This year, I’ve read a lot of great female authors, including some I’ve read for the first time. Today I want to talk about ten female authors I read for the first time this year, and am definitely planning on reading more from.
I am a more than a little obsessed with Red, White & Royal Blue. It’s so much fun and so cute, but also relevant to today’s society (both socially and politically). I did actually get to go to a signing where I heard Casey McQuiston talk about her sophomore novel, and I CANNOT WAIT. It’s going to be amazing! When can I preorder?
I absolutely loved Where the Crawdads Sing. I honestly didn’t have very high expectations, but it really just blew me away. It’s one of those stories that slowly worms its way into your soul. And I would definitely like to read more fiction by her.
I always love fiction based on mythology, and I was so excited to read a book based on Mayan mythology, which is something I haven’t encountered very much. And this book definitely lived up to my expectations, plus some. I already want more.
I feel a little bad about including this one, because her debut novel, Would Like to Meet, doesn’t come out until December. But I loved it! I’ve gotten really into romance this year, and this is definitely one of my favorites. I already can’t wait until her next book.
Min Jin Lee
Pachinko is a really great family-centric novel. And like many of the books on this list, it hurt me. But who wants a family drama that doesn’t break you heart? I’ve heard great things about Min Jin Lee’s Free Food for Millionaires, so I’m definitely planning on reading that one next.
I love a good thriller. And Samantha Downing’s My Lovely Wife was Gone Girl-level good. It will mess with your head in the best way, and refuse to let you put it down. I cannot wait for Downing’s next book, which should be out next year.
Again, I love novels with mythological elements, and I was especially curious about this one, which is set in China and features a legend in which men change into tigers. Yes, please! And I loved this one. I immediately went out and bought her other novel, The Ghost Bride and am really looking forward to reading it.
I know Lisa Lutz has been around for a while, but she was new to me this year with The Swallows. Which I really loved. It’s dark and feminist – which is kind of an awesome combination. More please! I know she has a lot of backlist books, and I’m definitely planning on exploring those.
Many thanks to Delacorte Press for sending me not one, but two of Melanie Benjamin’s books this year – The Girls in the Picture and Mistress of the Ritz. Because I really enjoyed both of them. So much so, that I’ve already bought another one that’s been on my radar for a while (The Swans of Fifth Avenue). Which I am very excited to read.
I heard about Conversations with Friends a while ago. And I was very intrigued by the UK cover of Normal People (also the fact that Florence Welch picked it for her book club). So when it was a Book of the Month pick a few months ago, I went for it. And I really enjoyed it. I feel like she knows how to write characters that seem real, and I definitely want more of that.
Have you read any of these authors? Are there any female authors you discovered this year that you’d love to read more from? Let me know in the comments!