It’s now the third week of the challenge Weird Zeal has created, the Women’s History Month Reading Challenge. You can read about it here! For the blogging section, this week’s prompt is female authors. I know I’m late, but I wasn’t able to write my post the weekend before and writing it on Monday wasn’t possible either… so I thought I’d post it on Thursday when I don’t usually schedule anything. Better late than never, right? I still really wanted to do this.
I have read a lot of books with female authors, so I listed them out and then tried to think about each one until I had narrowed it down to those who have either written my favorite books, or that mean something else to me. I got a bit carried away with narrowing down so I ended up with six, but I think it’s still good, as I can go into a bit more depth about what these authors mean to me.
Here we go!
Note: I really wanted to include pictures in this post, but I ran into some issues when trying to put them in. If I put two images side by side, the text would also want to align with the pictures, resulting in a narrow squished band of text at the side of the image. It’s something I need to figure out, but until then I can’t put those pictures in.
Okay, this list isn’t in any particular order, but know that Leigh Bardugo is up there! The Six of Crows duology holds a special place in my heart, and I admire her so much for her writing skills, especially character development.
Those books… it’s been months, and I still think about them and the characters so often.
Though I already knew I loved reading, I think Tamora Pierce really helped me spark, like, an obsession with reading. All her books I’ve read (from her Tortall universe) feature a strong female lead, and I began reading them at just the right time of life.
The plot structure was also different from what I was used to, as the majority of her books I’ve read follow the main character from a young age to around… the later teen years? You see them adapt and grow in their environment, and throughout there is a slowly escalating plot that peaks in the last book. Medieval age books also hold a kind of appeal for me, and that’s what these are!
I know I’ve only read one book from her, The Poet X, as it was her debut novel, but it was really well done! But I don’t like her just because of her book. I looked her up out of curiosity, as her bio at the back of the book mentioned she had performed slam poetry herself, and I found a few poems she has performed, a TED talk she did, and watched a few other videos. She seems so passionate, especially about people of color and women’s rights, that I can’t help but love her!
I highly suggest you look her up, especially if you feel strongly about the same things. If you don’t have a lot of time, she gave an eight minute TED talk in 2016 here that can give you a quick idea of how she’s like. Do it for Women’s History Month, please!
Cinda Chima Williams
Like Tamora Pierce, Cinda William’s Seven Realms series is one that I loved when I read it a while back, and helped open my heart to reading more. I’m unsure if my tastes are still the same today, but I have been thinking of rereading it first (or not) and then reading the following series that she has written!
Having read and loved both her The Hate You Give and On the Come Up, I needed to include Angie Thomas on this list! I admire her for using her writing to speak out about so many important topics. Racism, violence against people of color, police brutality… she shows that there is more behind a label that reads “poor black kid”. (I actually have a review of On the Come Up here, if you are interested!)
Emily X. R. Pan
She has only written one book, The Astonishing Color of After, but it really spoke to me. For one, the main character is bi-racial, and travels to Taiwan in the story. Emily Pan approached the difficult topic of depression and grief beautifully while also incorporating Asian culture, and I… well, I would really like to read her future books!
Have you read any books from these authors? Who are your favorite female authors?