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…
- The Lottery’s series by Emma Donoghue
- That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
- The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty
- The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Kahn
- Focused by Alyson Gerber
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…
- NewsPrints & EndGames by Ru Xu
- Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm
- SMILE & SISTERS by Raina Telgemeier
- Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk
- The Baby-Sitters Club series by Gale Galligan
- The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
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!