Angie Thomas, Celeste Ng, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Laini Taylor, Leigh Bardugo, Lisa See, Roundup, Taylor Jenkins Reid

#IWD2019: Female Authors Who Inspire Me

Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate (and to celebrate my 26th birthday…), I thought I’d put together a list of female authors who inspire me with their words.

Leigh Bardugo

Anyone who knows me knows that I love watching heist movies. I will sit down and marathon a ton of them with no trouble at all. And now I’ve found my favourite heist books. The Six of Crows duology took me on a wild ride through her Grishaverse and I maintain that it’s her best work to date. There is a reason why it’s so highly touted on Booktube and Bookstagram!

I also love what Bardugo did with the character Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman: Warbringer for the DC Icons series. She brought new life to the iconic superhero by making her into a three-dimensional character.

Angie Thomas

I feel like Thomas breathed new life into the YA genre with The Hate U Give. She managed to capture what was going on with #BLM, police brutality, racism, and classicism all in her debut novel. Nothing was written as too on the nose and none of it felt like it was preachy. It was a book that unapologetically looked at how these insidious behaviours affect individuals, families, and neighbourhoods.

Thomas also hit it out of the park with On The Come Up. It was a love story to hip hop while critiquing the music business and what it meant to be seen as a young black woman beyond stereotypes and the boxes that society try to put us in.

Celeste Ng

I recently posted on my Instagram talking about how Little Fires Everywhere remains on my mind even though I read it last year.

Ng did such a fabulous job taking us on a journey with these characters in a small town. Every word is written with intention throughout this story that’s a character study about our relationships with ourselves and with one another.

The striking thing that never left me was that feeling of being suffocated. It just felt like the lies, the past, and the small town atmosphere piled on to make you feel like you couldn’t escape.

Laini Taylor

Taylor has such a beautiful way of writing. Her sentences are poetic. They feel magical and dreamy. You have no trouble being transported to another world because of the way she constructs her sentences.

The Strange the Dreamer duology is so rich in its world building, the complex and magical story of romance, secrets, gods, and goddesses. She reinvents the story that we know all too well — the underdog who yearns for adventure in his life.

As a fan, I am itching for her to expand this universe because I can’t get enough of the dreams and nightmares.

Lisa See

See always manages to take me on an emotional journey with her books. I may not always like the women in her books, but they always feel like real people who make mistakes, who are irrational, and who are trying to come to terms with their identities.

Her books take a look at Asian women throughout history and the different struggles they face.

I always finish her books leaving with more knowledge about real life events and the lives of Asian women who are too often erased from history books.

Taylor Jenkins Reid

I am one of those many people in 2018 who were immediately enraptured by The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

I can still remember feeling completely immersed in the world of old Hollywood. Taylor has this ability to keep a mystery alive without making it feel like she’s dragging the reader along to the end.

What I remember most from Seven Husbands is the deep regret and sorrow you feel from the characters. You felt like you were right there in the room watching Evelyn’s life on the big screen as she recounted her life.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It wasn’t until I read Adichie’s work that I fully understood that feminism has to be intersectional.

I continue to take away so many important lessons from her work whether it’s from the mini feminist manifestos or her stories about feeling displaced as an immigrant.

I still remember tearing up as I understood Ifemelu’s internal struggle with feeling like she belonged somewhere.

Leave a comment and tell me which female authors inspire you!

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