No offense to all the men out there, but sometimes you just want to read a book that gets you. Meaning it's written by a woman and — to some extent! — with women in mind. We've rounded up some of the best novels and books by female authors that you'll fully relate to, and before you ask, yes: Wild is on this list.
Lilac Girls — about three women thrust together during World War II — is a story of friendship and female perseverance. More to the point, it's absolutely perfect for those among us who love themselves a beautiful period drama (me!).
It doesn't get more classic than Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, a book about the lifelong bond between four women in the American South that'll make you want to hug your own book club friends tighter than ever. The movie is almost as good as the novel thanks to the genius of one Sandra Bullock.
Bold statement: My Brilliant Friend (the first in a group of four books) is one of the best novels ever written. The entire series follows the lives of two pals in Italy all the way from childhood to old age, but My Brilliant Friend is the standout novel of the collection. You'll all love it.
Celeste Ng's incredible novel (about a picture perfect suburb that's upended with the arrival of new neighbors) is about to become your new addiction. As in, you truly won't be able to stop reading. Just ask Reese Witherspoon, who loved the book so much she's turning it into a limited Hulu series starring Kerry Washington.
President Barack Obama described this book as "a moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple," and he's not wrong. An American Marriage focuses on newlyweds Celestial and Roy whose honeymoon period is pulled out from under them when Roy is arrested for a crime he didn't commit.
Obsessed with Big Little Lies? Please do yourself a favor and check out The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty's drama-filled novel about female friendship, the cost of keeping secrets, and — oh yeah — murder. Can't wait for this one to be turned into a TV show, but until then, the book is stellar.
A truly memorable novel about an immigrant family's dreams, legacies, and secrets. Kamila Shamsie's Home Fire is incredibly powerful and will stay with you long after you've finished reading.
On the off chance you haven't already read the viral sensation that is Sweetbitter, now! is! the! time! This novel follows the misadventures of girl who moves to New York City and gets a job at working at a fancy restaurant, and is best described as the millennial coming of age story you never knew you needed.
If you loved Bridget Jones' Diary, you are going to adore Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. This charmingly witty book introduces us to an extreme introvert named Eleanor, whose lonely life profoundly changes when she unexpectedly makes two close friends: her coworker, and an old man they save together.
Every novel Zadie Smith's written deserves to be on this list, but On Beauty is one of her best and funniest books to date. Here, Zadie satirically tackles everything from identity to politics through the lens of an interracial family in Massachusetts.
This evocative drama is about a female aviator in Kenya who's caught up in a passionate love triangle with Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen (the author of Out of Africa) and finds her own destiny along the way. You'll want to live inside it.
The story of Zelda Fitzgerald is often overshadowed by her husband F.Scott, but the truth is Zelda wasn't just the inspiration behind his work. Much of it wouldn't have even been possible without her own literary talent. Z gets to the heart of who Zelda was, and why history should remember her as more than the fashionable wife of a famous author.
Bestselling author Jodi Picoult has written dozens of books that are worthy of any best-of list, but Leaving Time — about a daughter determined to find her missing mother — takes it to the next level. And bonus: It happens to be a major page-turner with big time twists.
Yep, you better believe we're including Julia Child's iconic memoir My Life in France. This book was the inspiration for Meryl Streep's movie Julie & Julia, and chronicles the famous chef's move to Paris and her adventures while learning to cook at the Cordon Bleu.
Is any list of books for women complete without Wild? This memoir has become a juggernaut of the genre, as almost anyone can find inspiration in author Cheryl Strayed's solo hike across the Pacific Crest Trail to find herself.
Meet Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh and woman who deserves to have many novels written about her. Anne was the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States, and — as this book proves — she was so much more than someone's wife.
Practical Magic is A. an amazing Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman movie, and B. an equally amazing book, about two sister witches who are unlucky in love, and unite to save themselves — and their family legacy. It's ... wait for it ... magical.
What happens when you give up your entire life in America, buy a place in Italy, and fall in love? After reading this beautifully written and fully classic memoir from Frances Mayes, you're going to want to find out yourself.
If Under the Tuscan Sun isn't doing it for you, Eat Pray Love sure will. The story follows Elizabeth Gilbert as she goes on a journey of self discovery — eating her way through Italy, praying her way through India, and loving her way through Bali. Not everyone can afford such a major life upheaval to get a little clarity, but we can always live vicariously through this book.
Queen Victoria was one of the most fascinating historical figures in the world, and no book tells her story better (or more juicily) than the aptly-titled Victoria. Despite a patriarchal society, Victoria ruled everything: her family, her marriage, and the entire country of England. Talk about goals.