I came across this meme about women authors and followed it around and around and around. This particular one is from Knits with Cats.
I'm a bit dismayed at the amount of tantalizing things on this list that I haven't read. It also says a lot about the current state of my life how many of the ones I've read I read more than a decade ago, not to mention the high number that I haven't heard of. I've added explanatory notes where I just couldn't help but make a comment. Oh, and I hope you all do this one, too.
Instructions: Bold the ones you've read. Italicize the ones you've been wanting/might like to read. ??Place question marks by any titles/authors you've never heard of. Put an asterisk if you've read something else by the same author. And put a + beside anything you add.
Allcott, Louisa May–Little Women I always wanted to be more like Jo. I'm not really like any of them.
Allende, Isabel–The House of the Spirits
Angelou, Maya–I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Atwood, Margaret–Cat's Eye* I've read The Handmaid's Tale more than once.
Bambara, Toni Cade–Salt Eaters
Bank, Melissa-Girls' Guide To Hunting And Fishing
Beauvoir, Simone–The Second Sex
Blume, Judy–Are You There God? It's Me Margaret* She was one of my all-time favorite authors when I was in primary school, and afterwards. My biggest memory was Forever being passed around junior high school with the 'dirty' bits earmarked. I'd love to read her again to see how it resonates with my adult self.
Burnett, Frances–The Secret Garden Loved it as a kid. Love it still. Read it periodically.
Bronte, Charlotte–Jane Eyre I read the first part several times before I made it all the way through.
Bronte, Emily–Wuthering Heights I've tried, but I just can't make it.
Buck, Pearl S.–The Good Earth One of my childhood favorites - we had the Reader's Digest Condensed version. I read the full thing as an adult.
Cather, Willa–My Antonia
Chopin, Kate–The Awakening I have no idea why I still haven't read this.
Christie, Agatha–Murder on the Orient Express* I can never remember which ones I've read, and will sometimes read through one again, not sure I've read it before for most of the story.
Cisneros, Sandra–The House on Mango Street*
Clinton, Hillary Rodham–Living History
Cooper, Anna Julia–A Voice From the South??
Danticat, Edwidge–Breath, Eyes, Memory??
Davis, Angela–Women, Culture, and Politics
Desai, Anita–Clear Light of Day
Diamant, Anita-The Red Tent
Dickinson, Emily–Collected Poems Bold for the ones I've read, and italicized for the rest.
Duncan, Lois–I Know What You Did Last Summer
Emecheta, Buchi–Second Class Citizen??
Esquivel, Laura–Like Water for Chocolate
Fielding, Helen-Bridget Jones's Diary* This is a classic. The sequel was o.k. The detective story that came after was a pure waste of time.
Flagg, Fannie–Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Friedan, Betty–The Feminine Mystique
Frank, Anne–Diary of a Young Girl My childhood copy I read repeatedly, so much so that pages were falling off the back.
Gedge, Pauline-Child Of The Morning??
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins–The Yellow Wallpaper One of the best short stories ever, good even after it's been gruesomely deconstructed in an undergraduate literature class.
Gordimer, Nadine–July's People
Grafton, Sue–S is for Silence* Kinsey Millhone is a truly special detective, but her early novels are much more compelling than later ones, from what I've read.
Highsmith, Patricia–The Talented Mr. Ripley
hooks, bell–Bone Black* I haven't read this, but I enjoy her more academic writing.
Hurston, Zora Neale–Dust Tracks on the Road
Jacobs, Harriet–Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Jackson, Helen Hunt–Ramona
Jackson, Shirley–The Haunting of Hill House
Jong, Erica–Fear of Flying* I loved Fanny when I was about 13 (ooh, that sounds a bit risque, especially in British). I tried to read it again recently, but couldn't get into it.
Keene, Carolyn–The Nancy Drew Mysteries (any of them) I aimed to read them all when I was young, but only read maybe 5 or so. I'd like to reread them to see how they've aged, but have the feeling Nancy would annoy me.
Kidd, Sue Monk–The Secret Life of Bees
Kingsolver, Barbara–The Poisonwood Bible
Kingston, Maxine Hong–The Woman Warrior
Klein, Naomi-No Logo
Laurence, Margaret-The Stone Angel
L'Engle, Madeleine–A Wrinkle in Time* I don't remember reading this. I remember reading another book by L'Engle where the main character has a problem with his mitochondria. That's all I remember. Apparently, that means I've read this.
Le Guin, Ursula K.–The Left Hand of Darkness*
Lee, Harper–To Kill a Mockingbird
Lessing, Doris–The Golden Notebook
Lively, Penelope–Moon Tiger??
Lorde, Audre–The Cancer Journals
Martin, Ann M.–The Babysitters Club Series (any of them) I'm a bit too old for these.
McCullers, Carson–The Member of the Wedding
McMillan, Terry–Disappearing Acts??
Markandaya, Kamala–Nectar in a Sieve
Marshall, Paule–Brown Girl, Brownstones??
Mccullough, Colleen-The Thorn Birds
McDonald, Anne-Marie-Fall On Your Knees??
Mitchell, Margaret–Gone with the Wind I'm not sure I finished this, but I know I came close.
Montgomery, Lucy–Anne of Green Gables
Morgan, Joan–When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost??
Morrison, Toni–Song of Solomon*
Murasaki, Lady Shikibu–The Tale of Genji
Munro, Alice–Lives of Girls and Women Some, no many of her short stories haunt me.
Murdoch, Iris–Severed Head
Naylor, Gloria–Mama Day
Niffenegger, Audrey–The Time Traveller's Wife I have a review of this on my blog somewhere. To summarize, it started off amazing, and by the end was excruciating. And says all the wrong things about women's lives when there are not men it them.
Nin, Anais-Little Birds
Oates, Joyce Carol–We Were the Mulvaneys
O'Connor, Flannery–A Good Man is Hard to Find Totally different when read from a Catholic perspective. I'm not Catholic, but I pretend I am (sort of) when I read this.
Piercy, Marge–Woman on the Edge of Time??
Picoult, Jodi–My Sister's Keeper??
Plath, Sylvia–The Bell Jar
Porter, Katharine Anne–Ship of Fools
Proulx, E. Annie–The Shipping News
Rand, Ayn–The Fountainhead I was really into this as an undergraduate. I don't believe I'd be so now.
Ray, Rachel–365: No Repeats I'd never heard of her until my last visit to the states, when I saw a bit of one of her programs. I believe she was making meatloaf.
Rhys, Jean–Wide Sargasso Sea
Rice, Anne-Interview With A Vampire* Very influential book for me in my late teens/early twenties.
Rocha, Sharon–For Laci??
Sebold, Alice–The Lovely Bones??
Sexton, Anne-Transformations*++ Everyone should read these fairy tales to their children. And to themselves.
Shields, Carol-The Stone Diaries* I recommend Larry's Party.
Smith, Betty–A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Smith, Zadie–White Teeth
Spark, Muriel–The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Spyri, Johanna–Heidi Another childhood favorite that I still like.
Strout, Elizabeth–Amy and Isabelle??
Steel, Danielle–The House* I don't really know, but I'm sure I must have read something by her.
Tan, Amy–The Joy Luck Club
Tannen, Deborah–You're Wearing That*
Tyler, Anne-The Accidental Tourist
Ulrich, Laurel–A Midwife's Tale??
Walker, Alice–The Temple of My Familiar
Waters, Sarah-Tipping the Velvet*++ She's one of my favorites. I added this one because it's the first, but I strongly considered adding Affinity, as I felt so completely traumatized after having read it.
Welty, Eudora–One Writer's Beginnings
Wharton, Edith–Age of Innocence
Wilder, Laura Ingalls–Little House in the Big Woods* I read the whole series as a kid, multiple times. A couple of these were also falling apart after repeated viewings.
Winterson, Jeanette-Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit* I want to like her, I really do. Maybe I didn't start with the right thing, but what I read was so insufferably self-centered and untalented, that I can't imagine anything else she does would be better. Although if I see this one in a library, I will probably give it a go anyway.
Wolf, Naomi-The Beauty Myth
Wollstonecraft, Mary–A Vindication of the Rights of Women
Woolf, Virginia–A Room of One's Own