Summer vacations are the best time to catch up on reading, but it can be difficult to find the right book. Walking into a bookstore filled with thousands of items can be extremely overwhelming, so we want to make the book shopping process a little bit easier for you. We’ve rounded up our 10 favorite modern female authors, and you’re guaranteed to love each and every one of their books!
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1. Amy Poehler
You may know Amy Poehler as a hilarious comedy actress on the hit shows Parks & Recreation or Saturday Night Live, but her writing skills extend much farther than TV skits.
Her debut book Yes Please has become an international bestseller with rave reviews thanks to its perfect combination of comedic moments and uplifting advice. If you’re looking for a book that will put a smile on your face, check out Amy Poehler’s latest work!
2. Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl Strayed is a talented author who shares heartfelt moments from her own life to inspire others. In her bestselling memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Strayed shares her epic travels across the Pacific Crest Trail after the death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage.
All of Cheryl Strayed’s powerful books will touch your heart and help you gather the strength to renew your own life.
3. Mindy Kaling
If you love women who tell it like it is, Mindy Kaling might be your new best friend. The talented comedian from The Office and The Mindy Project offers her unique and hilarious view of the world in Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and the upcoming Why Not Me? through honest essays about her own experiences and comical analysis of everyday life. You’re guaranteed to laugh out loud while reading her books!
4. Paula Hawkins
Paula Hawkins is the queen of mysterious page-turners. Her novel and soon-to-be movie The Girl on the Train has become an international phenomenon, and we highly recommend that you jump on the Hawkins bandwagon. The suspenseful writing style and dynamic story lines of her novels are absolutely addicting!
5. Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo has started an organization revolution! In her latest work, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, she shares her step-by-step process for creating an immaculately organized home free of clutter and chaos known as the KonMari Method.
While this book might not seem like an interesting read, we guarantee you’ll find inspiration in her novel technique and unique perspective on life. Kondo suggests that a tidy home leads to a calm and motivated mind, and we love how she focuses on keeping the items that spark joy in your heart.
6. Sophia Amoruso
Sophia Amoruso wrote #GIRLBOSS to share her journey from a shoplifting young woman to the CEO of the successful fashion brand Nasty Gal. Amoruso’s no-nonsense career advice will give you the motivation you need to take your life and your career to the next level!
7. Malala Yousafzai
If you’re searching for an inspiring read, Malala Yousafzai’s I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban is a fantastic choice. Yousafzai’s debut book shares how she bravely stood up to the Taliban in defense of women’s education rights. This powerfully moving tale provides a novel point of view on global terrorism and women’s rights. You’ll be touched by her courageous actions and uplifting messages!
8. Diana Gabaldon
Diana Gabaldon is the author of the best-selling Outlander series that was recently introduced as a television show on the STARZ network. Gabaldon’s work is set in the Scottish highlands, and each page is filled with fantasy, romance, time travel, and history.
Gabaldon has an extremely loyal and enthusiastic fan base around the world, and her on-going Outlander series continues to top the best sellers list. After reading the first few chapters of Claire and Jamie’s epic love story, you’ll want to order the entire series!
9. Laura Hillenbrand
Laura Hillenbrand is the bestselling author of Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption and Seabiscuit. Her books capture heroic tales from real life that will inspire you to live your life to its fullest capacity.
Hillenbrand has a knack for finding stories from real American heroes, and all of her books should have a permanent place in your family’s library.
10. J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling may be best known as the author of the Harry Potter series, but her writing extends far past children’s literature. Her latest book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, outlines her moving commencement speech at Harvard University, and her first foray into adult fiction, The Casual Vacancy, has earned her a new fan base.
Rowling’s adult literature can be a bit hard to spot because she often uses the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, so don’t forget to check for both names at your local book store
Now that you’ve discovered 10 modern female authors to add to your reading list, get a head start on your day with our article on 10 ways to simplify your morning routine so you have more time to curl up with one of these books!