This week, on 8th March, was International Women’s Day. This means, for one whole day, we get to talk about women, exclusively. Of course, we talk about women every other day too, but today, I wanted to make a little list of authors (who just so happen to identify as female) that I think absolutely rock (or authors I really want to read)
Five…Amazing Women That Write (And a few more because five isn’t enough)
is perhaps one of my favourite authors now. Her books have random magic, crossdressing, morally dubious actions and gay panic. Also, I follow her on twitter. It’s hilarious. I think she wants a cat – or she is currently catsitting (?) either way, she’s in the middle of writing a prequel to a novel she wrote a few years ago and its…not going well (which is hilarious for us mere observers.) Also, she has super awesome hair.
Recommended: A Darker Shade of Magic (if you’re surprised by now, you must be new)
is a children’s writer, but she writes really odd stuff and I’m really looking forward to the next one about a girl who’s soul is shared with a bear (where do these ideas come from?!). In the last one I read, the M.C was a girl who everyone overlooked because she was just a girl, and it introduced mansplaining to (older) kids (but the girl lets them because it’s Victorian and she’s just so glad someone is letting her talk about bones).
Recommended: The Lie Tree (the tree is fed by lies. GARDENS WOULD THRIVE)
like her or loathe her, you can’t say good ole J.K isn’t bloody influential. Harry Potter may be representatively lacking, but it gave us Hermione Granger, badass Minerva McGonagall and Nymhadora Tonks. Also, on twitter she can be a bit hit or miss, but when she burns YOU NEED ALOE VERA.
Recommended: er, no. I’m not gonna. Your options are Harry Potter or that Strike series (which I haven’t read. I’m here for the magic)
is an author I didn’t expect to like, but I do, I really do, and I’m waiting for other books to come back into circulation. I’m really curious about Kissing the Witch, and once my current TBR list is down, I’ve got Frog music, Sealed Letter and Slammerkin waiting at the library for me (eventually, I mean, have you SEEN my TBR list?)
Recommended: Room (Five year old perspective, VERY GOOD)
has written at least three damn awesome fairytale re-imaginings that are really dark, and I’ve literally just found out she has another one coming out in June called The Mermaid, and I am suddenly incredibly excited (please excuse me while I go schedule the book in to buy in a few months).
Recommended: Alice (dark, gory version of Alice in Wonderland)
is an author I haven’t read yet, but I have heard SO MANY GOOD THINGS that I have Swing Time queued up next to read. I am super psyched, and hopefully I’ll be able to find some more Zadie in the library. Unfortunately I don’t know much else about her right now…
Currently Reading: Swing Time
I’m going to leave it there. Honestly, I could keep going, and going. I feel Diane Wynn-Jones needs a mention, and I am really looking forward to reading Ali Smith, and Margaret Atwood can be good (can also be meh) and Naomi Alderman (THE POWER IS WORTH A READ) and I am determined to read my way through Virginia Woolf by the end of the year (perhaps overly optimistic).
There are so many excellent authors (that ID as female) and these are just a few of my favourites (or ones I am looking forward to). Who’s your favourite (not out of these, I just mean in general)?