I was tagged by Rachel for this absolutely wonderful tag and I am so very excited. It comes as no surprise that I am a feminist and love female centric books a whole lot.
1 Your favorite female author
This question is near impossible to answer, there are just too many, but here is a (tiny) sample:
N.K. Jemisin, Lidia Yuknavitch, Megan Stielstra, Amber Sparks
PS: I am only including authors I have read more than one book of.
2 Your favorite heroine
Essun from N. K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth trilogy comes to mind: She is flawed and strong and loving and so so wonderfully drawn. She is allowed to be strong and weak and wrong.
3 A novel with a feminist message
The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch. This book is so absolutely stunning. Lidia Yuknavitch is just beyond talented. I love how personal her fiction is and how centered on female grief and strength. This reminds me that I need to read the rest of her books (am I the only one who sometimes puts of reading books I know I will adore?).
4 A novel with a girl on the cover
The Murders of Molly Southborne by Tade Thompson. Because just look at that cover. Is it not beyond amazing?
5 A novel featuring a group of girls
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire. I appreciate McGuire’s ideas more than her writing style, but there is no denying that she has found the perfect group dynamics here.
6 A novel with a LGBTQIAP+ female character
Amatka by Karin Tidbeck. While I was not on the whole super impressed, the book has stuck with me and I have so many spoilery thoughts on the way in which Tidbeck plays with the readers’ expectations in a very interesting way. The lesbian relationship being part of that.
7 A novel with different feminine POV
I am going to be sneaky and steal Rachel’s answer for this because like her I am not even sure what this question is getting at.
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi is for sure different (and impressive and you should all go and read it). Told from the different perspectives of Ada’s multiple selves, this novel might very well be my favourite of the year when 2018 is over. I adored everything about this.
8 A book where a girl saves the world
The Broken Earth Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin (is it obvious how much I love it?)
This is slightly spoilery so I am not going into detail.
9 A book where you prefer the female sidekick to the male MC
First, where don’t I prefer the female sidekick to the male MC?! But, the answer that feels most true is Hermione Granger. She is everything I aspire to be: brave, clever, hard-working, honest, loyal, and so on. Without her the series would have been a short one indeed.
10 A book written by a male author and featuring a female character
I will go with The City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett with this one. This is another fantasy series I adore and Shara Thivani is just so very brilliant. She is the emotional heart of the book (and arguably the whole series), while being vulnerable, prickly, clever, and resourceful. Bennett’s women in general are a strong suit of this series: Turyin Mulaghesh is another absolutely brilliant, flawed, wonderful character.