Can You Name These Women-Authored Books from a Single Sentence Summary?


By: Amanda Monell

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If you are a bibliophile, you usually can tell whether an author is a male or female without looking at the front cover. What's the difference? When it comes to males versus female authors, it is all about perspective.

Just like methods of communication, most male authors will often go into depth describing various activities and physical details. If you take a writer like Stephen King, one of the most prolific writers of horror, you'll rarely see how characters feel about a situation; however, you'll get detailed descriptions about physical settings. Another author, Jim Dresden, will often fade to black before exploring romantic situations, leaving things to the reader's imagination. And yes, most of us are grateful for doing this. Of course, this will rely on the genre, so romance novels aren't relevant.

Most female authors, on the other hand, tend to go into detail about the feelings and motivations behind how each action will drive the character forward. Anne Rice, another horror writer, will often show how each character feels by creating relationships, mostly with romantic overtones. Yes, she does go into detail about the setting; however, instead of pages, there are only a few paragraphs.

Either way, both genders give us an entertaining reading experience. Let's see if you can match the book and author to the summary description.

Newly relocated girl in town falls in love with a glittery vampire.

If you're a fan of the "Twilight" series, you'll recognize the two different fan groups. During the film release of the "Twilight" films, fans were divided into two different groups: #TeamJacob and #TeamEdward.


A rabbit outwits a farmer for his crop of carrots.

Beatrix Potter was best known for her work on "The Tale of Peter Rabbit;" however, she had also was a shrewd businesswoman. After designing and producing the first Peter Rabbit plushie in 1903, Beatrix obtained a patent, making him the oldest licensed literary character.


An eclectic detective solves a murder on a train.

In 2017, Kenneth Branagh brought "Murder on the Orient Express" to the big screen. In addition to Branagh starring in the lead, the star-studded cast included Johnny Depp as a fugitive on the run Michelle Pfeiffer as a boisterous American and Judi Dench as a princess.


Four sisters experience joy and heartbreak during the Civil War.

In 1994, "Little Women" hit the big screen for the second time. This primarily female cast stars Winona Ryder as fiercely independent Jo March Kirsten Dunst as prim and proper Amy March and Susan Sarandon as their mother Mrs. March.


A college student creates a murderous monster using the bodies of the dead.

While watching many of the Frankenstein movies, you may think that Frankenstein's monster is unintelligent. This is untrue; Frankenstein's monster learns how to speak from a family in the neighborhood, and he articulates his desire to have a mate for his creator, Victor.


After missing for a year, a scientist's daughter and a group of friends go on a time-hopping adventure to find him.

Because "A Wrinkle in Time" wasn't an easy book to market, it took between 25 and 40 different submissions before a publisher took a chance on it. Today, this 1963 Newberry awarding book has sold around 16 million copies in 30 languages.


Written as a series of letters, this novel documents the frustrations a boy has with his parents' divorce and a lunch thief.

Even though most of Beverly Cleary's books are lighthearted, "Dear Mr. Henshaw" can be heartbreaking. Divorce, something that wasn't addressed very often in children's literature, was handled delicately and because of this, "Dear Mr. Henshaw" won the John Newberry Medal in 1984.


A confident and independent woman returns to Florida after a long absence where townspeople gossip about what happened to her husband.

If you ever need inspiration to go back to school, look no further than Zora Neale Hurston's story. By the time she was 26, she had realized that she hadn't finished school. So what did she do? She returned to high school after telling authorities that she was 10 years younger.


A woman is conflicted about traveling to China and telling her mother's story to her long lost half-sisters.

Like many authors, Amy Tan dedicates much of her time promoting literacy programs and other charities, one of which was zoological field studies. Because of this, there is a leech named after her: the chtonobdella tanae.


A necromancer vampire hunting detective is blackmailed into solving the murders of several vampires living in her city.

"Guilty Pleasures," the first of 28 books featuring vampire hunter Anita Blake, created an interesting setting when it came to human/supernatural creature relations. Instead of hiding in shadows and being feared, many of the creatures are out in the open and mostly embraced by the public.


A psychic moves into a town filled with supernatural creatures to solve a murder mystery.

If you haven't heard of the "Midnight, Texas" series, you may be more familiar with one of her other groups of books. Called "The Southern Vampire Series," these books were the basis for the television show "True Blood."


After winning a turtle, a fourth-grade boy recounts stories of his mischievous brother, including the time where his brother ate his prized turtle.

"Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" was the first novel in the "Fudge" series of books. After writing four titles, Judy Blume wanted to retire Peter and his younger brother Fudge, but it was her grandson who loved Fudge so much that she wrote the final book in the series.


When a roommate catches the flu, a young inexperienced college student interviews a sexy prominent businessman and is exposed to his kinky world.

The "50 Shades" trilogy became one of the most successful published works in history; in 2015, it was estimated that 125 million copies had been sold. This number was calculated before the movies were released, so we can only guess that it increased.


A high school student finds out that she's a princess and needs to learn proper etiquette.

Most Disney fans probably got this answer right: in 2001 Disney studios released a full-length feature based on the book. It had a star-studded cast including Julie Andrews who played Queen Clairesse Rinaldi and Anne Hathaway who starred as Mia Thermopolis.


Recent college grad discovers that working for a fashion magazine's editor isn't what it's cracked up to be.

What do Lauren Weisberger and Dunder Mifflin Paper Company have in common? Both the author and the home office of the company on "The Office" shared a hometown in Scranton, Pennsylvania.


While visiting an alien planet, a human emissary comes across aliens who can change their gender at will and has to learn their customs.

"The Left Hand of Darkness" was one of Ursula K. Le Guin's most famous novels. Exploring gender roles psychology and social norms, "The Left Hand of Darkness" won several awards including the coveted Hugo Award for Best Novel.


Set in 1962, three women challenge a town's viewpoint of them.

In 2011, "The Help" was brought to the big screen. It had a star-filled cast including future Oscar winner Emma Stone as Skeeter Phalen and Octavia Spencer, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Minny Jackson.


In New York, a writer exposes her readers to her crazy fun friends.

After the insane success of both the "Sex and the City" movies and books, Candace Bushnell expanded the universe to include "The Carrie Diaries" and "Summer and the City," two young adult books that focus on Carrie Bradshaw's high school years.


Known for their bright red dresses, women are enslaved and forced to have sex with their owners.

If you're passionate about green living, you should definitely check out Margaret Atwood's books. Published by O.W. Toad Limited, the books are printed on 100% recycled and ancient tree-friendly paper.


This collection of interwoven stories is a sweet coming of age book laced with humor.

With a razor-sharp wit, Melissa Bank offers a fresh perspective on family relationships dating and workplace drama. It wasn't unnoticed: "The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing" was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award for Longlist in 1999.


An author explores her battle with severe depression.

Jenny Lawson started out as a blogger spending time describing her anxiety and depression with a bit of humor. "Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things" is her second book and it spent around five months on the New York Best Seller List.


While at a friend's bachelorette party, a woman gets framed for the groom's murder.

Many authors have book clubs or fan groups, but Ruth Ware's book club comes with a perk. In addition to a free short story for fans to read, there is also an opportunity to win a copy of one of her books.


Driven over the edge by his boss and corporate culture, an employee poisons the coffee supply turning his coworkers into zombies.

Instead of the typical method of zombie transformation involving an infection, Jennifer Fales chooses to poison her characters. Given that many offices are fueled by coffee-swilling employees, this could pose a terrorizing threat indeed.


Based on a true story, this book tells the story of three black women who helped NASA during the Space Race of the 1960s.

When "Hidden Figures" came out on the big screen in 2016, Octavia Spencer did something really cool. She bought out an entire movie theater and screened the film for low-income families to expose them to this amazing story.


In the Australian Outback, a woman struggles with her attraction to a local priest.

In 1983, "The Thornbirds" became a national sensation; a mini-series featuring Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown conquered ABC's prime time ratings. To date, it is the second most watched mini-series with only "Roots" ahead of it.


Embraced by a charismatic vampire, a plantation owner struggles to keep his humanity while siring a young girl.

When it comes to Anne Rice, there is a genre of book for everyone. Goths can check out "The Vampire Chronicles," devout Christians can read the "Christ the Lord" series, and the romantics can enjoy The Sleeping Beauty series.


After getting fired from a glamorous job, a woman turns to bounty hunting and pursues an ex-boyfriend who happens to be a corrupt cop.

Before becoming the writer that she is now, Janet Evanovich mailed her manuscripts out to publishers, getting rejected time and time again. It wasn't until she took a job as a temp that she got a call from a publisher wanting to print her work.


A group of teens is forced to fight to the death to live in a wealthy town and supply their hometowns with food for the year.

"The Hunger Games," the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy, introduces readers to Katniss Everdeen, an amazing archer and survivalist, as well as both of her crushes Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne.


After taking on a physically draining challenge, a teen struggles with her identity and how it is going to affect society.

The Divergent factions include the Candor (honesty) the Dauntless the Amity (peace) the Abnegation (selflessness) and Erudite (intelligence). Tris, the main character, fights to join the Dauntless.


In order to fall in love, two people, a friend of a wealthy suitor and an independent daughter of a country gentleman, need to get over their pride and discover who the other truly is.

Did you know that "Pride and Prejudice" was originally called "First Impressions"? After getting a rejection note from a publisher, Jane Austen worked the material she had until it was the book we know today for almost 15 years.


After surviving an attack by an evil wizard, a boy learns about his history and attends a school specializing in magic.

Do you know why J. K. Rowling only uses her initials as an author? When she presented "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" to her publishers, she anticipated that her audience was going to be young boys, so they insisted that she shorten her name.


A teenage girl struggles to choose between two very different vampire brothers.

For eight seasons, "The Vampire Diaries" aired on the CW. Starring Nina Dobrev Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder, their steamy love triangle kept viewers guessing. The success of this show made "The Originals," a spin-off from "The Vampire Diaries" possible.


The teenage victim of a gruesome murder tells her story while the family deals with their grief.

Alice Sebold scored big with "The Lovely Bones"; it won 12 literary awards including the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. Honoring writers who have produced "Superior Achievement" in horror writing, The Bram Stoker Award is one writers covet.


Accused of killing her cheating husband, a former inmate seeks the help of a detective to find the real killer.

When it came to titling her books, Sue Grafton came up with a great way to let readers know the order of her series. Each novel starts with a letter of the alphabet, so you go in alphabetical order to keep the story going.


Taking place in the early 1800s, this is a story of undying love and revenge of a brooding hero and his society grabbing desire.

If you're ever wondering what the dark and brooding archetype is, look no further than Heathcliff from "Wuthering Heights." This beautifully constructed character, as well as his counterpart Catherine, helped make this one a timeless romantic classic.


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