Gabby Padilla's 10 Favorite Books Written by Female Authors

Gabby Padilla's 10 Favorite Books Written by Female Authors

ActressGabby Padilla

A film and theater actress based in Manila. Previous works include Billie and Emma, Dead Kids, Kalel, 15, and Eerie. Passionate about uninterrupted reading and afternoon naps.

This past year, a lot of my time was spent working my way through my reading list. Although I also had quite a few contemporary titles on it, a significant number of items were classics I've been putting off for years. It came as no surprise that they were often about, if not written by, white men. 

So when I would find a book written by or about a woman that was considered a classic, it felt like a rare treat. Now that I'm looking for new stuff to read and recommend, I'm glad to let the women and people of color take over my virtual bookshelf. So I thought I'd make a list of a few of my favorites; from memoirs to essays, I hope you find something that speaks to you the way these 10 books have to me.

  • Last updated: 03-03-2021
Table of Contents

Gabby Padilla's mybest

Lisa Brennen-JobsSmall Fry: A Memoir


From ₱816

Margaret AtwoodThe Handmaid's Tale: A Novel


From ₱599

Joan DidionThe Year of Magical Thinking


From ₱768

Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieAmericanah: A Novel


From ₱814

Jia TolentinoTrick Mirror

Reflections on Self-Delusion

From ₱795

Chimamanda Ngozi AdichiePurple Hibiscus

From ₱1,617

Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀Stay With Me


From ₱530

Maya AngelouI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

From ₱384

Madeline MillerCirce

From ₱720

Gabby Padilla's mybest Summary

I hope this short list of mine leads you to find your next favorite author or book. Whether you're trying to get back into the habit of reading or looking for more diverse stories about the human experience, I hope this list helps and points you in the right direction. Have fun!

Popular Item Lists

Popular Creators

Popular Articles

  • 10 Best LGBT Movies in the Philippines 2021
    10 Best LGBT Movies in the Philippines 2021
    LGBT-themed movies have recently gained popularity, highlighted by the rise of critically-acclaimed independent films and the warm reception to Boys Love or BL romantic comedies. Thanks to the growing empowerment and representation of the LGBT community, we can now enjoy diverse, inspiring, as well as eye-opening stories about love and other life experiences through well-produced films.With so much content that is available on several streaming sites and online platforms, we're here to help you get started on your movie marathon. In this article, we prepared a guide and a curated list of the best LGBT movies of different genres. Of course, watching movies wouldn't be complete without snacks so we've included a fun recipe for that as well!
    Books, CDs, DVDs
  • 10 Best Books for Learning Japanese in the Philippines 2021
    10 Best Books for Learning Japanese in the Philippines 2021
    Japan continues to be recognized as a country that is rich in culture and history. It's known for anime, fashion, its cuisine, and martial arts. While they are very interesting, there are other things such as the Japanese language that also deserve appreciation. If you have future plans of traveling to Japan or you're looking for a productive hobby, then learning Japanese is something that you should try.However, learning a language is not as simple as it sounds. It requires time and effort, and of course, learning materials such as books that would guide you in learning how to speak Japanese more fluently. You can pick a book according to your proficiency and commitment level. This article aims to give you an idea of how to pick the right book and provide you with the best options available online.
    Books, CDs, DVDs
  • Top 10 Best LGBT Books in the Philippines 2021
    Top 10 Best LGBT Books in the Philippines 2021
    Did you know that aside from being the month of love, February is also a special month for the LGBT Community? That’s right, February is also LGBT History Month. And what better way to spend your quarantine days than to immerse yourself in the colorful lives and stories of your favorite LGBT characters?If you find yourself wondering where you should start, you’ve come to the right place! Here, we will help you choose the best book for you. We’ve also curated a list of the best LGBT books you can check out. And of course, we’ve also provided a DIY activity to enhance your reading experience.
    Books, CDs, DVDs
  • 10 Best Books for Learning Korean in the Philippines 2021
    10 Best Books for Learning Korean in the Philippines 2021
    With the continuous rise of Hallyu or the Korean wave, it is no surprise that more and more people want to learn the Korean language. Whether you wish to travel to Seoul or simply want to understand your favorite K-Drama without relying on subtitles, there are many books for learning Korean that can help you master the language.Regardless if you're a total beginner or have a bit of a background, there will surely be one suited for you. Now if you’re ready to learn more than Annyeong! (Hello!) and converse with your oppa fluently, continue reading as we provide helpful guides on how to score the best book to learn Korean, and throw in some of our recommendations below.
    Books, CDs, DVDs
  • 10 Best Self Development Books in the Philippines 2021
    10 Best Self Development Books in the Philippines 2021
    Ready to face 2021 with the best version of yourself? Beyond your New Year's resolutions, which often get buried in a sea of to-do lists after a month or two, why not build good habits instead? To avoid being overwhelmed with the process, you can try improving one domain in your life such as your career or finances to keep you focused before you move to the next. Enter self-development books. There are a plethora of genres and topics in the market, and picking one may feel like a guessing game. Fortunately, you don't have to, as we curated this list of best buys, including a buying guide and tips on how to take care of your mental health. So, let's get started!
    Books, CDs, DVDs
  • 10 Best Philosophy Books in the Philippines 2021
    10 Best Philosophy Books in the Philippines 2021
    During those times spent on lockdown, thoughts, and questions about existence and the world around us might have crossed your mind. Isolation coupled with a lot of changes and uncertainty may have put some things into a new perspective. And if you want to explore more of this, Philosophy books are your rightful companion. Philosophy can be a daunting topic for many. But we’ve just the right thing to get you started. In this article, we will guide you in selecting the best book for you. We also came up with a top 10 list of the Philosophy books that we highly recommend. Of course, we've included other title suggestions as well for your to-read list. 
    Books, CDs, DVDs
  • 10 Best Kids Bible Stories in the Philippines 2021
    10 Best Kids Bible Stories in the Philippines 2021
    At a very young age, we teach our children basic lessons such as reading, writing, basic math, and language. When it comes to values formation, we can turn to the Bible for some important life lessons. We teach kids about the Bible because besides being intelligent, we also want them to learn to be kind, honest, confident, and most importantly, God-fearing. Of course, the standard Bible versions like ESV, NIV, and King James may be challenging to understand considering their age. Thankfully, publications opt to print kids' Bible stories so that their young minds can digest the stories quickly and appreciate them more. Today we have made a list and a buying guide to help you find the best quality Kids Bible Stories.
    Books, CDs, DVDs
  • Search by Category