{{Gone Girl}}


Naturally! Rare case of preferring the movie (I mean, come on, Rosamund), though I did enjoy the book a lot.


[**Gone Girl**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19288043-gone-girl) ^(By: Gillian Flynn | 415 pages | Published: 2012 | Popular Shelves: fiction, mystery, thriller, book-club, books-i-own) >Who are you? >What have we done to each other? > >These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. > >So what did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? ^(This book has been suggested 56 times) *** ^(121219 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Any Gillian Flynn book works for this prompt (Dark Places, Sharp Objects, etc). Gillian loves writing problematic women.


How do you feel about horror? A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G Summers is amazing.


From the synopsis, it sounds right up my alley. Thanks!


Seconded. This one is great.


animal by lisa taddeo, the piano teacher by elfriede jelinek, true love by sarah gerard, acts of desperation by megan nolan


Misery. That book (and movie) gave me the shivers.


Omg yes, the part when she >!eats a live rat!< lives in me.


{{my brilliant friend}} or any other Elena ferrante {{the summer book by tove jansson}} {{unbound: a woman’s guide to power}} {{speedboat by renata adler}} {{I love dick by Chris Kraus}} {{women who run with the wolves}} These all feature women not having the sweet personality they’re “supposed” to have. All literary fiction except Unbound, which is a guide for how to shed good girl shackles and Women who run with the wolves, which is about how to become wild


[**My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels, #1)**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35036409-my-brilliant-friend) ^(By: Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein | 331 pages | Published: 2011 | Popular Shelves: fiction, historical-fiction, book-club, italy, owned) >A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense and generous hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighbourhood, a city and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her two protagonists. ^(This book has been suggested 29 times) [**The Summer Book**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/79550.The_Summer_Book) ^(By: Tove Jansson, Esther Freud, Thomas Teal | 172 pages | Published: 1972 | Popular Shelves: fiction, short-stories, classics, finland, translated) >An elderly artist and her six-year-old granddaughter while away a summer together on a tiny island in the gulf of Finland. Gradually, the two learn to adjust to each other's fears, whims and yearnings for independence, and a fierce yet understated love emerges - one that encompasses not only the summer inhabitants but the island itself, with its mossy rocks, windswept firs and unpredictable seas. > >Full of brusque humour and wisdom, The Summer Book is a profoundly life-affirming story. Tove Jansson captured much of her own experience and spirit in the book, which was her favourite of the novels she wrote for adults. This new edition sees the return of a European literary gem - fresh, authentic and deeply humane. ^(This book has been suggested 15 times) [**Unbound: A Woman’s Guide To Power**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51205436-unbound) ^(By: Kasia Urbaniak | ? pages | Published: ? | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, feminism, nonfiction, self-help, personal-development) >Electrifying lessons in power, influence and persuasion to equalise women in an unequal world, from former dominatrix and nun turned sought-after coach > >Kasia Urbaniak spent 17 years studying to become a Taoist nun. To foot the bill for her studies, she worked as a high-paid (and extremely successful) dominatrix in dungeons around New York City. What she learned in these two wildly different settings has turned into her life’s work. > >UNBOUND brings Urbaniak’s unique teachings for women on speaking power, persuading others and navigating conflict to a mainstream audience for the first time. Part polemic, part practical, it opens women’s eyes to why they frequently find it so difficult – personally, professionally and socially – to raise their voices, why they freeze in challenging circumstances and what they can do to change this. Too often women find themselves in the role of ‘sub’ when they need to be more ‘dom’ – in short they are paralysed by their Good Girl Syndrome and a deep-seated need to please everyone and anyone except themselves. > >UNBOUND shows women how to cut through layers of self-censoring and self-doubt to direct and command attention so they can express – and get – what they really think, feel, need and want. ^(This book has been suggested 1 time) [**Speedboat**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/129344.Speedboat) ^(By: Renata Adler | ? pages | Published: 1976 | Popular Shelves: fiction, nyrb, classics, novels, short-stories) > > One of the most acclaimed novels of the late 20th century is back. >When members of the National Book Critics Circle were polled to see which book they would most like to see republished, they chose Speedboat—“by far.” This story of a young female newspaper reporter coming of age in New York City was originally published serially in the New Yorker; it is made out of seemingly unrelated vignettes—tart observations distilled through relentless intellect—which add up to an analysis of our brittle, urban existence. It remains as fresh as when it was first published. ^(This book has been suggested 1 time) [**I Love Dick**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/243991.I_Love_Dick) ^(By: Chris Kraus, Eileen Myles, Joan Hawkins | 277 pages | Published: 1997 | Popular Shelves: fiction, feminism, owned, memoir, novels) >When Chris Kraus, an unsuccessful artist pushing 40, spends an evening with a rogue academic named Dick, she falls madly and inexplicably in love, enlisting her husband in her haunted pursuit. Dick proposes a kind of game between them, but when he fails to answer their letters Chris continues alone, transforming an adolescent infatuation into a new form of philosophy. > >Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus's novel was a literary sensation when it was first published in 1997. Widely considered to be the most important feminist novel of the past two decades, I Love Dick is still essential reading; as relevant, fierce and funny as ever. ^(This book has been suggested 2 times) [**Woman Who Runs with Wolves: Poetry of the Macabre and Other Poems**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56684225-woman-who-runs-with-wolves) ^(By: Dorsey Griffin | ? pages | Published: ? | Popular Shelves: unfinished, self-help) ^(This book has been suggested 1 time) *** ^(121253 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Thanks a bunch for these recommendations! I'd been wanting to read Tove's work outside of Moomins, and this looks like a great place to start.


​ Dark Dance, Personal Darkness, Darkness I - Tanith Lee. The Nevernight Chronicles: Nevernight, Godsgrave, Darkdawn - Jay Kristoff. The Book of The Ancestor trilogy - Red Sister, Grey Sister, Holy Sister - Mark Lawrence. Wayward Girls and Wicked Women - Angela Carter ed. The Robber Bride - Margaret Atwood. Medea - Miranda Seymour. Almond for a Parrot - Wray Delaney. Fanny - Erica Jong. Tampa - Alissa Nutting. The Witching Hour - Anne Rice.


I put it down for some reason, but I remember liking what I read of The Witching Hour. The Ancestor trilogy has also been on my radar. Thanks for these recs!


I should give you a trigger warning about Tampa . It's a brilliantly written work of black humour about a female pedophile. If you can suspend your quease-factor a la Lolita it's a gripping novel. Not for everyone...but the female protagonist is certainly an unrepentantly nasty piece of work.




Ottessa Moshfegh. *Eileen* or *My Year of Rest and Relaxation*


A lot of Ottessa mentions! _My Year_ has been on the backburner for years and I bet I'll kick myself for not picking it up sooner. Thanks!


{{Bad blood}}


[**Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37976541-bad-blood) ^(By: John Carreyrou | 339 pages | Published: 2018 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, nonfiction, business, true-crime, audiobook) >The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end in the face of pressure and threats from the CEO and her lawyers. > >In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work. > >For years, Holmes had been misleading investors, FDA officials, and her own employees. When Carreyrou, working at The Wall Street Journal, got a tip from a former Theranos employee and started asking questions, both Carreyrou and the Journal were threatened with lawsuits. Undaunted, the newspaper ran the first of dozens of Theranos articles in late 2015. By early 2017, the company's value was zero and Holmes faced potential legal action from the government and her investors. Here is the riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a disturbing cautionary tale set amid the bold promises and gold-rush frenzy of Silicon Valley. ^(This book has been suggested 40 times) *** ^(121360 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


a real life bad woman


Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. Becky Sharp is the og bad woman of fiction.


Came to recommend Vanity Fair, along with ~~another~~ an 18th century novel, {{Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe}}. Edit- I initially said “another” because I mistakenly thought Vanity Fair was written in the 18th century, but it was actually written in 1848.


Another good 18th century read is {Les Liaisons dangereuses}! The Marquise de Merteuil is a bad bitch who is manipulative and vengeful. Merteuil and Valmonte are the types of characters that you love to hate and you hope they get what they deserve. All of the relationships in the book are their own unique trainwrecks.


[**Les Liaisons dangereuses**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49540.Les_Liaisons_dangereuses) ^(By: Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Ernest Dowson, Douglas Parmée, Radojka Vrančič | 448 pages | Published: 1782 | Popular Shelves: classics, fiction, french, classic, france) ^(This book has been suggested 9 times) *** ^(121323 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


There are multiple film adaptations for all three including- * Vanity Fair (2004), with Reese Witherspoon as Becky Sharp * Moll Flanders (1996), with Robin Wright in the title role * Dangerous Liaisons (1988), with Glenn Close as Marquise de Merteuil * Valmont (1989), another adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses, with Annette Benning as Merteuil * Cruel Intentions (1999), which resets Les Liaisons dangereuses in a contemporary Manhattan prep school, with Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kathryn Merteuil. By coincidence of Reese Witherspoon, who played Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair, has a role in this one as well, but as one of the innocent victims, Annette Hargrove, based on Madame Tourvel, a character from the novel who was played by Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1988 period piece and by Meg Tilly in Valmont.


[**Moll Flanders**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38262.Moll_Flanders) ^(By: Daniel Defoe, Nadia May | 339 pages | Published: 1722 | Popular Shelves: classics, fiction, classic, owned, 1001-books) >Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781853260735. > >The Fortunes & Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders (aka Moll Flanders) is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published in 1722. It purports to be the true account of the life of the eponymous Moll, detailing her exploits from birth until old age. > >By 1721, Defoe had become a recognised novelist, with the success of Robinson Crusoe in 1719. His political work was tapering off at this point, due to the fall of both Whig and Tory party leaders with whom he had been associated (Robert Walpole was beginning his rise). Defoe was never fully at home with the Walpole group. Defoe's Whig views are nevertheless evident in the story of Moll. The novel's full title gives some insight into this and the outline of the plot: "The Fortunes & Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, &c. Who was Born in Newgate, & during a Life of continu'd Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest, & died a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums." ^(This book has been suggested 2 times) *** ^(121221 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


With a name like that, I'd hope so. Thanks!


{{the life and loved of a she-devil}}


[**The life and loves of a she-devil**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59604098-the-life-and-loves-of-a-she-devil) ^(By: Graham Norton | ? pages | Published: ? | Popular Shelves: owned, hard-copy, biography) >Autobiography of authors life with the dogs & men he has had in his home over the years ^(This book has been suggested 5 times) *** ^(121202 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


I think GR pulled up the wrong She-Devil.


Sure did! Fay Weldon is the author.


I was going to recommend this one also 🙂


I sought it out after I saw the movie (solid B comedy) and it was….different. Interesting.


That it was!


Loved this book!


{{jawbone by mónica ojeda}}


[**Jawbone**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44074748-jawbone) ^(By: Mónica Ojeda, Sarah Booker | 272 pages | Published: 2018 | Popular Shelves: horror, fiction, 2022-releases, thriller, translated) >Fernanda and Annelise are so close they are practically sisters: a double image, inseparable. So how does Fernanda end up bound on the floor of a deserted cabin, held hostage by one of her teachers and estranged from Annelise? > >When Fernanda, Annelise, and their friends from the Delta Bilingual Academy convene after school, Annelise leads them in thrilling but increasingly dangerous rituals to a rhinestoned, Dior-scented, drag-queen god of her own invention. Even more perilous is the secret Annelise and Fernanda share, rooted in a dare in which violence meets love. Meanwhile, their literature teacher Miss Clara, who is obsessed with imitating her dead mother, struggles to preserve her deteriorating sanity. Each day she edges nearer to a total break with reality. > >Interweaving pop culture references and horror concepts drawn from from Herman Melville, H.P. Lovecraft, and anonymous 'creepypastas', Jawbone is an ominous, multivocal novel that explores the terror inherent in the pure potentiality of adolescence and the fine line between desire and fear. ^(This book has been suggested 2 times) *** ^(121467 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


I love this thread because this is a favorite theme of mine too. I have a shelf on Goodreads called “girls behaving badly.” Lol. One of my favorites that’s on there is: The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley - it’s a modern retelling of Beowulf with the focus on the women instead of the men. They are more morally grey than bad. Bunny by Mona Awad- this one is weird, but definitely literary. Made me think- made me laugh a few times. A few I haven’t read but are on my list to check out: My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite He Started It by Samantha Downing Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder


Kindred spirits! I'd at least heard of most of these, but it's really inspired me to read Bunny in particular. So down for weird. Much appreciated!


Bunny is so good. You will not be disappointed!


I recently read Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir. The protagonist is an abrasive and unlikable woman, most of the characters are necromancers (traditionally considered "bad") who are also women, and to top it off the author, a woman, wrote the book badly, because the book is bad. Works on so many levels. Not ficlit, though, just ambiguous scifi/fantasy.


Lmao, I loved Gideon the Ninth.


wait, you think it's bad? I've only heard about it being great, why did you dislike it? (haven't read it yet)


Not OP, but. It's fundamentally silly in ways that it doesn't really seem to appreciate or recognize. The tongue-in-cheek tone can be irritating because of that--it seems to lack some self-awareness. The worldbuilding goes past mysterious and intriguing and becomes impenetrable and nonsensical. Like I've spent the entire series distracted by how she keeps talking about necromancy as science--it's a recurring theme, and it makes zero sense, and I can't get past it. They were advertised as gay books, and any gayness is limited at best; I was disappointed by that. I kept waiting for the gays, but it was reduced to passing mentions of how hot whatever woman is and relationships that could just as easily be described as "trauma-bonded friends". Still entertaining and on the whole, I enjoyed the books. But I can easily see why others might not.


I think of necromancy as science the same way that alchemy is often portrayed as science. Can’t think of a recent book I enjoyed more than Gideon the Ninth.


Thank you!


{{Dendera by Yuya Sato}}


[**Dendera**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21412050-dendera) ^(By: Yūya Satō, Nathan Collins, Edwin Hawkes | 360 pages | Published: 2009 | Popular Shelves: fantasy, horror, fiction, japan, translated) >"Dendera is riveting, hilarious, dark, gory, and absolutely brilliant...it's as if Elena Ferrante and Stephen King collided on a Japanese mountaintop." Jami Attenberg, New York Times best-selling author of The Middlesteins > > When Kayu Saitoh wakes up, she is in an unfamiliar place. Taken to a snowy mountainside, she was left there by her family and her village according to the tradition of sacrificing the lives of the elderly for the benefit of the young. Kayu was supposed to have passed quickly into the afterlife. Instead, she finds herself in Dendera, a utopian community built over decades by old women who, like her, were abandoned. Together, they must now face a new threat: a hungry mother bear. ^(This book has been suggested 6 times) *** ^(121201 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Tomie By Junji Ito


Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh


{{ the last house on needless street }} it’s a psychological thriller with lot of twists and turns


[**The Last House on Needless Street**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54621094-the-last-house-on-needless-street) ^(By: Catriona Ward | 335 pages | Published: 2021 | Popular Shelves: horror, thriller, mystery, fiction, dnf) >This is the story of a serial killer. A stolen child. Revenge. Death. And an ordinary house at the end of an ordinary street. > >All these things are true. And yet they are all lies... > >You think you know what's inside the last house on Needless Street. You think you've read this story before. That's where you're wrong. > >In the dark forest at the end of Needless Street, lies something buried. But it's not what you think... ^(This book has been suggested 57 times) *** ^(121359 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


I like twists and turns and women-led thrillers. Thanks!


Boy Parts by Eliza Clark


{{The Nightingale}} finished it tonight and it will absolutely wreck you. Also {{The Dictionary of Lost Words}} Edit: should add that the female protagonists are good people. They just go against the horrors in society and push back on the social norm in a time where that isn’t always accepted. Hence, they are “bad” or rebellious, rather than cruel


I appreciate this interpretation of "bad" and I've heard a lot about The Nightingale. Thanks!


[**The Nightingale**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21853621-the-nightingale) ^(By: Kristin Hannah | 440 pages | Published: 2015 | Popular Shelves: historical-fiction, fiction, book-club, historical, books-i-own) >In love we find out who we want to be. >In war we find out who we are. > >FRANCE, 1939 > >In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says good-bye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive. > >Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gaëtan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others. ^(This book has been suggested 43 times) [**The Dictionary of Lost Words**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49354511-the-dictionary-of-lost-words) ^(By: Pip Williams | 384 pages | Published: 2020 | Popular Shelves: historical-fiction, fiction, book-club, historical, books-about-books) >In 1901, the word ‘Bondmaid’ was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it. > >Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the ‘Scriptorium’, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme’s place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day a slip of paper containing the word ‘bondmaid’ flutters to the floor. Esme rescues the slip and stashes it in an old wooden case that belongs to her friend, Lizzie, a young servant in the big house. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. They help her make sense of the world. > >Over time, Esme realises that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women’s experiences often go unrecorded. While she dedicates her life to the Oxford English Dictionary, secretly, she begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words. > >Set when the women’s suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It’s a delightful, lyrical and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words, and the power of language to shape the world and our experience of it. ^(This book has been suggested 17 times) *** ^(121369 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


{{bad thoughts}} by Nada Alic. It is a short story collection so if you’re looking for a novel this probably won’t suit your needs. I just finished this one and thought it was excellent, books don’t usually make me audibly laugh but this one did several times. The general theme of the collection is depressed/anxious women letting their intrusive thoughts run wild. It also had a lot of great social satire on modern relationships, social media, and wellness culture.


[**Bad Thoughts**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59900683-bad-thoughts) ^(By: Nada Alic | 304 pages | Published: 2022 | Popular Shelves: short-stories, fiction, giveaways, contemporary, 2022-releases) >An exhilarating and delightfully deviant debut story collection that, with comedic precision and compulsive irreverence, explores the most surreal and inadmissible fantasies of contemporary women. > >Nada Alic's women--the perverts, nobodies, reality TV stars, poetic hopefuls, shameless party girls, and self-help addicts of Los Angeles and its environs--are all wrestling with a shared stark reality: the modern world. To cope, they live in their baddest thoughts: the lush, strange landscape of female make-believe. > >In "Earth to Lydia," a support group meets to enjoy earthly pleasures after achieving too much enlightenment, engaging in bizarre exercises that escalate to a point of violence and fear. The narrator of Ghost Baby--the spirit of a proto-child assigned to a couple whose chemistry is waning--writhes in disembodied frustration as its parents fail to conceive it. In "Daddy's Girl," the daughter of Eastern European immigrants tries to connect to her distant and difficult father through the invention of increasingly elaborate home maintenance repairs. And in "The Intruder," a lonely woman's break-in fantasy quickly builds to a full-blown obsession, until she finds an unwitting partner with whom to act it out. > >Though each of Alic's characters thrive and ache in different circumstances, they all grapple with the most painful equations of modern life: love, trust, power, loneliness, desire, violation, and vengeance. And she conjures them all with a voice that is instantly arresting, unexpectedly hilarious, and absolutely unforgettable. > >A VINTAGE ORIGINAL ^(This book has been suggested 1 time) *** ^(121414 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Nice! I'm definitely on board for a short story collection; they're way easier to pick up and put down than a full length novel, and this one sounds very interesting. Thanks!


That’s what I love about them! I always read them before bed time so that I don’t get lost in the story I’m reading and stay up way too late.


Anything by Otessa Mosfegh (sp?). The most repulsive women - I love them all.


{{My Year of Rest and Relaxation}}


[**My Year of Rest and Relaxation**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44279110-my-year-of-rest-and-relaxation) ^(By: Ottessa Moshfegh | 289 pages | Published: 2018 | Popular Shelves: fiction, contemporary, owned, literary-fiction, books-i-own) >From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman’s efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes. > >Our narrator should be happy, shouldn’t she? She’s young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn’t just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? > >My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be. Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, it is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers. ^(This book has been suggested 70 times) *** ^(121338 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


I have such high expectations for this book from all the times, not just here, I've seen it recommended. Don't let me down, Moshfegh 😔 Thanks!


Be prepared for something weird and you won’t be disappointed.


{{The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey}} {{Blood Sugar by Sasha Rothchild}} {{Chloe Cates is Missing by Mandy McHugh}} {{Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk}} {{Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots}} {{They Never Learn by Layne Fargo}}


[**The Echo Wife**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52379735-the-echo-wife) ^(By: Sarah Gailey | 256 pages | Published: 2021 | Popular Shelves: sci-fi, science-fiction, fiction, thriller, audiobook) >I’m embarrassed, still, by how long it took me to notice. Everything was right there in the open, right there in front of me, but it still took me so long to see the person I had married. > >It took me so long to hate him. > >Martine is a genetically cloned replica made from Evelyn Caldwell’s award-winning research. She’s patient and gentle and obedient. She’s everything Evelyn swore she’d never be. > >And she’s having an affair with Evelyn’s husband. > >Now, the cheating bastard is dead, and both Caldwell wives have a mess to clean up. > >Good thing Evelyn Caldwell is used to getting her hands dirty. ^(This book has been suggested 12 times) [**Blood Sugar**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58517116-blood-sugar) ^(By: Sascha Rothchild | 336 pages | Published: 2022 | Popular Shelves: thriller, mystery, mystery-thriller, fiction, 2022-releases) >“I could just kill you right now!” It’s something we’ve all thought at one time or another. But Ruby has actually acted on it. Three times, to be exact. > >Though she may be a murderer, Ruby is not a sociopath. She is an animal-loving therapist with a thriving practice. She’s felt empathy and sympathy. She’s had long-lasting friendships and relationships, and has a husband, Jason, whom she adores. But the homicide detectives at Miami Beach PD are not convinced of her happy marriage. When we meet Ruby, she is in a police interrogation room, being accused of Jason’s murder. Which, ironically, is one murder that she did not commit, though her vicious mother-in-law and a scandal-obsessed public believe differently. As she undergoes questioning, Ruby’s mind races back to all the details of her life that led her to this exact moment, and to the three dead bodies in her wake. Because though she may not have killed her husband, Ruby certainly isn’t innocent. > >Alternating between Ruby’s memories of her past crimes and her present-day fight to clear her name, Blood Sugar is a twisty, clever debut with an unforgettable protagonist who you can’t help but root for—an addicting mixture of sour and sweet. ^(This book has been suggested 5 times) [**Chloe Cates Is Missing**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56764851-chloe-cates-is-missing) ^(By: Mandy McHugh, Amanda McHugh | 312 pages | Published: 2022 | Popular Shelves: thriller, mystery, netgalley, mystery-thriller, read-in-2022) >The disappearance of a young internet celebrity ignites a firestorm of speculation on social media, and to find her a detective will have to extinguish the blaze. > >Chloe Cates is missing. The 13-year-old star of the hit YouTube series, “CC and Me,” has disappeared, and nobody knows where she’s gone — least of all ruthless momager Jennifer Scarborough, who has spent much of her daughter’s young life crafting a child celebrity persona that is finally beginning to pay off. And in Chloe’s absence, the faux-fairytale world that supported that persona begins to fracture, revealing secrets capable of reducing the highly-dysfunctional Scarborough family to rubble. > >Anxious to find her daughter and preserve the life she’s worked so hard to build, Jennifer turns to social media for help, but the hearsay, false claims, and salacious suspicions only multiply. As the search becomes as sensational as Chloe’s series, Missing Persons detective Emilina Stone steps in, only to realize she has a connection to this case herself. Will she be able to stay objective and cut through the rumors to find the truth before it’s too late? > >Told from multiple points of view including Jennifer, Emilina, and pages from Chloe’s lost diary, Chloe Cates Is Missing is a suspenseful novel of a child pushed to the brink, and of the troubled family that desperately needs her back. ^(This book has been suggested 2 times) [**Method 15/33**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23225958-method-15-33) ^(By: Shannon Kirk | 226 pages | Published: 2015 | Popular Shelves: thriller, mystery, fiction, kindle, crime) >Imagine a helpless, pregnant 16-year-old who's just been yanked from the serenity of her home and shoved into a dirty van. Kidnapped. Alone. Terrified. > >Now forget her ... > >Picture instead a pregnant, 16-year-old, manipulative prodigy. She is shoved into a dirty van and, from the first moment of her kidnapping, feels a calm desire for two things: to save her unborn son and to exact merciless revenge. > >She is methodical, calculating, scientific in her plotting. A clinical sociopath? Leaving nothing to chance, secure in her timing and practice, she waits for the perfect moment to strike. Method 15/33 is what happens when the victim is just as cold as the captors. > >The agents trying to find a kidnapped girl have their own frustrations and desires wrapped into this chilling drama. In the twists of intersecting stories, one is left to ponder. Who is the victim? Who is the aggressor? ^(This book has been suggested 10 times) [**Hench**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49867430-hench) ^(By: Natalie Zina Walschots | 403 pages | Published: 2020 | Popular Shelves: fantasy, fiction, science-fiction, sci-fi, superheroes) >Anna does boring things for terrible people because even criminals need office help and she needs a job. Working for a monster lurking beneath the surface of the world isn’t glamorous. But is it really worse than working for an oil conglomerate or an insurance company? In this economy? > > As a temp, she’s just a cog in the machine. But when she finally gets a promising assignment, everything goes very wrong, and an encounter with the so-called “hero” leaves her badly injured.  And, to her horror, compared to the other bodies strewn about, she’s the lucky one. > >So, of course, then she gets laid off. > >With no money and no mobility, with only her anger and internet research acumen, she discovers her suffering at the hands of a hero is far from unique. When people start listening to the story that her data tells, she realizes she might not be as powerless as she thinks. > >Because the key to everything is data: knowing how to collate it, how to manipulate it, and how to weaponize it. By tallying up the human cost these caped forces of nature wreak upon the world, she discovers that the line between good and evil is mostly marketing.  And with social media and viral videos, she can control that appearance. > >It’s not too long before she’s employed once more, this time by one of the worst villains on earth. As she becomes an increasingly valuable lieutenant, she might just save the world. > >A sharp, witty, modern debut, Hench explores the individual cost of justice through a fascinating mix of Millennial office politics, heroism measured through data science, body horror, and a profound misunderstanding of quantum mechanics.  ^(This book has been suggested 61 times) [**They Never Learn**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50892240-they-never-learn) ^(By: Layne Fargo | 378 pages | Published: 2020 | Popular Shelves: thriller, mystery-thriller, mystery, dark-academia, lgbtq) >Scarlett Clark is an exceptional English professor. But she’s even better at getting away with murder. > >Every year, she searches for the worst man at Gorman University and plots his well-deserved demise. Thanks to her meticulous planning, she’s avoided drawing attention to herself—but as she’s preparing for her biggest kill yet, the school starts probing into the growing body count on campus. Determined to keep her enemies close, Scarlett insinuates herself into the investigation and charms the woman in charge, Dr. Mina Pierce. Everything’s going according to her master plan… until she loses control with her latest victim, putting her secret life at risk of exposure. > >Meanwhile, Gorman student Carly Schiller is just trying to survive her freshman year. Finally free of her emotionally abusive father, all Carly wants is to focus on her studies and fade into the background. Her new roommate has other ideas. Allison Hadley is cool and confident—everything Carly wishes she could be—and the two girls quickly form an intense friendship. So when Allison is sexually assaulted at a party, Carly becomes obsessed with making the attacker pay... and turning her fantasies about revenge into a reality. ^(This book has been suggested 25 times) *** ^(121198 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Thanks for the recs! Echo Wife is on my TBR and I'm drawn to the cover whenever I see it


**Iron Widow** by Xiran Jay Zhao


{{My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante}} and the rest of the trilogy. The protagonist is a bit more sympathetic but her friend is fucked up and the protag doesn't get off clean either. {{The Copenhagen Trilogy by Tove Ditlevsen}} memoir of a rough life and extremely questionable choices culminating in a severe drug addiction. {{Circe by Madeline Miller}} is genre but v. Woman basically saying "ok how about fuck you then" to everybody


[**My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels, #1)**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35036409-my-brilliant-friend) ^(By: Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein | 331 pages | Published: 2011 | Popular Shelves: fiction, historical-fiction, book-club, italy, owned) >A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense and generous hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighbourhood, a city and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her two protagonists. ^(This book has been suggested 28 times) [**The Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood / Youth / Dependency**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53317528-the-copenhagen-trilogy) ^(By: Tove Ditlevsen, Tiina Nunnally, Michael Favala Goldman | 384 pages | Published: 1967 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, memoir, fiction, nonfiction, biography) >Called a masterpiece by The New York Times, the acclaimed trilogy from Tove Ditlevsen, a pioneer in the field of genre-bending confessional writing > >Tove Ditlevsen is today celebrated as one of the most important and unique voices in twentieth-century Danish literature, and The Copenhagen Trilogy (1969-71) is her acknowledged masterpiece. Childhood tells the story of a misfit child's single-minded determination to become a poet; Youth describes her early experiences of sex, work, and independence. Dependency picks up the story as the narrator embarks on the first of her four marriages and goes on to describe her horrible descent into drug addiction, enabled by her sinister, gaslighting doctor-husband. > >Throughout, the narrator grapples with the tension between her vocation as a writer and her competing roles as daughter, wife, mother, and drug addict, and she writes about female experience and identity in a way that feels very fresh and pertinent to today's discussions around feminism. Ditlevsen's trilogy is remarkable for its intensity and its immersive depiction of a world of complex female friendships, family and growing up--in this sense, it's Copenhagen's answer to Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels. She can also be seen as a spiritual forerunner of confessional writers like Karl Ove Knausgaard, Annie Ernaux, Rachel Cusk and Deborah Levy. Her trilogy is drawn from her own experiences but reads like the most compelling kind of fiction. > >Born in a working-class neighborhood in Copenhagen in 1917, Ditlevsen became famous for her poetry while still a teenager, and went on to write novels, stories and memoirs before committing suicide in 1976. Having been dismissed by the critical establishment in her lifetime as a working-class, female writer, she is now being rediscovered and championed as one of Denmark's most important modern authors, with Tove fever gripping readers. ^(This book has been suggested 2 times) *** ^(121244 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Oh, these sound great. The first also has the added bonus of (presumably complicated) female friendships. And suddenly I'm way more interested in Circe. Thanks!


Extremely complicated female friendship.


**One for Sorrow** A Ghost Story By: Mary Downing Hahn **Publisher's Summary** Against the ominous backdrop of the influenza epidemic of 1918, Elsie, the class tattletale, liar, and thief, claims the new girl at school, Annie, as her best friend. But Annie soon makes other friends as well and finds herself joining them in teasing and tormenting Elsie, who later succumbs to the epidemic and dies. Elsie is not absent from school long, though. She soon returns there as a ghost, ready to reclaim Annie's friendship and to punish all the girls who bullied her.




Im gonna have to disagree with Carrie here - Carrie was not an unlikeable character. Everyone else in that book was awful. She was just giving what was owed.


I refer of course not to Carrie, but to her mother and the classmates who tormented her


{{The Violence}}


[**The Violence**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57926112-the-violence) ^(By: Delilah S. Dawson | 512 pages | Published: 2022 | Popular Shelves: horror, thriller, fiction, 2022-releases, mystery) > > A mysterious plague that causes random bouts of violence is sweeping the nation. Now three generations of women must navigate their chilling new reality in this moving exploration of identity, cycles of abuse, and hope. > > >Chelsea Martin appears to be the perfect housewife: married to her high school sweetheart, the mother of two daughters, keeper of an immaculate home. > >But Chelsea's husband has turned their house into a prison; he has been abusing her for years, cutting off her independence, autonomy, and support. She has nowhere to turn, not even to her narcissistic mother, Patricia, who is more concerned with maintaining the appearance of an ideal family than she is with her daughter's actual well-being. And Chelsea is worried that her daughters will be trapped just as she is--then a mysterious illness sweeps the nation. > >Known as The Violence, this illness causes the infected to experience sudden, explosive bouts of animalistic rage and attack anyone in their path. But for Chelsea, the chaos and confusion the virus causes is an opportunity--and inspires a plan to liberate herself from her abuser. ^(This book has been suggested 6 times) *** ^(121303 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Madapple by Christina Meldrum


The scarlet letter




[**Cartwheel**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17857661-cartwheel) ^(By: Jennifer duBois | 368 pages | Published: 2013 | Popular Shelves: fiction, mystery, audiobook, crime, audiobooks) >Written with the riveting storytelling and moral seriousness of authors like Emma Donoghue, Adam Johnson, Ann Patchett, and Curtis Sittenfeld, Cartwheel is a suspenseful and haunting novel of an American foreign exchange student arrested for murder, and a father trying to hold his family together. > > When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters: the colorful buildings, the street food, the handsome, elusive man next door. Her studious roommate Katy is a bit of a bore, but Lily didn’t come to Argentina to hang out with other Americans. >   > Five weeks later, Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect. But who is Lily Hayes? It depends on who’s asking. As the case takes shape—revealing deceptions, secrets, and suspicious DNA—Lily appears alternately sinister and guileless through the eyes of those around her: the media, her family, the man who loves her and the man who seeks her conviction. With mordant wit and keen emotional insight, Cartwheel offers a prismatic investigation of the ways we decide what to see—and to believe—in one another and ourselves. >   > Jennifer duBois’s debut novel, A Partial History of Lost Causes, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction and was honored by the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 program. In Cartwheel, duBois delivers a novel of propulsive psychological suspense and rare moral nuance. Who is Lily Hayes? What happened to her roommate? No two readers will agree. Cartwheel will keep you guessing until the final page, and its questions about how much we really know about ourselves will linger well beyond. ^(This book has been suggested 2 times) *** ^(121358 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


{{My Year of Rest and Relaxation}} by Ottessa Moshfegh


[**My Year of Rest and Relaxation**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44279110-my-year-of-rest-and-relaxation) ^(By: Ottessa Moshfegh | 289 pages | Published: 2018 | Popular Shelves: fiction, contemporary, owned, literary-fiction, books-i-own) >From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman’s efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes. > >Our narrator should be happy, shouldn’t she? She’s young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn’t just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? > >My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be. Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, it is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers. ^(This book has been suggested 71 times) *** ^(121374 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


East of Eden




[**My Antonia**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/337612.My_Antonia) ^(By: David Kubicek, CliffsNotes, Willa Cather | 112 pages | Published: 2000 | Popular Shelves: audio_owned, owned, used-to-own, books-i-have, oen) >This concise supplement to Willa Cather's My Antonia helps students understand the overall structure of the novel, actions and motivations of the characters, as well as the social and cultural perspectives of the author. ^(This book has been suggested 6 times) *** ^(121413 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


{{My Antonia by Willa Cather}}


[**My Ántonia (Great Plains Trilogy, #3)**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17150.My_ntonia) ^(By: Willa Cather | 232 pages | Published: 1918 | Popular Shelves: classics, fiction, historical-fiction, classic, book-club) >Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia. ^(This book has been suggested 4 times) *** ^(121417 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


{{The Pisces}}


[**The Pisces**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32871394-the-pisces) ^(By: Melissa Broder | 270 pages | Published: 2018 | Popular Shelves: fiction, fantasy, romance, contemporary, magical-realism) >An original, imaginative, and hilarious debut novel about love, anxiety, and sea creatures, from the author of So Sad Today. > >Lucy has been writing her dissertation about Sappho for thirteen years when she and Jamie break up. After she hits rock bottom in Phoenix, her Los Angeles-based sister insists Lucy housesit for the summer—her only tasks caring for a beloved diabetic dog and trying to learn to care for herself. Annika’s home is a gorgeous glass cube atop Venice Beach, but Lucy can find no peace from her misery and anxiety—not in her love addiction group therapy meetings, not in frequent Tinder meetups, not in Dominic the foxhound’s easy affection, not in ruminating on the ancient Greeks. Yet everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer one night while sitting alone on the beach rocks. > >Whip-smart, neurotically funny, sexy, and above all, fearless, The Pisces is built on a premise both sirenic and incredibly real—what happens when you think love will save you but are afraid it might also kill you. ^(This book has been suggested 18 times) *** ^(121445 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


{{my sister the serial killer}}


[**My Sister, the Serial Killer**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38819868-my-sister-the-serial-killer) ^(By: Oyinkan Braithwaite | 226 pages | Published: 2018 | Popular Shelves: fiction, thriller, mystery, audiobook, contemporary) >When Korede's dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what's expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This'll be the third boyfriend Ayoola's dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede's long been in love with him, and isn't prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other... > >My Sister, the Serial Killer is a blackly comic novel about how blood is thicker - and more difficult to get out of the carpet - than water... ^(This book has been suggested 32 times) *** ^(121447 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


*The Plum in the Golden Vase* (Chinese classic!)


My Year of Rest and Relaxation. I love the character


Strong Independent Female by Rabbie McNab


Easy. Who Endures (series) the main character is a woman who is hell bent on becoming an empress, happily crushing everyone on her path.


East of Eden


The Good Samaritan by John Marrs Bina: A Novel in Warnings by Anakana Schofield The Song is You by Megan Abbott


My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithewaite and Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh come to mind.


East of Eden? Cathy fits the bill.


The girl with all the gifts by M.R. Carey


{{Eleanor Oliphant is Perfectly fine}}


We All Live In The Castle is a pretty solid story


Omg you absolutely *have* to read {{Nightbitch}}


[**Nightbitch**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55835474-nightbitch) ^(By: Rachel Yoder | 256 pages | Published: 2021 | Popular Shelves: fiction, horror, magical-realism, dnf, contemporary) >One day, the mother was a mother but then, one night, she was quite suddenly something else... > >At home full-time with her two-year-old son, an artist finds she is struggling. She is lonely and exhausted. She had imagined - what was it she had imagined? Her husband, always travelling for his work, calls her from faraway hotel rooms. One more toddler bedtime, and she fears she might lose her mind. > >Instead, quite suddenly, she starts gaining things, surprising things that happen one night when her child will not sleep. Sharper canines. Strange new patches of hair. New appetites, new instincts. And from deep within herself, a new voice... > >With its clear eyes on contemporary womanhood and sharp take on structures of power, Nightbitch is an outrageously original, joyfully subversive read that will make you want to howl in laughter and recognition. Addictive enough to be devoured in one sitting, this is an unforgettable novel from a blazing new talent. ^(This book has been suggested 30 times) *** ^(121632 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Essun in {{The Broken Earth Triology}}


[**The Broken Earth Trilogy (The Broken Earth #1-3)**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38496769-the-broken-earth-trilogy) ^(By: N.K. Jemisin | 1424 pages | Published: 2018 | Popular Shelves: fantasy, fiction, science-fiction, sci-fi, owned) >This boxed set edition includes all three books in N. K. Jemisin's Broken Earth Trilogy. > >This complete collection includes The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, and The Stone Sky. > >This is the way the world ends for the last time... >A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. > >This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy. ^(This book has been suggested 25 times) *** ^(121641 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


{{Problems}} by Jade Sharma


[**Not My Problem**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55100346-not-my-problem) ^(By: Ciara Smyth | 368 pages | Published: 2021 | Popular Shelves: lgbtq, sapphic, contemporary, romance, young-adult) >Aideen has plenty of problems she can’t fix. Her best (and only) friend is pulling away. Her mother’s drinking problem is a constant concern. She’s even running out of outlandish diseases to fake so she can skip PE. > >But when Aideen stumbles on her nemesis, overachiever Meabh Kowalski, in the midst of a full-blown meltdown, she sees a problem that—unlike her own disaster of a life—seems refreshingly easy to solve. Meabh is desperate to escape her crushing pile of extracurriculars. Aideen volunteers to help. By pushing Meabh down the stairs. > >Problem? Solved. Meabh’s sprained ankle is the perfect excuse to ditch her overwhelming schedule. But when another student learns about their little scheme and brings Aideen another “client” who needs her “help,” it kicks off a semester of traded favors, ill-advised hijinks, and an unexpected chance at love. Fixing other people’s problems won’t fix her own, but it might be the push she needs to start. ^(This book has been suggested 4 times) *** ^(121656 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Problems by Jade Sharma


{{Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller}} {{My Lovely Wife}} {{Sweet Pea by C.J. Skuse}} {{The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda}}


[**Notes on a Scandal: A Screenplay**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/123046.Notes_on_a_Scandal) ^(By: Patrick Marber | ? pages | Published: ? | Popular Shelves: fiction, owned, english, contemporary-fiction, owned-books) >This unsettling black comedy about private passion and public shame is based on Zoe Heller's acclaimed novel, adapted for the screen by celebrated dramatist Patrick Marber (Closer). > > When art teacher Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett) arrives at a London comprehensive she catches the keen eye of her older colleague Barbara Covett (Judi Dench). Barbara is not the only one drawn to Sheba, who then begins an illicit affair. Barbara is the keeper of Sheba's secret, but can she be trusted? ^(This book has been suggested 3 times) [**My Lovely Wife**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39796904-my-lovely-wife) ^(By: Samantha Downing | 390 pages | Published: 2019 | Popular Shelves: thriller, mystery, mystery-thriller, fiction, audiobooks) >A couple's fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting... > >Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored. > >We look like a normal couple. We're your neighbors, the parents of your kid's friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with. > >We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive. > >Ours just happens to be getting away with murder. > >Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780451491725 ^(This book has been suggested 10 times) [**The Favorite Daughter**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39973248-the-favorite-daughter) ^(By: Kaira Rouda | 368 pages | Published: 2019 | Popular Shelves: thriller, mystery, fiction, netgalley, psychological-thriller) >From the author of the page-turning domestic suspense Best Day Ever, comes another gripping novel of psychological suspense set in an upscale Southern California community, for fans of B.A. Paris and Shari Lapena. > >The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect lie. > >Jane Harris lives in a sparkling home in an oceanfront gated community in Orange County. It’s a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by sadness. But exactly one year ago, Jane’s oldest daughter, Mary, died in a tragic accident and Jane has been grief-stricken ever since. Lost in a haze of anti-depressants, she’s barely even left the house. Now that’s all about to change. > >It’s time for Jane to reclaim her life and her family. Jane’s husband, David, has planned a memorial service for Mary and three days later, their youngest daughter, Betsy, graduates high school. Yet as Jane reemerges into the world, it’s clear her family has changed without her. Her husband has been working long days—and nights—at the office. Her daughter seems distant, even secretive. And her beloved Mary was always such a good girl—dutiful and loving. But does someone know more about Mary, and about her last day, than they’ve revealed? > >The bonds between mothers and daughters, and husbands and wives should never be broken. But you never know how far someone will go to keep a family together… ^(This book has been suggested 1 time) *** ^(121718 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Bright Air Black by David Vann! It's a retelling of the myth of Medea. Amazing book.


Sweetpea by C.J Skuse Main character is a serial killer.... Probably doesn't get much badder than that?!


The Girls With No Names. Girls committed to the "House of Mercy" for various transgressions.


{{Foxfire}} by Joyce Carol Oates


[**Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/156222.Foxfire) ^(By: Joyce Carol Oates | 313 pages | Published: 1993 | Popular Shelves: fiction, feminism, historical-fiction, books-i-own, young-adult) >The time is the 1950s. The place is a blue-collar town in upstate New York, where five high school girls are joined in a gang dedicated to pride, power, and vengeance on a world they never made - a world that seems made to denigrate and destroy them. > >Foxfire is Joyce Carol Oates' strongest and most unsparing novel yet...an often engrossing, often shocking evocation of female rage, gallantry, and grit. Here, then, are the Foxfire chronicles - the secret history of a sisterhood of blood, a haven from a world of lechers and oppressors, marked by a liberating fury that burns too hot to last. > >It is the story of Maddy Monkey, who writes it...of Goldie, whose womanly body masks a fierce, explosive temper...of Lana, with her Marilyn Monroe hair and packs of Chesterfields...of timid Rita, whose humiliation leads to the first act of Foxfire revenge. Above all, it is the story of Legs Sadovsky, with her lean, on-the-edge, icy beauty, whose nerve, muscle, hate, and hurt make her the spark of Foxfire, its guiding spirit, its burning core. At once brutal and lyrical, this is a careening joyride of a novel - charged with outlaw energy and lit by intense emotion. > >The story moves over the years from the first eruption of adolescent anger at sexual abuse to a shared life financed by luring predatory men into traps baited with sex. But then the gang's very success leads to disaster - as Foxfire makes a last tragic stand against a society intent on swallowing it up. Yet amid scenes of violence, sexual abuse, exploitation, and vengeance lies this novel's greatest power: the exquisite, astonishing rendering of the bonds that link the girls of Foxfire together - especially that between Maddy, the teller ofthe tale, and Legs, whose quintessential strength and bedrock bravery make her one of the most vivid and vital heroines in modern fiction. ^(This book has been suggested 3 times) *** ^(121742 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


{{The Woman Upstairs}} by Claire Messud


[**The Woman Upstairs**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15701217-the-woman-upstairs) ^(By: Claire Messud | 253 pages | Published: 2013 | Popular Shelves: fiction, book-club, literary-fiction, contemporary, contemporary-fiction) >From the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor's Children, a brilliant new novel: the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed, and betrayed by passion and desire for a world beyond her own. > >Nora Eldridge, a thirty-seven-year-old elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who long ago abandoned her ambition to be a successful artist, has become the "woman upstairs," a reliable friend and tidy neighbor always on the fringe of others' achievements. > >Then into her classroom walks Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale. He and his parents--dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar and professor at the École Normale Supérleure; and Sirena, an effortlessly glamorous Italian artist--have come to Boston for Skandar to take up a fellowship at Harvard. When Reza is attacked by schoolyard bullies who call him a "terrorist," Nora is drawn into the complex world of the Shahid family: she finds herself falling in love with them, separately and together. Nora's happiness explodes her boundaries, until Sirena's careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal. > >Told with urgency, intimacy, and piercing emotion, this story of obsession and artistic fulfillment explores the thrill--and the devastating cost--of giving in to one's passions. ^(This book has been suggested 3 times) *** ^(121755 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Well, it's a really popular one so there's a chance that you have already read it, but Stephen King's Carrie




{{Requiem for Immortals}} {{The blood we spill}}


[**Requiem for Immortals**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30069169-requiem-for-immortals) ^(By: Lee Winter | ? pages | Published: 2016 | Popular Shelves: romance, lgbt, lesbian, wlw, thriller) >Professional cellist Natalya Tsvetnenko moves seamlessly among the elite where she fills the souls of symphony patrons with beauty even as she takes the lives of the corrupt of Australia’s ruthless underworld. The cold, exacting assassin is hired to kill a woman who seems so innocent that Natalya can’t understand why anyone would want her dead. As she gets to know her target, she can’t work out why she even cares. > >Winner of the Golden Crown Literary Award (2017) for Mystery/Thriller and Lambda finalist. > >Length: 80,000 words >Themes: assassin · Australia · awakening · cellist · crime · homicide · lesbian · lesbian thriller · Melbourne · murder · music · police ^(This book has been suggested 1 time) [**The Blood We Spill**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60287663-the-blood-we-spill) ^(By: Jo Havens | 646 pages | Published: ? | Popular Shelves: lgbt, romance, fantasy, kindle-unlimited, lgbtq) >ASIN moved from less recent edition > >What would make the most ruthless ice-queen assassin in the Kingdom hesitate? > >Bound to the Kingdom for life, Cie serves a cruel King, her knives pledged to his word, her life at his mercy. She is also one of the Kingdom’s most privileged slaves – one of the Praetoria: five of the best, sworn to protect the Prince and, one day, to rule at his side. It’s not a bad life – luxurious parties in any of the eighteen worlds, beautiful women falling over themselves to land in her bed, her orders to be obeyed by over forty-eight billion citizens. > >But when a routine job goes spectacularly wrong, Cie discovers there is a witness to her failure – a witness to a political assassination the King would never want revealed. It’s Cie’s intense misfortune that the witness is a beauty – a woman with sweet, warm skin that Cie longs to sink into, with deep, brown eyes that hold promises that Cie has only ever dreamt of, a woman whose embrace offers a gentleness and a kindness Cie craves above all else. > >Jemma thought she’d been in love before, but when she falls for the King’s assassin, she falls hard. Cie burns her up – the assassin plays fast and loves harder, and Jemma’s head is whirling even as her body is thrilled. Jemma watches as a growing terrorist threat pushes the King to madness and Cie’s orders become more and more violent. The woman she thinks she loves is steeped in red. Is it even possible for a girl from the suburbs to love a person so drenched in blood? ^(This book has been suggested 6 times) *** ^(121986 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)


Am I seriously the only one that suggested requiem for immortals using the bot? Huh, I am rather surprised


The Bible


{{The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie}}


[**The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1)**](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/944073.The_Blade_Itself) ^(By: Joe Abercrombie | 515 pages | Published: 2006 | Popular Shelves: fantasy, fiction, owned, epic-fantasy, series) >Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian – leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies. > >Nobleman Captain Jezal dan Luthar, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules. > >Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government, if he can stay alive long enough to follow it. > >Enter the wizard, Bayaz. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Logen, Jezal, and Glokta a whole lot more difficult. > >Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood. > > ^(This book has been suggested 55 times) *** ^(121222 books suggested | )[^(I don't feel so good.. )](https://debugger.medium.com/goodreads-is-retiring-its-current-api-and-book-loving-developers-arent-happy-11ed764dd95)^(| )[^(Source)](https://github.com/rodohanna/reddit-goodreads-bot)