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9 books by women you won't be able to put down (for your summer reading list).

This time of year somehow manages to be both insanely busy and blissfully relaxing.

One day you’re shooing everyone out of the kitchen as you prepare Christmas lunch, and the next you’re sitting in a comfy chair in the sun with nowhere to be.

And is there anything more satisfying in those moments of peace and quiet than immersing yourself in a good book?

We’ve compiled a list of some of 2018’s best books by female authors for your reading pleasure.

The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White.

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Deborah Frances-White is both seriously smart and absolutely hilarious in this spin-off from her podcast. Plus, it includes a brilliant piece from Hannah Gadsby.

The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth.

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When a single, childless woman moves into an aptly named Melbourne suburb called Pleasant Court the secrets of everyone in the neighbourhood begin to spread.

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton.

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Psychological thrillers don't often include all the glamour and shine of the Big Apple, but Louise is struggling to survive in New York when she meets a glamorous new friend... And really wants her life.

Becoming by Michelle Obama.

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In its first seven days on bookshelves, the former First Lady’s autobiographical memoir sold more than 1.4 million copies in the US and Canada alone. It will make you audibly laugh and sob before you even get halfway through, and you will gain even more respect for Michelle Obama than you thought possible.

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How To Be Perfect by Holly Wainwright.

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Mamamia's own Holly Wainwright's first novel focused on the complicated lives of three blogging mums desperate for their blog to win the coveted Blog-ahhs. In the sequel, How To Be Perfect, the focus shifts to the world of wellness.

The Woman in the Window by A J Finn.

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A classic who-dunnit page-turner about a woman who sees something she wasn't supposed to see, and whether anyone will believe her.

Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton.

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Journalist Dolly Alderton reflects on her trials and triumphs in life; from dating and job-hunting to drinking and finding friendships that last.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty.

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Set in a remote health and wellness retreat, Nine Perfect Strangers introduces us to nine different characters with very little in common. But they each have a compelling reason for being there.

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult.

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Jodi Picoult's latest bestseller is focused on a sole-surviving women's health clinic in a deep-south state. When the clinic is stormed by a pro-life gunman and everyone inside is taken hostage, we learn what brought each of them to the same place on this fateful day.

What book are you reading at the moment? Tell us in the comments section below.

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