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The 25 books every woman should read

It’s difficult to hone your top books. Which is precisely why we asked our favourite erudite eight-year-old to do it for us.

Trying to decide your top 25 books is nigh on impossible. Which is why we roped in one of the wisest minds in existence: Lisa Simpson, often seen clutching a copy of The Bell Jar and quoting lines of her favourite prose. And her credentials don’t lie. Take this as proof: when we asked her what classic books can teach us about the world, she said, “That any man playing Mr Darcy is incredibly cool.” See? So smart.

As one of the best-known overachievers in modern history, we also asked her about the first book she ever read (“The Boozemixer Bartender’s Guide; Dad had taken me to Moe’s”) and why reading is worthwhile (“It takes you to another world which, believe me, I need.”)

Here she has ranked her top 25 classic tomes. Let the countdown commence…

The brand new series of The Simpsons is on Sky 1 every Sunday at 6pm

Words: Francesca Brown

Lead image: Matt Groeing The Simpsons™ and ©2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

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