To be honest, it is a little concerning that there is a whole subgenre and canon for books about gloomy ass women. Who would have thought that women have such rich inner emotional lives, right? These three women are really going through it, and apparently you are too – so here are three books about sad and disgruntled women, you miserable fuck.
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
Something of a misnomer, this book is not about bells or jars. It is about a really sad woman named Esther, trying to find her place in the world. Turns out the title is a metaphor for how it feels to be in deep despair. Ah, Sylvia Plath, the OG of sad women books. You should read this if you’re 16 years old or if you’re sad even though you moved to the city of your dreams. Ouch!
My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Ottessa Moshfegh
Wow, you haven’t gotten out of bed all day and neither has this bitch. The main character of this book wants to stay in the house all day, but that doesn’t mean you should. The lack of sunlight is turning you into an unreliable narrator and an unlikeable protagonist. This might not be the book you need right now. Go on a walk? Try a self-help book? Maybe you should call your friends or eat some ice cream. We don’t know what to tell you, we’re not your therapist.
The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
This is another book about a sad woman stuck in her bedroom. Okay, why not read a book about a really happy woman who does amazing things and is super fulfilled in her life? Why this? Why do we keep doing this to ourselves? None of these books have happy endings, you know that though, right? You’re still going to read it any way you sad fuck.
Okay, this is sick. Why are you so obsessed with sad women? Is it like a fetish or something? Fictional women suffering for your entertainment, you like that huh? It’s kind of fucked up that you want to read books about terrible things happening to women, when you can literally just read the news. Sick and twisted. Whatever, if you want to wallow, go ahead and wallow, that’s your prerogative. Happy reading!