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text 2017-11-29 22:30
Women Writers Bingo: Tentative Reading List

 

OK, this is basically an extract from my bookshelves (both TBR and read -- "read" where I've already read other books by the same author and am interested in further exploring her work), with the addition of some more or less iconic women authors who have so far escaped my notice.  This ought to keep me busy for the next couple of years, I think ...

 

A

  • Alice Adams
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Tasha Alexander
  • Isabel Allende
  • Margery Allingham
  • Julia Alvarez
  • Jessica Anderson
  • Donna Andrews
  • Mary Kay Andrews
  • Maya Angelou
  • Hanna Arendt
  • Elizabeth von Arnim
  • Mary Astell
  • Thea Astley
  • Kate Atkinson
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Jane Austen

 

B

  • Beryl Bainbridge
  • Pamela Ball
  • Sandra Balzo
  • Chitra Banerjee Divakarumi
  • Muriel Barbery
  • Pat Barker
  • Djuna Barnes
  • Linda Barnes
  • Nevada Barr
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Vicki Baum
  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Aphra Behn
  • Lauren Belfer
  • Josephine Bell
  • Gioconda Belli
  • Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Carol Lea Benjamin
  • Margot Bennet
  • Isabelle Berrubey
  • Barbara Beuys
  • Victoria Blake
  • Enid Blyton
  • Margaret Bourke-White
  • Elizabeth Bowen
  • Dorothy Bowers
  • Pamela Branch
  • Christianna Brand
  • Charlotte, Emily & Anne Brontë
  • Geraldine Brooks
  • Nancy Marie Brown
  • Pearl S. Buck
  • Fanny Burney
  • Jessie Burton
  • A.S. Byatt
     

C

  • Margaret Campbell Barnes
  • Dorothy Canfield
  • Joanna Cannan
  • Charity Cannon Willard
  • Angela Carter
  • Miranda Carter
  • Vera Caspary
  • Helen Castor
  • Willa Cather
  • Catherine of Siena
  • Eleanor Catton
  • Suzanne Chazin
  • Andrée Chedid
  • Tracy Chevalier
  • Marjorie Chibnall
  • Laura Childs
  • Kate Chopin
  • Agatha Christie
  • Marchette Chute
  • Sandra Cisneros
  • Susanna Clarke
  • Ann Cleeves
  • Barbara Cleverly
  • Colette
  • Artemis Cooper
  • Mairead Corrigan Maguire
  • Hannah Crafts
  • Marie & Eve Curie
  • Helen Czerski
     

D

  • Elizabeth Daly
  • Clemence Dane
  • Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Alexandra David-Neel
  • Diane Mott Davidson
  • Lindsey Davis
  • Natalie Zemon Davis
  • Barbara Demick
  • Anita Desai
  • Emily Dickinson
  • E.M. Delafield
  • Joan Didion
  • Isak Dinesen (Karen / Tania Blixen)
  • Emma Donoghue
  • H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
  • Susan Doran
  • Kirstin Downey
  • Ruth Downie
  • Evelyn Doyle
  • Margaret Drabble
  • Sarah Dunant
  • Dorothy Dunnett
  • Marguerite Duras

 

E

  • Maria Edgeworth
  • Jennifer Egan
  • George Eliot
  • Anne Enright
  • Nora Ephron
  • Louise Erdrich
  • Jenny Erpenbeck
  • Margaret Erskine
  • María Amparo Escandón
  • Laura Esquivel
  • Janet Evanovich

 

F

  • Lygia Fagundes Telles
  • Linda Fairstein
  • Anne Fadiman
  • Jerrilyn Farmer
  • Elena Ferrante
  • Rosario Ferré
  • Helen Fielding
  • Erica Fischer
  • Fannie Flagg
  • Judith Flanders
  • Jane Fletcher Geniesse
  • Gillian Flynn
  • Moderata Fonte
  • Sarah Foot
  • Amanda Foreman
  • Earlene Fowler
  • Anne Frank
  • Lois P. Frankel
  • Ariana Franklin
  • Antonia Fraser
  • Marilyn French
  • Tana French
  • Esther Freud
  • Alexandra Fuller
  • Margaret Fuller
  • Anna Funder
     

G

  • Diana Gabbaldon
  • Mavis Gallant
  • Janice Galloway
  • Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Elizabeth George
  • Stella Gibbons
  • Frances Gies
  • Anthony Gilbert (Lucy Beatrice Malleson)
  • Janet Gleeson
  • Kristin Gleeson & Moonyeen Blakey
  • Molly Gloss
  • Lisa Goldstein
  • Carol Goodman
  • Nadine Gordimer
  • Charlotte Gordon
  • Sue Grafton
  • Caroline Graham
  • Anna Katherine Green
  • Kerry Greenwood
  • Germaine Greer
  • Lady Augusta Gregory
  • Susanna Gregory
  • Kate Grenville
  • Aceituna Griffin
  • Nicola Griffith
  • Martha Grimes
  • Sarah Gristwood
  • Judith Guest
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
     

H

  • Brigitte Hamann
  • Barbara Hambly
  • Denise Hamilton
  • Edith Hamilton
  • Sheila Hancock
  • Helene Hanff
  • Lorraine Hansberry
  • Kathryn Harkup
  • Joanne Harris
  • Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
  • Mavis Doriel Hay
  • Eliza Haywood
  • Anne Hébert
  • Elke Heidenreich
  • Lillian Hellman
  • Kristien Hemmerechts
  • Amy Hempel
  • Sandra Hempel
  • Jennifer Morag Henderson
  • Christine Heppermann
  • Georgette Heyer
  • Susan Higginbotham
  • Mary Higgins Clark
  • Patricia Highsmith
  • Hildegard von Bingen
  • Susan Hill
  • Laura Hillenbrand
  • Lisa Hilton
  • Tami Hoag
  • Antonia Hodgson
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Beatrice Hohenegger
  • Renate Holland-Moritz
  • Susan Howatch
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Siri Hustvedt
  • Elspeth Huxley
  • Hypathia of Alexandria
     

I

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Susan Isaacs
  • Molly Ivins

 

J

  • Shirley Jackson
  • Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Miranda James
  • P.D. James
  • J.A. Jance
  • Tove Jansson
  • Lisa Jardine
  • Inge Jens
  • Ianthe Jerrold
  • Sarah Orne Jewett
  • Elizabeth Jolley
  • Erica Jong
  • Rachel Joyce
  • Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz
  • Julian of Norwich
     

K

  • Frida Kahlo
  • Ellis Kaut
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Susanna Kearsley
  • Helen Keller
  • Faye Kellerman
  • Margery Kempe
  • Christine Kenneally
  • Hannah Kent
  • Jamaica Kincaid
  • Laurie R. King
  • Barbara Kingsolver
  • Helen J. Knowles
  • Rachel Knowles
  • Clea Koff
  • Elizabeth Kostova
  • Nicole Krauss
  • Aug San Suu Kyi

 

L

  • Marie Laberge
  • Mary Ladd Gavell
  • Carmen Laforet
  • Selma Lagerlöf
  • Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Lorna Landvik
  • Nella Larsen
  • Carole Lawrence
  • Camara Laye
  • Laurie Lee
  • Tanith Lee
  • Charlotte Lennox
  • Donna Leon
  • Doris Lessing
  • Andrea Levy
  • Marina Lewycka
  • Amy Licence
  • Astrid Lindgren
  • Leanda de Lisle
  • Clarice Lispector
  • Elizabeth Little
  • Ivy Litvinov
  • Norah Lofts

 

M

  • Sharon Maas
  • Margaret MacMillan
  • Karen Maitland
  • Abby Mann
  • Erika Mann
  • Katia Mann
  • Elisabeth Mann-Borghese
  • Olivia Manning
  • Katherine Mansfield
  • Hilary Mantel
  • Beryl Markham
  • Monika Maron
  • Ngaio Marsh
  • Megan Marshall
  • Sujata Massey
  • Doris Maurer
  • Daphne du Maurier
  • Margaret Mazzantini
  • Mari McAuliffe
  • Susan Carol McCarthy
  • Helen McCloy
  • Sharyn McCrumb
  • Carson McCullers
  • Colleen McCullough
  • Val McDermid
  • Alison McGhee
  • Maureen F. McHugh
  • Pat McIntosh
  • Shirley McKay
  • Patricia McKillip
  • Paula McLain
  • Catherine Meadows
  • Lise Meitner
  • Rigoberta Menchú
  • Anne Meredith
  • Claire Messud
  • Anne Michaels
  • Rosalind Miles
  • Margaret Millar
  • Marja Mills
  • Anchee Min
  • Denise Mina
  • Gladys Mitchell
  • Margaret Mitchell
  • Nancy Mitford
  • Miyuki Miyabe
  • Theresa Monsour
  • Rosa Montero
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Anne-Marie-Louise D'Orleans Montpensier
  • Lorrie Moore
  • Susanna Moore
  • Wendy Moore
  • Elsa Morante
  • Toni Morrison
  • Toni Mount
  • Bárbara Mujica
  • Alice Munro
  • Lady Murasaki Shikubu
  • Iris Murdoch
  • Tamar Myers

 

N

  • Barbara Nadel
  • Meera Nair
  • Sylvia Nasar
  • Shizuko Natsuki
  • Marguerite de Navarre
  • Irène Némirovsky
  • Katherine Neville
  • Anaïs Nin
  • Ingrid Noll
  • Elizabeth Norton
  • Amélie Nothomb
  • Mary Novik
  • Frances Noyes Hart
  • Tiina Nunnally

 

O

  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Tea Obreht
  • Edna O'Brien
  • Carol O'Connell
  • Flannery O'Connor
  • Sandra Day O'Connor
  • Nuala O'Faolain
  • Margaret Oliphant
  • Emmuska Orczy
  • Mary Orr
  • Anna Maria Ortese
  • Perri O'Shaughnessy
  • Elsa Osorio
  • Isabel Ostrander
  • Helen Oyeyemi
  • Ruth Ozeki
  • Cynthia Ozick

 

P

  • Tina Packer
  • Sara Paretsky
  • Sandra Paretti
  • Dorothy Parker
  • I.J. Parker
  • S.J. Parris
  • Rachel Pastan
  • Ann Patchett
  • Jill Paton Walsh
  • Renee Patrick
  • Sharon Kay Penman
  • Louise Penny
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Régine Pernoud
  • Anne Perry
  • Ellis Peters / Edith Pargeter
  • Nancy Pickard
  • Jodi Picoult
  • Hazel Pierce
  • Tamora Pierce
  • Marge Piercy
  • Christine de Pizan
  • Jean Plaidy
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Sarah B. Pomeroy
  • Elena Poniatowska
  • Katherine Anne Porter
  • Linda Porter
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Susan Power
  • Helen Prejean
  • Annie Proulx
  • Barbara Pym
     

Q

  • Anna Quindlen

 

R

  • Lea Rabin
  • Ann Radcliffe
  • Carol Daugherty Rasnic
  • Pauline Réage
  • Kathy Reichs
  • Ruth Rendell
  • Barbara Reynolds
  • Lucy Ribchester
  • Dorothy Richardson
  • Henry Handel Richardson (Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson)
  • Brenda Rickman Vantrease
  • Stella Rimington
  • Margaret Rivers Larminie
  • Candace Robb
  • J.D. Robb
  • Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Marilynne Robinson
  • Roxana Robinson
  • Judith Rock
  • Hilary Rodham Clinton
  • Katrin Rohde
  • Nelly Rosario
  • Colette Rossant
  • Christina Rossetti
  • Roswitha von Gandersheim
  • Laura Joh Rowland
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Arundhati Roy
  • Gabrielle Roy
  • Priscilla Royal
  • Joanna Russ
  • Harriet Rutland
  • Sofie Ryan
     

S

  • Vita Sackville-West
  • Jehan Sadat
  • Françoise Sagan
  • Angela Saini
  • George Sand
  • Cora Sandel
  • Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
  • Sappho
  • Beth Saulnier
  • Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Andrea Schacht
  • Harriet Scott Chessman
  • Lisa Scottoline
  • Alice Sebold
  • Anna Seghers
  • Annemarie Selinko
  • Barbara Seranella
  • Anna Sewell
  • Beth Shapiro
  • Mary Shelley
  • Carol Shields
  • Katharine Sim
  • Helen Simonson
  • Helen Simpson
  • Mary Sinclair
  • Maj Sjöwall (& Per Wahlöö)
  • Margaret Skea
  • Karin Slaughter
  • Ali Smith
  • Julie Smith
  • Shelley Smith
  • Zadie Smith
  • Susan Sontag
  • Sonia Sotomayor
  • Diana Souhami
  • Muriel Spark
  • Johanna Spyri
  • Freya Stark
  • Gertrude Stein
  • Gloria Steinem
  • Carola Stern
  • Amy Stewart
  • Mary Stewart
  • Rebecca Stott
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • Kate Summerscale
  • Beverly Swerling
  • S.D. Sykes

 

T

  • Lalita Tademy
  • Amy Tan
  • Donna Tartt
  • Mary Taylor Simeti
  • F. Tennyson Jesse
  • Sheri S. Tepper
  • Mother Teresa
  • Josephine Tey
  • Grace Tiffany
  • James Tiptree Jr. (Alice Bradley Sheldon)
  • Claire Tomalin
  • Jean Toomer
  • Lillian de la Torre
  • Stella Tower
  • Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Rose Tremain
  • Joanna Trollope
  • Gail Tsukiyama
  • Janette Turner Hospital
  • Helene Tursten
  • Joyce Tyldesley
  • Anne Tyler
     

U

  • Jenny Uglow
  • Sigrid Undset
  • Else Ury

 

V

  • Barbara Vine
  • Serena Vitale
  • Susan Vreeland

 

W

  • Alice Walker
  • Amy Wallace
  • Maureen Waller
  • Harriet Walter
  • Minette Walters
  • Evangeline Walton
  • Sarah Waters
  • Winifred Watson
  • Tiffany Watt Smith
  • Betty Webb
  • Alison Weir
  • Eudora Welty
  • Patricia Wentworth
  • Debbie Lee Wesselmann
  • Rebecca West
  • Susan Wittig Albert
  • Edith Wharton
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Sara Wheeler
  • Ethel Lina White
  • Samantha Wilcoxson
  • Margery Williams
  • Jeanette Winterson
  • Margaret Wise Brown
  • Christa Wolf
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Faith Wolseley
  • Barbara Wood
  • Paula L. Woods
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Jennifer Worth
  • Mary Wortley Montagu
  • Andrea Wulf
     

X

  • Xuē Xīnrán

 

Y

  • Tiphanie Yanique
  • Jane Yolen
  • Banana Yoshimoto
  • Marguerite Youcenar
     

Z

Julie Zeh

Xianliang Zhang

Edith M. Ziegler

Stefanie Zweig

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text 2017-11-27 14:48
Card Reveal: Women Writers Bingo

 

Awogfli announced in this post, a few days ago, a "female authors challenge", i.e., the intention to include more female writers in her literary intake as from 2018 on.  Others spontaneously signed on, and I promised to create a bingo card for those who want to track their reading progress that way.  So (drumroll) ... here it is!

 

The authors featured in the card, from top left to bottom right:

 

W   Mary Wollstonecraft
K    Margery Kempe
R    J.K. Rowling
N    Anaïs Nin
Q    Anna Quindlen
G    Ursula Le Guin
O    Edna O'Brien
E    George Eliot
B    The Brontë Sisters
V    Barbara Vine / Ruth Rendell
H    Hildegard of Bingen
P    Christine de Pizan
XY  Banana Yoshimoto
M   Toni Morrison
Z    Julie Zeh
IJ   Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz
D   Emily Dickinson
L   Jhumpa Lahiri
T    Amy Tan
U   Sigrid Undset
C   Agatha Christie
A   Jane Austen
S   Sappho

 

I've tried to mix early women author pioneers with contemporary authors, Western / white authors with authors of other ethnicities, and authors of literary fiction with authors of other genres (mysteries, fantasy, romance), nonfiction and poetry.  The result is still a bit more Western-centric than I'd have liked, but it's the best compromise I've been able to come up with.

 

The idea, in any event, is not merely to read the writers whose images I've used to create the card -- it's to read more women writers, period.  Whomever you want; regardless of time period, genre, nationality, ethnicity ... just -- women writers, of all origins, genres, and styles.

 

Now I'll follow Awogfli's example and put together my tentative reading list ...

 

If anybody else is interested in joining, please do!  The more, the merrier.

 

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review 2017-09-06 09:47
Fantastically Medieval
Plague Land - S. D. Sykes

Set in London, 1350, two years after the start of the bubonic plague in that city.

 

Not for the squeamish. The opening scene is pretty gruesome and had me muttering about superstition and stupidity.

 

In a wonderfully medieval tone, a first person account begins, told by a Lord of the manor, far too young. With several of the local authorities dead of plague, responsibility is brought to his door when a dead girl is found in the woods.

 

As a younger son who is only Lord because his older brothers fell victim to the plague, Oswald is unprepared for his role but rises to the challenge with admirable self-discipline and intelligence. Plots and intrigue make it necessary for him to learn the ways of land-grabbing Lords fast, and a superstitious priest complicates his every move.

 

I loved the writing in this. Despite the stress and some gory scenes, it's wonderfully medieval and at times even poetic in well written prose. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction or Fantasy.

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review 2017-07-15 10:45
Perfect finish to the series
Power of the Dance - Jaq D. Hawkins

All the books in this trilogy are supposed to be stand alone, but I think this one needs to be read with background information from at least one of the other two. It occurs a generation after Demoniac Dance and the children in that story have grown up, some even having children of their own.

 

It's hard to say much about this story without giving spoilers for the previous one, so if you haven't read Demoniac Dance, you might want to read that one first before finishing this review.

 

Khemael, the main character, is mostly human looking in appearance, except for his large, dragon-like wings. If he allows a human to see him, there's an equal chance of being mistaken for an angel or a demon. He enjoys flying freely and this causes problems, because of course goblins are supposed to stay out of sight and one of the characters from the previous novel who is a dragon also breaks a few rules by going out to fly.

 

The ability comes in handy when a tribe of wild men move towards the old city and present a danger to the human settlements there. Old enemies have to cooperate once again against a common foe.

 

This had some very dramatic scenes in it and wrapped the series as a whole up very neatly. It's definitely one of my favourite series and I highly recommend it to any Fantasy readers. If you read on Kindle, the complete series in one volume periodically goes on sale very cheaply and it's just called The Goblin Trilogy so keep an eye out for it.

 

I'm partly sad that the ending worked so well because that means no more books in this world, unless the author does a parallel timeline series like Anne McCaffrey and others have done.

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review 2017-07-15 10:37
End of the series for me
Black Powder War - Naomi Novik

I loved that this story started right after the previous one ended. Temeraire and his crew are still in China, but both weather and a problem with the ship are preventing their return to England, when they get an urgent missive to transport some eggs. A dragon can fly distances over land, but there are dangers. Urgency and Temeriere's enthusiasm drive Captain Laurence to try that route.

 

Much of the story takes place in Turkey this time so we get a different cultural flavour. I had mixed feelings about the story overall. It was different from their previous adventures, yet in many ways it seemed samey. I actually put the book aside for a while and came back to it, determined to finish though finding it a slog. I think this is the end of the series for me, though there are six more books. It's just not holding my attention anymore.

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