By guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels
My goal this year was to read 100 books, including everything on my to-be-read (TBR) shelf and all those books I'd bought and forgotten about on my e-reader. Ha! Snort. Like that happened. I blame the people publishing all the amazing books I needed to read immediately.
I did read 54-plus books (as of this writing) and since picking my favorites is hard, I narrowed the list down by selecting the eight best books for women from 2014. Some are memoirs or romance, some are serious or seriously funny, but they're all great books...
1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I knew I was going to love this book because I have a major girl crush on Amy. She is so funny, isn't afraid to look ridiculous, and does things like create Amy Poehler's Smart Girls to counteract all the crappy messages girls find on the Web. Yes Please is full of stories ranging from her first experience onstage in elementary school to her time at SNL and Parks and Recreation and her friendship with my other favorite funny lady, Tina Fey. What I really loved seeing: how not perfect she is and how hard she's worked for all her success. Also, all the laughs.
2. The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan
There's no way I could resist a historical romance novel about a heroine who runs a scandalous feminist newspaper. I was hooked from the moment Frederica Marshall informed the hero that the proper pronunciation is not "Huzzah. Suffragettes." but "Huzzah! Suffragettes!" This is not the book you might assume-a suffragette and the man who opposes her, but they "have explosive chemistry et cetera blah blah, " to quote the author in her note. This is a smart, beautifully written romance about a hero and heroine who work together to accomplish their own goals and yes, have amazing chemistry. And you just have to find out what Milan means by the dedication: "For everyone who has ever carried water in thimbles and teaspoons throughout the centuries. And for all those who continue to do so. For as many centuries as it takes."
3. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
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