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Happy Women's Fiction Day! (And, yes, I'm still here)

Hi Book Friends!

I apologize for the loooong delay in posts. Work, homeschool, stress, LIFE caught up with me. I'm working on an "I'm back!" post and will keep up with an every-other-week schedule for summer. I hope you're all doing well and reading as much as you can.

"The Mob of Scribbling Women"

Today is Women's Fiction Day, so I'm going to share a description of what it is and then some of the female-authored books I've read recently.

First, what is it?

Sponsored by the Women's Fiction Writers Association, the occasion is in celebration of women's fiction authors, novels, publishers, booksellers, and most importantly, readers who appreciate women's fiction and the power of a great story.

You all know how strongly I feel about female authors getting their due, even if their stories are "just" romances. Some stats which make me happy are reported in this link. I'm thrilled to see women authors increasing their reach and publishing power.

Here are some great books I've read lately written by and about women:

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

Open Book by Jessica Simpson (refreshingly compelling)

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

The More You Read, The More You Know -

Black Lives Matter

As a lover of books I subscribe to the ideas that gaining more knowledge about our country and its history and getting a different perspective on the issues facing our world today are essential to growing empathy and forming an informed worldview. If anyone is looking for a list of nonfiction books by black authors where they speak to their experiences, the link below is a great place to start. I’d also recommend White Fragility by Robyn DiAngelo. I listened to the audiobook and it was very eye-opening. I'm also reading the one pictured now. For fiction, I'd recommend any of the following ones...

Sing Unburied Sing - Jesmyn Ward

The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead

The Mothers - Brit Bennett

Such a Fun Age - Kiley Reid

The Revisionists - Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

The Water Dancer - Ta-Nehisi Coates

Queenie - Candace Carty-Williams

An American Marriage - Tayari Jones

The Hate You Give - Angie Thomas

Look for more from me later this week. Have a great day, friends!

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