Women's History Month: What we're reading & our all-time favorites

Loribelle Lapaix  //  Mar 5, 2019

Women's History Month: What we're reading & our all-time favorites

I recently read The Moon Within by Aida Salazar and was blown away by her words. I envied the spiritual experience and evolution of Celi, the protagonist in the story, and wished I could rewind time to revisit my pre-teen years. So I thought, what better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than honoring the exceptional books written by women?

I asked OOM contributors to share some of their all-time favorite books, their TBR lists and anything else they’d like to share that highlights women in Lit.

Some of my favorites: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros and The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah. On my TBR list: Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss by Hope Edelman.

Gina says “The best book I’ve read written by a woman recently would have to be the award-winning A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. The book was epic yet intimate, her characters compelling, and despite being pretty long, I could NOT put it down and finished it in less than five sittings.” Her favorite author is Jacqueline Susann, well known for Valley of the Dolls: “I fully embrace her sense of camp and kitsch!”

Jordana is currently reading On The Come Up by Angie Thomas and has read quite a few books by women so far this year…

and her favorites…

  • Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
  • Any and all books by Kate DiCamillo

Allyson’s favorite is Wild by Cheryl Strayed and Becoming by Michelle Obama is on her TBR list.

Carmen recommends a few of our Graphix titles…

and a few extras:

Deimosa’s favorite book is The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta and she’s almost done reading Samira Ahmed’s Internment and “really enjoying it!”

On her TBR list:

  • Undaunted by Kat Falls
  • The Moon Within by Aida Salazar
  • Game of Stars by Sayantani Dasgupta
  • Light It Up by Kekla Magoon
  • Slay by Brittney Morris
  • A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy
  • The Long Ride by Marina Budhos
  • Where the Line Bleeds by Jesmyn Ward

Brittany recently finished Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: “It was a heartbreaking and beautiful tale about a Korean family through the generations—led by unbelievably strong women. From the author to the fearless characters, it’s a true testament of the resilient power of women.”

Raisa’s all-time favorites are The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (I second this!) and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. On her TBR list: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and We Are Refugees by Malala Yousafzai.

Lera shares her all-time favorite: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson and Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion is next on her list.

Royivia’s favorite author is Toni Morrison and she has a few favorites:

  • The Street by Ann Petry
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticant
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Mackenzie's favorites are Beloved by Toni Morrison, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. She adds: "I think each of these authors made such important points in their writing, as well as, being role models for future women writers." 

 I hope you're ready to fill your month with books authored by women – happy reading!