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29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love

List RulesVote 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.

  • 1
    Stephenie Meyer

    First Published2005-10-05

    SubjectsEducation, Schools, Vampire, Love

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Horror Film, Fiction, Young adult literature, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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 moves from  ...more
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  • 2

    First Published2011-06-20

    Genres (Book)Erotic romance novels, Erotic literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Fifty Shades of Grey is a book written by E. L. James.  ...more
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    Suzanne Collins

    First Published2008-09-14

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Utopian and dystopian fiction, Alternate history, Young adult literature, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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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    Nicholas Sparks

    First Published1996-10-01

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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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  • 5

    First Published2012-01-10

    Genres (Book)Young adult literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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 by her  ...more
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    Elizabeth Gilbert

    First Published2006-02

    SubjectsLiterary, Spirituality, Bali, Women, Travel

    Genres (Book)Biography, Memoir

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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 world  ...more
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  • 7

    First Published2001

    SubjectsYoung adult, Women, Friendship, Video, Film

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Young adult literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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, Bridget  ...more
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  • 8
    Kathryn Stockett

    First Published2009-02-10

    SubjectsMississippi, African-American history, Nanny, Domestic worker

    Genres (Book)Novel, Historical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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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  • 9
    Gillian Flynn

    First Published2012

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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 principal  ...more
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  • 10
    Helen Fielding

    First Published1996

    SubjectsSelf-image, Career, Marriage, London

    Genres (Book)Comic novel, Chick lit, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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 woman  ...more
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  • 11
    Louisa May Alcott

    First Published1868

    SubjectsLiterary, Adolescence, New England, Women, 19th century

    Genres (Book)Coming of age, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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 her  ...more
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  • 12

    First Published1813-01-28

    SubjectsPopular literature, Literary, Education, 19th century, English Language

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Satire, Novel of manners, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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, morality,  ...more
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  • 13

    Genres (Book)Young adult literature

    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 clique  ...more
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  • 14
    Jodi Picoult

    First Published2004-04-06

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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 sister  ...more
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    Lauren Weisberger

    First Published2003


    Genres (Book)Roman à clef, Chick lit, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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 as  ...more
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  • 17
    Cecily von Ziegesar

    First Published2002

    Genres (Book)Young adult literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 18

    SubjectsFathers and Daughters, Identity

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction, Young adult literature

    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 film  ...more
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  • 19

    First Published1996-05-22

    SubjectsWomen, Louisiana

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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 of  ...more
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    Sarah DuBois addedArthur Golden

    First Published1997-09-23

    SubjectsWomen, Japan, 20th century, History, Geisha

    Genres (Book)Historical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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 Kyoto,  ...more
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  • 22

    First Published2005-10-18

    SubjectsJohn Grogan, Donald Trump, Marley the Dog, The Last Home Run

    Genres (Book)Non-fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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 family  ...more
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  • 23
    Audrey Niffenegger

    First Published2003-09-17

    Genres (Book)Science fiction, Romance novel

    Original LanguageEnglish

    Chicago librarian Henry De Tamble (Eric Bana) suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes him to drift uncontrollably back and forth through time. On one of his sojourns, he meets the love of  ...more
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  • 24
    Emily Giffin

    First Published2005-03-10

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Comic novel, Chick lit

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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 and  ...more
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  • 25
    Nicola Kraus, Emma McLaughlin

    First Published2002

    Genres (Book)Chick lit, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    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 children's  ...more
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