Today I have learned that it is International Women’s Day, a day that I had no idea existed until this morning (this is why the internet is good, it teaches people things). It is a day where we honor the women of the world for all they do, which in reality is quite a lot.
Now, since I was born, I remember that I always loved female authors and their works. I didn’t even refer to them as female authors when I talked about my favorite books, because I loved their writing enough that I didn’t care about their gender. It just so happens that some of my favorite books, characters, and stories were written by women.
And since today is International Women’s Day, I’ve decided to compile a small list of some of my favorite female authors. Keep in mind, they are not in particular order, because let’s face it: I’m not decisive enough to put “Top Five” or anything like that. Besides, why would I pit women against each other when they’re all fabulous?
Also, since I don’t know these women personally, I’m focusing more on their works and what they mean to me as a reader. This is capped at five only because I don’t have time to go into each of my favorites. That would be a book in it of itself.
Barbara Park is known for writing her Junie B. Jones series, starring a young girl with the same name and her adventures in kindergarten and eventually first grade. It was one of the book series from my childhood, where I spent afternoons reading about the quirky girl who tries to survive school and all it throws at her. She’s written other works as well, but the Junie B. Jones series was my favorite of hers. It’s these books Park wrote with that made me love series versus stand-alone novels. They were entertaining, and they made me laugh as a child. I was sad (like a lot of people) when I heard the news she died, because it reminded me of all of the laughs her books provided me when I was a kid.
J. K. Rowling
Obviously, I don’t need to say why she is one of my favorites. Everyone knows who this amazing woman is, even if they don’t like Harry Potter (yes, those people do exist). Now, the thing is, I didn’t read Harry Potter until I was in high school, mainly because I decided to join the crowd and try to understand why my high school friends were obsessed with Draco Malfoy. But what I do like about the Harry Potter series is that, even in a high school, all seven books were there ready for me to check out. Everyone has called these books “children’s books,” and they are organized as such in bookstores. But when I read them, I found nothing childlike about it. It has themes that can appeal to any age group, making it a read for all ages. That’s one of the genius things about this series. Much like Disney movies, it has content that any age group can find enjoyable and life changing.
(plus, Rowling is an amazing person in real life. I’ve never met her, but the stories I read about her and her past and all she does in the present just makes her an amazing person in general for me to admire)
Richelle Mead is an author known for writing her Vampire Academy series, a story about a half-human, half-vampire teen named Rose Hathaway who goes to a special academy to train to protect her best friend, Vasilisa Dragomir. From there, crap hits various fans, there’s romance, murder, magic, amazing things. Of course, she’s written other works, but I know her Vampire Academy series the most. Heck, when there was a Kindle deal for her book series a while back, I caved and bought the e-book version of half of her series to complete my collection. So now I have three different methods to enjoy this series. I love Richelle Mead’s work because she focused early on in the series subjects that is a reality for teen readers. There’s a depression and cutting scene in Vampire Academy, an anorexia subplot in the sequel series Bloodlines, and that impressed me as a teenager, because I didn’t read that many books that dealt with those subjects (I know there are books that do focus on those subjects, but I didn’t read them). Her writing style and characters are enough to keep me coming back to her work, even after I am no longer a true teenager.
The only thing I have to ask about this woman is when is she coming out with a new book? I absolutely love this woman’s writing. I love her characters, her settings, her creativity: I just love this woman’s writing and want more of her work. Even if it isn’t a sequel or companion to her Graceling series, I will take it and devour it in one sitting. The Graceling series is an amazing series, and I love it. All of her characters are unique, and are great role models for teen girls because they are so different, yet they are all relatable in some way. I’m too into fangirling over these books to even describe it fully. I just love these series, and this author made me love it with her writing and I want more from her. This is one of the authors where, if and when she comes out with news of a new book, I am dropping everything and bolting onto a browser and pre-ordering it on the spot.
This woman is a Japanese manga artist who has written and drawn two of my favorite manga series: Ranma 1/2 and Inuyasha. Ranma 1/2 is a comedy about a martial artist who transforms into a girl when splashed with cold water and gets into hilarious antics with the cast. Inuyasha, on the other hand, is a feudal fantasy where a woman travels back in time and goes on adventures with a half-demon to find these jewel shards to fix a mystical gem back together. Much like Park, Takahashi’s work was one of the first exposures to anime and manga that I had as a child. There’s a nostalgic factor when I think of these two series that I loved as a child and still love as an adult. Both series contrast each other, but they are both amazing in their own way and I love reminiscing about them with friends. Takahashi’s work holds a special place on my shelves.
And that is where I am ending this list because I do not have all day to gush over female authors and their amazing works. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go admire all these author’s books and possibly reread them.