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A Diverse List of 500+ Books by Women

Books by women across time and from around the world with a limit of one book per author. The list contains classics, popular books, obscure books and focuses on adult novels and memoirs but also contains poetry, essays, some children's classics, and more. Books are listed alphabetically by author (family name or pseudonym when used) as best I could (apologies for any mistakes) with anthologies at the end. The list is sure to contain books you have already read and my hope is it may inspire future reads — I certainly added to my own to-be-read list while compiling!
Edit: "Border Town" should not be on this list as Shen Congwen is male.
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High Tide (Inga Ābele)
High Tide (Inga Ābele)
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A Bridge Through Time (Laila Abou-Saif)
A Bridge Through Time (Laila Abou-Saif)
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Lyrics Alley (Leila Aboulela)
Lyrics Alley (Leila Aboulela)
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Stay With Me (Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀)
Stay With Me (Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀)
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Half of a Yellow Sun (Chimamanda Ngozi Achibie)
Half of a Yellow Sun (Chimamanda Ngozi Achibie)
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Pitch Dark (Renata Adler)
Pitch Dark (Renata Adler)
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Changes (Ama Ata Aidoo)
Changes (Ama Ata Aidoo)
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The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova (Anna Akhmatova)
The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova (Anna Akhmatova)
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Women of Sand and Myrrh (Hanan Al-Shaykh)
Women of Sand and Myrrh (Hanan Al-Shaykh)
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The Open Door (Latifa Al-Zayyat)
The Open Door (Latifa Al-Zayyat)
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Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
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A Woman (Sibilla Aleramo)
A Woman (Sibilla Aleramo)
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Indian Love Poems (Meena Alexander)
Indian Love Poems (Meena Alexander)
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The Unwomanly Face of War (Svetlana Alexievich)
The Unwomanly Face of War (Svetlana Alexievich)
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Celestial Bodies (Jokha Alharthi)
Celestial Bodies (Jokha Alharthi)
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Infidel (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)
Infidel (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)
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Brick Lane (Monica Ali)
Brick Lane (Monica Ali)
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The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)
The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)
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Girls of Riyadh (Rajaa Alsanea)
Girls of Riyadh (Rajaa Alsanea)
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In the Time of the Butterflies (Julia Alvarez)
In the Time of the Butterflies (Julia Alvarez)
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The Blood of Flowers (Anita Amirrezvani)
The Blood of Flowers (Anita Amirrezvani)
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The Purple Violet of Oshaantu (Neshani Andreas)
The Purple Violet of Oshaantu (Neshani Andreas)
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
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The Last Brother (Nathacha Appanah)
The Last Brother (Nathacha Appanah)
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Asunder (Chloe Aridjis)
Asunder (Chloe Aridjis)
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The Travelling Cat Chronicles (Hiro Arikawa)
The Travelling Cat Chronicles (Hiro Arikawa)
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The Doctor's Wife (Sawako Ariyoshi)
The Doctor's Wife (Sawako Ariyoshi)
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Blue Lorries (Radwa Ashour)
Blue Lorries (Radwa Ashour)
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Life After Life (Kate Atkinson)
Life After Life (Kate Atkinson)
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Swallow (Sefi Atta)
Swallow (Sefi Atta)
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The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
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Letters From Burma (Aung San Suu Kyi)
Letters From Burma (Aung San Suu Kyi)
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Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
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Tahuri (Ngahuia Te Awekotuku)
Tahuri (Ngahuia Te Awekotuku)
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The Queue (Basma Abdel Aziz)
The Queue (Basma Abdel Aziz)
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So Long a Letter (Mariama Bâ, Trans. Modupé Bodé-Thomas)
So Long a Letter (Mariama Bâ, Trans. Modupé Bodé-Thomas)
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Whose Names Are Unknown (Sanora Babb)
Whose Names Are Unknown (Sanora Babb)
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Tropical Fish: Tales From Entebbe (Doreen Baingana)
Tropical Fish: Tales From Entebbe (Doreen Baingana)
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Patchwork (Ellen Banda-Aaku)
Patchwork (Ellen Banda-Aaku)
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Artemisia (Anna Banti)
Artemisia (Anna Banti)
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