Pei (PeiReads) tagged me in the International Women's Day 2020 tag by Dianthaa (Dianthaa Dabbles). Thank you to Pei for tagging me, and thank you to Dianthaa for creating the tag! I'm new to the book tag world and I don't know many people, but I'm tagging Sia (@raenboxgirl) and Kathy (@aildreda), if you want to do it and if you haven't already! Please feel free to use the comments to talk about other books by great women authors with awesome women characters!!!
A Book with a (closer to ) Gender-Equal Society:
The Abyss Surrounds Us (The Abyss Surrounds Us #1) by Emily Skrutskie
"For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water."
Although I could be wrong, it felt like things were more gender-equal in this book. I MEAN there's a pirate queen?! I don't remember any sexism at least. It's been a while since I read it but the book is fantastic, definitely recommend.
A Book About Writing Your Own Story:
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
"The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic. Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel. Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep."
For me this is a fantastic book for this tag. It's so full of well written diverse female characters I could scream with happiness. And they're all trying to make their own story. You can see my review here.
A Story with Women Working Together:
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed.
"Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story."
This book is fantastic. Honestly it's one of the most beautiful books I've ever read and it's all about girls working together. You can read my review of it here.
A Book with a Twist on a Traditional Gender Role:
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
"The Borderlands aren’t like anywhere else. Don’t try to smuggle a phone or any other piece of technology over the wall that marks the Border—unless you enjoy a fireworks display in your backpack. (Ballpoint pens are okay.) There are elves, harpies, and—best of all as far as Elliot is concerned—mermaids."
The twist on the traditional gender roles in this book comes from the fact that for elves the women are the warriors and the traditional "male" stereotypes, and the men take on the feminine roll.
A Woman in a Man’s World:
Princess of Dorsa (The Chronicles of Dorsa #1) by Eliza Andrews
"Princess Natasia is the eldest child of the Emperor Andreth, ruler of the Four Realms. If she were a boy, she’d be the unquestioned heir to the throne. But as a girl, her main duty in life is to marry someone her father can shape into his successor. Everything changes when an unknown would-be assassin nearly takes Tasia’s life.... Unsure of whom he can trust, the Emperor realizes that his daughter might be his best option for an heir."
As you've probably gathered, I chose this book because Natasia is thrust into the position of becoming her father's heir, a role traditionally taken by a man, and so must navigate a political and military world full of men.
A Book with a Positive Romantic Relationship:
The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
"A desperate orphan turned pirate and a rebellious imperial daughter find a connection on the high seas in a world divided by colonialism and threaded with magic."
This story definitely features a positive romantic relationship. You can read my review of it here. It's such a good pirate book with a mermaidy twist.
A Book Featuring a Women’s Issue:
Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire #1) by Natasha Ngan.
"Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honor they could hope for...and the most demeaning. This year, there's a ninth. And instead of paper, she's made of fire."
I wasn't 100% sure what "Women's Issue," referred to exactly, so I assumed it was an issue that women faced, the biggest of which is sexism. Girls of Paper and Fire deals heavily with sexism, as well as with women who face violence and rape. It's a tough book to read at times, but very well written.