100 Books Every (Catholic) Woman Needs To Read

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Inspired by this post, 100 Books Every Man Needs to Read, I tried to come up with my own 100-book list. I got up to 65, then 118, and then cut it back down to 86, then back up to 112, down to 91, and so on…. I’m at 96 now and tired of trying to decide what should go on it and what shouldn’t. I’m trying to achieve some sort of balance, I suppose — genre, history, voices, etc… but I don’t know if it’s realistic to put a limit on myself, though it’s a good question to ask: If I could read ONLY 100 books, what should they be? I may tweak pending input, or not. :)

33 Days to Morning Glory – Fr. Michael Gaitley
A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Mother’s Rule of Life - Holly Pierlot
A Return to Modesty - Wendy Shalit
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Mosseini
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn - Betty Smith
Abandonment to Divine Providence - Jean Pierre de Caussade
Adam and Eve After the Pill - Mary Eberstadt
All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
Anne of Green Gables (series) - Lucy Maud Montgomery
Apologia Pro Vita Sua - John Henry Newman
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
Catherine of Siena - Sigrid Undset
Christian Self-Mastery - Basil Maturin
Come Be My Light - St. Teresa of Calcutta
Covenanted Happiness - Cormac Burke
Divine Intimacy - Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene
Essays on Woman - Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)
Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
Fire Within - Thomas Dubay
For Better, For Worse, For God - Mary Jo Pedersen
Forming Intentional Disciples - Sherry Weddell
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Getting Things Done - David Allen
God Has No Grandchildren - Leila Marie Lawler
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
In This House of Brede - Rumer Godden
Interior Castle - St. Teresa of Avila
Interior Freedom - Fr. Jacques Philippe
Introduction to the Devout Life - St. Francis de Sales
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Joan of Arc - Mark Twain
Joseph of Nazareth - Federico Suarez
Kristin Lavransdatter - Sigrid Undset
Left to Tell - Immaculee Ilibagiza
Life of Christ - Fulton Sheen
Life-Giving Love - Kimberly Hahn
Love and Responsibility - St. John Paul II
Making Sense Out of Suffering - Peter Kreeft
Man and Woman He Created Them - Michael Waldstein
Married Saints and Blesseds - Ferdinand Holbock
Maurice and Therese - Patrick Ahern
Middlemarch - George Eliot
Mulieris Dignitatem - St. John Paul II
My Antonia - Willa Cather
My Name Is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok
Nudging Conversions - Carrie Gress
On Food and Cooking - Harold McGee
Out of the Silent Planet/Perelandra/That Hideous Strength - CS Lewis
Particles of Faith - Stacy Trasancos
Please Don’t Drink the Holy Water - Susie Lloyd
Poems and Prose - Gerard Manley Hopkins
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
Silence - Shusako Endo
Simplifying Your Domestic Church - Abby Sasscer
Something Other than God - Jennifer Fulwiler
Splendor in the Ordinary - Thomas Howard
Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child - Anthony Esolen
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey
The Art of Eating - MFK Fisher
The Authentic Catholic Woman - Genevieve Kineke
The Betrothed - Alessandro Manzoni
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor - Flannery O’Connor
The Dark Night of the Soul - St. John of the Cross
The Fairy Tale Novels - Regina Doman
The Five Love Languages - Gary Chapman
The Gorgeous Nothings - Emily Dickinson
The Great Heresies - Hillaire Belloc
The Hidden Power of Kindness - Fr. Lawrence Lovasik
The Hiding Place - Corrie Ten Boom
The Holy Bible - God :D
The Imitation of Christ - Thomas a Kempis
The Lord - Romano Guardini
The Omnivore’s Dilemma - Michael Pollan
The Privilege of Being a Woman - Alice von Hildebrand
The Reed of God - Carryl Houselander
The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur - Elisabeth Leseur
The Sinner’s Guide - Luis de Granada
The Song of Bernadette - Franz Werfel
The Soul of the Apostolate - Jean Baptiste Chautard
The Spiritual Combat - Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
The Story of a Soul - St. Therese of Lisieux
The Warmth of Other Suns - Isabel Wilkerson
The World’s First Love - Fulton Sheen
The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Madeleine L’Engle
Till We Have Faces - CS Lewis
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
What’s Wrong With the World - GK Chesterton
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte