All Things Bright and Beautiful: memoirs of a country vet in rural England, circa 1930. Each chapter is a short anecdote -- sometimes funny, sometimes touching, sometimes sad. Small town personalities much larger than the livestock they call him for. Like Chicken Soup For the Soul.
This list is a far from complete list of some of my favorites - they are warriors, scholars, mothers, daughters; they can be wildly in love and impressively practical; they are a little too perfect and incredibly flawed. Most of them have happy endings, some of them don't. In an nutshell - these are girls who act like girls should and must.