Girl Tired, Anyone?

It seems as if slapping the word “girl” on a book title can guarantee the book to become a bestseller. Girl-driven thrillers are flying off the shelves and many have been adapted into movies. The book publishing industry has gone girl crazy.

Topping the list is Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy comprising of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, that have sold in excess of 80 million copies worldwide. Unfortunately Larsson never had the chance to savour the fruits of his books’ success as his books were published posthumously.

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy

Gillian Flynn’s 2012 thriller, “Gone Girl,” has sold in excess of 15 million copies worldwide. Paula Hawkins was on the verge of bankruptcy and was contemplating giving up as a writer when her 2015 novel “The Girl on the Train” captivated readers worldwide and made her a multimillionaire. To date, the runaway bestseller has sold in excess of 20 million copies worldwide, making Hawkins one of the highest earning authors in the world.

Still not convinced? Then take a look at the proliferation of “girl” titles:

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison

Kiss the Girls by James Patterson

The Little Drummer Girl by John le Carre

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Girls by Lori Lansens

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters by Gail Giles

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahf

The House Girl by Tara Conklin

The Girl in a Swing by Richard Adams

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

Girl in Blue by Ann Rinaldi

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonsen Lee

Push Girl by Chelsie Hill

The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis by Elle Thornton

The Girl Before by Rena Olsen

Spitfire Girl by Lily Baxter

The Girl Next Door by Selene Castrovilla

The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

The Girl Who Never Came Back by Amy Cross

The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum

Little Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway

The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa

Little Black Girl Lost by Keith Lee Johnson

The Kommandant’s Girl by Pam Jenoff

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Margaret Pemberton

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

The Dead Girl by Melanie Thernstrom

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The Rosary Girls by Richard Montanari

The Girl in the Glass by Jeffrey Ford

The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder

Live Girls by Ray Garton

Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie

A Respectable Girl by Fleur Beale

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane by Laird Koenig

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Girl. Perfect by Jo Jenkins

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Something Girl by Beth Goobie

Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty

The Girl of the Sea of Cortez by Peter Benchley

City Girl by Patricia Scanlan

The Girl Who Ran Away by Joan G. Robinson

The Luckiest Girl in the World by Steven Levenkron

Daddy’s Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark

Girl About Time by Kerstin Gier

The Girl with a Baby by Sylvia Olsen

The Girl Death Left Behind by Lurlene McDaniel

Black Girl Lost by Donald Goines

The Girl Who Loved the Wind by Jane Yolen

Girl at War by Sara Novic

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

The Girls by Emma Cline

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

The Second Girl by David Swinson

The American Girl by Kate Horsley

Girl in the Dark by Marion Pauw

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

The House Girl by Tara Conklin

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

This Girl by Colleen Hoover

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Local Girls by Caroline Zancan

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

Girl in the Afternoon by Serena Burdick

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

The Girl Before by Rena Olsen

Little Girl Gone by Gerry Schmitt

Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

The Lost Girls by Heather Young

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Nowhere Girl by Susan Strecker

The Girl from the Savoy by Hazel Gaynor

Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund

Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Girl on a Plane by Miriam Moss

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa

I have listed just 100 titles in the above list.  I guess I have proved my point and I am sure you are all getting girl tired!

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