FoC 050: We Tell You Which Great Books Every Girl Should Read


Girls need good books. Everyone needs good books, of course, but since we have both been girls who benefited from friendships with some formative classics we get all fired up about books for girls!

In this episode we realize we could talk for a week just about the Anne books and we discuss why young girls need these authors beside them as they grow up.  These are some of the books at the top of our must read list that we will be sharing with our daughters (and sons, but especially our daughters).

So grab a cup of tea or a pile of laundry to fold and enjoy!

Books We Talk About in This Episode:

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing film directed by Kenneth Branagh

Shakespeare Stories for Young Readers by E. Nesbit

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Links for This Episode:

10 Books You Must Read to Your Daughter by Haley

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3 thoughts on “FoC 050: We Tell You Which Great Books Every Girl Should Read”

  1. I just found the whole Anne of Green Gables collection at Goodwill and will be reading it for the first time….can’t wait!!! Question, I have an 11 year old daughter. I’d like her to read Anne…do you suggest the unabridged version or and adapted version? I’m afraid the language will be a little tough for her. She reads above grade level.

    1. I think at 11 if she’s reading above grade level she could definitely read Anne of Green Gables. And if she’s not feeling it just wait another year and try again, but I wouldn’t go for abridged versions of Anne because L.M. Montgomery’s writing is so beautiful I think they would axe a lot of her beautiful descriptions in order to shorten the book. But that’s just my opinion!

  2. Oh my goodness. This episode was so good for me to listen to tonight, after the kids are in bed, and over my sink full of dishes. My girls and I are abstaining from TV during Advent, except for Sunday’s which will be when we watch all our Christmas movies. But this episodes makes me want to throw the TV out and just read for the rest of our lives, haha! Rash? Probably. But this episode was so fun–thank you for reminding me of my girlhood friends
    and all the ways they helped me grow up.

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