International Women’s Day – Book Recommendations

Hello everyone! Today is the 8th of March, and it is also International Women’s Day! So I thought that I would bring you a small selection of books that I love featuring incredible women characters, written by amazing women authors!

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t recommend some lesbian and wlw books and authors, so let’s start from the top of the picture (sorry for showing my mug, I don’t usually like taking pictures of myself, but I’m a woman, and it’s International Women’s Day, so I thought I may as well).

I love women so much. In the lesbian way, but more importantly in the feminist way. Women are deserving of so much more and I want to share just a few incredible women characters and authors I have had the pleasure of reading.

Let’s get this started!

Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

This is a middle grade wlw book. The main character, Mattie, develops a crush on her new classmate, Gemma. It is such a sweet exploration of a 12 year old having a crush on a girl for the first time, and realising that hey, she is probably bisexual. I absolutely adore this book.

Barbara herself writes some incredibly important topics in her stories, and she is an absolute delight of a human being.

Found by Fleur Ferris

It’s no secret that I love Fleur Ferris with my entire heart. Fleur is one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of talking to, and I can’t sing her praises high enough.
Found is one of my most favourite of all of Fleur’s books. The main character, Beth, goes through so much in this book, and she absolutely kicks arse while going through literal hell. Her entire world gets turned upside down and she just keeps going. To say I love this book is an understatement.

The Mighty Heart of Sunny St James by Ashley Herring Blake

As with Fleur, it is no secret that I love Ashley Herring Blake and everything she’s ever written. Ashley has written 4 queer books, and two are middle grade. Her middle grade books are so soft and important, and are books that I wished I had had growing up.
Sunny St James is so dear and so precious, and I can’t recommend this book enough. I devoured this book the moment that I could, and my heart ached for Sunny. I just wanted to give her a big, warm hug, and tell her that everything will be alright.

Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough

Now I have said since this book came out that it is my most favourite book of all time. It is still true. This book is feminist, it has two lesbian main characters, it has these two girls taking on their elite high school’s sexism, and it’s just incredible. I adore how Harriet and Will come together, despite their many differences just to fight the injustices they face at school.
Erin herself is a wonderful, queer Aussie, and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next!

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

Apart from the fact I need this sequel yesterday, this book is my other all time favourite book. Shh, I can have two.
This book follows Hannah, who is a lesbian witch, who just broke up with her long-time girlfriend. Who is also a witch. There are so many queer characters in this book, and so many witches. It’s just perfection.
Not only that, but Hannah goes through so much in this book and I can say that I would have collapsed before the halfway point in the book if I were her. She faces so many challenges, and despite wanting to just stop, she keeps going. She’s an absolute inspiration.
One of my most favourite things is that the dedication to These Witches from Isabel is to her wife. I need 500% more of that in the world, please.

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

Can Aminah Mae Safi please wife me? Pretty please? I follow her on Instagram and I just love everything she does.
This book was pitched to me as “Rory/Paris from Gilmore Girls” and as someone who thought all of Rory’s boyfriends sucked, and that she would have been far happier with Paris, this made my heart so happy before I even read it.
The book alternates between Sana and Rachel’s points of view, and both women are so incredible. They are so different, and yet work so well together.
This book even has one of my all time favourite tropes – enemies to friends to lovers, and it does it so well.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

This. Book. Is. Phenomenal.
There is a 98/99% cast of just women, and I love it. I am so here for that. More books like this please. If you’ve read my review, you also know the other reason I love this book so much.
The women in this book are straight up astounding. Like there is no way I would have survived what they did, and were still doing throughout the book.
The Tox that takes so many of their friends’ and teachers’ lives would, without a doubt, taken mine too, but the girls in this book are so strong. They’re as self-sufficient as possible, they are going through hell, but they still get shit done.
And there’s some wlw smooching going on (only a tiny bit, which was good because y’know, their world was collapsing down around them, so ain’t no one got time for smooches).
Highly recommend this book!
I am also so excited for Rory’s second book, too, which also has a lesbian main character, and is super gay. All the best things in life, I know!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I’m not just sharing this book because the main character shares my name (though hers is spelled with two Rs), but because Starr Carter is one hell of a woman.
Not only does she go through the hell of seeing her childhood best friend murdered right in front of her, but she becomes the face and voice of a movement that sparks an entire nation.
This book still gives me chills thinking about it. I cried so much while reading this book.
And it is easily the best book that I have ever read. It deserves all of the accolades and praise. It is just that amazing.
Angie herself is an incredible human being who writes such amazing, powerful books.

These books are just a tiny, tiny amount of books that I have and want to share. Each of the main characters in these books are so amazing. They’re all so different, and have gone through so much. It just shows that we women go through hell and just keep going.

And the authors are all phenomenal women, too. Every single one of these authors I love and would read anything from in a heartbeat.

I highly recommend every book listed, and every author listed, too.

If you would like to purchase any of these books, you can do so directly from Booktopia.

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