Tuesday, 9 March 2021

My favourite books written by women | part 2

I wrote a post a few (five!) years ago sharing my favourite books written by women - but I've since added to that list and I wanted to update it in a part two! Let me know yours...

Stronger, Faster and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton


This is a stunning sci-fi novel about human body modifications (both medical and aesthetic) set over the course of years and years, right into the future. Every story is so vastly different but each character and their tale is intrinsically linked by one tiny detail - no spoilers, sorry! But you should absolutely, definitely, 100% read this fantastic work of fiction. It has stayed with me since I first read it. Buy it here.

The Furies by Katie Lowe


I loved this book so much - it's so cool and clever, so fascinating, so perfect. It's a teen drama but in the best possible way, combining witches and history and school life. Wonderfully written with plenty of well-researched mythology in there, I cannot recommend this enough and I'm dying to get my hands on Katie's next novel! Buy it here.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones


I only just finished this but I think it's one of those books that will stay with me forever - so poignant, so delicately written, so passionate. It brings home some truths about what it's like to be black in America, and I think Tayari writes incredibly. This should be on your TBR list for sure. Buy it here.

I Looked Away by Jane Corry


If you're into twisty psychological thrillers then I would highly recommend this - it will leave you guessing, sitting on the edge of your seat and all that clich├ęd goodness that comes with reading a book like this. It follows a woman who has experienced something tragic happen within her family, and a homeless woman she meets - and, of course, how their lives intertwine... Buy it here.

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann


Set in America just after WW2, this is a beautiful tale about a pair of cousins who consistently visit their childhood holiday home with their own families despite not being as close as they once were. The setting, Tiger House, is beautifully depicted and there are some really interesting themes and moments throughout the book. Buy it here.


Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan


A couple trapped in space having to hash out their earthly love affair, written absolutely beautifully? If that's not a must-read I don't know what is - I adored this book so much, despite it being the perfect blend between sci-fi and romance which are two genres I don't usually go for. I loved her second novel, The Light Between Us, too. In fact I'm (im)patiently waiting for a new book PLEASE. Buy it here.

The End of Everything by Meg Abbott


Written almost like poetry, this story hangs in the balance between YA and adult fiction; it's a difficult story to read, about the disappearance of a young girl and the secrets that come out in the aftermath, but I read it in a day and thought it was truly beautiful. Would recommend! Buy it here.

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware


SO eager to read more from Ruth; The Lying Game is a thriller-style book about a group of women who did something *bad* as teenagers, which catches up with them later in life - drawing them all back together to try and fix things. It's breathtaking in its drama, and so well written. Huge love for this. Buy it here.

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult


This woman is a genius when it comes to writing novels; I mentioned her in the first part of this blog post five years ago and I still adore her work. This one is a particular favourite as it tells the story of a man who was a Nazi soldier during WW2, and what happens when he befriends a young woman in modern day - how their relationship blossoms, overcomes and forgives. It's utterly wonderful! Buy it here.

I'd like to give a shoutout to some other women who have written brilliant books that I have loved - Lisa Jewell, Lucy Powrie, Holly Bourne, Catherine Isaac and Megan Miranda. As ever, I have to mention Sue Monk Kidd and Sophie Hannah: my two favourite authors who inspire me daily.

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