Thursday, March 8, 2012

Happy International Women's Day!!

International Women's Day is an annual event which falls each year on March 8th, but was 1st observed on February 28, 1909 in the USA. Each year International Women's Day has a particular theme to spotlight and this year's theme is Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures.

Since 2010, I've hosted an  International Women's Day Book Exchange on Bookcrossing with the goal of exchanging books that are either written by women and books pertaining to women's health, women's history, feminist theory, biographies/memoirs about women, and so on. Basically, any book written by or about women may be exchanged for this book exchange! This year 32 women from around the world, including myself, participated in the International Women's Day Book Exchange that I organized on Bookcrossing!! It was a lot of fun to organize.

I also thought I'd share some of my favorite women writers with you. The following authors are phenomenal writers and have written books (or poetry) that I have truly enjoyed reading. Drum role please to the following women writers who have made reading so much more enjoyable!

Agatha Christie
Barbara Kingsolver
Charolotte Perkins Gilman
Diana Gabaldon
Geraldine Brooks
Harper Lee
Jessica Hagedorn
Kate Chopin
Margaret Atwood
Mary Shelley
Maya Angelou

There are many more women writers I enjoy reading. I just chose a few to spotlight.

So, who are some of your favorite women writers?


  1. Being Australian, I have read a few Aussie Female authors over the years. Here are a few of my favourites:

    Kath Walker
    Ruth Park
    Dorothia MacKeller
    Helen Garner
    Estelle Pinney
    Kerry Cue

    International ones:

    Dorothy Porter
    Lara Adrian
    Lynsay Sands
    Sophie Kinsella
    Helene Hanff
    Franni Flagg
    Tanith Lee
    Susanne Kaysen
    Joanne Harris

  2. Thanks for sharing your list of women writers you enjoy reading. I'll have to check out the Australian writers you've mentioned as I'm not familiar with any of them. Oh, the joys of discovering new writers!

  3. You're list is wonderul. I'd also add:
    Elizabeth Berg
    Anne Tyler
    A. Manette Ansay

    They're more commercial, but always create such wonderful characters. I read everything they write.