Hi friends, and happy Saturday!
I hope that, in your little corner of the world, that you are staying healthy and happy. In uncertain times, it’s easy to get stuck inside of ourselves, but please know that I will forever be your advocate, cheering you on from my little corner of the world. Also know, that I am always here if you ever need a chat, a ramble, or a full on venting session.
With that all said and done, I couldn’t be more excited to bring you this post today! With March being Women’s History Month, Margaret from Weird Zeal took the time to create this incredible tag, celebrating just a few of the women that have left their mark on this world.
So, a huge thank you goes out to Margaret for not only being an awesome human being (in general, and for coming up with this tag), but also for tagging me in 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 beautiful graphics that Margaret created!
- Tag 8 others to take part in the tag
Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Özge Samanci
Perhaps there are more “fitting” books I could’ve chosen for this category, but something about Dare to Disappoint felt really very accessible. A memoir-turned-graphic-novel, Dare to Disappoint follows Özge’s life as she tries to figure out exactly what she wants to do with her life, who she wants to be—even if that means going against her parents wishes and her culture’s social norms.
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Blame it on who I am as a person, but I can’t not take this opportunity to gush about Renegades. If you’ve been around here for a few months, you’re more than well aware of my newfound love for Marissa Meyer, and that love propels even into her Renegades trilogy. The whole time I was reading these books, I was completely dumbfounded at how resourceful and intelligent Nova was. The girl assess every situation she’s trapped in, figured out how she can escape said situation, and she could probably make a weapon out of a paper clip and a satin ribbon. Although, there are countless insanely smart women in this series—Honey, Ingrid, Ruby, Danna, Maggie. Take your pick.
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
I promise that I tried my darnedest to avoid using this book for this category, sincerely. But, 1)I’m a sucker for Marissa Meyer and 2) this is the perfect villain story surrounding a woman in power. Queen Levana is quite honestly terrifying, and I loved learning more about her background. Although, I will admit, I’m fascinated by Queen Elizabeth and all of the work she did for the arts specifically, so I feel kind of horrible for using Queen Levana here.
In all seriousness though, I’ve realized that I haven’t read many (or any) books focused on female warriors written by female authors; please give me all of your recommendations!
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
It’s been a long while since I gushed about anything by Alexandra Bracken, hm? The Passenger duology is not only wildly underrated, but the writing itself is lyrical, poetic, and it gripped me from beginning to end. It was as if Alexandra Bracken purposefully plucked every single word straight from the dictionary, and only chose it if it was worthy of telling this particular story. I might be biased, but it really is stunning.
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
Okay. So, maybe Felicity Montague isn’t your quote-en-quote typical warrior, but that doesn’t mean that she isn’t a force to be reckoned with. I mean, the girl is growing up in a time when she’s expected to have different dresses for different daily occasions, to always hold proper manners, and to betrothe someone who will better her status in society. Felicity doesn’t have time for your conventional and sexist stereotypes; the girl wants to be a pirate, off fighting the bad guys. Despite being told “no” time and time again, Felicity comes back swinging, always saying “yes.”
Someone send me a recommendation for a book set in space written by a woman. Please. I beg of you. I haven’t read any!!
I’m just having flashbacks to becoming viscerally angry in science class after finding out that some male scientists took Rosalind’s hard work and passed it off as their own. ANYWAYS.
Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
Why don’t we talk more about this book?! Girls With Sharp Sticks is a dark commentary on what it means to be a woman and feminine, and it’s so hauntingly beautiful. The girls in this book attend a boarding school that essentially is teaching them how to be the type of woman that is expected in their society: perfect makeup, perfect hair, perfect manners. Everything from their posture to their weight is monitored at this school, and it’s terrifying. That’s all I can say. Go read it!!
*You can read my full review on Girls With Sharp Sticks here!
Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa
I can’t not talk about this book, even when I try to. Fans of the Impossible Life is your quintessential coming-of-age YA novel all about discovering yourself, but that discovering was so well done. When all is said and done, this is a story about misfits finding themselves as they find each other, and it couldn’t warm my heart more.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
I remember We Are Okay being just about everywhere when it first came out in 2017, and with good reason. This story and the way that Nina LaCour presented it really grabbed a tight hold of my heart and refused to let go. Plot wise, not much happens whatsoever; and I mean that in the most endearing way possible. By focusing on the main character and her different forms of grief and her loneliness, I related to Marin more than I was ever expecting to.
*You can read my full review of We Are Okay here!
Margaret Tobin (1867 – 1932)
Ah, I’ve got to choose Ms. Margaret Tobin for this one. But, you may know her as Molly Brown. The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
Thanks to my childhood obsession of all things Titanic, I immediately became fascinated by Molly Brown and what she accomplished throughout her life. Molly—fun fact: she was actually never called Molly while she was alive—led a usual childhood but, after she married and had a daughter of her own, she began to take note of the wrongs in her life. Because of her husband’s employment at a mining company, Molly began working to help the miners and their families, vouching for their rights, as well as helping to improve the town’s schools: the start of her philanthropy career. Continuing her improvement of schools, she then ran for state senate in 1912.
Most known for surviving the Titanic shipwreck, Molly also attempted to help others burdened by the tragedy, raising money to help the poorer passengers get back on their feet. After that, she began speaking out for women’s rights and joined the suffrage movement, even speaking at the 1914 Conference of Great Women. And, at the onset of WWI, Molly worked with the Red Cross and set up facilitates, before working with the American Committee for Devastated France, helping to rebuild the dang country.
Whew. I could obviously go on. But, we’re here to talk about a book that inspires me as much as Margaret Tobin herself!
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
First things first, I have a lot of respect for the way that diversity is both represented and talked about in this book. It feels realistic and raw, and it’s so lovely. All of that aside though, Yes No Maybe So inspires me on the level that no matter how small we all may feel from time to time, we can make a pretty big impact in this world so long as we’re passionate about it. You may just be canvassing, knocking on an endless amount of doors, but you never know who’s door you might be at next or who you might persuade.
- Lais @ The Bookish Skies
- Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books
- Xandra @ Starry Sky Books
- Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.
- Clara @ the bookworm of Notre-Dame
- Meaghan @ Hail & Well Read
- Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca
- And YOU!
If you’ve already done this post, I apologize for double-tagging you but please link me to your blog! I’d love to see your answers.
I absolutely am so happy to have participated in this tag, featuring women that did so much for us. A big thank you again goes out to Margaret!
I also learned that I really need to get my hands on more women-centered books by women. Got any recommendations?