Books That Brought Me Joy

What does one do when they have too much time on their hands? Sit and remember things that have brought them joy … these are a few of those things 🙂

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Bossypants by Tina Fey

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya

Me by Katharine Hepburn

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

West with the Night by Beryl Markham

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (any book by a Bronte sister is wonderful)

The Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love by Jill Conner Browne

The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

The Flame Tree of Thika by Elspeth Huxley

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Conner

Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

The Bluest Eye by Tony Morrison (and Beloved)

Middemarch by George Eliot

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

And, any book written by the above authors plus books by Anne Tyler, Edna O’Brien, Marge Piercy, Edith Wharton, Eudora Welty … oh so many more!!

A few poets: Sharon Olds, Mary Oliver, Anne Sexton, Marge Piercy, Adrienne Rich, Emily Dickinson, Dorothy Parker, Sandra Cisneros, Merrit Malloy, Maya Angelou and many many more.

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