500 Great Books By Women

500 Great Books By Women

A Reader's Guide to the Worlds of Women's Writing

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* Reading Women Bingo 2020 - Introduction
By Aubrey · 26 posts · 177 views
last updated Jul 10, 2020 11:13PM
RWB 2020 Bonus Event - Women in Translation 2020
By Aubrey · 13 posts · 17 views
last updated 5 hours, 48 min ago
Kathleen's 2020 RWB
By Kathleen · 27 posts · 55 views
last updated 19 hours, 0 min ago
Sophie's RWB 2020
By Stendhie · 17 posts · 16 views
last updated Aug 10, 2020 05:36PM
Aubrey's 2020 RWB
By Aubrey · 40 posts · 72 views
last updated Jul 29, 2020 11:12AM
* Reading Women Challenge 2019 - FAQ
By Aubrey · 22 posts · 193 views
last updated May 04, 2019 12:15PM
Francesca's 2019 Reading Women Challenge
By Francesca · 2 posts · 16 views
last updated Dec 31, 2019 11:53AM
Carol's 2019 Reading Women Challenge
By Carol · 19 posts · 53 views
last updated Dec 28, 2019 09:02PM
Paul's 2019 Reading Women Challenge
By Paul · 4 posts · 28 views
last updated Nov 30, 2019 01:17PM
Lisa's (accidental) 2019 Reading Women Challenge
By Lisa · 2 posts · 15 views
last updated Sep 20, 2019 11:45PM
* Reading Women Challenge 2018 - FAQ
By Aubrey · 17 posts · 279 views
last updated Nov 23, 2018 02:53PM
Carol's 2018 Reading Women Challenge
By Carol · 45 posts · 89 views
last updated May 16, 2019 03:29PM
Martha's Reading Women / 2018 YoRWoC
By Martha · 4 posts · 50 views
last updated Jan 01, 2019 03:34AM
Nell's Reading Women Challenge
By Nell · 10 posts · 33 views
last updated Dec 31, 2018 01:09PM
Paul's 2018 Reading Women Challenge
By Paul · 25 posts · 70 views
last updated Dec 04, 2018 10:43AM
Showing 5 of 9 topics — 1,002 comments total
+ General
What 500 GBbW did you just acquire/just start/are you reading now/did you just finish?
By Aubrey · 268 posts · 379 views
last updated Feb 23, 2020 06:30PM
General Chat
By Aubrey · 72 posts · 199 views
last updated Aug 15, 2019 06:50PM
Submissions
By Aubrey · 300 posts · 385 views
last updated Mar 13, 2019 04:25AM
Introduce Yourself
By Aubrey · 217 posts · 348 views
last updated Sep 06, 2018 02:34PM
Trying to Find a Copy? and other Resources
By Aubrey · 27 posts · 121 views
last updated Oct 15, 2017 06:14AM
Spring Essence: The Poetry of Ho Xuan Huong - Ho Xuan Huong - Kaion
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 14 views
last updated Jan 06, 2019 02:02PM
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers - Ted Schmeckpeper
By Aubrey · 16 posts · 58 views
last updated Nov 01, 2018 11:57AM
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith - Sue
By Aubrey · 3 posts · 29 views
last updated Oct 06, 2018 12:15PM
The Women's Decameron - Julia Voznesenskaya - Ben Winch
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 22 views
last updated Jul 21, 2018 12:16PM
Showing 5 of 13 topics — 91 comments total
+ Directories
This topic has been closed to new comments. * Women of Color
By Aubrey · 4 posts · 314 views
last updated Dec 15, 2015 01:11PM
Out of Print (WIP)
By Aubrey · 1 post · 17 views
last updated Jun 08, 2017 06:17PM
Directories Discussion
By Aubrey · 15 posts · 78 views
last updated Jan 25, 2017 03:28PM
This topic has been closed to new comments. Genre Fiction (WIP)
By Aubrey · 1 post · 56 views
last updated Aug 24, 2015 02:10PM
This topic has been closed to new comments. Daughters of Africa
By Aubrey · 1 post · 72 views
last updated Jul 21, 2015 12:10PM
100 Must-Read Classics By Women - Book Riot
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 80 views
last updated Sep 02, 2017 10:45PM
22 Female Authors to Read in Translation - Flavorwire
By Aubrey · 13 posts · 134 views
last updated Apr 16, 2017 02:10PM
100 Recommended Books by Arab Women for Your 2017 Reading Resolutions - Bookriot
By Aubrey · 1 post · 33 views
last updated Jan 07, 2017 04:18PM
Staff picks: Feminist books for International Women’s Day - Verso & New Left Review
By Aubrey · 5 posts · 50 views
last updated Mar 09, 2016 08:52AM
Showing 5 of 18 topics — 33 comments total
+ Art
Silences - Tillie Olsen
By Aubrey · 4 posts · 23 views
last updated Mar 01, 2019 07:20AM
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas - Gertrude Stein
By Aubrey · 5 posts · 55 views
last updated Mar 23, 2018 03:13AM
Cry to Heaven - Anne Rice
By Aubrey · 6 posts · 27 views
last updated Mar 02, 2016 02:34PM
One Writer's Beginnings - Eudora Welty
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 23 views
last updated Oct 14, 2015 10:14PM
Artemisia - Anna Banti
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 31 views
last updated Sep 28, 2015 07:06PM
Showing 5 of 22 topics — 74 comments total
+ Choices
So Long a Letter - Mariama Bâ
By Aubrey · 8 posts · 66 views
last updated Jan 03, 2019 10:10AM
The Convert - Elizabeth Robins
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 21 views
last updated Mar 31, 2018 03:01PM
Three Guineas - Virginia Woolf
By Aubrey · 7 posts · 36 views
last updated Dec 16, 2017 01:29PM
The Awakening - Kate Chopin
By Aubrey · 10 posts · 68 views
last updated Dec 06, 2017 10:23AM
The Waiting Years - Fumiko Enchi
By Aubrey · 8 posts · 75 views
last updated May 14, 2017 03:38AM
Halfbreed - Maria Campbell
By Aubrey · 3 posts · 35 views
last updated Apr 11, 2019 12:31PM
Coming of Age in Mississippi - Anne Moody
By Aubrey · 4 posts · 19 views
last updated Mar 03, 2018 10:30AM
The Land of Look Behind: Prose and Poetry - Michelle Cliff
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 20 views
last updated Mar 23, 2016 05:58PM
American Indian Stories - Zitkala-Ša
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 31 views
last updated Aug 09, 2015 02:08PM
The Abandoned Baobab - Ken Bugul
By Aubrey · 4 posts · 34 views
last updated Mar 30, 2015 09:17AM
Showing 5 of 20 topics — 54 comments total
+ Ethics
Evelina; or the History of a Young Lady's Entrance Into the World - Fanny Burney
By Aubrey · 3 posts · 31 views
last updated Apr 15, 2020 03:30PM
Mary Barton: A Tale From Manchester Life - Elizabeth Gaskell
By Aubrey · 7 posts · 44 views
last updated Feb 12, 2020 03:16PM
Strange Fruit - Lillian Smith
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 25 views
last updated May 30, 2019 03:39PM
Silent Spring - Rachel Carson
By Aubrey · 4 posts · 34 views
last updated Aug 04, 2018 05:30PM
The Story of an African Farm - Olive Schreiner
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 18 views
last updated May 07, 2018 02:05PM
Collector of Treasures and Other Botswana Village Tales - Bessie Head
By Aubrey · 3 posts · 13 views
last updated Feb 28, 2019 01:26PM
The Group - Mary McCarthy
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 35 views
last updated Sep 01, 2018 05:39PM
The Country of Pointed Firs - Sarah Orne Jewett
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 32 views
last updated Jul 20, 2017 11:45AM
Heartwork - Solveig von Schoultz
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 18 views
last updated Feb 01, 2017 10:20AM
Twilight and Other Stories - Shulamith Hareven
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 22 views
last updated Jun 18, 2016 09:18AM
Showing 5 of 15 topics — 34 comments total
+ Growing Old
Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival - Velma Wallis
By Aubrey · 6 posts · 44 views
last updated Jan 03, 2019 03:52PM
The Dangerous Age - Karin Michaëlis
By Aubrey · 3 posts · 30 views
last updated Jan 16, 2017 06:13PM
On the Golden Porch - Tatyana Tolstaya
By Aubrey · 4 posts · 34 views
last updated Oct 03, 2015 11:49AM
The Stone Angel - Margaret Laurence
By Aubrey · 5 posts · 24 views
last updated Jul 06, 2015 10:54AM
Islanders - Helen R. Hull
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 21 views
last updated Jul 02, 2015 08:30AM
Showing 5 of 27 topics — 66 comments total
+ Growing Up
The Member of the Wedding - Carson McCullers
By Aubrey · 7 posts · 37 views
last updated Dec 31, 2017 05:25AM
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
By Aubrey · 6 posts · 38 views
last updated Feb 12, 2017 09:24AM
Kristin Lavransdatter - Sigrid Undset
By Aubrey · 11 posts · 66 views
last updated Jun 27, 2016 05:53PM
Gorilla, My Love - Toni Cade Bambara
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 15 views
last updated May 19, 2016 06:41AM
The Lover - Marguerite Duras
By Aubrey · 11 posts · 83 views
last updated Apr 07, 2016 05:36PM
Showing 5 of 28 topics — 60 comments total
+ Heritage
Confessions of Lady Nijō - Lady Nijō
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 36 views
last updated Apr 25, 2019 12:31PM
Nervous Conditions - Tsitsi Dangarembga
By Aubrey · 8 posts · 67 views
last updated Jan 07, 2019 09:05AM
The Book of the City of Ladies - Christine de Pizan
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 32 views
last updated Apr 06, 2018 10:46PM
Efuru - Flora Nwapa
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 22 views
last updated Jan 10, 2018 12:19PM
The Keepers of the House - Shirley Ann Grau
By Aubrey · 3 posts · 20 views
last updated Feb 13, 2017 04:22PM
Showing 5 of 25 topics — 49 comments total
+ Identity
The Jailing of Cecelia Capture - Janet Campbell Hale
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 17 views
last updated Dec 09, 2017 08:32AM
The Street - Ann Petry
By Aubrey · 3 posts · 49 views
last updated Jun 18, 2017 12:44PM
Nampally Road - Meena Alexander
By Aubrey · 3 posts · 21 views
last updated May 28, 2017 05:27AM
The Shawl - Cynthia Ozick
By Aubrey · 3 posts · 34 views
last updated Feb 12, 2017 09:30AM
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
By Aubrey · 9 posts · 55 views
last updated May 23, 2016 06:08AM
Showing 5 of 21 topics — 53 comments total
+ Imagined Worlds
Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist - Kathleen Alcalá
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 18 views
last updated Dec 21, 2018 11:10AM
The Iguana - Anna Maria Ortese
By Aubrey · 3 posts · 27 views
last updated Sep 21, 2018 11:44AM
Woman on the Edge of Time - Marge Piercy
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 37 views
last updated Dec 09, 2016 10:53AM
Kindred - Octavia Butler
By Aubrey · 8 posts · 70 views
last updated Jul 22, 2016 12:23AM
The Wall - Marlen Haushofer
By Aubrey · 7 posts · 50 views
last updated Dec 31, 2015 09:52AM
The Bridge of Beyond - Simone Schwarz-Bart
By Aubrey · 4 posts · 26 views
last updated Jan 03, 2019 10:37AM
Wild Swans - Jung Chang
By Aubrey · 13 posts · 59 views
last updated Aug 04, 2018 05:39PM
Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution - Adrienne Rich
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 21 views
last updated Nov 01, 2016 02:46PM
The Fifth Child - Doris Lessing
By Aubrey · 5 posts · 59 views
last updated Jul 30, 2015 03:52PM
The Woman Who Was Not All There - Paula Sharp
By Aubrey · 1 post · 15 views
last updated Jul 21, 2014 07:53PM
Showing 5 of 23 topics — 47 comments total
+ Observations
The Little Hotel - Christina Stead
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 16 views
last updated Jan 09, 2019 03:45AM
The Little Virtues - Natalia Ginzburg
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 23 views
last updated Dec 18, 2018 09:49PM
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 26 views
last updated Nov 04, 2017 01:30PM
A Good Man Is Hard to Find - Flannery O'Connor
By Aubrey · 11 posts · 74 views
last updated Aug 22, 2017 01:41PM
The Time of the Doves - Mercè Rodoreda
By Aubrey · 7 posts · 58 views
last updated Jul 16, 2017 09:27AM
Living My Life - Emma Goldman
By Aubrey · 4 posts · 15 views
last updated Mar 11, 2020 11:38AM
West with the Night - Beryl Markham
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 27 views
last updated Jan 12, 2019 08:58PM
[The] Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim
By Aubrey · 7 posts · 33 views
last updated Apr 14, 2018 06:59AM
Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells - Ida B. Wells
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 15 views
last updated Nov 11, 2017 08:54PM
My Ántonia - Willa Cather
By Aubrey · 6 posts · 46 views
last updated Nov 15, 2016 12:01PM
Her - Cherry Muhanji
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 22 views
last updated Oct 18, 2019 11:52AM
The Land of Little Rain - Mary Austin
By Aubrey · 5 posts · 20 views
last updated Jun 06, 2019 09:02AM
The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros
By Aubrey · 6 posts · 33 views
last updated Jan 31, 2017 07:24AM
Stradbroke Dreamtime - Oodgeroo Nunukul
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 20 views
last updated Oct 31, 2016 05:08PM
Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South - Shirley Abbott
By Aubrey · 1 post · 7 views
last updated Jul 25, 2014 04:28PM
Showing 5 of 30 topics — 61 comments total
+ Power
Sister Outsider - Audre Lorde
By Aubrey · 4 posts · 47 views
last updated Feb 12, 2019 11:23PM
A Persian Requiem - Simin Daneshvar
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 39 views
last updated Feb 02, 2018 12:22PM
Sofia Petrovna - Lydia Chukovskaya
By Aubrey · 3 posts · 22 views
last updated May 03, 2017 04:16AM
Sultana's Dream and Selections from The Secluded Ones - Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
By Aubrey · 3 posts · 42 views
last updated Mar 30, 2017 06:51PM
Mean Spirit - Linda Hogan
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 27 views
last updated Mar 28, 2016 10:43PM
Daughter of Earth - Agnes Smedley
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 20 views
last updated Jul 31, 2020 05:22PM
Journey into the Whirlwind - Eugenia Semyonovna Ginzburg
By Aubrey · 3 posts · 23 views
last updated Aug 31, 2019 10:05AM
The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
By Aubrey · 5 posts · 52 views
last updated Apr 13, 2019 11:19PM
Second Class Citizen - Buchi Emecheta
By Aubrey · 3 posts · 38 views
last updated Apr 06, 2019 11:08PM
Showing 5 of 22 topics — 37 comments total
+ Violence
Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape - Susan Brownmiller
By Aubrey · 4 posts · 26 views
last updated Oct 16, 2018 03:27PM
The Butcher's Wife - Li Ang
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 31 views
last updated Aug 29, 2015 12:29PM
Regeneration - Pat Barker
By Aubrey · 4 posts · 30 views
last updated Jul 30, 2015 03:54PM
Beloved - Toni Morrison
By Aubrey · 8 posts · 59 views
last updated Jun 23, 2015 10:04AM
The Bone People - Keri Hulme
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 24 views
last updated Jul 28, 2014 06:14PM
Showing 5 of 28 topics — 44 comments total
+ Ways of Knowing
Ceremony - Leslie Marmon Silko
By Aubrey · 4 posts · 40 views
last updated Jul 06, 2019 01:26PM
Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black - bell hooks
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 23 views
last updated Feb 07, 2016 01:41PM
Indiana - George Sand (Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin aka Baroness Dudevant)
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 22 views
last updated Mar 16, 2019 12:29PM
Nightwood - Djuna Barnes
By Aubrey · 12 posts · 88 views
last updated Nov 03, 2018 03:46PM
The Coquette, or, The History of Eliza Wharton - Hannah Webster Foster
By Aubrey · 5 posts · 31 views
last updated Oct 06, 2018 06:35PM
The Stillborn - Zaynab Alkali
By Aubrey · 3 posts · 26 views
last updated Apr 24, 2016 12:56PM
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Brontë
By Aubrey · 6 posts · 46 views
last updated Dec 19, 2015 03:30PM
Showing 5 of 25 topics — 30 comments total
+ Work
Angie, I Says - Avra Wing
By Aubrey · 3 posts · 19 views
last updated Oct 27, 2018 05:07PM
Daughter of Persia - Sattareh Farman Farmaian, Dona Munker
By Aubrey · 2 posts · 18 views
last updated Jan 05, 2015 04:07PM
Women and Appletrees - Moa Martinson
By Aubrey · 1 post · 16 views
last updated Jul 27, 2014 08:18PM
Windbreak: A Woman Rancher on the Northern Plains - Linda Hasselstrom
By Aubrey · 1 post · 5 views
last updated Jul 27, 2014 08:14PM
A Week Like Any Other: Novellas and Stories - Natalya Baranskaya
By Aubrey · 1 post · 5 views
last updated Jul 27, 2014 08:13PM
Showing 5 of 35 topics — 617 comments total
+ 2016 YoRWoC
* 2016: The Year of Reading Women of Color FAQ
By Aubrey · 54 posts · 271 views
last updated Dec 19, 2016 07:00PM
Kathleen's 2016 YoRWoC
By Kathleen · 76 posts · 71 views
last updated Dec 31, 2016 03:33PM
Paul's YoRWoC 2016
By Paul · 8 posts · 31 views
last updated Dec 31, 2016 09:24AM
Brina's Year of WoC 2016
By Brina · 29 posts · 24 views
last updated Dec 29, 2016 06:31PM
Shirley's YoRWoC
By Shirley · 35 posts · 53 views
last updated Dec 16, 2016 12:14AM
Showing 5 of 14 topics — 343 comments total
+ 2017 YoRWoC
* 2017: The Year of Reading Women of Color FAQ
By Aubrey · 1 post · 107 views
last updated Dec 19, 2016 06:59PM
Martha's 2017 YoRWoC
By Martha · 14 posts · 36 views
last updated Jan 01, 2018 04:20AM
Kathleen's 2017 YoRWoC
By Kathleen · 33 posts · 39 views
last updated Dec 25, 2017 07:06PM
Carol's 2017 YoRWoC
By Carol · 26 posts · 38 views
last updated Dec 06, 2017 07:04PM
Brina's Year of WoC 2017
By Brina · 102 posts · 77 views
last updated Dec 04, 2017 05:07PM
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