Hello my loves! How are you all doing? The world is a little crazy right now but I hope you’re all well and enjoying lots of good books. I’m here today with a tag! I was tagged for this one by Margaret @ Weird Zeal – the lovely creator of it!
- 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
Women’s History Book Tag
Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
Okay, if you read this blog with any sort of regularity you will probably hate me right now for mentioning this series again. I can’t help myself! It’s the perfect answer to this question – Yelena spends pretty much the entirety of this book going against everything she’s told, breaking rules, getting in trouble, then doing it again. While her headstrong nature and tendency to ignore the help of others can get her into trouble, her heart is always in the right place and she usually finds a way to save the day.
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Claire, the protagonist of this novel, is a physics prodigy, who graduates high school early to start a college degree at just 16. While her university in Morganville, Texas has a few fanged surprises she wasn’t expecting, she still manages to fit classes and homework around kicking vampire butt.
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
The Demon King is set in a queendom, and stars Princess Raisa as one of its main characters. As heir to the throne Raisa has been protected from the truth most of her life, but when she finds out what life is really life for the people in the cities below the castle, she does her best to try and ease their suffering in any way. While she doesn’t always get along with her mother, she respects the Queen and the power she holds.
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
While it isn’t the most poetic , and it certainly doesn’t have flowery prose, I find the way this book is written to be really beautiful. It follows a day in the lives of two starcrossed teens, looking at the events of those 24 hours through their eyes and the eyes of the people they meet, examining how other’s tiny, distant decisions have a ripple effect that profoundly impacts the lives of these two people.
Feed by Mira Grant
Okay, I seriously struggled with this prompt, so I cheated a little – Georgia is a truth warrior. She’s a news blogger in a zombie infested world, fighting to unveil a conspiracy (while not getting eaten, of course). She’s an extrememly strong woman who values the truth above all else – that makes her a type of warrior in my book.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is a beautiful journey, following the crew of a ship on a year-long trip across space, on their way to do the biggest job of their lives. This book is quietly beautiful – the story meanders, and focuses more on the character’s lives and experiences than following a rigid plot. It balances peace with action, heartfelt, homely moments with tear-jerking tragedies. If you enjoy character-driven books, this is an absolute must read.
Knife by R. J. Anderson
I found this question kind of difficult because I’ve already mentioned both of my go-to answers for “underappreciated book” and honestly, I haven’t read many books that aren’t already hugely popular and hyped. I had to look back into my past a little to find Knife, part of the Faery Rebels series that I read when I was younger. I picked this because I feel like dark faery novels have had a recent resurgence (thanks, Holly Black) and this series perfectly fits within that category. The books are Middle Grade, but I think they’re still worth reading if you love faery stories with a twist.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
If you want amazingly written LGBTQ+ characters, look no further than Alice Oseman. The majority of her characters are queer and all are totally well-rounded and fleshed out. There’s nobody better, in my opinion, at writing books for and about the current YA generation. You can read my whole review of Radio Silence.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Gentleman’s Guide received the Stonewall Honor Book Award, and I’d say it’s highly deserved. This books is utterly hilarious – it had me crying with laughter (the Gardens of Versailles scene, anyone?) whilst also jumping for joy at the brilliant historical LGBTQ+ representation. This book has adventure, scandal, romance, and pirates – what more could you ask for? Not to mention Monty’s sister, Felicity, who is the absolute shining gem of this novel.
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
Frida Kahlo was a hugely influential Mexican artist who is admired as a feminist icon. Her most famous works are her self portraits, which she began painting after being seriously injured in a bus accident. She dealt with chronic pain and health issues for most of her life, which was often reflected in her art. But she never let this stop her, and became heavily involved in political activism.
Grow: The Art of Koyamori
This is a beautiful art book that just fills me with inspiration every time I look at it. The bright colours and surreal images really remind me of Frida’s work. While this probably isn’t the type of book you were expecting, I think this is a perfect fit!
Well, that was fun! I’ve loved taking part in the Women’s History Month Readathon throughout March, it’s been a nice highlight in an otherwise really strange month. I think it’s super important to celebrate history – especially women who are often erased from history. So I’m super excited for people to take part in this tag and maybe learn somethign new about these wonderful women!
I tag: Mary and the Words 🍋 Ashley @ The Infinite Library 🍋 Sarah @ Thoughts of the Reader 🍋 Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner 🍋 Xandra @ Starry Sky Books 🍋 Sorry if anyone’s already done this! And if anyone else wants to do this then I tag you, too!
Which historical women inspire you? Have you read any books about female warriors? Let me know in the comments!