Are you into book covers or book titles?
Do titles play a key role when choosing your next read?
Recently, I have been thinking of new ways to find good reads, such as novels with names in them, particularly books with female names. I am not sure how authors come up with titles for their novels but naming books after the female characters is indeed fascinating.
So in this post, you can find 32 exciting novels with female names as titles. The list contains books from both classics and contemporary genres.
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Classic books with female names as titles
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Published in 1988, Matilda is one of the best children’s novels of all time. Matilda is born to self-centred parents who failed to recognize her intellect. They had no clue that Matilda was able to read classics such as, “Great Expectation” and “Jane Eyre” at the age of four. But despite her troubled little world, young Matilda was smart and enthusiastic and loved her life. This little girl’s exceptional intelligence is still celebrated by both young and adult readers. The novel was made into a film in 1996.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The 1938’s timeless gothic novel is written by English author Daphne du Maurier. The narrator of the story is a young woman who becomes friends with a widower, Maxim de Winter. Later, they get married and moved to his mansion in England. However, the girl soon discovers that both her husband and the household are still haunted by Winter’s first wife, Rebecca. The novel is now a Netflix film starring Lily James, Armie Hammer, and Kristin Scott Thomas.
Emma by Jane Austen
Set in a fictional English village of Highbury, this novel follows the high-spirited twenty-year-old, Emma Woodhouse. A firm believer of her inborn talent conjuring love matches. Although never intended to marry herself, Emma decides to take up the duty to find a husband for her new friend- Harriet Smith. With the elements of satire, society and class, “Emma” is a must-read classic.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Canadian author L. M Montgomery’s classic novel is a coming-of-age story of an orphan girl, Anne Shirley, who comes to live on the Cuthbert siblings’ farm. The Cuthbert siblings didn’t intend to adopt a girl, as they were looking for a boy to help them on the farm. Eventually, the talkative, imaginative and high spirited Anne makes her way through Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert lives. Anne of Green Gables is a must-read classic for all ages. The Canadian television series “Anne with an E” is inspired by Montgomery’s classic novel.
Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
Eleanor H. Porter’s 1913 novel follows an orphan girl who goes to live with her grim and cold aunt Polly. She accepts the young girl with little interest, as a duty to her late sister. But the charming Pollyanna brings so much joy to otherwise dispirited New Egland town. The little girl believes that there is always something to be glad about in every situation.
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Contemporary books with female names in titles
Sadie by Courtney Summers
This New York Times bestselling novel is a YA mystery that follows a young girl’s journey of revenge. Sadie raised her little sister, Mattie, on her own in an isolated town. She never bothered about their drug addict mother. However, when Mattie gets killed, Sadie sets off to find the murderer and bring him to justice. Sadie is a gut-wrenching story of love, loss and sisterhood.
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine on her own. She has been working as an office manager for years but never really fit in with her colleagues. She has no time for their whispers and giggles. Her weekends have been the same for years, frozen pizza and a bottle of vodka. But things are about to change when Raymond, the IT guy at the office, starts to talk to her. A warm and uplifting tale worth your time.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
This feel-good novel follows Don Tillman, a professor of genetics who decides to find his partner through “The Wife Project”. He adopts the scientific approach to make sure he will get a punctual and logical wife. Even though Rosie, the bartender failed to impress him meeting the Wife project, they quickly become friends. And soon Don sets up the Father Project to help Rosie.
7 husband’s of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo centres around the fictional Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo. At the age of 79, Evelyn Hugo decides to narrate her glamorous life story to an unknown magazine reporter, Monique Grant. From the scandalous public life to the forbidden love, this incredibly gripping story is easily a beach read.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The critically acclaimed author Rainbow Rowell’s debut novel “Eleanor & Park” is set in over the course of the school year in Omaha, Nebraska. Eleanor is a smart tenth-grader who moved to a new town. Because of her distinctive style, she stands out from the rest of the students. And there is Park, who is half-Korean. Their story starts with a bus ride together and how it blossoms into a love story. A captivating romance novel you’ll love.
Temptation of Gracie by Santa Montefiore
This remarkable romantic tale is about Gracie Burton, a grandmother from Devon. In her late sixties, she decides to travel to Italy for a week’s holiday, her estranged daughter and granddaughter decide to follow half-heartedly. But what Gracie really wants to do is to revisit her secret past, a time of her life that she has hidden from her family for more than forty years. An engrossing story that will transport you to enchanting Italy.
Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau
Fourteen-year-old Mary Jane is brought up in a strict family. She loves doing chores with her mother and follows the traditional family rules that her mother has taught her. When Mary Jane gets a job as a nanny to neighbour’s kids, she sees a completely different set of people. The Cones’ household is an utter mess. There’s no food and no rules to follow. And the young Mary Jane is amazed to be among them.
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
“Daisy Jones & The Six” follows a fictional 1970’s rock group & lead singer and their shocking break-up in the height of popularity. The novel is written in a form of a biography and is told from the perspective of numerous characters. The main character Daisy is a young girl coming of age in Los Angeles and always dreamed of an adventurous life. Later, she makes her way to the world of rock stars. An addictive novel that takes you back to the iconic ‘rock n roll’ era.
Verity by Colleen Hoover
This riveting romantic thriller follows the struggling writer Lowen Ashleigh. When she gets the job offer as a ghostwriter for the bestselling author Verity Crawford, who is unable to get back to writing. When she visits the house to refer to the note and other resources she finds a half-done autobiography of Verity which contains some dark secrets of the family. An awe-inspiring thriller to read now.
Dear Lily by Drew Davies
“Dear Lily” is a delightful read that takes us through the lives of two sisters- Joy and Lily. Joy decides to move to Denmark leaving behind her family and boyfriend. She communicates her life in the new country through letters to her sister Lily. Soon the letters reveal the vulnerable and candid and even humorous tales. A thoughtful and emotive read.
The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin
Set in the Glasgow Princess Royal Hospital, the story takes us to the lives of two residents of the hospital 17-year old Lenni and 83-year-old Margot. They both develop a deep friendship through an art class. One day Leni points out how together they’ve lived 100 years. To celebrate this long life, they decide to paint each year of their lives. A beautiful debut novel of love, friendship and joy.
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
This New York Times bestseller narrates the unlikely relationship between a young widow and a former Major League pitcher. Eveleth lost a husband in a car crash over a year ago. Ever since that, she rarely leaves the house. Everyone in town associates this with her husband’s demise and sympathises with her. When her best friend Andy suggests renting the room to Dean Tenney, she thinks it’s a good way to support herself financially. A charming romantic comedy with memorable characters.
Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West
A captivating debut novel about a young girl from the African-American community of Chicago. After her mother’s death, Ruby has no choice but to live with her abusive father. However, when Layla, Ruby’s best friend, tries to save her from him, she discovers some dark secrets about her own dad. A powerful novel that explores themes such as, domestic abuse and family violence.
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Queenie Jenkins is a Jamaican Brit from London. She has just broken up from her long-term white boyfriend and has been struggling with anxiety and self-doubt. Now she finally decides to find her purpose in life. Candice Carty-Williams’ debut novel is an honest portal of a modern-day Jamaican Brit.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
A poignant novel that follows Nina, who works at the bookstore and is the only child of a successful travelling photographer. She often spends her evenings with books and trivia quiz competitions. When a lawyer informs Nina that her father has died, and her name is mentioned in his will, she is flabbergasted. She never knew about her father was alive in the first place. An extremely funny and emotive novel to read.
Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan
The bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things comes with a new novel that follows Tilly’s childhood and adult life. The young Tilly loved her dad but the relationship she had with her mother is complicated. When her father died Tilly and her mother moved to Queenie’s hotel in Brighton, that was the happiest time of her life. Now the grown-up Tilly is in search of answers to her childhood mysteries, including her father’s death.
Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce
Dear Mrs bird is a charming story with humorous incidents and characters told in the horrific background of World War II. Emmy Lake always dreamed of becoming a female war correspondent, so when she sees an advertisement for a job at London Evening Chronicle, she is thrilled to start working there. Soon she learns that her real job is to be a typist for an advice columnist, Henrietta Bird.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Liane Moriarty‘s third novel “What Alice Forgot,” tells the story of a 39-year-old mother who loses her memories of the last ten years of her life. The last thing she remembers is that she is 29 years old and deeply in love with her husband. But soon she has to face the reality that she is a mother of three children and about to get divorced. An utterly engaging novel with several humorous elements.
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
The bestselling author Fredrik Backman’s third novel follows the minor character from his bestselling novel, “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry”, Britt-Marie. At a glance, Britt-Marrie is impolite and socially awkward. As the story progresses, bit by bit her true personality is revealed. From her troubled childhood to her broken marriage, she has gone through a lot. A captivating story of a woman’s life.
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
Ever since her husband left her three years ago, Amy is working hard to provide for her children. As a single mom, it’s been a struggle to get things to work. But Amy has done her best. But all of a sudden when her husband shows up and requests time with kids, Amy is travels to New York City for “momspringa”. An engaging novel with the themes of parenting, marriage, dating, and everything in between.
Circe by Madeline Miller
Spellbinding fantasy fiction for the lovers of Greek mythology. Circe is the daughter of Helios. Although born to a divine family she lacks power and is constantly being overlooked by others. When her family banishes her to a new world she finds her hidden abilities. A spectacular novel that includes Greek heroes and gods.
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