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Like This Book by a Male Author? (Try This One Next!)

Books help us see things from a new perspective; they teach us new things and, above all, they have the power to inspire. And for every great book written by a man, one could argue that there is a great book written by a woman just waiting to be read. Last month KCTS 9 celebrated Women Who Inspire through programs, local interviews and more. This month, we’re extending that theme by bringing you a treasure trove of books by inspirational female authors.

Here are some suggested picks for great books written by women. We’re recommending them based on books by male authors you may have already read. If you loved the book on the left, written by a man, we think you’ll also love the book on the right, written by a woman.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

If you were intrigued by Huxley’s Brave New World or other futuristic classics like 1984 or Fahrenheit 451, The Handmaid’s Tale should be your next stop. Atwood’s dystopic future will give you all the creepy vibes that come with the territory, but with a riveting look at a woman’s place in an alarming future where the line between protection and suppression becomes frighteningly blurred.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

These books show us that love, with all its accompanying joy, sorrow, and heartbreak, is not reserved for adults. Green’s novel managed to present some complex issues within a charming boy-meets-girl-story. Rainbow Rowell’s debut novel does the same, and is just as full of fabulous quips about falling in love. 

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

If romantic drama mixed with a little bit of mystery is your idea of a good read, Liane Moriarty could be your new favorite author.  In Big Little Lies, Moriarty uncovers the secrets behind the lives of the novel’s three main characters, taking a stand against domestic violence which is also an underlying theme in Sparks’ Safe Haven. Things begin to unravel as the drama of the kindergarten mothers unfolds. This book will keep you guessing, right to the end. 

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle – Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

We all love Sherlock Holmes, but he isn’t the only master sleuth who has been lurking through literature (and shows on the BBC) for years. Agatha Christie is responsible for many memorable detectives, including Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Any of Christie’s bestselling mysteries holds its own as a great detective novel. The twists keep coming and the detectives stay perfectly charming (and hilariously quirky!) through every ordeal.


The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 

Holden Caulfield has always been the quintessential herald of teen angst in New York City, but he may be rivaled by Easter Greenwood who lives her own New York life in Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiographical novel. The Bell Jar is not a cheerful book; Easter struggles with depression and some harsh realities, but it is real, raw, and relatable for anyone who has ever felt disenchanted by something that isn’t everything it was promised to be.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

These historical fiction books meld historical accuracy and human emotion to create tales of the lives of people during World War II. The Invisible Bridge focuses on a young Jewish Hungarian man’s life and shows us how grand action trickles down to the lives of individual people. The war changes everything, but people still experience love, loss, hope, and mystery.

Blog post authored by Karoline Schaufler, KCTS 9 Social Media Intern.


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These all are the epics! specially the hounds of baskervilles, huge fan of Sir Arthur. and this post has given me some read suggestions.
thanks for sharing.

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