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The Ultimate Guide to Books for Girls

24 books that every girl should read

From story books to poetry to inspiring self help reads, this list contains some of the most interesting, uplifting and motivating books for girls all over the world to read and enjoy. On the road to self discovery, books that will reassure you that you aren’t alone and aid you in stepping into womanhood are a must-have.

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#1 Seraphina Does Everything by Melissa Gratias

Seraphina Does Everything by Melissa Gratias
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The Seraphina Does Everything by Melissa Gratias was recommended by Melissa Gratias from MelissaGratias.

Seraphina Does EVERYTHING! is the perfect storybook for an elementary school-aged girl. The storyline follows a young girl named Seraphina through her various hobbies, clubs, sports, etc., who ultimately finds herself overwhelmed and underprepared to succeed in her jam-packed schedule of activities. Seraphina is a conversation starter around weighty issues such as mental health, confronting perfectionism, and prioritization of tasks and opportunities for children. A perfect story for motivated and busy girls, Seraphina helps them avoid burnout before it begins.

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#2 The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
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The The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz was recommended by Lisamarie Monaco from InsuranceForBurial.

It offers inspiration, strength, and learning to trust in yourself. It teaches you to not take anything anyone does personally. It teaches you to regain your power on every level of life. This book is a powerful read.

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#3 More Spice Than Sugar, Poems by Lillian Morrison

More Spice Than Sugar, Poems by Lillian Morrison
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More Spice Than Sugar, Poems compiled by Lillian Morrison, book says grades 4-6 but I think any age is good. I have one of the poems hanging on my wall. The poems are about inspirational women and strength of women. It is very uplifting.

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#4 The Gift of Fear, by Gavin de Becker

The Gift of Fear, by Gavin de Becker
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The The Gift of Fear, by Gavin de Becker was recommended by Beth Logan from Kozlog Tax Advisers.

The Gift of Fear, by Gavin de Becker, I suggest anyone 15 years of older. (For younger girls, I would suggest the parents decide.) This book teaches one to understand unwarranted fear and legitimate fear. Girls are too often taught to be nice even to people that are willing to harm them — physically, emotionally, and/or financially. This book shows women and girls that we can use fear to know when we are in danger. Gavin de Becker is a leading expert on violence and shares his knowledge and experience. All girls should read this before they start dating.

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#5 Math Myths for the Modern Child by Rucinski Harrington

Math Myths for the Modern Child by Rucinski Harrington
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Math Myths for the Modern Child, by Donna Marie Rucinski Harrington, Grades 3-8. As a former math teacher, I think that all children should learn that math is fun. We would never want our children to say “I’m terrible at reading. I hate it, so I just avoided it in school,” but we let kids say this about math. This book mixes humor with math. Every child needs to experience math in a positive way.

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#6 ME AND THE JAPANESE BEAUTY STANDARDS by Tomomi Tsuchio

ME AND THE JAPANESE BEAUTY STANDARDS by Tomomi Tsuchio
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“Me and The Japanese Beauty Standards” is a must read for every female struggling with negative body image, low self esteem, self-doubt, insecurities and acceptance from family, friends and men.

I could not put it down and was disappointed when I turned the last page. I cried, laughed, cheered, and gained wisdom.

Hurting people hurt other people in all races, nationalities, cultures, ethnicities, families, relationships and genders in Japan, U.S.A., and all over the world.

This book is healing for female teens, family members, friends or coworkers.. Please do not allow someone you care about to suffer in silence when healing is in this book. Tomomi’s emotional and physical pain, struggles, and triumphs will be instrumental in helping them overcome their adversities.

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#7 The Rapunzel Result, Delving Deeper by Faithaline Hippolyte

The Rapunzel Result, Delving Deeper by Faithaline Hippolyte
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This books draws themes from the Rapunzel story that many girls would be familiar with, and links them with God’s involvement in our lives. It gives girls hope that whatever difficulty they may face, they have a real life superhero in God, whose involvement in their life can make it like a fairy tale.

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#8 Your Name And Colors Key To Beauty, Career, Personality, Romance And Success by B. P. Greycastle

Your Name And Colors Key To Beauty, Career, Personality, Romance And Success by B. P. Greycastle

The title gives the reason why this book qualifies as the best book for girls because those are the most important subjects that young girls are interested in and this book answers all those questions for them.

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#9 Superhero of Love by Bridget Fonger

Superhero of Love by Bridget Fonger
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The Superhero of Love by Bridget Fonger was recommended by Bridget Fonger from Superhero of Love, LLC.

One thing we don’t learn in school is how to take care of our big beautiful hearts. We all have heart wounds. We all bump up against people, events, and times that touch those old wounds, or create new ones. If we learn how to manage and heal our hearts as we go through life then we will be more powerful.

Superhero of Love: Heal Your Broken Heart & Then Go Save the World gently takes the reader’s hand and leads her through a step-by-step process to clear old wounds and make room for more love. A Superhero of Love is someone who does all she can to maintain a clear, soft and powerful heart so that she is able to love and be loved, and inspire others to do the same. Every girl could use this inspirational lift.

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#10 The Book of Awesome Women by Becca Anderson

The Book of Awesome Women by Becca Anderson
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The The Book of Awesome Women by Becca Anderson was recommended by Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing.

Women hold up half the sky and, most days, do even more of the heavy lifting including childbearing and child-rearing. All after a long day at the office. Women have always been strong, true heroes ─ sheroes, oftentimes unacknowledged. As we shake off the last traces of a major patriarchal hangover, women are coming into their own.

In the 21st Century, all women can fully embrace their fiery fempower and celebrate their no-holds-barred individuality. It is time to acknowledge the successful women of the world. From the foremothers who blazed trails and broke barriers, to today’s women warriors from sports, science, cyberspace, city hall, the lecture hall, and the silver screen, The Book of Awesome Women paints 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring role models for women and girls poised to become super women of the future.

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#11 Great Second Acts: In Praise of Older Women by Marlene Wagman-Geller

Great Second Acts: In Praise of Older Women by Marlene Wagman-Geller
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Antony said of Cleopatra, “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale/Her infinite variety.” Shakespeare’s sentiment can be applied to the women profiled in Great Second Acts, who refused to be defined by the dates on their birth certificates. Their lives are testimony that one can be feisty after fifty, and to those who think otherwise, in the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “I dissent.” Marlene Wagman-Geller, author of Once Again to Zelda and Behind Every Great Man, presents a fascinating collection of biographical vignettes of dozens of older women who have excelled, inspired and achieved.

Learn how these women changed their respective fields of art, politics, science, mathematics, media, literature, activism, education, and more. From actresses, yoga teachers and folk artists to business women, prime ministers, monarchs and authors, these exceptional women will illustrate that women can achieve anything, no matter their age.

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#12 Still I Rise by Marlene Wagman-Geller

Still I Rise by Marlene Wagman-Geller
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The Still I Rise by Marlene Wagman-Geller was recommended by Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing.

When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa’s brutal Robben Prison, he tirelessly turned to the poem Invictus, the inspirational verse by the Victorian William Ernest Henley, penned on the occasion of the amputation of his leg. Still I Rise takes its title from a work by Maya Angelou and it resonates with the same spirit of an unconquerable soul: a woman who is captain of her fate.

Just as Invictus brought solace to generations, so does Angelou’s contemporary classic. Still I Rise embodies the strength of character of the inspiring women profiled. Each chapter will outline the fall and rise of great women heroes who smashed all obstacles rather than letting all obstacles smash them. The book offers hope to those undergoing their own Sisyphean struggles. Intrepid women heroes are the antithesis of the traditional damsels in distress: rather than waiting for the prince, they took salvation into their own hands.

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#13 Women of Means by Marlene Wagman-Geller

Women of Means by Marlene Wagman-Geller
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The Women of Means by Marlene Wagman-Geller was recommended by Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing.

Heiresses have always been viewed with eyes of envy. They were the ones for whom the cornucopia had been upended, showering them with unimaginable wealth and opportunity. However, through intimate historical biographies, Women of Means shows us that oftentimes the weaving sisters saved their most heart-wrenching tapestries for the destinies of wealthy women.

From the author of Behind Every Great Man, we now have Women of Means, vignettes of the women who were slated from birth―or marriage―to great privilege, only to endure lives which were the stuff Russian tragic heroines are made of. They are the nonfictional Richard Corys―those not slated for happily ever after. Some of the women whose silver spoons rusted include Almira Carnarvon, the real-life counterpart to Lady Cora of Downton Abbey; Nica Rothschild, who traded her gilded life to become the Baroness of Bebop; and Jocelyn Wildenstein, who became a cosmetology-enhanced cat-woman.

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#14 Women Who Launch by Marlene Wagman-Geller

Women Who Launch by Marlene Wagman-Geller
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The Women Who Launch by Marlene Wagman-Geller was recommended by Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing.

Dorothy Parker observed, “It’s a man’s world”; the lady entrepreneurs and game-changers profiled in Women Who Launch would beg to differ. Unlike many matrons of the 1950s, these kick-ass females left their DNA in the annals of time. Julia Ward-Howe showed what’s good for the goose is good for the gander when she created the Girl Scouts of America.

Sara Joseph Hale, authoress of Mary had a Little Lamb, convinced Lincoln to launch a national day of thanks, while Anna Jarvis persuaded President Wilson to initiate a day in tribute of mothers. Estee Lauder revolutionized the cosmetics industry. The tradition of these Mothers of Invention continued when, compliments of knitter Krista Suh, the heads of millions were adorned with pink, pussy-cat ears in the largest women’s march in history.

Women Who Launch is filled with inspiring true stories of women activists, artists, entrepreneurs who launched some of the most famous companies, brands, and organizations today and changed the world. It is at once a collection of biographies and a testament of female empowerment. These women who launched prove, in the words of Rosie the Riveter, “We can do it!” Find motivation in your career and life with the amazing history of women entrepreneurship, activism, and leadership.

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#15 100 Dates and a Wedding by Stéphanie Tumba

100 Dates and a Wedding by Stéphanie Tumba
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The 100 Dates and a Wedding by Stéphanie Tumba was recommended by Stephanie Tumba from Celest Lifestyle.

This award-winning book is a must-read for all women searching for love.

Reading the miserable stories written by a successful and driven woman can do wonders for your self-esteem.

The novel clearly depicts Valérie’s worst dating experiences in London and shares the lessons she learnt from them.

100 Dates and a Wedding is a collection of dates that cover issues like divorce, sex, pansexuality, love & religion, and cultural differences in the new millennium. Delivered with emotional rawness, it evinces an incredible honesty in terms of storytelling.

More importantly, it discusses the crucial role self-love plays in finding real love.

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#16 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
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The Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin was recommended by Stefanie Almond from Hope & Love Radio.

This is a classic, one of those books that every woman should read. It is not only a love story but it teaches one not to make judgments and that having toomuch pride can take you away from true happiness. Its a must read…

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#17 This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
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Who are you? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation. Gain a deeper understanding of your anti-racist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing and give you the courage and power to undo it. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you learn more about yourself and racial oppression.. Exercise prompts get you thinking and help you grow with the knowledge.

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#18 The Power Book: What is it, Who Has it and Why? by Claire Saunders

The Power Book: What is it, Who Has it and Why? by Claire Saunders
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What makes you the boss of me? What makes a king a king, or a queen a queen? Why can some people vote for their leaders, but other people can’t? Does having lots of money make you powerful? Why are there fewer female scientists, leaders and artists than men in history books? These are things that children wonder about. Beautifully illustrated and thought-provoking, The Power Book attempts to answer these and other questions in a relatable way for young children. Readers will gain an understanding of their place in their family, their school, and the world, and will discover ways in which they can use their own power to shape the future.

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#19 Step into Your Power: 23 lessons on how to live your best life by Jamia Wilson

Step into Your Power: 23 lessons on how to live your best life by Jamia Wilson
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Listen up sister! You’ve heard about heroes and read about the greats, but how do you actually get there yourself? This book shows you how to make your big dreams a big reality. Learn from the lived experience of author Jamia Wilson and illustrator Andrea Pippins as they mentor you through growing up in the modern world, and teach you how to STEP INTO YOUR POWER.

‘Slay your fear!’ ‘You’ve got this!’ ‘Take heart and trust your gut!’ In this friendly guide, ‘big sister’ Jamia Wilson helps you achieve your dreams and know your rights with caring advice and actions you can take and make your very own. Explore what it means to know and trust your insights and capabilities with stories, images, activities, resources and action prompts that you can interact with on your own time and, most importantly, on your terms. Unlock your power and be yourself – you may just change the world!

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#20 Boss the Bestseller List like JK Rowling by Caroline Moss

Boss the Bestseller List like JK Rowling by Caroline Moss
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When Joanne Rowling was a young woman, she found herself down and out of luck. But, she had a best-selling idea and a tenacious spirit. If only she could find someone who wanted to publish her book…Discover how J. K. Rowling became a best-selling author and publishing sensation in this true story of her life. Then, learn 10 key lessons from her work you can apply to your own life.

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#21 Run the Show Like CEO JK Rowling by Caroline Moss

Run the Show Like CEO JK Rowling by Caroline Moss
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When Oprah Winfrey was a little girl, she watched her grandma hang clothes out on the line. Oprah adored her grandma, but she knew in that moment her life was going to be different… And she was right. Discover how Oprah became a billionaire CEO and media mogul in this true story of her life. Then, learn 10 key lessons from her work you can apply to your own life. Featuring inspiring quotes and mantras, this is a book for all kids wanting to forge their own career path

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#22 Little People, Big Dreams: Wilma Rudolph by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Little People, Big Dreams: Wilma Rudolph by Isabel Sanchez Vegara
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Wilma was born into a family with 22 brothers and sisters, in the segregated South. She contracted polio in her early years and her doctors said she would never walk again. But Wilma persisted with treatment, and she recovered her strength by the age of 12. At school, Wilma showed a talent for basketball and sprinting, earning the nickname Skeeter (mosquito) as she ran so fast.

Wilma was in college when she went to the 1960 Olympics. She not only won gold in sprint events, but also broke world records with her sprinting skill. She had beaten polio to become an Olympic champion. She is a huge inspiration to many women in sports around the world. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the athlete’s life.

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#23 Little People, Big Dreams: Dolly Parton by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Little People, Big Dreams: Dolly Parton by Isabel Sanchez Vegara
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Little Dolly grew up in Tennessee in a family ‘as poor as dirt’. She started performing at an early age, singing on local radio and television. After graduating high school, she moved to Nashville to pursue her singing dreams. Her managers wanted her to sing pop, but she followed her heart to sing and write country songs.

Her heart was right – Dolly became a musical superstar, but she never forgot where she came from. She now uses her wealth to give back to people, children and animals in need. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the singer’s life.

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#24 Ella May Does It Her Way by Mick Jackson

Ella May Does It Her Way by Mick Jackson
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The Ella May Does It Her Way by Mick Jackson was recommended by Mel Schuit from The Quarto Group.

Hello and welcome to Ella May, the girl who likes to do things her way. In the first of this brilliant new series all about an imaginative, strong-willed girl character with her own ideas, Ella May tries walking backwards, just to see how it feels.

In her bedroom she tries reading her books backwards, and after dinner she goes backwards up to the bathroom and climbs backwards into bed. When Ella goes backwards up the slide and backwards over the castle, Ella’s mum decides to turn around and walk backwards next to Ella, to make it easier for them to talk. Pretty soon, half the town is walking backwards in a giant, backwards-walking procession. Where will it end?

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#24 Gardens of Love by Brianna Marie

Gardens of Love by Brianna Marie
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The Gardens of Love by Brianna Marie was recommended by Krystal Reynoso from xobriannamarie.

Gardens of Love is Brianna Marie’s debut collection of poetry & prose. It is for anyone who has experienced love and/or loss. It is for anyone who has ever felt broken or hopeless. It is for anyone trying to pick up the pieces & find joy again. Gardens of Love touches on death, loss, grief, & depression while offering glimmers of hope, happiness, & faith. This book, written with a diary-like feel, is about learning how to water truth & watch flowers bloom.

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#24 Flying Alone: A Memoir by Elizabeth Ruggiero

Flying Alone: A Memoir by Elizabeth Ruggiero
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The Flying Alone: A Memoir by Elizabeth Ruggiero was recommended by Elizabeth Ruggiero from Beth’s Books.

Flying Alone is the story of a young woman’s relentless determination to become an airline pilot in the 1980s, when there were few women in the field.

Starting at a small local airport, the aviation world swallowed Elizabeth whole, and the next five years of her life were as turbulent as an airplane in a thunderstorm, never knowing when, how or if she would emerge. An agonizing love affair with her flight instructor, dangerous risks in the sky and flying broken airplanes for shady companies all intertwined to define her road to the airlines. She made it to her goal and was hired by Trans World Airlines in 1989. Flying Alone is told with soul-baring candor, taking readers on a suspenseful journey through the terror, romance and ultimate victory of those years.

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#24 The Way In by Andrea Marcellus

The Way In by Andrea Marcellus
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Most diet books make it sound so easy: do this, do that, lose weight, keep it off, have a fabulous life. The end. But we all know that fitness isn’t some story with a tidy ending. It’s a journey where the toughest step is the first and the destination seems to be some club where only the genetically blessed, athletically gifted and ferociously disciplined get to be lifetime members.

If only there was a way for the rest of us to make the journey to health and happiness – to that elusive place where fitness actually fits in to our busy schedule and doesn’t require spending 12 weeks pretenting to be someone we’re not. There is. It’s called The Way In by Andrea Marcellus.

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#24 A Girl’s Guide to Kicking Goals by Steph Claire

A Girl's Guide to Kicking Goals by Steph Claire
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The A Girl’s Guide to Kicking Goals by Steph Claire was recommended by Steph Claire from Murdoch Books.

As teenage models, Laura Henshaw and Steph Claire Smith know exactly what it feels like to grow up in a media savvy world which makes growing up far more complicated. Having traded in skinniness for feeling great through fitness and a balanced diet, Laura and Steph’s book A Girl’s Guide to Kicking Goals traces their journey towards finding balance, happiness and self-acceptance in a digital world.

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#24 The Complete Novels of Jane Austen

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
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Jane Austen revolutionized the literary romance, using it as a platform from which to address issues of gender politics and class consciousness among the British middle-class of the late eighteenth century. With witty, unflinching morality, Austen portrays English middle-class life as the eighteenth century came to a close and the nineteenth century began. Austen’s heroines find happiness in many forms, each of the novels is a story of love and marriage—marriage for love, financial security, and for social status.

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Contributors to this article
Melissa Gratias from MelissaGratias

Lisamarie Monaco from InsuranceForBurial

Beth Logan from Kozlog Tax Advisers

Tomomi Tsuchio from Tomomi Tsuchio

Faithaline Hippolyte from A Touch Of Happy

B.P. Greycastle from Name Colorology Group

Bridget Fonger from Superhero of Love, LLC

Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing

Stephanie Tumba from Celest Lifestyle

Stefanie Almond from Hope & Love Radio

Mel Schuit from The Quarto Group

Mel Schuit from The Quarto Group

Mel Schuit from The Quarto Group

Mel Schuit from The Quarto Group

Mel Schuit from The Quarto Group

Mel Schuit from The Quarto Group

Mel Schuit from The Quarto Group

Mel Schuit from The Quarto Group

Krystal Reynoso from xobriannamarie

Elizabeth Ruggiero from Beth’s Books

Sonya Grigoruk from SG Public Relations & Communications

Steph Claire from Murdoch Books

Jane Austen from Rock Point Gift & Stationery

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