Author: Sherry Helms
This blog post is dedicated to all our friends on Facebook for the comments they posted to our yesterday’s question on Printsasia Facebook page wall – What would be your recommendation for “the most popular Book by a woman”??
Let’s see what book aficionados recommended when asked about “the most popular book by a Woman”:
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This is the most successful series of the all time and has broken all the records of fantasy book world.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – A touching tale of love, sisterhood and hardship during the New England Civil War, Little Women narrates the story of the lovable March sisters – Meg, Beth, Jo and Amy – who try to support their mother at home while their father is away at war. While describing the trials and tribulations of their growing age and relationships with one another, Ms. Alcott, in this breakthrough classic, superbly intertwines the bad and good times of their life.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – This is another classic in the recommendation list of our readers. The central character of this novel is Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest of five daughters whom Mrs Bennett is anxious to put into marriage. Her vivacity and wit, her hasty dismissal of superior Mr. Darcy – the most disagreeable man in the world, how he improves his manners and Elizabeth changes her mind, are at the centre of this Jane Austen book. This volume is loved by book-lovers for its depth, humor and playfulness.
Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers – After the success of Twilight, the first novel in the series, consecutive records were set by Stephenie Meyer in the following years. New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn joined back-to-back this series. This series tells about the unusual love story of the protagonists Isabella Swan, a teenage girl and a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen. Popularity of this page-turning story is increased with its blockbuster film adaptations.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – First published in 1936, this book is a historical novel set off against the harrowing milieu of the American Civil War. This American classic has a page-turning story in which a manipulative woman, Scarlett O’Hara and a roguish man, Rhett Butler carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Its movie adaptation is also as popular as this book is.
A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford – This is the story of Emma Harte, a successful entrepreneur, who built her retail empire on her own. Her journey started as a resourceful servant girl who a shrewd determination to make her mark on the world. She honed her skills, discovered the meaning of treachery and learned to survive. She rose from poverty to magnificent wealth which attracted enemies around her. This is a story that presents a vicious cycle of Emma’s struggle and success.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – This classic choice of our reader is the story about a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. One of the best-loved classics of all time, this Pulitzer Prize winner book has earned many acclamations since its original publication in 1960.
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie – A highly-read detective fiction, this book features the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, solving the murder mysteries of young and beautiful Linnet Doyle, who is found murdered during a cruise with her husband along the Nile. Poirot is perhaps Agatha Christie’s most interesting and endearing character; short, round, and slightly comical, having a razor-sharp mind. This story is considered as one of his best performance and achievements.
We invite our readers to comment and share if they have some other titles in their mind to add in this list.