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Top 10 Best Seller Books for Women 2012

Updated on February 2, 2013

The top 10 best seller books for women list makes a useful guide to see at a glance which of the latest books are the most popular.

This makes it easier to buy books as a gift for Christmas, birthdays or any other appropriate occasion.

Women's books aren't all girly and romance. Some are serious pieces of literature that has perhaps been written from a woman's perspective which women can relate to.

All the women I know read books, and a lot of them.

While I like the so-called mens book authors like Stephen King and James Patterson, I can just as happily cuddle up with a Joan Collins or an even a good old cookbook!

The books I have chosen here today are a collection of some of the most amazing books you can buy today.

50 Shades of Grey Trilogy

The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy have gone on to beat all books sales for all time.

I forced myself to read them, hoping for just an inkling of an insight into what makes a best selling book.

I am stuck on the third book, preferring instead to read something of substance, and still wondering why this group of books has sold so many.

The basic outline is of a sexually innocent but beautiful heroine meets and marries a super-rich and gorgeous sexual deviant.

Well, that is basically all there is to it.

I do not see them galloping off into the sunset, unless one or both of them changes.

The books are an interesting study of the most likely scenario from the female's point of view. Again the female is just one subjective possibility of what could have happened.

Nevertheless, these books have hit the jugular, as far as their target market was concerned.

Falling Star by Diana Dempsey

Falling Star by Diana Dempsey

A brilliant first novel by Diana Dempsey, Fallen Star tells the story of a woman who is about to get dumped from her exalted position as news anchor at a TV station. She is getting too old, her boss has one eye on the budget, a younger, cheaper model might suit the financial backers better. Her husband has left her, her life is falling apart.

This a book many of us can relate to, even though most of us have never worked in a television studio Natalie Daniels is a feisty woman going through some rough patches in her life, but maintaining a sense of humor that lets us all relate to her.

From the first page, this excellent book draws you in and holds you there. A great summer read!

Water for Elephants: A Novel

Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen

A must-read. You will love this tale of a young man who runs away to join the circus during the Depression years. Told from the memories of octogenarian Jacob Jankowski, as he languishes in his hated nursing home, the book brings to life the poverty, cruelty and mix of human nature and human frailties brought together in this delicious mix.

Jacob was a young man just about to finish veterinary college when his parents are killed. Finding himself penniless, he joins The Flying Squadron of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth primarily to take care of the exotic circus animals. Sara Gruen has seamlessly brought to life the colorful characters who make up the circus and intertwines a complicated love story too that will leave you feeling sad when the book ends.

Sexy Forever: How to Fight Fat after Forty [Hardcover]

Sexy Forever: How to Fight Fat after Forty by Suzanne Somers.

In this book Suzanne Somers outlines and identifies the chemicals and toxins both in food and in our environment that can destroy the workings of a normal metabolism and cause us to be unable to lose weight. Also included are healthy recipes and gentle exercises to help us lose weight and maintain that loss, and advice on how to get that weight off quickly and easily. How to Fight fat after forty has been widely critiqued with the general consensus being is that the advice offered by Suzanne Somers not only works really well, but has been life-changing for many.

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue

Room:A Novel by Emma Donoghue is to my mind the best can't put down book of the year.

5 year old Jack lives in Room with his mother (Ma). He has never known anywhere else but this 11 x 11 room where they both live, and knows nothing of a world outside.

Beautifully written, this book will have you gripping your seat and weeping. Just read some of the customer reviews over on Amazon and tell me that you don't want to read this book. Awesome!

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

Cleopatra: A Life is written by renowned historian and authoress Stacy Schiff.

It is an accurate and in-depth biography of the life of this amazing woman, written in such a way that engages the reader.

Cleopatra: A Life is an education. We see her protrayed as never before.

Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy Deluxe Boxed Set: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Plus

Universally popular, the Stieg Larsson Trilogy has been the most talked about books this year.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest are all classics.

This is a deluxe, slip-cased set of the three hardcover novels—each unjacketed, bound in full cloth and uniquely stamped, with maps and individual full-color endpapers—as well as On Stieg Larsson, a previously unpublished collection of essays about and correspondence with the author.

The books are described as tautly-written crime thrillers with mystery elements.

Would make a great gift!

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

The current number 1 romantic novel, Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks continues with a new love story set in North Carolina.This time, he has enveloped an element of danger into the love story that is a truly can't put down experience.

It tells the story of Katie, on the run from her violent ex-husband, who seeks refuge in a small community where she tried to keep herself to herself.

In the course of the story she falls in love again, but Kevin is still looking for her.

Will he find her?

This is the electronic edition of best selling authoress Debbie Macomber's The Perfect Christmas.

Cassie Beaumont seeks the help of professional matchmaker Simon Dodson, to help her in her quest for love and marriage.

Simon claims to have a perfect match for her, but insists she complete three tasks for him first. They are all about Christmas. The first is to become a charity bell-ringer, the second to dress up as one of Santa's elves at a children's party, and the third is to prepare a traditional turkey Christmas dinner.

Will she succeed? Will she find love?

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Help by Kathryn Stockett is a brilliant story about a young white woman who takes an interest in the plight of black women during the Civil Rights movement in the early 1960s.

Set in Mississippi, the book is built around 3 main characters - Minnie and Aibileen two black maids, and college graduate white woman Eugenia Skeeter Phelan.

Engagingly written, this long book is full of exciting turns that will draw you in.

You'll neither want to put this book down nor want it too finish.

Highly recommended.

Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips by Ina Garten

Ina Garten's follow up to her bestseller Back to Basics, Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips appears to have been a bit of a disappointment for her previous fans according to some Amazon reviews.

However, there is no doubt that tips aside (i.e have two dishwashers) the recipes contaned in this book are delicious and relatively simple to make.

Cooks everywhere will love this book which shows lots of ways of utilising ingredients that all supermarkets carry which, with minimal fuss, can be used to serve up appetizing meals easily for guests.

Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset by Suzanne Collins

Fans of New York Times bestsellers The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay that make up The Hunger Trilogy by Suzanne Collins will love this boxed set containing all three books in a beautifully boxed set.

Thought provoking and well-written, each book features a cliff-hanger at the end to compel you to be desperate to read the next. Now with a boxed set, you can.

These books are futuristic thrillers and aimed more at the teen market, but have caught the imagination of a nation. Brilliantly written. You won't want to put them down.

The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century by Amanda Hesser

The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century by Amanda Hesser would make a great gift.

This is a chronicle or American dietary history as it is a collection of the best recipes ever published by the New York Times since its inception in the 1850s.

Covering every category of food, and each dish offer serving suggestions and complementary accompaniments.

With more than 1400 fully illustrated recipes, this weighty book is a good read as well as being extremely useful in the kitchen.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls is a strangely poignant look back at an unconventional childhood to put it mildly.

Brought up with three siblings, Jeannette Walls describes life with nomadic parents, an alcoholic father who couldn't keep down a job and a listless, uninterested artist mother.

As children.they had to suffer the embarrassment of painting their skin so other children wouldn't see the holes in their pants and of having to eat out of trash-cans at school because they were so hungry.

Don't miss the book that is hard to put down! After you have read it you will be all the happier with your own childhood ad how you are bringing your own children up.


As all of the above books are available for downloading to play back through a Kindle reading machine, you may be interested in purchasing one.

  • Lightweight enough to hold while reading in bed, you can easily enlarge fonts for easier reading in poor light.
  • Kindles can also be easily transported, so pop one in your handbag for when you are out and about - 
  • they can hold up to 3,500 books.
  • Total weight is less than a paperback 
  • Batteries last a month on the one charge.

Inner Space by Merlin Fraser

Last but not least,I want to add a plug for a bright new author who has written a trilogy of books called Inner Space.

For those of us who like a good murder mystery with a smattering of paranormal activity thrown in, Scottish-born author Merlin Fraser brings us a feast! Highly readable and entertaining, they follow Detective Inspector Nick Burton as he endeavours to solve serious crimes.

Bestsellers in the UK, Merlin has not yet found his American audience. Read one today!

"From its title, I expected "Inner Space" to be an exciting, off-the-beaten path crime mystery story. And from the first page, I was not disappointed! This story is full of believable, yet quite complicated characters who come to life on the pages with the author's skillful presentation; and of interesting & somewhat convoluted backgrounds painted in vivid strokes in historical locales in England; and of edge-of-the-seat suspense laced with subtle undercurrents. The stuff of a great mystery story! Plus more. . . . "

Amazon Reviewer.

4.5 out of 5 stars from 6 ratings of top books for women


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      7 years ago

      I've heard the Warrior series are supposed to be the best. Is that not true?

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from UK

      LOL, you don't have time to read just now, Melbel, when you are on the 100 hubs in 30 days challenge! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment here :)

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      Melanie Shebel 

      7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Wow! It looks like I've got a lot of reading to do! Great list! Rated up!

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      8 years ago from Nigeria

      Great people are made by reading books.

    • brennawelker profile image


      8 years ago

      List of the books, Nice I ma looking for very interesting.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      Thanks Susie :)

    • SUSIE42 profile image


      8 years ago

      Since I have read some of these, The Help (one of the best books I have ever read), Glass Castle, great, And the Steng Larson books, I think you have a great list.

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      Fay Paxton 

      8 years ago

      Thank you so much for these top-ten reading lists. I'm always looking for a good book.

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      Selina Kyle 

      8 years ago

      Nice list. I see a few I might be looking for.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      This is very true, but what has it got to do with books??

    • ahbless profile image


      8 years ago

      Women are at a high risk for HIV from men who don't tell them that they have also been with a man in deviant sex.

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      mwaurajus woke 

      8 years ago

      am i amall on air who gon shopme down

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      you're welcome MM! I had fun researching these books too :) I just wish I was rich enough to buy them all, but until then I can only pass on the reviews of other people.

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thank you, IzzyM, for providing such an ecclectic range of books! There are definitely some on here I will be sure to check out.

      I must say I am surprised at any negative reviews for ANYTHING Ina Garten puts out. She is one of -- if not THE best -- talents on Food Network.

      Thanks again. It always helps to have a recommendation rather than picking a new read "cold." Cheers! MM

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      The rate at which new books are being churned out is phenomenal. And there are some great books too!

    • Sarah Masson profile image


      8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I have some serious reading to do!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      I had a look for you. The book is written in Italian and until it is released in English it will not become a best seller.

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      Michelle Hunziker 

      8 years ago

      I've heard about a book intitled Stigmergy. Did you hear anything about? They told me it's a best selling book like Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings. What do you know about, could you please help me? They told me it's about women, but I still can't find this book nowhere..


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