It's National Women's History Month! In Celebration, Check Out These 20 Must-Read Books Written by Women

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

Fresh from her move from Chicago to small-town Maine, Sadie’s life turns upside down when her neighbor is found dead in her new home. The more she tries to uncover what happened the night of the murder, the more she realizes how dangerous it will be if the truth comes to light.

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz became a beloved American royal. Things seemed to be going swimmingly until the tabloids snapped a photo of Claremont-Diaz and actual royal Prince Henry, from across the pond, in a full-on fight. The boys try to stage a public truce for the two nations to see but in the process, they strike up a secret romance. Will their forbidden love inspire peace between the two nations — or war?

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

Life for Sadie only gets tougher when her younger sister Mattie is found dead in their isolated small town. When radio personality West McCray gets wind of Sadie’s search for her sister’s killer, he becomes obsessed with finding her and starts his own podcast to trace Sadie’s steps. The more McCray gets deeper into trying to figure out what happened, he realizes he must find Sadie before it’s too late.

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Sink your teeth into the queen of suspense’s mystery novel, which follows 10 people who are invited to an isolated mansion on Indian Island. Things really start to shake up when each person, who had something to fear and something to hide, dies one by one in a string of murders. Who is the killer and who will survive?

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Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

The über-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal took on the challenge of saying “yes” to unexpected opportunities that came her way for an entire year and the results have been truly transformative. Rhimes details her Year of Yes to show how powerful a shift in thinking can really be.

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Open Book by Jessica Simpson

Get to know the celebrated singer like never before. For the first time ever, Simpson is sharing intimate parts of her life, including her marriage to Nick Lachey, her battle with addiction and finding love with husband Eric Johnson.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

What if all of your crushes found out about your feelings for them … all at once? That’s what happens to 16-year-old Lara Jean, who then has to take back the reins of her love life. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the first of three books that follow Jean’s story of teenage love, heartbreak and new beginnings. Once you’ve gobbled this delicious read, you can watch the film adaptation on Netflix, starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo.

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To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Did the first book get you hooked? Then, it’s time to get your hands on the sequel and see if Lara Jean can figure out if she can be in love with two boys at once. 

And yes — you can watch To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love on Netflix now, too.

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The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

You know your husband has two other wives but you know nothing about them, until one day you find a note from a woman named Hannah. Your gut tells you Hannah is one of his other wives so you secretly track her down and realize she’s being abused by her husband (who is also your husband). You soon fall down a rabbit hole of questions that lead to you asking: who are you really married to and who is the mysterious third wife?

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The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

Amber Patterson’s obsession with the blonde-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish goes a step too far after her plan to become a close confidante unravels, thanks to a dark skeleton from her past. This addictive psychological thriller will keep you on your toes ’til the very last page.

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You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Bestselling author and success coach Sincero will show you how to embrace your greatness in this how-to guide that’s chock full of inspiring stories and invaluable pieces of advice.

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Don’t Keep Your Day Job: How to Turn Your Passion into Your Career by Cathy Heller

Do you find yourself daydreaming about becoming a world-renowned chef or a successful business owner while you’re chained to your desk at your nine-to-five? Let Heller guide you in taking the essential steps to pursuing your passion full-time and creating the life you’ve been dreaming of.

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Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin

When Claire’s older sister’s body turns up on the Caribbean island of Saint X, she spends the rest of her adolescence wondering who murdered her sister, Alison. Years later, Claire fatefully meets Clive Richardson, one of the men originally suspected of murdering Alison, and the two build an unlikely relationship that’s fueled by Claire’s mission to find out what really happened to her sister.

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Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Founder of TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Hollis is here to inspire you to hustle and revamp your strategies to conquer the goals you’ve been neglecting for far too long. Turn each page with the intention of soaking in everything Hollis has to offer to live the life you truly deserve.

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Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Are you still apologizing for wanting to achieve your dreams? Whether you’re a mom, wife, employee or daughter, Hollis wants you to know that it’s never too late to go after what you want. Step into your purpose by reading up on how to let go of certain unhelpful behaviors and build a path that’s right for you.

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American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

After a run-in with the jefe of the newest drug cartel in Mexico, Lydia Quixano Pérez must flee her hometown of Acapulco with her 8-year-old son to the United States. Follow along as Pérez and her family go from middle-class business owners to migrants overnight as they try to reach el norte and grapple with their uncertain future.

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov, Morris’ 2018 novel follows Sokolov as he is forced to tattoo his fellow concentration-camp prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau. One day, he meets Gita, a woman who waits in line to get the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm, and vows to somehow marry her. This beautiful dark tale shows just how much love and humanity can light the human spirit, even in the worst of times.

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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin

Want to learn how to strengthen yourself mentally to endure life’s most unpredictable curveballs? Morin will take you step-by-step through how to face your challenges head on with tips, exercises and troubleshooting advice.

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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

In 1915, Eve Gardiner is a spy who joins the fight against the Germans during the Great War and manages to unearth a vast network of secret agents working in enemy territory.

In 1947, Charlie St. Clair is an American college girl who’s pregnant, unmarried and about to get thrown out of her strict family. Expected to abort her unborn child, she flees to London to instead find her missing cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war.

Years later, Gardiner finds herself haunted by her past failures as a spy until one day, an American college girl barges into her life and throws her into a mission to find out what happened to Rose and the truth about her failed mission.

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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The New York Times bestselling author tells the story of two siblings who are thrown back into poverty once they’re kicked out of their childhood home by their stepmother. The two count on each other to rebuild their lives and overcome their childhood trauma while the trials and tribulations of life test the strength of their brother-sister bond.

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