Hello fellow bookworms 🌻 As you might now I’m participating in the Women’s History Month Readathon, so when I was tagged by the lovely host Margaret @ weirdzeal in her new, original Women’s History Book Tag, I knew that I had to do it 💗 Thank you so much for tagging me (and letting me use the lovely graphics)!! I loved the idea of prompts based on a variety of different historical women, with a little bit of information on what they were known for! That’s a reason why I liked Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls so much as it introduced me to a bunch of historical women that I hadn’t heard about and gave me the opportunity to learn more about them. So here we go 🥰
The Rules 🌻
- 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
I’m Tagging … 🌻
- Caitlin @ caitlinalthea
- Sophie @ sophiexli
- Tasya @ theliteraryhuntress
- Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks
- Acqua @ acquadimore
- Tiffany @ readbytiffany
- and YOU if you want to do the Tag 💗
Elisabeth (from Sorcery of Thorns)
➽ I’d like to believe that most YA heroines don’t do what they’re told by their respective world, but in the end, I settled on Elisabeth. She’s the heroine of Sorcery of Thorns, one of my favorite books last year! Elisabeth is a librarian, but when her home is attacked and she’s blamed for it, she plans to fight back and find out what’s really going on. Everyone pretty much wants to silence her and cart her off for defying them and their expectations for her. However, she never gives up and continues to fight to get heard and even save people from the threat that the men in power don’t want to see. I loved that the book touched upon how women are discredited and disbelieved when they don’t do what they’re told.
Emika Cheng (from Warcross)
➽ There are so many smart female characters all around, but this a shoutout to Emika from Warcross! She’s an amazing hacker and gamer, whose skills get her glitched into the most popular game in her futuristic time. Instead of getting into trouble she’s invited to play at the International Gamer Tournament and also gets to go on a mysterious mission because she’s so talented. I loved seeing Emika’s mentality of always being able to find a solution and never giving up. She’s convinced that every lock has a key, meaning that there always is a way to solve a problem. She’s definitely incredibly clever and her intelligence is how she got the chance to participate in the championships in the first place.
Truthwitch (Susan Dennard)
➽ Time to talk about my favorite series yet again, you know the drill by now 😄 But honestly, the Witchlands series has so many amazing female characters with incredible powers and storylines. Not only do we have female royalty (Empress Vaness is a feared and strong leader and Princess Vivia is fighting to become the rightful Queen after having her title withheld by men), we also have powerful women all around. The protagonists Safi and Iseult are rumored to be the two chosen ones of their world and the former is even part of her country’s nobility. Then we also have so many more characters that get more screentime as the series goes on: incredibly powerful witches who are the strongest of their type and dedicated, fearless warriors.
➽ You might know that I love Roshani Chokshi’s writing, but I wanted to mention someone else besides her this time and remembered Reneé Ahedhe! I loved her Wrath and the Dawn Duology so much (I really need to reread it), it has got a fantastic enemies to lovers relationship, lots of banter and a great snarky heroine! One of the best things about the book is the lush descriptions though, Ahdieh really brings all the delicious food to life and has a talent for weaving vivid metaphors into her writing. It’s a thing that I always love about her books, as it makes her worlds so immersive. Even though I didn’t love her latest release, the best thing about it was probably the lush writing.
This entire series is not about one, but about three female warriors! They are all daughters of death and trained at the convent to hone their magical as well as other abilities, to later be sent out on missions. Every girl has their own special ability e.g. Ismae is immune to poison and Sybella can see the shadows of death I think. I love all of them and their dynamic, Ismae is shy and quiet, Sybella is bolder and fierce and Annith is incredibly ambitious but also kind. All of them serve and protect the nobility in medieval Brittany. I especially love Annith as she’s determined to become the best in the convent and finally get her own mission, as she knows how good she has become!
Unearthed (Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner)
➽ I’ve been getting more into all the space books since last autumn, as space is cool ⭐ I definitely love all the YA sci-fi books that Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are writing together, they are such a great writing duo and have some kickass series out there!! I loved These Broken Stars when I read it recently, though I prefer Unearthed a tiny bit. The latter is about an ancient planet that supposedly holds the secret of an extinct alien species and is raided by both scientists and scavengers 👽 I loved the two main characters, the slow burn romance, and the Indian Jones-style adventure through this weird alien temple. I cannot wait to read the sequel!
Under Rose-Tainted Skies (Louise Gornall)
➽ I just reread this book recently (for the fourth time), which made me aware of how much I love it! I’m eternally sad that this is the author’s only book so far and that not more people know about it, as it’s such a fantastic and honest ownvoices story about agoraphobia, depression, and OCD. Under Rose-Tainted Skies is such a fantastic exploration of mental health with a sweet, adorable romance that doesn’t cure anything. It was so easy to get lost in Norah’s narrative and root for her along the way of her recovery and first experience with love. If you like books about mental health that have a wholesome romance I highly recommend you pick it up!
Belle Révolte (Linsey Miller)
➽ It hasn’t been long since I read this book and due to not having much time in February, I wanted to properly shout about it again here in this Tag!! I was fortunate enough to get an Arc of Belle Révolte and despite a slower start I began to love this book! There was rebellion, an interesting magic system and two female characters who were fierce in their own ways. I genuinely enjoyed all the characters (so many amazing women who supported each other!) and the subtle but sweet romances. The book has got a biromantic asexual MC as well as gay and trans representation 🌈 I highly recommend you pick it up if you’re in the mood for a great character-driven standalone fantasy representation!
The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)
➽ Of course, I had to pick The Hate U Give as it deserves all the hype that it got! I was fortunate enough to hear Angie Thomas talk (and get my book signed) the year it came out – the first time I ever managed to get a book I loved signed 💗 Angie was also so lovely and I really enjoyed her second book On the Come Up as well! I’m happy that The Hate U Give got so much praise, awards and even a movie (that I still need to watch) as it gives a voice to victims of police brutality and racism in the US and explores the life of a black teenage girl. It was great to see so many people fall in love with this book and see it still being at the top of the New York Times Bestseller list now 🥰
I loved this prompt so much as it gives us the chance to pick out historical women that we are inspired by or interested in learning about. It was so hard to pick someone and I ended up going with someone modern, but I knew I had to pick Malala Yousafzai, as I just recently read her biography! I loved reading about her fight for girl’s right to have an education, it really inspired me to be grateful for my own education and see how lucky I am to have this great privilege. I was also swept up in her love for learning as much as she can and how empowering that can be! She’s a year younger than me and has already achieved so much!
Malala Yousafzai (1997 -) ➽ As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 but survived. In 2014, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. (© biography.com)
Queens of Geek (Jen Wilde)
➽ Queens of Geek is honestly one of my favorite books ever because it was so relatable and empowering. One of the POV characters – Taylor – has social anxiety (as well as autism) and I related to her anxiety SO much. It was inspiring to see a character who was embracing her anxiety as something that wasn’t abnormal or freaky, but a part of themselves that belonged to them, but could also be tough to deal with. Taylor comes to realize that there’s nothing wrong with her and that there is bravery in doing things that are hard for you, but not everyone else. She tried to do things out of her comfort zone, yet the book never dismisses or ‘cures’ her anxiety, showing perfectly how hard it can be to do things that can be overwhelming. The message of the book was one of acceptance and so positive, it always inspires me 💗🌷
What (historical or modern) women have inspired you? What’s your favorite female-driven book? 🌻