Random Musings

I Need To Up My Game

So, today is International Women’s Day.

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Shout out to all the badass women out there.

My feed on Twitter was filled with people shouting out to some of their favorite female authors and some of their favorite series written by women. I had some come to mind, too, specifically from science fiction and fantasy, genres that I love so much.

Sharon Shinn.

Tamora Pierce.

Melissa Caruso.

Erin Lindsey.

Evie Manieri.

Rob Thurman.

Megan O’Keefe.

And that was just some of my top favorites. There are other authors, like Cassandra Clare, J.K. Rowling, Melissa Meyer, K.C. Alexander, who I’ve read and also enjoyed. Then, in the romance genre, I got some of my top authors, too, because I am a sucker for a good romance novel with plenty of heat.

Bec McMaster.

Tessa Dare.

Meljean Brooks.

Amanda Bouchet.

But, honestly?

I had to go to my Goodreads account to remember some of the female authors that I’ve read and loved. Looking through the books I’ve read, I changed the list setting by author and scrolled through.

And was blown away by how many series I love are written by men.

Not only that, but it wasn’t really surprising that I was having trouble remembering female authors whose stories I love and whose work I’ll always support. Because I haven’t, in the grand scheme of things, read that many. Especially not comparatively.

Obviously, I need to up my game.

I already have some female authors on my list that I want to read (and honestly should have before): Robin Hobb. Ursula K. Le Guin. Naomi Novak. Tomi Adeyemi. Elisa Kova. Sarah J. Maas. Sabaa Tahir.

But I feel like I’m missing a lot.

So, have any female writers you think I should be reading or should have read yesterday? Let me know in the comments below–though I definitely plan to be actively seeking for more female writers to read, support and be inspired by. Because next year, on this date, I want to have a lot more female role models to point you towards and beg you to read their books.


8 thoughts on “I Need To Up My Game”

  1. You might enjoy Maggie Steifvater. She writes YA paranormal romance, which isn’t generally a genre I read, but her writing is so elegant and her characters so well formed that I enjoy her work.

    Not a female author, but L.E. Modesitt writes fantasy that was casually feminist enough that I always presumed he was a female author until I just googled it. 🙂

    Margaret Atwood is another author that’s amazing. Again, not a fantasy author, but she writes speculative fiction (among other things) that is very thoughtful about what could be in the way that fantasy is. She’s also such a poet that her prose is just unbelievably beautiful. You might like her Oryx & Crake trilogy.

    I don’t honestly read a ton of fantasy, because a lot of it suffers from women problems, which is pretty much a deal breaker anymore. Looking forward to reading yours someday. If I could find another Tamora Pierce, who absolutely changed my life, I’d be super happy.

    1. Wow, thank you so much for all of those suggestions, Mae! I have a friend who loves Steifvater and I’ve always meant to check out Atwood, as well. I’ll have to check out L.E. Modesitt, too!

      And thank you! Hopefully, when you read my fantasy one day (fingers crossed), you don’t find the same problems! But yes, Tamora Pierce is a queen among mortals. ❤

  2. I will always recommend Victoria Schwab. I discovered her when Chuck Wendig recommended her on Twitter, and it changed my life. Her historical fantasy trilogy Shades of Magic is so good, the books are fast-paced but also immersive. Her world-building is so natural too, I’m always shaking my head at how easy she makes it all look. I want to be her when I grow up basically 😛

    You’ve got me thinking about how many women or men I’m reading…I think its definitely affected by which genres you gravitate towards more and their gender biases. I really want/need to read more fantasy, romance, and literary in general, since I always go right for the hist fic 😀

    1. Crap, yes! I definitely meant to have her on my list (along with Delilah Dawson). Both of them are so positive and inspiring on Twitter, I definitely want to read their books, as well.

      It kinda blew my mind, how little I actually read, of other female authors! But I’m hoping to read more (both in general and by women). 😀

  3. The Space Between the Stars by my friend Anne Corlett. It came out last year, and has just had its paperback release in the last few days!

  4. Oooh I love the Bitterbynde Trilogy by Celia Dart-Thornton! I read it as a teenager and I’ve always been enamoured with it 🙂

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