2016 Reading Update

This year I challenged myself to read more novels by women and so far I have read some outstanding novels by some brilliant women.  Mostly I’ve noticed how I’m reading a wider variety of novels and picking ones of the shelf that I may never have glanced twice at, especially some of the older novels that have often been forgotten.

Book cover of The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve

I would highly recommend The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve.  This is one of the first and finest examples of the Gothic novel and can be seen as being highly influential on Shelley’s Frankenstein.  Written in 1777 is is also one of the oldest published novels by a woman.

Some of my other favourites of the last two months have been:

Under My Skin by Juno Dawson - Book Cover
Under My Skin
Juno Dawson
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This book reminded me why I read creepy horror books when I was a teenager, except it was infinitely better than anything I read back in the day.

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan book cover
The Gracekeepers
Kirsty Logan

This exquisitely written novel by Kirsty Logan made me curious about the divisions between cultures and the suspicion we have of people different from ourselves – how we mythologise things we don’t know or understand in order to try and make sense of it.

What Lies Between Us book cover
Nayomi Munaweera
What Lies Between Us

At times brutal but always delicately written this novel is outstanding and definitely worth exploring.

The rest of the year looks good as well, here are some of the books at the top of my to-read pile:

Book Cover - The Sleeping Prince by Melinda SalisburyBook cover Simon vs The Homo Sapiens AgendaBook cover of Asking For It by Louise O'Neill

Book cover of The Ship by Antonia HoneywellBook cover of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper25322449

What books by women have you read this year or what’s at the top of your to-read pile?

2 thoughts on “2016 Reading Update

  1. Thanks for the tips – I am also committed to reading female writers this year. So far I have literally devoured Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series of books starting with My Brilliant Friend. Now technically we don’t know if the author is female but really, when you read the novels, she can only be a woman. The prose and insight are all female in my humble opinion!


    • I’d not actually heard of Elena Ferrante, but the Neapolitan series sounds very interesting, I’m going to have to check those out for sure.


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