#12 How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. A must read for all women. She's a little brash and a little blunt, but she's right on when it comes to why we women need to be proactive about our place in the world. Read it.
One of the best books ever written, Pride and Prejudice is worth everyone's time. It's my favorite Jane Austen novel. Even if you don't like her books, you have to respect a woman who had the courage to write in that time period.