The VERY amazing Margaret @ Weird Zeal created this excellent original tag for Women’s History Month (which is THIS MONTH! RIGHT NOW!)
Margaret has “a lot of feelings” (same) and writes lovely, passionate reviews. She recently shared about her editing process, inspiring me to print out my own NaNo novel and give editing a shot!
The short of it is that Margaret is awesome and so is this tag.
- 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
Celie, the protagonist of The Color Purple, does as she’s told in order to survive.
Her sister-in-law Sofia and her lover Shug do NOT.
Celie learns from their example, leaves her abusive marriage, and starts making pants.
SHE STARTS MAKING PANTS, Y’ALL.
For many women, finding quality pants is SUPER DIFFICULT and Celie’s pants are WORKS OF ART.
I’m bringing back Smart Girls Get What They Want because it’s about intelligent ladies trying to find love.
Also mentioning The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You because I love it and all the characters go to genius school.
They do have to wear polos, though.
ANYTIME I GET A CHANCE TO BRING UP BITTERBLUE, I DO IT.
Here’s the premise; it’s a bit of a spoiler for Graceling, so proceed with caution:
Princess Bitterblue became queen at sixteen after the death of her parents. (It’s more complicated than that, but I don’t want to get into it.)
Bitterblue begins two years into the young queen’s reign as she uncovers awful truths about her abusive father’s regime.
Also she sneaks outside the palace to hang with a bi boi who I DON’T REALLY LIKE and there’s a kissing festival? Or something?
Listen…I really like this book. I just have feelings about Saf.
I’m calling it now: Deerskin is my favorite book of 2020.
You heard it here first.
I will keep insisting everyone read this book.
Robin McKinley writes horrific acts in a dreamy style without disconnecting the reader from the characters’ trauma.
I don’t know how she does it.
What if I told you there was a YA duology about lady pirates?
The first one is mostly dude pirates, though the piratey heroine shows them what’s what.
The sequel is all ladies, all the time, plus a love interest, a recovering alcoholic, the comic relief, and a single father.
But like…mostly lady warriors.
THEY FIGHT Z-
Almost spoiled it.
It’s really cool, though, you should definitely read it.
Catherynne M. Valente and I aren’t on friendly terms.
I have to admit, though, that her book Radiance sounds awesome.
Allegedly, the heroine travels to Venus for a research project.
Get in, losers! We’re going to Venus!
I command you to love Dr. Brittney Cooper.
Eloquent Rage is SUPER underrated.
Read it, read it, read it.
It’s very good.
Author Anna-Marie McLemore includes queer characters in most of their books.
According to this Twitter thread, writing Dark and Deepest Red helped them come out as nonbinary.
Their books include
- a trans boi (When the Moon Was Ours)
- a bi character (Wild Beauty)
- a nonbinary boi (Blanca and Roja)
This is just the rep I know about.
So far, I’m really enjoying Girl, Woman, Other.
I love the writing style.
I wrote a 12-person ensemble novel for NaNoWriMo, so I was SUPER excited to see a prize-winning novel with a similar structure.
It’s a really beautiful book and I wish it didn’t have to share the Booker Prize with The Testaments.
I know we all love Margaret Atwood, but we can’t just throw awards at sequels because we liked The Handmaid’s Tale so much.
Did you all know about Julie D’aubigny? She sounds AWESOME.
Rejected Princesses describes her thusly:
…sword-slinger, opera singer, and larger-than-life bisexual celebrity of 17th-century France. Her life was a whirlwind of duels, seduction, grave robbing, and convent-burning so intense that she had to be pardoned by the king of France twice.
SHE BURNED DOWN A CONVENT.
Also, she allegedly beat a man in a duel, THEN seduced him!
SHE’S MY HERO!!
Picking a book that inspires me is a difficult task.
Here are two comics that I have not read…yet.
The first is Blackbird by Sam Humphries, Jen Bartel, and Triona Farrell.
I L O V E Jen Bartel’s artwork and magical noir is APPARENTLY a favorite genre of mine.
The second is Shuri: The Search for the Black Panther by Nnedi Okorafor, Leonardo Romero, and Jordie Bellaire, which follows Princess Shuri (and Baby Groot, apparently) on a rescue mission.
I’m really excited to see stories like these. They make me hopeful about the future of publishing.
Happy Women’s History Month once again!
I’m reading a lot of books that I love at the moment (and one that I hate! I’ll let you guess which one!)
Hope you find some good reads from this list.
Shoot, I have to tag some people.
Go forth and post.