For International Womens day there seemed to be no better way to celebrate than to create a list of my Top 5 Female Authors! I have definitely mentioned a few of these before, either in my Top 10 books about Mental Disorders or on my Instagram, because I truly think they are fantastic.
So without further ado:
Becky Chambers is an American author from North Carolina. Her first book “A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet” was self published before it’s massive popularity led to it being bought to mainstream publication. “A Closed and Common Orbit”, and “Record of a Spaceborn Few” are loosely connected to the Wayfarer from her first book, but “To Be Taught if Fortunate” is a stand alone novel. Read more about her here!
Her stories are truly gripping and, although heavily featuring alien races, somehow always leave you questioning your humanity and the bonds that form between people in your life.
I recommend for anyone who loves a good adventure, and emotional yet heartwarming stories, even if you don’t enjoy science fiction give these a go.
Marya Hornbacher is an american novelist, editor and lecturer from Minneapolis, USA. Her first book “Wasted” is a memoir of her journey through anorexia and bulimia. “Madness” and “Sane” are similar, they are her story about addiction and living with bi-polar disorder. “The Center of Winter” is her first novel, and second published book, exploring suicide and family life. For more information on her life and works head to maryahornbacher.com.
All of her books are beautifully, yet hauntingly written and leave you unable to put them down. You truly feel the roller coaster of her life with bi-polar, eating disorders and addiction, she does not hold back on details.
I recommend for anyone who wants to know more about the above mental disorders, or anyone going through them who wants to hear from an author who understands.
An English actress and novelist who’s first book “When God was a Rabbit” was published in 2011 and is a story of love and family told across 20 years. “A Year of Marvellous Ways” weaves together love, grief and the pull of the sea. Her third book “Tin Man” was shortlisted for the 2017 Costa Book Awards. Read more about her here.
Her books are all about the magic, love and heartbreak in everyday life, and the bonds and heartbreak that exists between people. They are all written in a unique and engaging style that sucks you in and keeps you gripped to the end.
Recommended for anyone who enjoys stories that have the capacity to make you cry, yet are full of love, joy and humanity.
Donna Tartt is a multi-award winning American Author, who’s books have been translated into over 30 languages. Her books brings together, love, loss, art and antiques, as well as classic literature. All of her books are full of strong imagery and many say have a similar style to Charles Dickens, with the plots spanning long periods of time, and the focus on class, social status and exaggerated characters.
For someone that struggles to read most classic novels, I find her books engaging and accessible, with gripping imagery and plot lines and an immersive experience.
Recommended for anyone who is a fan of classic literature and art, who enjoys the process of a book rather than a need for fast paced action.
An award winning and best selling novelist who’s books have been translated into over 75 languages. She is best known for “All the Bright Places” and “Holding Up the Universe”. She has written a huge range of books, from YA fiction to Historical non-fiction and says “At first glance, my books are all over the map, but if you look closely they share a common theme: they are stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Her website can be found at jenniferniven.com.
Her books are engaging, well written, and aren’t afraid to discuss topics such as mental health and grief, in a way that is accessible for a huge range of readers.
Recommended for anyone, young or old that enjoys a story without overly dramatised characters and heartwarming connections.