The Women’s History Book Tag // fantastic women-authored stories (and beyoncé?)

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Caitlin from Caitlin Althea recently tagged me to do this Women’s History Book Tag created by Margaret from Weird Zeal! (Thank you for tagging me, Caitlin!) If you don’t know Caitlin, you should hop on over to her blog because she is a literal rock-star 💃.

the rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below using only books written by women
  • Feel free to use the same graphics
  • Tag 8 others to take part in the tag

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

Does history make the woman or does the woman make history?

Olivia Mead from The Cure for Dreaming was a prime, albeit fictional, example of a suffragist who wouldn’t remain silent and docile in changing times. Her father was so distressed with her “liberal” thoughts that he resorted to hiring a hypnotist to fix her mind. But, is there a cure for dreaming? 🤷🏻‍♀️

“I’d rather be able to dream and fail than to never feel the pull of another way of life.”

Side note: I really want to make a list of books I know I love, but can’t, for the life of me, remember the details of the plot of. The first book on that list would be this sucker 😅.

Howl’s Moving Castle By Diana Wynne Jones

Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle wasn’t smart in the logical or numbers-crunching type of way per se, in fact she was constantly berated for being silly and too rash 😅. However, I found that she was guided by an admirable, interpersonal intelligence and a caring personality that ended up rewarding her more than if she was bright in the traditional, “book-smart” sense.

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Okay, so Theodosia in Ash Princess wasn’t technically in power, she was withheld it by a tyrant, but she spends the whole story scheming to gain her rightful throne back 👌.

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Okay, okay, okay. I’m sure some of you are tired of seeing this book everywhere, but if we can disregard all the hype and (please forget about) the (truthfully dreadful) movie adaptation for a moment, we can appreciate what the The Sun Is Also a Star is at its core: a beautiful story centered around culture and young love.

“Sometimes your world shakes so hard, it’s difficult to imagine that everyone else isn’t feeling it too.”

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Book two on the list of stories I really enjoyed, but can’t remember 💩 about 😅.

…These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl. (Goodreads)

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Practically all of the books I have read that were set in space were written by male authors 😬. Sooo, although I had issues with how predictable The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was, it was a generally enjoyable women-authored, mystery about the last surviving girl on a spaceship.

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton

Pitched as for fans of Black Mirror and Westworld, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful told six, sci-fi horror stories through a succession of gripping time jumps into the future. This book b r o k e me as Dayton introduced impressive new technologies in each story, whist dropping hair-raising plot twist after plot twist. Each story played with a different science fiction trope, making this underrated book perfect for any sci-fans.

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

I will not stop raving about this book.

Picture Us in the Light followed a Chinese American teenager named Danny Cheng, who was in love with his best friend, Harry. I loved this book because it wasn’t a happy-go-lucky, coming-of-age story with ¡diverse! characters; it was an exposé of a specific Asian American experience that encompasses immigration, racism, and suicide.

I went into more detail in my ~feelsy and quite personal review here, but basically, this book deserves 10000000000 more recommendations for being an honest and real contemporary.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale 100% deserved all of the acclaim. Everyone I recommended it to, even the friends who usually resist historical fiction, agreed that Kristin Hannah was successful in retelling the captivating, harrowing, and important story of women’s plight during WW2.

“Men tell stories. Women get on with it. For us it was a shadow war. There were no parades for us when it was over, no medals or mentions in history books. We did what we had to during the war, and when it was over, we picked up the pieces and started our lives over.”

the woman: Eliza Hamilton

I love the Hamilton musical. I think keeping the name to Hamilton is proper and leaves room for me to say the real star of the show is not America’s founding father, Alexander Hamilton, but his wife, Eliza Hamilton 😅. If anything, she’s at least deserving of her own musical:

As told by Chernow and Miranda, Elizabeth helped Alexander draft political essays, correspond with heads of state, and raise a large family. After her husband’s death in American history’s most famous duel, Elizabeth recast her public image as a philanthropist and protector of Hamilton’s legacy, while privately struggling to keep her family fed and housed on a budget. She outlived her husband by 50 years, and made the most of her extraordinarily long and tumultuous life.

– Smithsonian Magazine

A founding mother 😢.

the book: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

It took me two months to read Pachinko. I had to give myself a break after each section, and during them too, because it was hard to read about the endless struggles the characters in this story had to endear. The women in particular trudged through ceaseless heartache, the kind of anguish that couldn’t always be avoided, but the author chronicled anyways to inspire readers with lessons about life, sacrifice, and resiliency.

tagging time!

Please don’t feel pressured to do this tag, but I’d love to read your answers!

Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight / Charis @ Charis Rae / Dani @ Perspective of a Reader / Eustacia @ Eustacia Reads / Divine @ R E A (D) I V I N E / Lotte @ The Reading Hobbit / Marta @ The Book Mermaid

Consider yourself tagged if you would like to do this too!

beyoncé time?

Don’t mind me… I’ll just leave this clip from Beyoncé’s concert at Coachella here, a true treat for women and men alike 😪. (all of it is superb, but 3:55, everyone 👌🙌)

Thanks for reading and thanks again to Caitlin for tagging me 😄!
What did you think of my answers? How would you answer these prompts? Thoughts on Beyoncé? Let me know 🙂.

31 thoughts on “The Women’s History Book Tag // fantastic women-authored stories (and beyoncé?)

  1. Thank you so much for tagging me Belle!!! I really wanted to do this tag HAHAHAH also I’m really intrigued with Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful since I never thought it was an anthology and pitched as Black Mirror-ish. I’ll make sure to check that out and I totally agree with Sophie as an unconventional smart character. She was quite resourceful and I personally love book Sophie more than movie Sophie tbh XD I loved the Ghibli animation but the book definitely is a show stealer. Lovely post btw!!

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    1. Oh sweet!! It’s no problem, Divine! I’m glad I could be the one to tag you hahaha 😄. Also, the stories in Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful are actually interconnected, so the book isn’t /quite/ an anthology 😁. It’s still very Black Mirror-ish! And yeah, book Sophie has a lot more character than movie Sophie 😂. (But, book Howl… idk, he’s alright haha). Thank you, Divine 🙂!

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  2. Wonderful answers for this tag! I’m so happy to see you talking about Stronger, Faster and More Beautiful and praising it so much! I’ve been curious about this book a little while ago, but… forgot about it until just now. You reminded me of how GOOD it sounds, I’ll have to check it out! 🙂

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  3. Ahhh thanks so much for doing this tag! 😄 I’ve definitely had my eye on The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it. And I love Eliza Hamilton!! I’m so glad she gets her appreciation in the musical – she was such an interesting and inspiring historical figure 😊

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    1. Thank /you/ for sharing this tag with everyone, Margaret 😄! It was really fun, and the graphics were super neat too!
      I hope you like the Loneliest Girl in the Universe! And yes!! I’m glad you can appreciate how much Eliza was a star haha 🥺.


    1. No problem, Lotte 😄! And no pressure! It honestly took me so long to come up with answers—I thought of just abandoning the post at one point 😅. I’m really curious to see your choices if you do the tag! And yes, The Sun Is Also A Star deserved the hype! Thank you 🙂!

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  4. This is such a really cute tag that promotes women in books! I’ve always wanted to read some of the books that you listed here, such as The Sun is Also a Star, a few years back when I was still in the middle of my teen years (now I’m 19 and my genres of interest have slightly changed). I would still love to give it a try, given that you said it had great writing 🙂

    jillian @ jillian etc.

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    1. The tag is really so clever! You should try it too, if you’d like 😄.
      The Sun is Also a Star felt like a maturer YA book when I read it. I think I was 17 going on 18 soon around that time, so I think you may still like it. I hope you do if you give it a go, Jillian 🙂!


  5. Oof, unfortunately i haven’t read most of the books on this post. But I do remember highly enjoying The Sun Is Also a Star when I read it back then! I despise insta-love, so it kinda annoyed me, but I was able to forgive the insta-love for the most part :”) I’m really interested in The Nightingale! It has insanely high ratings and a lot of hype surrounding it. Historical fiction isn’t really my thing, but I’m excited to read something by Kristin Hannah!
    I’m so glad that you did the tag, Belle 🥺🤍 Eliza Hamilton is a great pick for the last prompt—she was definitely a highlight of the musical 🤍🤍
    P.S. thank you for saying that i’m a rock star !! 😭😭💖 that’s the highest compliment ever. you’re the *ultimate* rock star though!

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    1. Aw that’s completely fine, Caitlin! It actually took me a long time to come up with books for this tag because I always talk about the same, popular books 😅 I’m glad I shared something different 😄! And yes, the insta-love in The Sun Is Also A Star was off-putting at first, but Yoon really pulled through for us haha. I hope you like The Nightingale if you give it a try! It was a bit difficult for me to get into the story at first because the writing does have that historical fiction feel (? i mean that it’s very descriptive haha), but the plot was so engaging 😮. And yess 😄 I’m so glad that you’ve listened to Hamilton and agree about Eliza ✊🏽!
      Thank you so much for tagging me again, Caitlin 💛!! HAHA I’m sure people compliment you all the time, and that’s because you really are awesome 👌🏽🌟💕

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  6. I read The Cure For Dreaming last year and I loved it! Olivia is such a great choice for that question!
    Also, very happy to see Sophie chosen as your intelligent character – I adore her so much.
    I have never head of Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful until now but it sounds amazing and it is definitely high on my TBR list now!

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    1. Sophie is the best 🥺. And I’m so glad you loved The Cure For Dreaming! I think it’s also a really underrated book, and I was even debating using it for that prompt haha. I’m so happy to hear that you put Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful on your TBR though!! I can’t wait for you to read it and to hear your thoughts, Sabrina 😄!

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  7. This is one of the most brilliant tags I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much for tagging me, Belle!! I loved the Beyoncé’s clip 💕💕

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    1. Margaret really did such a great job in making it 😄! No problem, Marta—I’m looking forward to your answers if you decide to do it 🙂💕! And yess, I’m so glad you liked the Beyoncé 😭💖.

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