5 Classic Novels By Women You Really Should Read — And Can Finish In One Sitting

It's nearly halfway through summer, do you know how your summer reading goals are doing? If you're trying to check more of your TBR list but aren't sure how to get it all done before fall hits, try picking up one of these short but compelling classic novels by women you can finish in one sitting.

When you think about Literature with a capital L, what authors come to mind? Do you automatically think or Charles Dickens and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, or maybe James Joyce or John Steinbeck? More often than not when we talk about "the classics," we're talking about one particular kind of classic — the kind written by white men. In reality, classic literature is written by a wonderfully diverse group of authors that include — gasp! — women.

If you're like me and like to use your summer reading to catch up on the classics, why not do things differently this year. Forget about The Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, and Great Expectations not to mention their incredibly toxic male protagonists — and instead pick up one of these five novels by women. They're short enough to finish in one sitting, but riveting enough you'll never want them to end.