10 Must-Read Books About Sisters

By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager |

Following the release of Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters we thought it might be fun to put together a list of books about sisters.

Have we missed something obvious? Please let us know in the comments!

Sisterswant_to_read_buttonRaina can’t wait to be a big sister, but once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture, and later something doesn’t seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.



want_to_read_buttonFor identical twins, Kate and Violet are about as unlike as two peas from the same pod can be, except in one respect. They both have a gift, a special kind of intuition that lets them see the secrets that other people hide.


Little Womenwant_to_read_buttonThis timeless favorite follows the four March sisters — pretty Meg, tomboy Jo, shy Beth, and vain Amy — as they grow and mature into four distinctive little women.


Shanghai Girlswant_to_read_buttonPearl and May are two sisters from a bourgeois family. Though their personalities are very different — Pearl is a Dragon sign, strong and stubborn, while May is a true Sheep, adorable and placid — they are inseparable best friends. Both are beautiful, modern, and living a carefree life until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away the family’s wealth and that in order to repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to two ‘Gold Mountain’ men: Americans.


My Sister's Keeperwant_to_read_buttonMy Sister’s Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person, and what happens when emotions meet with scientific advances.


Pridewant_to_read_buttonAt the turn of 18th-century England, spirited Elizabeth Bennet copes with the suit of the snobbish Mr. Darcy while trying to sort out the romantic entanglements of two of her sisters, sweet and beautiful Jane and scatterbrained Lydia.


The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregorywant_to_read_button. The Boleyn family is keen to rise through the ranks of society, and what better way than to place their most beautiful young woman at court? Mary becomes the king’s mistress at a time of change. He needs his personal pleasures, but he also needs an heir. The unthinkable happens, and the course of English history is irrevocably altered. For the women at the heart of the storm, they have only one weapon; and when it’s no longer enough to be the mistress, Mary must groom her younger sister in the ways of pleasing the king.


The Color Purplewant_to_read_buttonSet in the deep American south between the wars, this is the classic tale of Celie, a young poor black girl. Raped repeatedly by her father, she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her no better than a slave. She is separated from her sister Nettie and dreams of becoming like the glamorous Shug Avery, a singer and rebellious black woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually Celie discovers the support of women that enables her to leave the past behind and begin a new life.


The Girlswant_to_read_buttonRose and Ruby are 29-year-old conjoined twins. Joined to Ruby at the head, Rose’s face is pulled to one side, but she has full use of her limbs. Ruby has a beautiful face, but her body is tiny and she is unable to walk. She rests her legs on her sister’s hip, rather like a small child or a doll. In spite of their situation, the girls lead surprisingly separate lives.


The Smart Onewant_to_read_buttonA story about the ways in which we never really grow up, The Smart One is a witty, gossipy, perfectly-drawn portrait of family life.

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