"Shirley" by Charlotte Bronte - this is my all-time favorite novel. <3 I've read it so often that I can pick it up and open it to any page and read on, knowing what came before. <3
Agnes Grey, by Anne Bronte. I had rather low expectations for this lesser-known Bronte novel, but it definitely exceeded them. It started out like Jane Eyre (Agnes is a governess) but without the gothic drama, and ended up much more like a Jane Austen novel. Agnes reminds me of an Elinor Dashwood or Anne Elliot.
“If he loved you with all the power of his soul for a whole lifetime, he couldn’t love you as much as I do in a single day.”
Dame Iris Murdoch DBE (15 July 1919 – 8 February 1999) was an Irish-born British author and philosopher, best known for her novels about political and social questions of good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious.
Good Indian Girls by Ranbir Singh Sidhu
Deep Singh wants out--out of his family, out of his city, and more than anything, out of his life. His parents argue over everything and his brother, who hasn't said a single word in over a year, suddenly turns to him one day and tells him to die.