This has got to be one of my favourite book tags ever! I am so thrilled that I came across it on The Comfy Reader, who I just recently followed and I love her blog.
- Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
- Link to the creator’s blog in your post
- Answer the questions below using only books written by women
- Feel free to use the same graphics
- Tag 8 others to take part in the tag
Oona (Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
This is kind of a unique case because the person who Oona doesn’t listen to is herself. She is living her life out of order- one year she is 19 and the next she is in her 50s. Her past self leaves her current self notes, which she always reads but often tries to ignore. Seeing her try to pave her own way even though these events are inevitable was something I loved about this book. She has the perfect mix of strength and vulnerability.
Frances (Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney)
I would consider Frances to be intelligent and a deep thinker. I was fascinated by the way her mind worked and her views on the world. You have to have a certain level of intelligence to be a talented poet and writer. This did not mean that she always made the smartest decisions, and there was something refreshing about that. In fact, her choices often frustrated me but that is what made her feel so real.
Piper (Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker)
I will admit that Say You Still Love Me is far from my favourite book, but what I did love about it was the reverse in tradition power dynamics. Piper is a VP at a real estate development firm. It was refreshing to read about a woman who was career-driven and was accomplishing her goals despite outside pressures and opinions. I need to read more books like that!
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
The Dutch House was my first Ann Patchett novel and it will not be my last. I absolutely fell in love with her writing. I was in awe of how she was able to weave a story together and to create characters who I felt deeply connected to. This is a story without much plot, but it is so beautifully done that is was impossible for me not to love it.
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
Admittedly, I have not read many books about female warriors, but even if I had I am confident that I still would have chosen The Poppy War. It is no secret how much I loved this book. Rin is one of my favourite characters because she works her butt off to get what she wants. You will not find the chosen one trope in this book!
To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
I always talk about The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, so I thought it would be fun to highlight another one of Becky Chamber’s books. This novella is just over 150 pages, but Becky Chambers makes ever page count. The was something so simple and beautiful about this story. It is best to go into it knowing nothing about it.
Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford
Follow Me to Ground is one of the weirdest books I have ever read. It is weird in the most beautiful way. I think the premise may scare people off or confuse them, but the experience of reading it is worth it. It is a book that I want to put on everyone’s radar!
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
You know I had to include at least one nonfiction title in this tag! In the Dream House is one of the most powerful memoirs I have ever read. Machado shares her experience of being in an abusive same-sex relationship. This is not something that is often discussed. Machado is so vulnerable and shares her story is a beautiful way. I recommend this to absolutely everyone!
Circe by Madeline Miller
Circe won the Goodreads Choice Awards for best fantasy in 2019 and was also nominated for a few awards. It deserved all of the hype that it received. It is one of the books that made me fall in love with mythological retellings and I really should talk about it on my blog more often. I am constantly checking to see if there is any news on Miller’s next book. I will read anything she writes!
I own nine copies of Pride and Prejudice… how could I not chose Jane Austen? I recently watched a documentary about her and there was so much about her life that I didn’t know. I will share the video with you here in case you are interested: