Since International Women’s Day was a few days ago, and March is Women’s History Month, I thought I’d take a minute to reflect on the female authors I’m really loving at the moment. Some of these authors are new to me, and some of them I’ve been fans of for years. They span pretty much all genres, but are all amazing authors. Here are the female authors I love, and am excited to continue reading more from:
Yes, it took me until 2020 to finally read Octavia Butler. And I cannot understand why no one made me read her books before! Kindred is a masterpiece and I loved it. Will definitely be reading more books in the future. (If you have suggestions for which one I should pick up next, leave them in the comments!)
I absolutely loved Homegoing and am so very excited for a new Yaa Gyasi book this year! Transcendent Kingdom will be out in September, and you better believe I will be preordering. I don’t even care what it’s about, I just know I need it.
Red, White & Royal Blue might just be my favorite romance book. And I’ve read a lot over the past year. It’s even more impressive since it’s her debut novel. Her next book, One Last Stop, comes out next year, and I can’t wait.
I picked up Wilder Girls because Casey McQuiston recommended it. And, holy crap, that book is insane. I loved it. So much that I already got my hands on a copy of her second novel, Burn Our Bodies Down, which I will be reading and reviewing really soon. Seriously, it’s taking a lot of willpower to prioritize the books I need to get to first.
V. E. Schwab
If you asked me about my auto-buy authors, Schwab would be at the top of my list. She’s an author I will be reading for a very long time. I’ve loved all her books, including her middle-grade series (it’s amazing – check it out), and will probably continue to do so. I’m extra excited for this year’s release, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, because it sounds so, so good.
Taylor Jenkins Reid
When I pick up a Taylor Jenkins Reid book, I know I’m probably going to cry, but I’m also going to love it. I’ve read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six twice each at this point. They’re such different books, but equally amazing. Bonus: she’s just a great human.
The Night Circus has been one of my favorite books for years (I’ve read it at least three times). And when we finally got a second Morgenstern book last year, I knew it would be amazing. And it was. It took eight years for us to get The Starless Sea, and I am definitely willing to wait another eight for more (though if it can be sooner, that would be great).
I can’t decide which of Madeline Miller’s books I love more, but they’re both amazing. Song of Achilles is probably one of the top five books that made me cry (listening to the audiobook in the car and sobbing on the freeway probably wasn’t my best decision). I definitely want to read more from her, and can’t wait to see what she does next.
Her debut, Gods of Jade and Shadow, came out last year. And I absolutely loved it. I just got an early copy of her next book, Mexican Gothic. I have no idea what it’s about, but I know I need to read it.
I don’t read a lot of young adult books these days, but if Mackenzi Lee writes them, I’ll definitely read them. I love her Montague siblings series, and definitely want to read more of her books.
The Wayward Children series is probably at the top of my list for current favorite series. I’ve been getting kind of burnt out on series once we hit book four or five, but not with this one. It probably helps that they’re short, but I also love that they’re all sort of standalone stories that connect. I am planning on reading book six sometime this month, and I am very excited about it.
I’ve been reading Libba Bray since I was about fourteen or fifteen. Which is more than half my life (insane, I know). I just picked up the finale to The Diviners series, and can’t wait to read it. It’s so good.
Another author I’ve been reading since high school, and one I’m still a huge fan of. I’ve been
slightly obsessed with her Six Tudor Queens series, book five of which comes out this year (naturally, I already got myself a copy to read and review soon). She writes amazing fiction AND nonfiction, and I’ve enjoyed both.
Who are your favorite female authors? I definitely have a lot more, but figured I’d keep this list (kind of) short.