Best Novels in Female Perspective
Sagas, Epics, Family Relations, Historical Novels from Female Perspective.
1 To Kill a Mockingbird
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2 Pride and Prejudice
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3 Jane Eyre
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 922,228 ratings
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4 The Help
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 1,122,302 ratings
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5 The Joy Luck Club
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 441,245 ratings
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6 Rebecca
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 224,479 ratings
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7 Wuthering Heights
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 702,846 ratings
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8 The Red Tent
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 345,143 ratings
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9 The Handmaid's Tale
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 375,364 ratings
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10 Memoirs of a Geisha
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11 The Poisonwood Bible
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 458,628 ratings
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12 Girl With a Pearl Earring
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 344,371 ratings
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13 The Thorn Birds
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 203,158 ratings
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14 Outlander (Outlander, #1)
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 324,059 ratings
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15 Tess of the D'Urbervilles
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 127,835 ratings
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16 MADAM PRESIDENT
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4.6 of 5 stars 4.60 avg rating — 25 ratings
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17 Lightmasters: Number 13
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 113 ratings
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18 Lonesome Dove
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 88,730 ratings
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19 The Pillars of the Earth  (...
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 344,248 ratings
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20 The Clan of the Cave Bear (...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 150,119 ratings
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21 Emma
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 357,071 ratings
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22 The Outsiders
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 457,981 ratings
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23 Atlas Shrugged
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 219,186 ratings
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24 A Tale of Two Cities
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 522,246 ratings
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25 Gone with the Wind
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 664,696 ratings
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26 The Color Purple
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 304,178 ratings
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27 Water for Elephants
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 899,531 ratings
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28 Middlesex
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 400,792 ratings
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29 Bridge to Terabithia
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 258,410 ratings
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30 Anna Karenina
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 318,120 ratings
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31 White Oleander
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 191,306 ratings
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32 The Bell Jar
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 310,992 ratings
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33 Vanity Fair (Norton Critica...
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 72,348 ratings
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34 The Boleyn Inheritance (The...
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35 The English Patient
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 71,022 ratings
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36 Daughter of Fortune
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 78,675 ratings
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37 The Stand
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 326,074 ratings
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37 Fried Green Tomatoes at the...
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39 Misery
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 237,273 ratings
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40 Little House on the Prairie...
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41 The Shadow of the Wind (The...
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42 Fall on Your Knees
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43 Middlemarch
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44 The Valley of Horses (Earth...
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45 The Russian Concubine (The ...
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46 Empress
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 3,410 ratings
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47 The Golden Compass (His Dar...
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48 Voyager (Outlander, #3)
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 99,625 ratings
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49 Dragonfly in Amber (Outland...
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50 The Fiery Cross (Outlander,...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 70,474 ratings
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51 The Bluest Eye
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 92,809 ratings
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52 Prodigal Summer
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53 The Portrait of a Lady
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 45,317 ratings
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54 Katherine
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 17,795 ratings
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55 Summer Sisters
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 57,600 ratings
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56 City of Bones (The Mortal I...
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57 Drums of Autumn (Outlander,...
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58 The Lady and the Unicorn
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 27,428 ratings
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59 Sundowners
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 626 ratings
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60 Peace Like a River
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 47,051 ratings
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61 The Gargoyle
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 29,157 ratings
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62 The Thirteenth Tale
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 173,818 ratings
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63 A Place Called Freedom
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 7,790 ratings
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64 Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 178,952 ratings
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65 The Time Traveler's Wife
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 958,429 ratings
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66 Mystic River
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 59,698 ratings
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67 The Princess Diaries (The P...
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68 The Shipping News
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 81,094 ratings
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69 House of Sand and Fog
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 77,194 ratings
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70 The Mammoth Hunters (Earth'...
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71 The Cider House Rules
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 103,447 ratings
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72 Illuminating Gracie
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 81 ratings
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73 Lone Wolf Rising (The Winte...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 356 ratings
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74 Baby (Species Intervention ...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 566 ratings
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75 A Painted House
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 50,711 ratings
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76 The Sweetness at the Bottom...
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77 Along for the Ride
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 121,061 ratings
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78 I Capture the Castle
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 44,521 ratings
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79 Still Alice
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 122,008 ratings
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80 The Blind Assassin
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 84,619 ratings
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81 The House of the Spirits
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 102,855 ratings
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82 The Crucible
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 177,314 ratings
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83 Undeadly (The Reaper Diarie...
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84 Sinful Folk
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85 Glow
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86 Armageddon Cometh (Species ...
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87 The Rossetti Letter
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88 The Bonesetter's Daughter
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89 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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90 Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs,...
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91 Big Fish
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 8,959 ratings
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92 Matched (Matched, #1)
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 347,161 ratings
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93 Cranford
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94 Embers
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95 Reading Lolita in Tehran
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96 Love, Stargirl (Stargirl, #2)
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97 Valley of the Dolls
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98 Deep in the Valley: Niall (...
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98 The Cahokian
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98 Michal's Window
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The Hobbit is from a female perspective??????

I can't recall a female character in the book, frankly.


message 23: by Dania (new)

Dania Susanna wrote: "The Hobbit is from a female perspective??????

I can't recall a female character in the book, frankly."


there are quite a few that aren't female perspective... I should have just called it 'female perspective'


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads And Harry Potter, love it though I do, is neither historical fiction or from the female perspective!


Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship What's up with this list? Just in the top 10, both The Kite Runner and The Hobbit are by men, about men, with barely a minor female character to be seen! Where's the "female perspective" in that?

Glancing over the rest of the list, it looks about as bad.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads There isn't a female character in The Hobbit!


Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship Hah, that's true--I was thinking of Lord of the Rings.

What were people thinking?? I think that a lot when I look at Goodreads lists, but... Really?

Actually, I'm going to be optimistic and assume the voters were female and thought it was a list of books that can be enjoyed by female readers.


message 18: by Dania (new)

Dania agreed... *sigh* although if anyone has any suggestions of a good book that SHOULD be on this list, please suggest it in the comments! I'm really interested, the entire reason for creating this list was to find new books to read...

;)thanks


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Dania, if there's anything you'd like removed from the list, just say so.


message 16: by Dania (new)

Dania ... really? how? O.O


message 15: by Dania (new)

Dania anything that doesn't fit really. I don't know all of them so I can't really say, except for the obvious ones like the hobbit, harry potter, Huckleberry Finn, the road (I think), etc.


message 14: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Mar 07, 2012 09:17PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I'll start with non-fiction (if any) and books that I know don't qualify (hello, Hobbit!).

Removed:

The Hobbit
Harry Potter
Huck Finn
The Road

Question but am retaining for the moment:

The Odyssey
The Heart of Darkness
A Separate Peace
Gulliver's Travels (May be women in the book, but I don't recall it being told from a female perspective.)
Portnoy's Complaint


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removing Heart of Darkness; verified there are no women in it.


message 12: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer As much as I adore SE Hinton's The Outsiders, it is NOT written from a female's perspective. :/


message 11: by Petra (new)

Petra Pi from The Life of Pi is a boy, the story is told from his perspective, and there's hardly any women in it...And umm Lolita..? A novel about a (male)pedophile called Humbert Humbert...


Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship Removed for being from a male perspective:

The Kite Runner
Of Mice and Men
The Life of Pi
The Odyssey
Lolita
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
A Separate Peace
Gulliver's Travels

I'm being conservative about deleting, so some books that don't seem to me to fit the spirit of the list (like Pillars of the Earth--written by a man, with one female main character among many) I'm leaving because at least a chunk of the book is from a "female" perspective.

If you see other books that are a) written by a male author and b) with all male protagonists please comment with that information. A book is not "from a female perspective" just because it has a female character in it if she's seen through a male POV throughout. Personally I don't think being written by a female author with all male protagonists should be enough to stay on the list either, but I don't feel comfortable deleting those at the moment.


message 9: by Esther (new)

Esther Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy is definitely not from a female perspective.


message 8: by Ashleigh (new)

Ashleigh I love how a lot of these, especially the ones at the top of the list, are all classics. It seems like there aren't many modern-day female perspectives - and characters, for that matter - that are really, really good, not like Jane Eyre or Rebecca.


message 7: by Donna (last edited May 14, 2013 04:04PM) (new)

Donna Paula (Isabel Allende) is a memoir, no? It has elements of the supernatural, but I believe it is considered a memoir. Won't remove it unless others agree.

That's not the case with No Country for Old Men, which is a male POV through and through, and now, it's gone.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Portney's Complaint is somehow back up there again!


message 5: by Sparrowlicious (new)

Sparrowlicious Apparently this is a high maintenance list.
'The Outsiders' has a male perspective (even if Hinton is said to be a genius writer, that would be a different list)
'The Timetraveler's Wife' is from the male MC's perspective if I remember correctly.


message 4: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Eat, Pray, Love is not a novel!


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Jenny wrote: "Eat, Pray, Love is not a novel!"

I will delete it, thanks!


message 2: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Rodning Wuthering Heights is mostly not from a female perspective (though some of it is). :/ Not sure if that counts or not...


message 1: by Mary (new)

Mary I met the author Amy Tan the author of the Joy Luck Club before in person.


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