A book is always a good option. Many books, and the good ones, can directly become the ideal gift. Surely we all have women around us who are passionate about reading: daughters, sisters, couples, mothers … And we have thought that anyone is an ideal time to give them those books that sometimes, precisely because they were written by a woman or because they have a female role, have sometimes been made invisible or looked down upon. We have sixty-seven options for all tastes, so that no one is left without the perfect gift idea.
We gotta talk about Kevin, Lionel Shriver
We need to talk about Kevin is a book of those that are not forgotten. Never. Through letters, we learn the story of Eva, Kevin’s mother, who reflects on what her life was like before having her child, how she was dragged into pregnancy by the desire of her partner and how she saw it as something alien. In addition, Kevin from the beginning is not an easy baby, he is a conflictive child who as he grows up becomes a manipulative and lacking empathy being.
Mirror, mirror, by Cara Delevingne
Mirror, mirror is the first novel by the versatile Cara Delevingne. Of a youthful gender, he tells us the maturation process and the way to find themselves from their protagonists, four sixteen-year-old friends: Red, Leo, Naomi and Rose. Adolescence, friendship, sexuality, the discovery of one’s identity, successes and failures are the main themes of a novel that promises to become one of the favorite gifts for these holidays.
Nada, by Carmen Laforet
Perhaps the ideal novel for lovers of classical literature written by women in Spain. Winner of Nadal Prize in 1944, Nada is an icon of literature written by women, in addition to having masterfully managed to circumvent the censorship of the time with its apparently traditional narrative, but full of ulterior motives.
Fog in Tangier, by Cristina López Barrio
With the endorsement of having been Planet Award finalist, Cristina López Barrio (whom we recently interviewed to talk about the novel) presents us in Niebla in Tangier a beautiful story of love and mystery in a cosmopolitan and magical city that takes place in two different times, between 1951 and the present.
The Girls, by Emma Cline
The murders by the Charles Manson Family in the sixties they marked a turning point in the hippy movement and, even fifty years later, they continue to shake with their brutality and the idolatry that aroused in their followers. Although fictionalized, that is the story that Cline presents in The Girls, a look at a terrifying past through the decades that have passed since then.
Patria, by Fernando Aramburu
Patria is, without a doubt, one of the Spanish novels of the year, a true best seller, with ETA’s terrorism theme as a backdrop. The murder of a businessman in Euskadi leads us to a very intimate portrait of two families in a still very recent historical context.
The Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir
The second sex combines feminism and existentialism in an essay that is actually a reflection on the reality of being a woman, both from an internal and external point of view. History of the feminist movement in its purest form.
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
A little Victorian fiction is always a good gift for book lovers. And the story of the seemingly simple Jane Eyre and the now mythical Mr Rocherster is perhaps the best example of the genre.
Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf
The story of Mrs. Dalloway, set in interwar society, is a universal feminism icon, with its plot (which takes place in a single day) revolving around themes such as depression, bisexuality and the domestic role of women.
The Greatest Love, by Olga Watkins
What are we willing to do for love? The greatest love is the true story of Olga, its author, who go through the toughest moments of the 20th century, from the Nazi invasion of Eastern Europe to the subsequent arrival of the Russians, in search of their partner, from whom they have been separated by the circumstances of history.
Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier
One of the novels referring to psychological drama, with components halfway between the romance novel, the intrigue novel and the intimate narrative, Rebeca gave rise to the mythical Hitchcock film of the same name, a psychological syndrome and even a piece of clothing.
The meat, by Rosa Montero
This year, Rosa Montero has been awarded the National Literature Prize, so that seems to us the perfect excuse to read La carne, her most recent novel, in which she presents her most intimate writing, a reflection on the passing of the time and life. Soledad is a sixty-year-old woman who hires a gigolo to make an ex-lover jealous. Despair, cursed writers, restlessness, misunderstandings and a plot of intrigue solved with an ending that does not disappoint.
The Statement, by Gemma Malley
The declaration is a science fiction work whose 15-year-old protagonist narrates a future centered on 2140, in England, in which couples are prohibited from having children to avoid overpopulation of the planet. A fight for freedom, the desire to overcome fear and the importance of dreams.
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, by Elena Favilli
Goodnight stories for rebellious girls seems to us a wonderful option to give to the smallest of the houseThose who no longer want to be princesses … or want to be otherwise, very far from the traditional canons.
The Wind Began to Sway the Grass, by Emily Dickinson
The wind began to sway the grass is a compilation of selected poems by Emily Dickinson, whose reading gains more in the illustrated bilingual edition of Nordic, which takes us to sensitivity of the American poet.
The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro
And we continue to use the top literary awards to guide us in our gifts. Kazuo Ishiguro has received this year the Nobel Prize for Literature and The Remains of the Day, his best known work, it may be perfect to know him. Centered on Stevens, a perfect butler, she reflects on her job and her isolation from her own feelings in the final moments of her career and life.
The Firefly Dance by Kristin Hannah
The fireflies dance is the story of two friends, with all the letters. From puberty to middle age, we will see how Kate and Tully turn their differences of character into a friendship stronger than themselves. A wonderful option for any woman who believes in the power of friendship in the face of adversity.
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
The classic and reference of the genre chick lit, which brings us closer to a single thirty-something in London in the 90s and her relationships with her friends, with men, and with herself. Bridget Jones’s diary has not gone out of fashion in twenty years and continues to produce literary and film hits.
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood turns everything she touches to gold … or rather, her novels turn to gold when they are transformed into television series. This is what happened to Alias Grace, a psychological approach to a 19th century murderer, based on fictionalized real events.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
A tree grows in Brooklyn brings us closer to the American dream, to immigrants arriving in New York in the decade of the 20s of the last century and that they saw their aspirations fulfilled (or not).
The patients of Dr. García, by Almudena Grandes
One of the great bestsellers of the Spanish novel this past fall. The return of Almudena Grandes It comes to us from the hand of Dr. Garcia’s Patients, an intense story, a spy thriller of those that cannot be left until we reach the word « End. »
Story of my life, by George Sand
Historia de mi vida is the autobiography of the prolific French writer George Sand. In it, it counts the adventures of his exciting life, with some touches of humor.
Forastera, by Diana Gabaldon
Forastera, the novel on which the Outlander television series is based, is a powerful love story that takes us back in time to 18th-century Scotland and that, in its time, broke all the canons of the romantic novel . Impossible to read it without falling in love with the story of Claire and Jamie.
For the fun of it, by Amelia Earhart
For the pleasure of doing it is the autobiography of Amelia Earhart, a perfect book to get closer to the figure of a woman who changed the world, able to empower with his words those who receive it as a gift.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley raised the concept of a Gothic novel to its highest category, with Frankenstein. his reflection on scientific morality and the relationship between man and God, so many times taken to the cinema, it is still a best seller almost 200 years after its publication.
Ten Little Blacks, by Agatha Christie
The great lady from the mystery novel has led to wonderful novels, but perhaps none more famous than Diez negritos, in which ten people spend a few days on a private island where murders continue to be committed until … there are almost no characters left.
The 15/33 method, by Shannon Kirk
Perhaps « surprising » is the adjective that best defines The 15/33 method, a novel that will redefine the concept of victim, with a kidnapped adolescent who will use all her resources to reverse her situation. An ode to revenge that leaves us with a strange sensation in the body when closing a novel that is impossible to stop reading until the facts it narrates are elucidated.
The Girl You Left Behind, by Jojo Moyes
The Girl You Left Behind is a story in two times (present-day London and occupied France during WWI), with the common thread of a mysterious painting that unites the lives of two women separated by a hundred years but united by tragedy.
A Pillar of Fire by Ken Follett
A column of fire is the highly anticipated third installment of the saga of The Pillars of the Earth, whose plot, in addition, has the special characteristic that part of it takes place in Seville, in case something else was needed to hook us to the addictive author par excellence.
The Day It Stopped Snowing in Alaska by Alice Kellen
The day it stopped snowing in Alaska is Alice Kellen’s latest novel, one of the most prominent national authors of the new adult genre. In this play, he takes us to Alaska to meet Heather, a young woman who runs away from her mistakes and encounters some very special characters in the cold that will help her defeat her ghosts.
Rebels, by Susan E. Hinton
One of the quintessential classics of youth literature, Rebeldes portrays the friendship and camaraderie of adolescence, mixed with the problems that arise in this phase of life. His message remains, in a way, valid almost fifty years after its publication.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery
The porter of a building in Paris and a twelve-year-old neighbor star in the plot of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, a song of optimism and a perfect example of contemporary French narrative.
The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
In The Time Traveler’s Wife, American Audrey Niffenegger left us speechless with an exceptionally unusual love story outside of all known parameters of time. It’s about the story of Clare and Henry, a couple in love like any other, despite the fact that he has a strange disease that drives him to travel back in time.
Harry Potter Saga, by J.K. Rowling
No matter your age, literary tastes and even if you have already read them over and over again … The seven original books of the Harry Potter saga are always an excellent gift for those who believe that magic can change everything.
Letters from the Isle of Skye by Jessica Brockmole
The epistolary genre is always a nice approximation to the characters in a story. In the case of Letters from the Isle of Skye, we meet Elspeth and David, a couple separated by an ocean, by age difference and by two wars… But united by something much stronger than all that.
Brief history of women, by Sandra Ferrer Valero
What better way to respect the history of women and the feminist movement than to know it thoroughly. In Brief History of Women, a journey through the history of those women who paved the way for the rights of those who came later, with an entertaining and fluid style that does not make reading heavy.
Monologues of the vagina, by Eve Ensler
A masterpiece of contemporary feminism, Los monologues de la vagina became, in the 90s, the work that every woman wanted to read or see performed. In it, topics such as sexuality, masturbation, motherhood, rape, or genital mutilation. An ode to everything that only women can suffer or enjoy that has become a myth, represented in hundreds of countries and the epicenter of the fight for women’s rights.
Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
In Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi narrates, in the form of graphic novel, the first years of her life and the changes that took place with the Iranian revolution of 1979. Her fight for equality have made her a feminist icon.
The Atlas Rise by Ayn Rand
The rebellion of Atlas is a mystery novel, but who is killed is not a character, but the human spirit. A essential reflection on individualism and society.
The Goat Party, by Mario Vargas Llosa
Although the basic component of the work is historical, La fiesta del chivo has a female protagonist, Urania Cabral, whose return to the Dominican Republic, after decades of estrangement, brings us closer to a terrible history of sexual abuse, objectification of women to be used as a political bargaining chip and all the traumas that stem from negligent parenting… on the part of the most powerful man in the country. And all this, in the pen of Vargas Llosa, so that the effect on the reader is more overwhelming.
Open by Andre Agassi
Whoever disparages Open for being just the autobiography of an athlete, will be missing a book from which it is possible to get positive readings about personal growth, the struggle for success and the appalling fear of failure. And also about difficult parent-child relationships, the search for love and self-acceptance. Also, although Agassi signs it, the pen that writes is that of the Pulitzer Prize winner J. R. Moehringer.
I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
An example of a wonderful life for the youngest of the house. That is what we find in Yo soy Malala, the autobiography of one of the most influential women of the millennial generation, a defender since childhood of the women’s right to education in Pakistan (at the age of 11 she was already writing a blog on the subject for the BBC) and the youngest winner of a Nobel Prize (that of Peace).
The Ministry of Supreme Happiness, by Arundhati Roy
Twenty years it has taken us to have a new book from the 1997 Booker Prize winner with The God of Little Things. In The Ministry of Ultimate Happiness, he addresses the Issues of Transgender People in India, a subcontinent in which much work remains to be done in the field of the rights of the LGTB community.
Handbook for Cleaning Women, by Lucia Berlin
The autobiographical component, especially of a hard but everyday life, with which (almost) we could easily identify ourselves, is what has made Lucia Berlin’s anthology of stories, Manual for cleaning women, a reading essential. Well that and the masterful pen by the author, which recreates with dynamism and detail, in addition to a clear feminist vision, her addictions and her complicated family, love and work life.
Neapolitan tetralogy, by Elena Ferrante
We never tire of talking about Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan tetralogy (The Great Friend, A Bad Name, The Body Debts and The Lost Girl). And it is that the addictive power of these books has no end, besides being a fantastic approach to the female universe.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The quintessential example of one-hit author, Harper Lee entered the history of literature through the front door with To Kill a Mockingbird, the classic story of racial inequality which elevated Atticus Finch to the status of an American hero.
Blue Eyes, by Toni Morrison
The pain of immigration join racial struggle and adaptation difficulties in a novel that has been considered an icon of the racial and feminist movements. Blue eyes is one of the foundations of the Nobel Prize that its author received.
Seven Seas, Thirteen Rivers, by Monica Ali
Seven Seas, Thirteen Rivers is a perfect example of how oppression does not always depend on where we are. In London, perhaps the most cosmopolitan city in the world, there are also pockets in which women marry men much older than they are in agreed marriages, spend years without going out on the streets or live their own prison inside a burqa.
The awakening, by Kate Chopin
It took many decades for The Awakening to be considered a Crucial novel in the feminist cause. Written at the end of the 19th century, it reflects a woman’s struggle against the conventions of the southern United States and the role that society assigns her because of her sex.
Fear of Flying, by Erica Jong
Fear of flying is one of the cornerstones of women’s self-discovery and liberation, with its crude language and a difficult plot. A curiosity: Julianne Moore has declared that it is her favorite book.
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
The story told by Olive Kitteridge is that of Olive herself, a strict retired teacher, who lives in a small town in Maine (USA), with her kind husband, Henry. The opposite ways of seeing their lives (acidic and cynical in her case, innocent and kind in his) become the leitmotif of the plot. Pulitzer Prize in 2009, now triumphs as a series on HBO.
Lost by Gillian Flynn
Perdida, by Gillian Flynn, is, in addition to a worldwide best seller, a perfect example of the literary genre that has been sweeping in recent times, the grip lit. The disappearance of a woman is the starting gun for a plot in which nothing is what it seems.
Meek Sheep by Connie Willis
Meek Sheep is probably the best-known work of Connie Willis, one of science fiction’s most respected writers. In this novel masterfully mixes comedy and fantastic realism that has earned him multiple recognitions since its publication twenty years ago.
In Grand Central Station I sat and cried, by Elizabeth Smart
In addition to having conceived one of the most wonderful titles in literature Over the past several years, Elizabeth Smart writes in At Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept a very unconventional love story.
I know why the caged bird sings, by Maya Angelou
One of the pre-eminent figures of international feminism (and of which Emma Watson dedicated herself to hiding books in the New York subway), Maya Angelou, in I know why the caged bird sings, autobiographical narrates the first part of his life, his childhood in the southern United States in the early 20th century.
Feminism in 100 Questions, by Pilar Pardo Rubio
Feminism is in fashion and we cannot deny it. That is why it is important to know the foundational foundations of the movement and the reasons for what it defends. That is the intention of this Feminism in 100 Questions, which in a very pleasant way brings us closer to something that is already an undeniable part of our lives.
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
The commemoration in 2017 of the two hundred years of the death of Jane Austen may be the perfect excuse to give away Pride and Prejudice, her most famous novel and a whole Treatise on Relationships and the Role of Women in Victorian England.
Saga The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
The trilogy of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay has become one of the most striking bestsellers of recent years. Set in a dystopian future, is one of the favorite sagas of the young public.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The purple color narrates the dramatic fight of a black woman against a double enemy: the slave system of his time and the abusive black male patriarchy. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983.
Saga Manolito Gafotas, by Elvira Lindo
The series of eight novels that make up the Manolito Gafotas saga is childish, yes, but it is also a sharp critique of contemporary Spanish society, flooded with the humor of Elvira Lindo.
Like water for chocolate, by Laura Esquivel
Como agua para chocolate is a novel that is not only read, it is also enjoyed. Because, in addition to the story of Tita, her loves and her family, Mexican cuisine is of crucial importance in a novel that fits into the magical realism.
From my sky, by Alicia Sebold
From my sky it starts from a heartbreaking premise: the protagonist is a 14-year-old teenager who narrates the plot after her death. The struggle of her parents to maintain the hope of finding her alive will present us with a father faced with the great drama of his existence and a fast-paced and emotional plot from which it is impossible to disengage.
For Thirteen Reasons, by Jay Asher
Catapulted to international success by the Netflix series, the story of For Thirteen Reasons was a literary success a few years earlier. If we have managed to get rid of television spoilers, we will devour a plot in which Hannah will expose us what reasons, and what people, pushed her to end her life in full adolescence. A hard novel, more intended for the adult audience than the youth, despite its external appearance.
The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath has gone down in history as a poet, but it is not fair to lose sight of her only narrative work, The Glass Bell, which delves into the life of a young woman living alone in a New York who comes across as ruthless and frivolous in many aspects.
A vintage passion, by Isabel Wolff
Who has never dreamed of leaving their job, no matter how good, to pursue their true passion? Well, that’s exactly what the protagonist of A vintage passion does: set up a small vintage clothing and accessories store. Through some of the classic pieces that he finds, we will discover that, behind the dresses, there is always a story to tell.
Little Red Riding Hood in Manhattan, by Carmen Martín Gaite
Carmen Martín Gaite rewrites in Little Red Riding Hood the tale of Little Red Riding Hood that we all knew in childhood. In this modern fableWe will meet Sara Allen, a 10-year-old girl who lives in Brooklyn, whose greatest wish is to go to Manhattan to bring a cake to her grandmother. Mister Woolf or Miss Lunatic will be other characters in a story difficult to forget.
The sex of laughter, by Irene X
We were talking a few days ago about the new trend of millennial poetry in Spain, one of whose most prominent references is Irene X, whose book The sex of laughter transmits feelings that reach women of all ages.
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