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13 Classic Books Every Woman Needs To Read

Ever since I was a child, reading has been one of my favorite activities. I've always imagined having a huge library in my house where I could pull out any book I wanted, whenever I wanted it. Though I'm a lover of all books, there are certain classic titles that I've vowed to keep on my shelf as long as I live. But you can't read every book ever written, which is why there are some classic books every woman needs to read. Because it easier when someone tells you what to read?

For me, reading certain classics didn't resonate with me when I was younger. For example, I was required to read Aldous Huxley's Brave New World during my freshman year of high school and couldn't get into it. But I went back and read the novel a few years later and understood why it had become such a favorite of many and, subsequently, a fnew avorite of mine.

Whether you have a list of classics to read or not, these 13 books are worth adding to your GoodReads as soon as you can. Who knows, you may want to run out and get them all sooner than you think.

1'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Harper Lee

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Perhaps one of my favorite books of all time, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird will take you on a journey through compassion, cruelty, hate, and most importantly, love.

2'Like Water For Chocolate' by Laura Esquivel

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Laura Esquivel's timeless novel Like Water for Chocolate is an interesting tale of a woman determined to prove that through cooking, anything can change. Filled with love, hope, and unfortunate events, this book showcases what life in a traditional Mexican family is like.

3'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker

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Though most know the film verison of Alice Walker's The Color Purple, the timeless book deserves you attention, too. From detailed accounts of a woman being demeaned to her finding her strength, The Color Purple is a gracious tale of how women banding together can produce positive results.

4'I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings' by Maya Angelou

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A classic and timeless writing, Maya Angelou's I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is a story of how your letdowns can become your strengths and just how powerful a broken spirit can become.

5'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley

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Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is a prophetic tale of a future world where drugs and sex are made out to be a utopian space, and a main character who longs for the realistic, familiar feelings of the old world. From finding love to breaking out of the confines of what's forced upon you, this book is still relevant 85 years later.

6'The Awakening' by Kate Chopin

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Kate Chopin' The Awakening tackles motherhood, sexuality, and femininity in a way that feels as relevant now as ever.

7'The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood

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Margaret Atwood's invigorating novel, The Handmaid's Tale, is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to writing. A combination of laughter, love, and horror, The Handmaid's Tale is one for every woman to read.

8'Little Women' by Louisa May Alcott

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A story very familiar to girls forced to grow up quicker than imagine, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is a relatable and heartwarming tale that every woman should have in her queue.

9'The Scarlet Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Though the story of The Scarlet Letter has been passed down for ages, you can't understand its true impact on women until you're an adult. Uniquely told and interestingly interpreted, The Scarlet Letter should be read at least once in every woman's lifetime.

10'Anna Karenina' by Leo Tolstoy

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A modern classic, Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina has earned the title of the greatest novel ever written to some who have read it. Bringing together the lives of over a dozen characters, Karenina finds a way to pull you in through every page turned.

11'Pride And Prejudice' by Jane Austen

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Though Pride and Prejudice was set in the 19th century, Jane Austen's ability to create a relevant and modern written masterpiece keeps it settled near the top of every reader's "must read" list. Fascinating and riveting, Pride and Prejudice will become a favorite of whomever reads it.

12'The Liars' Club' by Mary Karr

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A novel like none other, Mary Karr's The Liars' Club set the standard for a new type of memoir to hit the shelves. Reliving Karr's childhood through the pages of the book, readers will experience a darkly hilariously told version of life in Texas.

13'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley

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Many know the character Frankenstein, but neglect to know the novel behind it. Writer Mary Shelley delivers an interesting review of how feminism — though seeming to be absent — can be found throughout the pages of this timeless book.