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29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love  

Elle Tharp
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List Rules Vote up the books that only the Ashleys you knew in high school claim as their favorites.

Chances are, you either know a basic b*tch, or you are one yourself. She can be spotted a mile away: she's sipping her pumpkin spice latte, wearing yoga pants, and probably has one of the following books in her tote bag.

Books basic b*tches like share some common ground. They might be written specifically for women, like the steamy Fifty Shades of Grey series. Or maybe they're intended to be inspirational to their readers - who hasn't heard of the supposedly life-changing qualities of the nonfiction hits Eat, Pray, Love or Wild? But that's not to say that books for basic girls can't be classics. Ask any woman you know how they feel about Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and you're likely to get a sigh of adoration in response.

These popular nonfiction works and novels, old and new, are beloved by basic bitches everywhere. Read through this list of basic b*tch books, and vote your personal picks for the most basic of all up to the top of the list.

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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Stephenie Meyer
Twilight is a young-adult vampire-romance novel by author Stephenie Meyer. It is the first book in the Twilight series, and introduces seventeen-year-old Isabella "Bella" Swan, who ...more
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Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
E. L. James
Fifty Shades of Grey is a book written by E. L. James.
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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games is a 2008 science fiction novel by the American writer Suzanne Collins. It is written in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the dystopian, post-apocalyptic ...more
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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Nicholas Sparks
The Notebook is a 1996 romantic novel by American novelist Nicholas Sparks, based on a true story. The novel was later adapted into a popular film of the same name, in 2004. The Indian Bollywood ...more
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The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
John Green
The Fault in Our Stars is the sixth novel by author John Green, published in January 2012. The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel Grace Lancaster, who is forced ...more
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The Sisterhood of the Travelin... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Ann Brashares
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a bestselling young adult novel by Ann Brashares published in 2001. It follows the adventures of four best friends — Lena Kaligaris, Tibby Rollins, ...more
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Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Elizabeth Gilbert
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia is a 2006 memoir by American author Elizabeth Gilbert. The memoir chronicles the author's trip around the ...more
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The Help is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Kathryn Stockett
The Help is a 2009 novel by American author Kathryn Stockett. The story is about African-American maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early 1960s. A USA Today ...more
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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl is a thriller novel by American writer Gillian Flynn. Crown Publishing Group published the novel in June 2012 and it soon made the New York Times Best Seller list. The novel's ...more
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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Louisa May Alcott
Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott, which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Alcott wrote the books rapidly over several months at the request of ...more
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My Sister's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Jodi Picoult
My Sister's Keeper is a 2004 novel written by Jodi Picoult. It tells the story of 13-year-old Anna, who sues her parents for medical emancipation when she is expected to donate a kidney to her ...more
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Bridget Jones's Diary is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Helen Fielding
Bridget Jones's Diary is a 1996 novel by Helen Fielding. Written in the form of a personal diary, the novel chronicles a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a thirty-something single working ...more
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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, ...more
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The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Lauren Weisberger
The Devil Wears Prada is a best-selling novel by Lauren Weisberger about a young woman who is hired as a personal assistant to a powerful fashion magazine editor, a job that becomes nightmarish ...more
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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Liars is the first book in the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard. It tells the story of four girls - Hanna, Aria, Emily and Spencer - after the disappearance of their ...more
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Confessions of a Shopaholic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Sophie Kinsella
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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Cecily von Ziegesar
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The Princess Diaries is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Meg Cabot
The Princess Diaries is the first volume of the critically acclaimed, best-selling series of the same name by Meg Cabot. It was released in 2000 by Harper Collins Publishers, and later became a ...more
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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Si... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Rebecca Wells
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a 1996 novel written by Rebecca Wells. It follows the novel Little Altars Everywhere. In 2005, Wells wrote Ya-Yas in Bloom and then The Crowning Glory ...more
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Memoirs of a Geisha is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Sarah DuBois added Arthur Golden
Memoirs of a Geisha is a historical novel by American author Arthur Golden, published in 1997. The novel, told in first person perspective, tells the fictional story of a geisha working in ...more
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The Time Traveler's Wife is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler's Wife is a 2009 American romantic science fiction drama film directed by Robert Schwentke. The story follows Henry DeTamble, a Chicago librarian with a paranormal genetic ...more
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Marley & Me: Life and Love wit... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
John Grogan
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog is a New York Times bestselling autobiographical book by journalist John Grogan, published in 2005, about the thirteen years he and his ...more
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Are You There Vodka? It's Me, ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
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Something Borrowed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Emily Giffin
Something Borrowed is a 2005 chick lit novel by author Emily Giffin. The novel concerns morals regarding friends and relationships. It addresses the stigma against single women in their thirties ...more
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The Nanny Diaries is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love
Nicola Kraus, Emma McLaughlin
The Nanny Diaries is a 2002 novel by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, both of whom are former nannies. The book satirizes upper class Manhattan society as seen through the eyes of their ...more