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 Mistry, who’s a lawyer in her father’s firm and is loosely…

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 up to the hype. This book was amazing.  It took a…

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 Silvers received on Goodreads. I’d braced myself for the worst with…

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 beach read, you might say. As the book begins, this Canadian…

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 and modern-day politics. But secondly, as I started reading the book,…

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 last time that happened. Honestly, I went into this book with…

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 the Spy, Betsy from Betsy-Tacy, Ramona Quimby, and a few others.…

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