Here is a list of 20 books that we found to be good reads before hitting the sack
Strange Business, Rilla Askew
A rare breed of characters in fictitious Cedar, Oklahoma, experience adolescent revelations and adult dramas in this series of related stories.
She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb
The acclaimed story of Dolores Price, a young woman who struggles with — and eventually overcomes — being overweight.
Cherries in the Snow, Emma Forrest
A twenty-something young woman finds meaning outside of cosmetics when she falls in love with a man, who comes along with complications.
Skirts, Mimi Albert
Three young women come of age in the New York bohemian subculture of the early 1960s.
The Rachel Papers, Martin Amis
Amis's first novel tells the story of Charles Highway, a young boy who crashes a party and falls for the host, Rachel.
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
One hundred years of Macondo, a mythical South American town, and the people who live there. Will this town, plagued by war, be able to survive?
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells
This book highlights lifelong friendships between women, mother-daughter relationships, loyalty, and the power of love.
No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories, Miranda July
Ms. July blends sensitivity with articulated honesty in this mix of magical stories in the "everyday."
Written on the Body, Jeanette Winterson
This tactile story of love, self-discovery, desire, and disease is as sexy as it is solemn.
An Invisible Sign of My Own, Aimee Bender
A young woman learns how to be a successful math teacher while letting her guard down in the name of love.
Easter Everywhere: A Memoir, Darcey Steinke
The child of a Lutheran minister and a former beauty queen finds peace within her mixed-up family.
The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
A traditional family from Calcutta struggles to adapt to its new, conflicting life in America.
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
Set on the verge of the civil rights movement, this is the story of a young girl who flees her abusive father and begins a quest for the mother she never knew.
Kabul Beauty School, Deborah Rodriguez
A gutsy hairdresser dares to subvert her culture by opening a Western beauty school in Afghanistan.
Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
The ultimate curl-up-in-bed book follows Bridget’s daily exploits in love, work, vices, and calories.
The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
A series of vignettes tell the story of a young girl growing up in the Latino neighborhood of Chicago.
This Is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America's Best Women Writers
This collection lives up to its name with a variety of refreshing tales, issues, and experiences about and by women.
Cruddy, Lynda Barry
Through family abuse and unpredictability, sixteen-year-old Roberta takes readers along for the ride of her wild, dangerous life.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
Murakami's most famous novel takes an everyday series of events and introduces it to a world of bizarre.
The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides
Five beautiful and mysterious sisters take their lives over the course of one year, leaving a haunting impact on those around them.