Favorite Female Authors

In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we want to talk about the ladies that we love to read!


Tana French- This author pops up on a lot of my “favorite” lists. She has strong characters, strong storylines and beautiful writing. Some of the best crime books I’ve read.

JK Rowling- I credit JK Rowling with making reading trendy among many young readers (and adults) who might not have picked up a book otherwise. I’ll forever be a Potterhead and I don’t feel even a little bad about that!

Harper Lee- “To Kill a Mockingbird” is one of my favorite classics. Harper Lee captured what racial inequality and injustice looked like in the South, something that the North may not have seen firsthand and something that today’s America never truly saw firsthand and I think it’s really important to be reminded of what that time was like. I always loved Scout, but I loved her even more in “Go Set a Watchman.” (If you haven’t read GSAW because of the controversy surrounding Atticus, just let that go and read it already!)

Lisa Genova- This is a fairly new author who writes about neurological diseases and injuries. Genova has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard and you can tell when reading her books. She does a fantastic job of balancing the explanations of various neurological diseases/injuries to the reader and developing the storyline and relationships. I love reading her books because I get to enjoy fiction while still learning the truths about things like Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s Disease.


Sylvia Plath- If I could only read one book for the rest of my life it would be “The Bell Jar”.  Favorite poem of all time is “The Night Dances” (check it out, so worth it.)

Patti Smith- I was late to the Smith party so I feel like I’m catching up a little bit.  Patti is a singer/songwriter/author/artist/journalist/goddess and her writing is just amazing.  Haunting and beautiful but also straightforward and unflinching.

Joan Didion- “The Year of Magical Thinking” has become required reading at this point but “Slouching Toward Bethlehem” which is her collection of short stories is just brilliant.  Didion is a female icon for a reason.

Roxane Gay- I know, I know, I harp on how much I love her frequently but I am so not sorry.  Read any of her short stories and you will immediately be hooked on her honest and open portrayal of people.

Honorable Mention:

Liane Moriarty-  I’m new to Moriarty as well but I checked out “Big Little Lies” last year and was not sorry.  I have read one of her others and I will certainly check out more.  Great storytelling and she has such an amazing style.

Rainbow Rowell- So I dabble in the YA from time to time and Rowell is a current staple but the thing is: it’s so good.  She can tell a great story in almost no space.  Her short stories are incredible and developed and her adult fiction is fun and insightful.



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