We knew the moment that we saw this tag that we had to do it! Last year, we fully dived into the Women’s History Month readathon, but with the craziness this year, we decided to skip. However, most of the books that we read are books by women for women supporting women, so we had to go for this!
Thanks so much to Margaret @ Weird Zeal for creating it and tagging us! Her blog is incredible, and her women’s month recs, readathon, and now tag are always a highlight for us each March – plus her regular content is amazing too! Also, a big thank you to Siren @ Sweaters and Raindrops for tagging us as well. Her blog is full of fantastic reviews and tags like this, so make sure to check it out!
- 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
MANDY: The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron. This book truly has a main character who doesn’t do what she’s told. In the middle of World War II, Stefania hides up to 13 Jews in her house and saves them from almost certain death. She could have played it safe and what she was told to do, but she took a chance and saved them.
SHA: All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. Like every teen during their Last Day speech, Jime is expected to pledge her support to the big corporations that rule her every day life. Instead, she chooses to speak out against the injustice, even when that means refusing to speak ever again.
MANDY: The Diviners series by Libba Bray – okay, I had to include. The females in this series are diverse but all such badasses. Ling definitely more than fits the bill on this one, but Theta, Evie, and Mabel Rose all have their own intelligence in different ways.
SHA: To Best the Boys by Mary Weber. Main character Rhen will go to any lengths to pursue her dream of becoming a renown scientist. That includes sneaking into an all-male scholarship competition to prove that women are just as qualified to attend university.
MANDY: Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly. This epilogue story of the Cinderella fairytale showcases a few different women in positions of power – and shows how one grows into her own. From queens to mothers to decision makers (of magic) and more, this book has it.
SHA: Papergirl by Melinda McCracken. Power comes in unlikely places! Young Cassie gets a job as a papergirl during the 1919 General Strike in Winnipeg. She receives threats on her job, witnesses the suffering that led to the strikes, and learns why disseminating the news is such a vital job.
MANDY: Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu. This book was so immersive and lush – I felt like I truly was in the Kingdom. I felt so enchanted by this book that I can still feel the incredible splendor.
SHA: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin Craig. I didn’t even finish typing this title in Google before the search engine was like, No worries, I know where you’re going with this. HoSaS is my go-to for beautiful writing.
MANDY: Eeyln from Sky in the Deep! There are definitely different types of female warriors, but Eeyln certainly fits the cliches. She’s strong, fearless, and more than ready to go into battle.
SHA: The Last Namsara with my fierce warrior queen Asha! Think Daeneris but like, more bad-ass. Also I’m pretty sure I spelt Daeneris wrong BUT I’m not checking online because I still haven’t watched the final season and even though I stumbled on two massive spoilers I still don’t want anymore.
MANDY: I don’t read much scary space books, but The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James was a good one! It was such an interesting book that came up an fascinating lead up, but one giant twist that has you shocked and awed.
SHA: It’s really frustrating when you forget every single title, every single time you do a tag. Just know for every single response, I did a lot of googling of random names I managed to recall. Aaand my answer here is Sky Without Stars!!
MANDY: Unscripted by Nicole Kronzer – I just read this book, and it’s definitely an underrated book, since I’ve seen zero hype for it. It’s incredibly feminist and shows such a wonderful amount of sisterhood. I felt so empowered after reading it.
SHA: Underappreciated.. Um. How about the Pan’s Labyrinth movie-to-book version? This book is beautiful and sad. MC Ofelia is a young girl who dreams of a world with so much more than her ill mother, cruel new stepfather, and the war around her.
MANDY: Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby – it’s an amazing middle grade that explores our main character’s sexuality while seeing her father come to grips with his as well. Melleby’s sophomore book, In the Role of Brie Hutchens…also has a f/f romance and addresses coming to grips with sexuality and religion.
SHA: Tash Hearts Tolstoy feat our lovely Tash! In this book, Tash comes into her own as she embraces her identity in the wake of coming out as romantic asexual. I feel like I used way too many words in that last sentence?
MANDY: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo!!! It’s so so so breathtaking. It’s incredible. The writing, the story, the characters – it’s worth all the hype it has and more.
SHA: OMG. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed when/if a book won an award. The Hate U Give? I adore that book, and it’s the only one I remember seeing the award sticker on when I go to the bookstore. Oh! And Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.
MANDY: Oh gosh, I always suck at picking historical figures. I never do good!! I never have idols or role models, so lemme think…*500 years later* Hillary Clinton! Yes, she’s messy and complicated, but she was also the first woman to be nominated by a major US political power for president. This was the first time that I really, truly paid attention and could be in a place of power to see a women taking charge and take it in my own life. I felt empowered, watching her fight in a battle that is still so heavily male-dominated.
A book that goes along with this is Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers. It was the first real book that showed me strength in mental, emotional, and physical aspects. Ismae is still one of my favorite characters of all time, and it’s filled with healing, empowerment, and more.
SHA: I’m not going to lie to you. I rambled, then had an epiphany, then googled my role model. Introducing: Florence Nightingale. What I remembered was that she was a nurse during a war—you’re best to look her up HERE to accurately learn why she is the founder of modern nursing. Nurses protect us without asking for gratitude. They put their lives on the line daily. They are the compassionate side that doctors often cannot spare.
My book to go with this beautiful ramble is A Danger to Herself and Others. Hannah received amazing medical care that changed the course of her life. The doctors in ADtHaO aren’t the protagonists of this story, but they make all the difference in our MC’s life.