Read Women 2012

You can purchase all of these books from Amazon or News from Nowhere Radical & Cooperative Bookshop

Recommended books are preceded with a *

Highly recommended books are in bold

Books I loathed are preceded with a –

These were first published under the title #ReadingOnlyBooksWrittenByWomen


Sue Townsend’s The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year

Marian Keyes’ Watermelon

M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House

Ngoni Achebe’s Onaedo: The Blacksmith’s Daughter

– Isabel Ashdown’s Hurry Up and Wait

– Isabel Ashdown’s Glasshopper

*Maggie O’Farrell’s The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox


I’ve been reading through the back catalogue of a lot of Feminist Blogs rather than books this month:


Cruella Blog 

Dilly Tante

Exiled Stardust 


Feminist Current 

Feminist Revolution 

Frothy Dragon and the Patriarchal Stone 



Hiding Under the Bed is Not the Answer 

No Anodyne 

RadFem Groundhog Day

RadFem Hub

Rage Against the ManChine 


Salt and Caramel 

Sian and Crooked Rib 

Sisterhood is Powerful


Smash the P 

Too Much to Say for myself 

Week Woman 


Julia Long’s Anti-Porn: The Resurgence of Anti-Porn Feminism

Mary Horlock’s The Book of Lies

Marian Keyes’ No Dress Rehearsal

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s The Dressmaker of Khair Khan


Esther Freud’s The Wild

Marian Keyes’ The Mystery of Mercy Close

Marian Keyes’ Mammy Walsh’s A-Z

Marian Keyes’ Last Chance Saloon

Marian Keyes’ Sushi for Beginners

Margaret Atwood’s Moral Disorder

Marion Keyes’ Further Under the Duvet

Kathy Reich’s Bones are Forever

Maggie Gee’s The White Family

Jennifer Weiner’s Best Friends Forever


M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin in A Spoonful of Poison

* Dale Spender’s The Writing or The Sex

Lisa O’Donnell’s The Death of Bees


M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin in There Goes the Bride

M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage

M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet

M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener

M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley

M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body

Meg Cabot’s Insatiable

Meg Cabot’s Overbite


Megan Abbott’s The End of Everything

M.C. Beaton’s The Quiche of Death: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

Charlaine Harris’ Real Murders: An AuroraTeagarden Mystery

Charlaine Harris’ A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery

Charlaine Harris’ Three Bedrooms, One Corpse: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery

Charlaine Harris’ The Julius House: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery

Charlaine Harris’ Dead over Heels: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery

Charlaine Harris’ A Fool and his Honey: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery

Charlaine Harris’ Last Scene Alive: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery

Charlaine Harris’ Done to Death: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery

Elizabeth Peters’ Borrower of the Nights: A Vicky Bliss Mystery

Elizabeth Peters’ Street of the Five Moons: A Vicky Bliss Mystery

Elizabeth Peters’ Silhouette in Scarlett: A Vicky Bliss Mystery

Elizabeth Peters’ Trojan Gold: A Vicky Bliss Mystery

Elizabeth Peters’s Night Train to Memphis: A Vicky Bliss Mystery

Elizabeth Peters’ Laughter of Dead Kings

Meg Cabot’s Underworld

Emma Donoghue’s The Sealed Letter

* Esi Edugyan’s Half Blood Blues

M.C. Beaton’s As the Pig Turns: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

Yvette Edwards’s A Cupboard Full of Coats

Marian Keyes’ The Brightest Star in the Sky

Marian Keyes’ Anybody out There?

Marian Keyes’ Under the Duvet

Marian Keyes’ Rachel’s Holiday

– Trina M. Lee’s Once Bitten


* Kate Mosse’s Labyrinthe

Kate Mosse’s The Cave

* Kate Mosse’s The Sepulchre

Charlaine Harris’ Deadlocked

Lin Anderson’s Torch

A.L. Kennedy’s Now that you’re back

* Isabelle Allende’s Island Beneath the Sea

* Maya Angelou’s A Song Flung up to Heaven


Tess Gerritsen’s Freaks

* Maya Angelou’s The Heart of a Woman

* Maya Angelou’s All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes

Jean Auel’s The Clan of the Cave Bear

Janet Evanovich’s Explosive Eighteen

J.D. Robb’s New York to Dallas

Helena Kennedy’s Eve was Framed: Women and British Justice


Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things

* Sheila Jeffrey’s Beauty and Misogyny

Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins’ Catching Fire

Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay


* Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

* Maya Angelou’s Gather Together in My Name

* Maya Angelou’s Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas

Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Ayaan Hirst Ali’s Infidel

* Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love

* Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s Thing Around Your Neck

* Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s Half a Yellow Sun


* Marilyn French’s A Woman’s Room

* Andrea Dworkin’s Intercourse

Joumana Haddad’s I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman

Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad

Carol Birch’s Jamrach’s Menagerie

Nawal el Saadawi’s Zeina

Alice Walker’s The Colour Purple

Jung Chan’s Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

Valerie Martin’s Property

– Christa Allan’s Walking on Broken Glass

C. L Bevill’s Black Moon, 

C. L Bevill’s Amber Moon 

C. L Bevel’s Silver Moon

Carola Dunn’s Death at Wentwater Court

Carola Dunn’s The Case of the Murdered Muckracker

E.D Baker’s The Frog Princess

Catherine Cooper’s The Golden Acorn