Recommended Fiction for Literary Heroines

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We know that Jane Austen’s Lizzie Bennet was a reader, but what did she read? And what would she read today? I often notice that the books that mean the most to me are the ones that bear the most congruity in my life — it’s sort of the reading version of looking like your dog. A book that can offer insights into your own life is a book worth reading. So yes, Catherine Earnshaw does need to read Fifty Shades of Grey, and Anna Karenina needs to read a whole bunch of books, but we’ll have her start with Revolutionary Road and then continue to work her way down the list. Here we’ve put together a list of recommended fiction for our favorite literary protagonistas. Who cares that these women are neither time travelers nor exist in real life? Let’s give them a library card and let them have at it.

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