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