Books By Women

On International Women’s Day Lee posted a challenge. List 95 books by women and non-binary individuals. 95 books you’ve read.

That seemed intimidating but intriguing. So I started thinking. And it wasn’t as tough as I thought to come up with 95 authors for that list. For some of these women I’ve read multiple books by them. I’ve tried to link to as many as possible (which is why this is showing up so far after International Women’s Day). Making this list was a joy, surprisingly, because I remembered authors I want to read more of now.

  1. Roxane Gay: Bad Feminist
  2. Louise Penny: Inspector Gamache series
  3. Jacqueline Winspear: Maise Dobbs series
  4. Laurie King: Mary Russell series and Kate Martinelli series
  5. Chimimanda Ngozi Adichi: Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists and The Thing Around Your Neck
  6. Caitlin Moran: How to Be a Woman
  7. Jan Burkis & Kim Yaris: Who’s Doing the Work?: How To Say Less So Readers Can Do More
  8. Kate Atkinson: Case Histories
  9. Artis Henderson: Unremarried Widow
  10. Allie Brosh: Hyperbole and a Half
  11. Karin Slaughter: The Kept Woman (I want to read more of these books!)
  12. Helene Wecker: The Golem and the Jinni
  13. Kate Morton: The Secret Keeper
  14. Margaret Atwood: Stone Matress: Nine Wicked Tales
  15. Yaa Gyasi: Homegoing
  16. Kate Schatz: Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide
  17. Carole Boston Weatherford: You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen and Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hammer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement among others
  18. Jacqueline Woodson: Each Kindness and The Other Side among others
  19. Eileen Spinelli: Where I Live and While You Are Away
  20. Kate DiCamillo: Flora and Ulysses and Tale of Desperaux and the Mercy Watson series and the Bink and Gollie series
  21. Blue Balliett: Chasing Vermeer and The Wright 3 and Hold Fast among others
  22. Kirby Larson: Hattie Big Sky and Hattie Ever After
  23. Malala Yousafzi: I Am Malala
  24. Laurie Halse Anderson: Fever 1793
  25. Marilyn Nelson: How I Discovered Poetry and My Seneca Village and American Ace
  26. A.S. King: Ask the Passengers
  27. Rachel Hartman: Seraphina
  28. Elizabeth Wein: Code Name Verity
  29. Jessica Day George: Tuesdays at the Castle series
  30. Sharon Creech: Love That Dog and Hate That Cat and Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
  31. Jessica Herthel: I Am Jazz
  32. Tamora Pierce: First Test and the following books in the series
  33. Ann Patchett: State of Wonder – not kids
  34. Monica Brown: Side by Side Lado a Lado and Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People
  35. E.L. Konigsburg: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place and others
  36. Kelly DiPucchio: Grace for President and Zombie in Love
  37. Susan Taylor Brown: Hugging the Rock
  38. Helen Frost: Diamond Willow and Hidden
  39. Thanhha Lai: Inside Out and Back Again
  40. Margi Preus: Heart of the Samurai 
  41. Marjane Satrapi: Persepolis and Persepolis 2
  42. Judith Viorst: So many! But I love Lulu and the Brontosaurus and If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries
  43. Linda Tirado: Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America – not kids
  44. Jennifer Holm: Sunny Side Up and Turtle in Paradise and so many more
  45. Cynthia Rylant: The Relatives Came and God Got a Dog and countless more (truly, I don’t think I could count them all)
  46. J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter series (of course) and The Casual Vacancy and the Cormoran Strike series
  47. Jessica Spotswood: A Tyranny of Petticoats (she actually edited this collection but it’s fabulous and I can’t skip it)
  48. Kekla Magoon: Shadows of Sherwood (and she has a short story in the above collection)
  49. Kathy Collins: I Am Reading: Nurturing Young Children’s Meaning Making and Joyful Engagement with Any Book – not kids
  50. Donalyn Miller: The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child – not kids
  51. Lois Lowry: The Giver and Number the Stars and so mnay more
  52. Lauren Child: The New Small Person
  53. Cornelia Funke: The Thief Lord and the Inkheart trilogy
  54. Shannon Hale: Princess in Black series and The Goose Girl
  55. Eve Bunting: How Many Days to America and The Pirate Captain’s Daughter and many, many more
  56. Pam Munoz Ryan: When Marian Sang and others
  57. Gennifer Choldenko: Al Capone Does My Shirts
  58. Mara Rockliff: Me and Momma and Big John
  59. Katie Kennedy: Learning to Swear in America
  60. Salina Yoon: Penguin books
  61. Kate Hannigan: The Detective’s Assistant
  62. Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility – not kids
  63. Zetta Elliott: Bird
  64. Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking
  65. Dana Simpson: Phoebe and Her Unicorn and at least one of the sequels
  66. Nancy Springer: Enola Holmes series
  67. Ursula Vernon: Castle Hangnail
  68. Victoria Jamieson: Roller Girl
  69. Cassie Beasley: Circus Mirandus
  70. Erin Morganstern: The Night Circus – not kidding
  71. Judy Blume: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Are You There God It’s Me Margaret and more and more
  72. Rukhsana Khan: Big Red Lollipop
  73. Natalie Babbitt: Tuck Everlasting
  74. Holly Black: Zombies vs. Unicorns (again, she was an editor as this is a collection of fabulous short stories)
  75. Maryrose Wood: The Incorrigable Children of Ashton Place series
  76. Jennifer Fisher Bryant: Pieces of Georgia
  77. Lindsay Mattick: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
  78. Barbara Robinson: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and others
  79. Sarah Miller: The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century
  80. Rachel Renee Russel: at least one of the Dork Diaries books
  81. Ellen Oh: Prophecy
  82. Julia Otsuka: When the Emperor was Divine – not kids
  83. Rainbow Rowell: Eleanor and Park
  84. Maria Semple: Where’d You Go, Bernadette 0 not kids
  85. Lissa Evans: Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, and a Very Strange Adventure
  86. Victoria Thompson: Murder in the Bowery (I need to read more books in the series!) – not kids
  87. Leslea Newman: October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard
  88. Lynn Povich: The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace – not kids
  89. Tracey Hecht: The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions
  90. Lauren McLaughlin: Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective in What’s That Smell
  91. Ursula K. LeGuin: The Left-Hand of Darkness and A Wizard of Earthsea
  92. Linda Ashman: Rain! (this is one of my favorite picture books)
  93. Cathy O’Neil: Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy 
  94. Jo Baker: Longbourn
  95. Ann Leckie: Ancillary Mercy

2 replies on “Books By Women”

  1. jenorr says:

    Sue, that’s a question I asked but never got a satisfying answer to. I saw this idea flying around on FB on International Women’s Day from several different people and it was always 95. But I have no idea why.

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