I’ll be co-hosting Femathon in March; come join in! I’ll have a video coming out soon about my reading stats for last year – without meaning to I naturally gravitated towards a lot of female identifying authors writing lots of female positive books. A lot of the other suggestions you’ll see coming out for the other categories could also be used for this prompt, but here are just a few suggestions – all of which I have actually read this time.
Do you want an adult level comic book series written by a Black author about a Black green lantern on a mission to a planet where 3 races are struggling to forge a path together? Then you need to check out Far Sector by N.K. Jemisin. The final comics in this series are slated to finish coming out this year. You could also count this in the LGBTQIA+, BIPOC Rep, and Fems Fight Back tiles. I’ve really been enjoying the series so far; the first one is a little difficult to follow since so much is being introduced, but this comic just keeps getting better and better with every issue.
N.K. Jemisin, the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Broken Earth and Inheritance science fiction trilogies, makes her comic book debut with bestselling Naomi artist Jamal Campbell as they thrust you into a stunning sci-fi murder mystery on the other side of the universe!
For the past six months, newly chosen Green Lantern Sojourner “Jo” Mullein has been protecting the City Enduring, a massive metropolis of 20 billion people. The city has maintained peace for over 500 years by stripping its citizens of their ability to feel. As a result, violent crime is virtually unheard of, and murder is nonexistent.
But that’s all about to change in this new maxiseries that gives a DC Young Animal spin to the legacy of the Green Lanterns!– Goodreads Book Blurb
Looking for a fun middle-grade fantasy read about a girl who likes physics and ends up learning some fuzzics after a magical mail service train appears in her living room? This book is for you. This could also count for Platonic Fem Relationship and Fems Fight Back. The book blurb for this one is on point:
A train that travels through impossible places. A boy trapped in a snow globe. And a girl who’s about to go on the adventure of a lifetime.– Goodreads Book Blurb
The Impossible Postal Express is no ordinary train. It’s a troll-operated delivery service that runs everywhere from ocean-bottom shipwrecks, to Trollville, to space.
But when this impossible train comes roaring through Suzy’s living room, her world turns upside down. After sneaking on board, Suzy suddenly finds herself Deputy Post Master aboard the train, and faced with her first delivery―to the evil Lady Crepuscula.
Then, the package itself begs Suzy not to deliver him. A talking snow globe, Frederick has information Crepuscula could use to take over the entire Union of Impossible Places. But when protecting Frederick means putting her friends in danger, Suzy has to make a difficult choice―with the fate of the entire Union at stake.
The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin is on my “favorite books of all-time” list. In fact, if you want to feel like you’re reading it along with me, I blogged my experience of reading The Fifth Season through for the first time. I would categorize this book as High Fantasy aimed at the Adult/YA crowd, but maybe check out some content warnings before giving it straight to your kids. This could also count as BIPOC Rep, Platonic Fem Relationship, LGBTQIA+, and Fems Fight Back.
This is the way the world ends. Again.– Goodreads Book Blurb
Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.
Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.
Does a YA SciFi with rich character building and a well-paced plot sound like a fun time? Also, does the wording “Doom Slug” entice you? Then you’ll want to check out Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. The main character, Spensa, is by far one of my favorite characters I’ve ever read. There are BIPOC characters – especially if you count fey diversity, though since none of these people are on Earth and this is set in the future I’m not sure how you’d want to count that. This could also count for Platonic Fem Relationship and Fems Fight Back.
Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.– Goodreads Book Blurb
Girlscouts Hard-core-lady-types Camp with fantasy elements, friendships galore, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ representation – that’s what the Lumberjanes graphic novel series is all about. These books are aimed for people in their tween-stage of life, but they’re fun for the whole family, in my opinion. Aside from the previously mentioned categories, this could also in Fems Fight Back.
At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here. Collects Lumberjanes No. 1-4.– Goodreads Book Blurb
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede is another fabulous middle grade novel that is part of a four book series called The Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Technically this is second book written in this series though it is the first book of the chronological order (and the best book in the series to me). Our MC is a princess that breaks most of the princess rules in her world, and I love her for it. This could also count in Platonic Fem Relationship, and Fems Fight Back. While this book may exhibit some typical tropes of today, this was fairly groundbreaking for when it came out originally in 1990.
Cimorene is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart – and bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon – and finds the family and excitement she’s been looking for.– Goodreads Book Blurb
I just had to find a way to get some Greek Mythology into this mix. Circe by Madeline Miller is a fun retelling of some classic myths from Circe’s perspective. I’d classify this as Adult fantasy/mythology. You don’t need previous Greek Mythology knowledge to be able to follow the story, but it is a nice bonus if you do have that knowledge. This could also count in Platonic Fem Relationship and Fems Fight Back.
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child – not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power – the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.– Goodreads Book Blurb
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
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