Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays is a meme started over on Should Be Reading that presents a different literary-themed question every week.

This week’s question is: What do you think are the top 5 books every woman should read?

No surprise here that my answers all have a romantic bent.

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Bronte’s story is not only the most romantic one that I can think of, but it’s also a book that was ahead of its time in championing women as agents of their own destiny.

2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

We should all stow away a little bit of Anne’s indomitable spirit and unmitigatedly romantic view of life.

3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Alcott’s story captures the intermittent love and frustration that accompany the female ties in a close-knit family.

4. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

It might be chick lit, but Bridget’s musings offer hilarious proof that, even in our worst moments of humiliation, despair, and loneliness, we are not alone in our self-deprecating sarcastic coping tactics.

5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Plath’s story is a cautionary tale and a symbol of its time, and while by no means universally relatable, it nevertheless remains a gripping look into the mind of a woman pushed to the brink of her own tolerance.

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