5 Amazing Books by Female Authors
By Ashley Chan
Looking for books written by female authors? You've come to the right place! With Women’s History Month right around the corner, it’s high time we recognize the accomplishments of all women. But in particular, let’s delve into the accomplishments of these admirable women authors. From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Chloe Gong, here are 5 amazing books by female authors.
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1. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
If you’re looking for a quick and empowering read, this one’s for you! We Should All Be Feminists is Adichie’s book-length essay, adapted from her inspiring Ted Talk of the same name. She emphasizes the need for change: everyone should be a feminist, as the title suggests. But, our first step towards this is to eliminate the latent stigma surrounding the word “feminist.” Adichie recognizes that many believe being a feminist means reversing gender roles to make men feel inferior.
And this is exactly the kind of notion Adichie tries to deconstruct.
She rewrites the narrative of this belief by placing a spotlight on the idea that being a feminist means making the world a better place for women for a more inclusive future for all. Being a feminist doesn’t mean being anti-men. Empowering women doesn’t mean taking all the opportunities away from men. In turn, being a feminist is an effort toward destroying toxic gender norms and social constructs to normalize the growth of society as a whole.
If you’re interested in short stories or nonfiction, We Should All Be Feminists is a perfect read! Even if this genre isn’t quite for you, Adichie’s 64-page essay is a great way to test the waters.
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2. To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Have a weakness for rom-coms? Yeah, me too! Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song Covey is comfortable where she is as a wallflower at school. This means being able to admire her crushes by day and write love letters to them by night—ones they’ll never receive. But when Lara Jean’s many love letters are mysteriously sent out, it turns her life upside down. Through confessions, rejections, and fake dating, Lara Jean maneuvers her way through drama she never would’ve expected.
I recommend this YA novel to anyone who’s a fan of romance or coming-of-age. The concept of fake dating can be a bit overused at times, but Jenny Han takes it to the next level in the most adorable way possible!
3. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
This classic murder mystery truly steals the show. Well, I mean, if the Queen of Crime wrote this, we already know it’s going to be a show-stealer! When ten strangers are invited to spend a weekend on a private island, they think they’re in for a relaxing trip… Until the group realizes they’re each being targeted for shady pasts they wish they could keep behind them. As the nursery rhyme of the ten little boys, each of the guests will be mercilessly murdered until there are none.
If you’re a fan of mystery or want to try out the genre, And Then There Were None is a great way to ease you in! I personally love this book, especially as a writer. Christie’s craft is admirable in the sense that she knows exactly how to perfect each twist and turn—you’ll constantly be on the edge of your seat with this novel!
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4. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Have you ever read an autobiography but in verse form? Well, try Brown Girl Dreaming, I promise it won’t disappoint! In her middle-grade verse novel, Jacqueline Woodson beautifully paints the picture of her life as a black girl in Greenville, South Carolina during the 1960s—right at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Although racism, discrimination, and segregation spread like a wildfire in the south, the white people of Greenville treat Jackie and her family with respect. Through trials and tribulations along with family drama, Woodson writes her poems with precision in ways that make every person she meets pop off the page.
For fans of poetry, autobiographies, or both, Brown Girl Dreaming is certainly an insightful read! Even though it’s considered a middle-grade novel, Woodson’s story and eloquent poetry are something that should be shared with everyone, regardless of age!
5. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
If you’ve read Shakespeare’s classic play, Romeo and Juliet, These Violent Delights is definitely worth reading. But if you haven’t, this Romeo and Juliet retelling is one that’ll keep you on your toes! Set in 1920s Shanghai, These Violent Delights follows Juliette Cai as she reprises her role as the heiress to the Scarlet Gang. However, her life takes a turn when a mysterious contagion begins killing everyone in sight. She has no choice but to team up with the heir of her rival: Roma Montagov of the White Flowers. Juliette is put to the test when she has to put their romantic past behind them… And his betrayal behind her.
Fan of fantasy and romance? This YA masterpiece is a must-read! But real talk—can you believe Chloe Gong released These Violent Delights one month before her 22nd birthday? Plus that fact that her novel made it onto The New York Times bestseller list, making her one of the youngest authors to ever make it on there for a Young Adult hardcover. We love seeing women of color succeed!
Anyway~ I hope these 5 amazing books by female authors were as inspiring to you as they were for me! Perhaps they’re inspiring enough to get your creative juices flowing, as well.
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