Tag: strong female character

Review: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

This was another read for Read Harder 2018, which checks two boxes: it’s a mystery by a woman of color and it’s set in India.  It’s also a period mystery, which I love.  It’s set in 1921, the first in a series about Perveen… Continue Reading “Review: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey”

The Best Books of Summer: Review of The Power by Naomi Alderman

When I went on vacation I didn’t get to review some great reads, so I’m working on catching up.  This one was my favorite. Alderman’s novel won the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2017, but I was a little afraid it wouldn’t live… Continue Reading “The Best Books of Summer: Review of The Power by Naomi Alderman”

Developing strong female characters: one author responds to negative reviews by writing a better book

Those of you who write book reviews, and who care about reading fiction with well-developed female characters, may find this article in Literary Hub as fascinating as I did.  Science fiction author Daniel Price writes about the response his book The Flight of the… Continue Reading “Developing strong female characters: one author responds to negative reviews by writing a better book”

Company Town by Madeline Ashby

If you’re looking for a science fiction/dystopian/mystery/thriller with a strong female lead, I recommend Company Town.  I can’t say this is a perfect book.  It mashed a few too many concepts together for my taste. But it’s a fun, well-written, roller-coaster-ride story.  A perfect… Continue Reading “Company Town by Madeline Ashby”

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

I liked everything this book – it’s a semi-true historical story with a strong female character, and it’s set in an interesting time. More than that, it’s a fun story full of drama and adventure. Constance Kopp lives with her two sisters on a… Continue Reading “Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart”

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

I had heard this wasn’t Kingsolver’s best book, and I’d tried starting it a few times and it didn’t really grab my attention. I went back to it last month and I’m so glad I did. Yes, Kingsolver can be a bit preachy on… Continue Reading “Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver”

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

I wasn’t sure I would love this book. On the pro side, it’s historical fiction about a dramatic, tragic event. It’s written by Alice Hoffman, who’s terrific. Though her books can be uneven, she definitely knows about writing strong female characters. And finally it’s… Continue Reading “The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman”

Review: Zaremba, or Love and the Rule of Law by Michelle Granas

I was interested in this book for two reasons.  First, it’s sort of a historical/political novel about modern-day Poland.  I’m a quarter Polish, and visited Poland for the first time two years ago, and loved it.  We were fascinated by the country’s rich history… Continue Reading “Review: Zaremba, or Love and the Rule of Law by Michelle Granas”

Review of How Angels Die by David-Michael Harding

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review.  Historical fiction, French Resistance, female spies.  What’s not to like? In a word, WOW.  This was a Made-Me-Miss-My-Metro-Stop kind of book.  Literally – and I can’t remember the… Continue Reading “Review of How Angels Die by David-Michael Harding”

Review of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.  It published on May 15, 2012 by Hyperion Books CH. The worst thing I can say about this book is that it was unevenly written, meaning there were times that the pacing and story didn’t… Continue Reading “Review of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein”

Greatest Girl Characters: Who’s on Your List?

This week Biblibio posted on one of my favorite topics: strong female heroines in young adult literature.  The post refers to a list published by The Atlantic on “the greatest girl characters of young adult literature” which includes Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pippi Longstocking, Harriet… Continue Reading “Greatest Girl Characters: Who’s on Your List?”

My Favorite Character from War and Peace: February’s Classics Challenge

After many months of reading War and Peace, I finally finished it.  Did I enjoy it?  Absolutely, for most of the book.  I loved the way Tolstoy developed his characters.  I had a lot more trouble with the pages and pages of military strategy… Continue Reading “My Favorite Character from War and Peace: February’s Classics Challenge”

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