At my girlfriend's suggestion, I'm reading only female authors this year to atone for the fact that I read only male authors last year (how did I let that happen?!).
Name your favorite books by women, and I'll add to my to-read list!
I've already made a troll thread like this before and people didn't buy it then. But because I like to recommend books to people:
George Eliot - Middlemarch
Penelope Fitzgerald - The Blue Flower
Edith Wharton - The House of Mirth
Flannery O'Connor - stories
Katherine Mansfield - stories
A.S. Byatt - Possession
Christina Stead - The Man Who Loved Children
Barbara Pym - Quartet in Autumn
Naidine Gordimer - Burger's Daughter
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
Satan Says by Sharon Olds
Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Secret History by Donna Tartt
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
Drawing Blood by Molly Crabapple
>yfw he's literally getting pegged and cucked, both physically and /lit/eraturely
I can not even start to imagine how it is like being such a cuck that you don't even have a clear set of ideas and goals when you're reading books, so that you have to reach as low as having your mind made based on other people's 'suggestion'.
It doesn't matter what the author's gender, race, orientation is, all that matters is the subject matter and how it's handled.
Limiting yourself to only women is sexists as it perpetuates the idea that you have to force yourself to read a book by a woman.
there you go, all the female writers worth reading. If you have to fill space, Elizabeth Bishop and Marianne Moore is about as close you'll get to good poetry from a woman not on the list above.
Dickinson is actually a fantastic poet, and Austen is an accomplished novelist
The Fifth Child - Doris Lessing
Triumf - Marlene Van Niekirk
A Curtain of Green and other Stories - Eudora Welty
A Fairly Honorable Defeat - Iris Murdoch
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
The Story of an African Farm - Olive Schreiner
The Virgin in the Garden - A.S. Byatt
GUT Symmetries - Jeanette Winterson
Quite possibly bait thread but whatevs
Less classic but I enjoyed:
The Time Traveler's Wife
Haven't read but have heard decent things about and mean to at some time:
Ayn Rand (I know she's a little /pol/)
>inb4 > tumblr
Germain Greer is pretty fun to read, she's a feminist but the slightly more old fashioned type that actually talked sense before the name was hijacked by American lesbians, she's anti a lot of tumblr-y things
There are plenty of great female authors, with lots of good recommendations in this thread alone, but the idea of limiting yourself to one gender, for any reason, is retarded. Tell your gf to fuck off. You should be telling her what books to read.
Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, My Antonía, Little Women, Oryx and Crake, The Bell Jar (sue me), and Open Secrets is a good collection of Short Stories.
Short stories: The Bear Came Over the Mountain, and We Who So Seldom Look on Love are also good.