I have another book tag for you today (I’m trying really hard to keep up with all the tags I’ve been tagged in). I was tagged by Beth @ Reading Every Night to do the Femme Friday Book Tag, created by Vicky @ Books and Strips.
This tag is all about highlighting females in the book world – authors, characters, illustrators, etc. I am definitely all for this, so I was excited to be tagged (especially because I hadn’t heard of this tag or seen it around before). Recently, I’ve been exploring female authors and feminist books (both fiction and nonfiction) on a much deeper level – thanks in part to the Our Shared Shelf book club – and I’m excited to share some of my favorites with you.
- Post this tag post on a Friday.
- Tag three to five other bloggers (female or male, doesn’t matter).
- Post the tag image with this.
- If you’re going to start doing the meme on your blog please link back so there’s a pingback in the comments section for others to check out.
What’s the ratio of female:male authors in your shelves? You don’t have to give an exact amount, just approximately?
I think it’s split down the middle, actually. I own books from pretty much every genre, so there’s a good mix. I will say that a lot of my favorite authors are male, but I’ve been making an effort lately to read more diversely (in terms of both gender and ethnicity). The one genre on my shelves that stands out as being predominately male is definitely science fiction, which is ironic, since the first sci-fi novel was written by a woman (Mary Shelley). I need to fix that.
Do you have any preconceived notions about female authors? E.g. They only write YA or chick-lit?
Nope. I don’t think gender should define limits or preferences. I do like knowing the author’s background, because it can help me understand their writing a little better, but it doesn’t really make much of a difference to me whether they are male or female. I’ve read amazing, YA tear-jerkers by male authors, and epic fantasy and sci-fi by female authors.
Who’s your favourite female author?
J. K. Rowling. Obviously. But I’m also
kind of obsessed with V. E. Schwab, Anne Brontë (and Charlotte and Emily), Jane Austen, Emily St. John Mandel, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Margaret Atwood, Madeline L’Engle, Emma Donoghue, Christina Henry, Meg Cabot, Lianne Moriarty, Gillian Flynn, Sylvia Plath, Alice Walker… I could go on for a while.
Have you ever read a comic or a graphic novel written and illustrated by a woman?
Yes! I actually recently read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and LOVED it. It’s hilarious and serious and feminist and beautiful. If you haven’t read it, you need to. I haven’t read a ton of graphic novels, but I’m getting really into them, so if you have any recommendations for ones written and illustrated by women, leave them in the comments!
Have you read any LGBT books?
This is actually a category I’ve been making an effort to read more of lately. I also read quite a few LGBT books for the women’s history classes I took in college. Coincidentally, I did a whole post about some of my favorites (and got some awesome recommendations back from you guys), so go check that out if you’re interested.
Have you read a book by a female author of color?
I’ve actually read quite a few! Some of my favorites are The Color Purple by Alice Walker, I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. I’ve also started to get into Toni Morrison’s books (I’ve read three or four of them, and I like them, but I do struggle to identify with her characters).
Have you read any feminist nonfiction books?
Yes, I’ve been really into this genre lately! Some of my favorites so far are Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran, and We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Again, I did a whole post discussing some of my favorites and ones on my reading list a while ago, if you’re interested.
Who is your favourite female character? Someone strong and role model-ish?
My all-time favorite, and the character I identify with most has to be Hermione Granger. She’s just such a badass. And not the kind we have to be told is badass, the kind who just is. I love her.
Is there a really popular female author that you haven’t read at all?
There are probably quite a few popular young adult authors I haven’t read yet. Erika Johansen, Madeline Miller, and Marie Rutkowski are a couple I want to read soon. I also need to read Virginia Woolf, George Eliot, and Germaine Greer. They’re on my ultimate TBR (which takes up a whole notebook, please don’t ask me about it because it’s stressful).
Is there a popular non-feminist book that you really enjoyed?
Good question! It actually took me a while to come up with an answer for this one. I actually looked it up, and all the books I liked that Goodreads calls anti-feminist I could argue really are feminist. So, maybe I’m just good at finding feminism? (I’ve written a shitload of papers on this topic over the years.) Ah, okay, I found one! It’s not my favorite book ever, but: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. I did enjoy it, but it’s really not a feminist book.
And anyone else who wants to do this tag!
I think it’s a fun tag, and a great way to highlight feminist books and female authors. Let me know what female authors you love in the comments!