters seem. You can see and feel and believe them as if they were right in front of you, and so elegantly presented. This is one of the darker classics I’ve read and the most uniquely compelling and sinister.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Don’t read the spoilers! I was lucky enough not to come across them and was able to experience this book in all its clever glory. Don’t look up anything about it, don’t watch the movie, just read.

Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice

This book expands upon vampire lore in a way that has had lasting, maybe eternally influential effects. When I think of vampires I often, whether meaning to or not, invoke some of Rice’s unique ideas about them.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

This is maybe too much of an easy choice. But as you’ve likely already heard or known, it’s a magical, creative story that is enthralling at any age and has sparked a passionate readership like no book before.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Another easy choice, but I love how Harper Lee takes scenes and methods of development that should sound boring in theory- but are spellbindingly interesting and worthwhile to read.

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

The descriptions of the harsh Australian outback, exhaustive historic details, heartache-worthy relationships between numerous generations of family members, this book is an ambitious rollercoaster. I read it what seems like forever ago and am still not over it.

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

You know you love a book way too much when you can’t read one star reviews without feeling personally offended. I’ll just say, there was a thing that happened in this book that made me cry over the course of multiple days. Not for the faint of heart, and probably wouldn’t effect everyone that way, but if I had to pick just one- this is my favorite YA novel.

The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye

This book is overwhelming but the detail is lush and evocative and broad in scope. I could really feel the author’s passionate devotion to the time and place, the illustrious main character, and the impressive commitment at bringing to life an East-Meets-West vision of 19th Century India.

Have you read any of these before, or want to read them? Have you covered this topic on your blog (if so I’ll check it out!) or otherwise want to share your thoughts? I greatly appreciate all likes and comments. And thank you to all who’ve viewed this post.

Happy reading,



18 thoughts on “Thursday Discussion : Favorite Books By Female Authors

  1. Hi Kitty – I read “The Far Pavilions” years ago & also have all of M.M. Kaye’s mysteries – “Death in Kenya,” “Death in Kashmir” (Death in Zanzibar, Cyprus, Berlin, etc.) They may be a little dated but now are a slice of history from a bygone era. I also thoroughly enjoyed all the Harry Potter books! Cheers! 📚😎📚

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  2. I absolutely loved Interview with the Vampire! Though I never finished that series of Rice’s, I still have the books on my shelf.

    Ooo, Gillian Flynn! The Gone Girl premise didn’t interest me too terribly much, so I read Sharp Objects instead last year and couldn’t get enough!

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      1. OMG you will live for Sharp Objects, and the show on HBO was great too! I actually have Dark Places but haven’t read it yet. I plan on reading it around Halloween.

        Aha! I read the first four (maybe five?) books in the series, then saw something shiny.

        No problem, anytime!

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  3. Thank you so much for participating!!! ❤

    Rebecca is on my TBR and I'm so excited to read it, I've heard nothing but good things. Same with Gillian Flynn, I've been wanting to read her books for ages!

    (also, if you link to one of my posts in your post, I'll get a notification and won't miss any future posts!)


  4. Thank you for the lovely post, I’ve only read 3 of these so you’ve given me so many reading ideas! ☺️ I also thoroughly enjoyed Rebecca, it’s impossible to tear yourself away from. I started reading it thinking it was a cute Austen-esque romance because there was a flower on the cover. Wow, was I in for a surprise!
    📕MP📚 X

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