I am beyond excited to be taking part in another blog hop brought to you by the same wonderful group of women as the Valentine’s Day Blog Hop. Each of the ladies participating in this hop are smart and inspiring, so definitely go check out their blogs and follow them.
This month we are talking about women authors, and female characters in books that have inspired us in some way, in honor of international women’s day. So here are five (actually six but I’m grouping two together since they write a lot of books as a pair) female authors that have made my life better and brighter, in their own special way.
Diane has this way of creating stories that give you pause, and make you reflect on your own beliefs about what is right and what’s wrong. Each one of her books is unique, each one of her characters has a rich background that you can feel through the pages. The one thing that I love the absolute most about Diane, and I’m pretty sure I’ve said it before, is that she’s very casual with her fans, she asks for fan insight on things like character names, plot ideas, and even shows pictures of the birds on her bird feeders almost every day. She just seems like a down to earth woman, with a genius mind for creating stories.
Book Recommendations for Diane Chamberlain:
The Stolen Marriage
The Midwife’s Confession
The Good Father
Jodi has been one of my favorite authors since I can remember. Her books were the ones who got me into reading adult books, and her stories are incredible. Some people don’t like her writing, due to the intense court dramas, but I crave it, I love how much detail she goes into in each of her books, and you can definitely tell she does her research. There has not been one book that she’s written that I didn’t adore.
Book Recommendations for Jodi Picoult:
But truthfully, you can’t go wrong with any of her books.
Before The Hunger Games the only real YA series I had read was Twilight, so I didn’t have many good examples of badass women in literature for teens. With the introduction of Katniss Everdeen, that all changed. I love that Katniss made her own decisions, she wasn’t afraid to get down and dirty, and she definitely didn’t need no man! This series is one of my favorites, still to this day.
Book Recommendations for Suzanne Collins:
The Hunger Games Series
Ann M. Martin
The first series I ever read that introduced me to the idea of powerful, unique girls, was The Baby Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin. Each one of her characters has her own personality, her own background, and her own problems. I grew up indulging in each of these novels, and loving every second of it. I believe that every little girl should read this, because no matter who you are, you will identify with at least one of the girls in these books. She’s also written books that aren’t part of the series, which you could definitely check out too.
Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
These ladies are a dynamic duo, they truly know how to suck you in. They know what the reader wants, and they will give it to you and then some. I don’t know much about these ladies, but what I do know, is that as long as they keep creating fantastic books, I’ll keep reading them!
Book Recommendations for Liz and Lisa:
The Good Widow
Your Perfect Life
I’ll be reading their new release Girl’s Night Out very soon!
What women have inspired you?
Meet the other girls participating in the blog hop, and then head over to their blogs to see their recommendations:
Megan: Raised by a strong mother in a house full of women, Megan appreciates books that are able to realistically capture the trials and triumphs of everyday women. She often seeks out fiction and memoirs written by women, especially those about lives that are different from her own. At The Hungry Bookworm, she pairs every book review with a recipe inspired by that book. Visit her blog for some of her favorite female-centric reads.
You can find Megan’s recommendations here.
Charlotte: As a part-time book blogger, a passionate virtual assistant and a full-time nerd, Charlotte always seems to be dreaming about another new project. You’ll probably find her 1) with her nose in a book; 2) furiously writing new blog posts when she has a rare flash of inspiration; 3) updating her spreadsheet of 2018 movie releases (which really does exist); or 4) writing numbered lists. Head over to her blog to see her top 4 favourite female authors in celebration of International Women’s Day!
You can find Charlotte’s recommendations here.
Kayla: Kayla loves strong women who aren’t afraid to be themselves. Most of her favorite authors are women, and she really relates to those female characters that are just a little bit different. Visit her list on The Page Turner to see some of her favorite ladies of literature!
You can find Kayla’s recommendations here.