The highlights 📚📚📚 inspired by @ladyprofessor, @bookishclaire, and a bunch of other ListApp book lovers
  1. A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx by Elaine Showalter
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    9.5/10; convinced me I am a feminist; made me more interested in 20th century history, politics, and literature
  2. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
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    Full of brutal bits of life and small moments of the impossible; daring, convicted, ironic, matriarchal; 9.4/10 but please read with caution; I have had friends scarred by this book
  3. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
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    beaUTIFUL with inCREDIBLE magical realism. 9.6/10 everyone please read
  4. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
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    10/10 I identify deeply with Esther Greenwood's voice; I too want to be the colored arrows of a Fourth of July rocket
  5. The Circle by Dave Eggers
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    Creepy with an automated heroine; thought-provoking but disturbing but also kinda sexy; 8.5/10
  6. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
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    This is my moms kind of book but I know so many people who value it deeply, and I love the allegory (sorry, I'm a huge sucker for Scriptural themes); writing is weird though, and why does God speak? Such an obvious plot device; 8.2/10
  7. Elizabeth I: The Shrewdness of Virtue by Jasper Ridley
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    This guy is pretty sexist and condescending, SO ANNOYING; I'll have to find a better biography of Elizabeth to balance out this one 😐 6.5/10
  8. The Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis
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    Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength | paternal but not patriarchal; deeply respectful of nature, women, and spirituality; embodiment of all that I love about Lewis but a tiny bit strange; 9/10
  9. All The Light We Cannot See
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    only halfway through and I am yet another stereotypical bookworm gushing about this Pulitzer winner--but it earned it. Lyrical and childlike and bright, heartfelt, singing. 9.7/10