To go along with the Women’s History Month Readathon, Margaret @ Weird Zeal has created a Women’s History Book Tag! Thanks for tagging me, Margaret. It was so difficult to choose only one book per prompt because so many fit, but here are my responses.
Isabella fights tooth and nail to attain her desired place in the world, and her success is so satisfying.
The entire Animorphs series has its ups and downs and doesn’t end well, but with installments like this one, it is 100% worth reading.
This series is a joy. The world definitely needs more queer-heavy Jewish fantasy books.
It might be cheating to include poetry since it’s a medium designed to be beautiful, but I will take any opportunity to promote Trethewey’s genius.
The main character is technically a retired police lieutenant, not a warrior, but considering the importance of fighting in this story, I’m going to say it counts. The writing and action in this book blew me away.
The entire series just gets better and better. Some of the best writing I’ve encountered.
This steampunk Cinderella retelling is glorious, and the sequel somehow manages to be even better. I don’t see them talked about in the book sphere, which is a travesty.
I actually recommend watching the movie first, then reading the book, but you can’t go wrong whichever way you choose.
It won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature in 1993. This book in a nutshell: “His voice had a wonderful flow to it, and even the awful things he had to say were beautifully said.”
The historical woman I chose is Murasaki Shikibu, the Japanese author of the world’s first full-length novel, The Tale of Genji. Ever since she showed up in the ’90s video game Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego, I’ve had a special soft spot for her. I own a lovely edition of The Tale of Genji and will one day read its 1100+ pages.
While I don’t buy in to everything Curott does, reading this book back in high school opened my eyes to a whole different way of looking at things spiritually that I will be forever grateful to her for.