Best Books About Mistresses

Mistresses provoke reactions of both adulation and scorn. Vote for your favorite fiction and nonfiction books about these controversial women here.

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385 books · 708 voters · list created October 5th, 2011 by Jessica (votes) .
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message 1: by Mido (new)

Mido nice books


message 2: by Kalyan (new)

Kalyan ok


message 3: by Pat (new)

Pat Looks to me like there is a little manipulation going on regarding "The Darling Strumpet". GR people with -0- books and -0- friends voting this book the best book about mistresses? Lets play fair.


message 4: by Misfit (new)

Misfit Pat wrote: "Looks to me like there is a little manipulation going on regarding "The Darling Strumpet". GR people with -0- books and -0- friends voting this book the best book about mistresses? Lets play fair."

What's this Pat? You smelling socks again? :D


message 5: by Pat (new)

Pat ;oX


message 6: by Molly (new)

Molly Lovelady why is eat pray love on here? Also Crimson Petel and the White is MUST on here...I'm a little floored that it wasn't already on the list...


message 7: by Misfit (new)

Misfit Molly wrote: "why is eat pray love on here? Also Crimson Petel and the White is MUST on here...I'm a little floored that it wasn't already on the list..."

I think someone's been adding some books here that don't fit the criteria. Where's Susannah, she's good at fixing them.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add Crimson Petal and the White.

I'll remove Eat Pray Love. Anything else that doesn't look kosher?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed for not being about mistresses:

How to Win Friends and Influence People
Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating And Get More Done in Less Time
Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind
Eat, Pray, Love
The Power of Simplicity

Anything else I need to get?


message 10: by Misfit (new)

Misfit Hard to tell what Quán Gò Đi Lên is about, but considering it was voted in by the same person who voted in the other *wrong* books I'd take a guess that it doesn't fit. I think Life of Pi is about a boy and a tiger.


message 11: by Moppet (last edited Oct 27, 2011 02:49PM) (new)

Moppet Books I have read and don't think should be on this list:
Northanger Abbey
The Grand Sophy
Gone with the Wind

Books I haven't read but really doubt should be on this list:
The Crucible and Death of Salesman by Arthur Miller
Life of Pi
The Twilight graphic novel

Thinking of starting another list: Books Which Get Onto Every Single List Whether They Are Relevant Or Not

I'll start it off with Eat Pray Love and everything Twilight.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads There's already a "books that appear on every list" list! I believe Twilight was winning it when I last checked.


message 13: by Wealhtheow (new)

Wealhtheow An affair that's ended badly is a central plot point in the Crucible (a man's ex-mistress/lover accuses his wife of witchcraft), so it may belong on this List.
In Death of a Salesman, a big plot twist is the (retroactive) discovery of an affair, so it may also belong on this list (although I wouldn't really argue that it should, since it just *contains* a mistress rather than is *about* a mistress).


message 14: by Jan (new)

Jan In Northanger Abbey a side-character ends up being a mistress, and it's fairly important to the development of the plot, as far as I recall.


message 15: by Wealhtheow (new)

Wealhtheow I dunno that I'd call Isabella anyone's mistress. To me, "mistress" implies that either she's supported by or in a longish (non-marital) relationship with someone. (view spoiler)


message 16: by Moppet (new)

Moppet I had the impression that (view spoiler)


message 17: by Joshua (new)

Joshua aparece very nice!


message 18: by Lily (new)

Lily The list was good however, there were not enough modern books.


message 19: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Rodning Wealhtheow wrote: "I dunno that I'd call Isabella anyone's mistress. To me, "mistress" implies that either she's supported by or in a longish (non-marital) relationship with someone. [spoilers removed]" If anything, she is not as much his mistress as he is... hers. If that makes sense.


message 20: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Rodning Also, can someone explain why Beautiful Creatures is on this list? I can't figure that one out.

And The Crucible definitely belongs on this list, as the primary subplot of the story involves an angry spurned mistress.


message 21: by Laura (new)

Laura "Kimmie and Todoke ..." =appears to be another one harnesses to be removed from this list.


message 22: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Burgess So many books on here I want to read, so little money.


message 23: by Barb (new)

Barb Tiffany wrote: "So many books on here I want to read, so little money."

Try the library...


message 24: by Ann (new)

Ann Musselman So many great books wish we could read for free.we need to come up with a monthly fee like $9.99 for the month also offer free books,i'm just saying.


message 25: by Ann (new)

Ann Musselman So many books i have read that i would like to read over.


~☆~Autumn♥♥ Moppet wrote: "Books I have read and don't think should be on this list:
Northanger Abbey
The Grand Sophy
Gone with the Wind

I agree as who is the mistress in Gone with the Wind? I think it should be removed.



~☆~Autumn♥♥ I looked up mistress as my definition was different.

Mistress (lover), a woman, other than the spouse, with whom a married individual has a continuing sexual relationship;


message 28: by Clare (last edited Jul 27, 2016 12:51PM) (new)

Clare O'Beara I don't believe the books in the 'Mistress of the Art of Death' series belong here. They do not refer to the courtesan type of mistress.


message 29: by Melissa (new)

Melissa The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kresley Cole

There is no mistress in book.


message 30: by Charles (new)

Charles Parker Mistresses of today are more intuitive with what men are looking for in today's world. Author's such as Scarlet Steele, or Misstress Benay are some of the current wave of authors that are more in tune with what strong women want and which seems to be a reversel of roles in both women and males. Most subjects are on Femdom, Male Chastity, Cuckolding, Male Discipline, BDSM, which I admit I am also very interested in and don't see any books by them or other authors that also reflect the same subject matter plus other authors that also write very similar in subject matter as mentioned above.


message 31: by Charles (new)

Charles Parker Lily wrote: "The list was good however, there were not enough modern books."
So very true and my point exactly.


message 32: by Charles (new)

Charles Parker Wealhtheow wrote: "I dunno that I'd call Isabella anyone's mistress. To me, "mistress" implies that either she's supported by or in a longish (non-marital) relationship with someone. [spoilers removed]"
There again in today's world the meaning of Mistress has a totally different meaning then in yesterday's world. In today's world a Mistress is not a kept woman any longer, but more like a Dominatrix in the liberated world of Feminism and Femdom.


message 33: by Juliet (new)

Juliet Smith Why is Ripple on here, because unless I'm mistaken there isn't a mistress in that book?


message 34: by Juliet (new)

Juliet Smith Lily wrote: "The list was good however, there were not enough modern books."

I know 1920's isn't exactly "modern" but "A Certain Age" features a middle aged society woman and her boy toy. Plus, her husband is totally ok with her having affairs.


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