Women’s Month is officially here – although it’s kind of always women’s month here at BPR. We’ve got princesses aplenty, we mainly read books by women about women for women, and we try to celebrate women as much as we can. So, we certainly have quite a bit of material to work with our first book list of March, which is 7 books you should really think about reading this Women’s Month.
The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron
You might have spotted my review for this yesterday on the blog, but it’s a must read, so I’mma push it on y’all again. This story is perfect for those that want to read about real life women heroines – and Stefania is one of them. During WWII, she hides thirteen Jews in her house with countless perils and fear plaguing her. Although this story does incorporate fiction, it tells a very very true story of incredible courage with a heroine that goes on mental, emotional, and physical journeys.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Oh, look, it’s a BPR princess repping this book yet again. We can’t help it! It features an incredible heroine that displays physical, emotional, and mental strength and redefines her life, kicking some major butt along the way. After experiencing trauma early on in her life, Ismae finds a new home in a convent of assassins that celebrates sisterhood but also finding your own strength. Ismae’s story is Sha’s and Mandy’s favorite, but all of the rest of the books in this series celebrate women and the bond of sisterhood.
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
While only Sha has read this one, it’s certainly a book that I think should be included on this list – especially for those who are fans of fairytales (which we all know did women dirty quite a bit). It was pitched as a feminist retelling of Cinderella, and after reading this part of Sha’s review, I’m convinced: “It’s a book that slowly introduces feminism to a girl who was raised to chip away her individuality and sell herself to society as a perfect wife.” SIGN US ALL UP???
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
It wouldn’t be a true Women’s Month list without including this story in it. If you’re a realistic fiction fan, this is a must pick up read. Acevedo tackles so so many important issues: faith, what it means to be a woman in today’s society, what it means to be a Afro-Latina, the first touch with love, living in a super religious family, LGBTQIA+ issues, and so much more. This was one of the best books that I’ve ever read about the growing into a women phase of life, and it’s truly an incredible read that will hit you in all the emotions.
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
It wouldn’t be a true list without a proper girl gang. The Undead Girl Gang is my personal favorite girl gang. These main characters all come from different places in the social spectrum, have quite various personalities, and definitely don’t all get along. However, this story brings them altogether to fight against a growing undead population and seeking revenge against a killer. Part mystery, part contemporary, part zombie/witch novel – this story has a lot to keep you entertained and rooting on her unlikely girl gang.
The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, Michelle Schusterman
For those that want a little bit of fluff and humor in their reads, this is a good one to go for it. This story follows three different characters as they all meet at a convention. It shows an unlikely friendship with women lifting up other women in a time of need and all the diversity between women. It brings up themes of sexism, feminism, gender, and more.
Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
This is a book that neither Sha or I have read yet (although it’s my next read), but I’m putting it on the list. This story tells the tale of an incredible musician who is overshadowed by her brother (Wolfgang Mozart) and decides to take matters into her own hands. I have to believe that this will for sure be bringing some major girl power moments in a lush, magical, historical world.
What do you think? What are some books that you’re reading for Women’s Month? Let’s discuss in the comments below!