Beach Reads For Women

Here is a list of engaging and entertaining female-friendly books. These books are written by women and have strong female leads. Some explore relationships between women but are not romance.

Devine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

Siddalee angers her mother, Vivi, in a newspaper interview, causing Vivi to disown her. It is up to Vivi’s lifelong friends, the Ya-Yas, to draw the mother and daughter back together through their book of Divine Secrets, a warm and amusing scrapbook that the reader explores alongside Siddalee as she learns about her mother’s life in rural Louisiana.



The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

After her surrogate mother and housekeeper Rosaleen is attacked by white men, Lily and Rosaleen flee Lily’s abusive father to a small town in South Carolina. There they are taken in by three African American sisters who keep bees and teach Lily about sisterhood, love and friendship.


Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

During their childhoods in 19th Century China, two girls from very different social classes are named “lao tong” – old same- which holds the promise of lifelong friendship. They write to each other in a secret language used only by women in Hunan about their lives, loves and children, but their friendship is torn apart by a family secret.



Bossypants by Tina Fey

In this insightful, self- deprecating memoir, Tina Fey explores her comedy career from its beginnings, through her years in SNL and to her creation of 30 Rock. Fey is inspirational as a successful, creative woman who “has itall”. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi This thought provoking graphic novel tells the story of Satrapi’s girlhood in Tehran after the Islamic Revolution. This coming-of-age story appeals to readers who are interested in intercultural and politically charged narratives as well as graphic novel fans.