100 Women Writers Project | TBR

hi guys so I thought well I had a little time to stare I would finally film a video about my hundred women writers project now this is something if you only follow me on YouTube you probably don't know about but it's a project I started over on my blog in August of 2016 the project itself is a list of 100 women racers who I would like to read in my lifetime the idea was originally inspired by my mum who is a massive fan of going through hundreds books you should read in a lifetime or 100 authors you should read in a lifetime list and that Lords of mainstream media outlets have created you know the BBC has won The Telegraph has won the Guardian has won Bugsy probably has one they're all over the Internet really easy to find a lot of them have very similar authors on them and although there are some variations amongst them but both my mom and I were struck by how dominated these lists we're by miel also an absolute scent of them having you know 10 15 20 women u.s. Nestle currently less women writers than male racer is not just a slight imbalance and these aren't just lists that cover the classics they also include 20th century literature and sometimes 21st century literature and even if we were discovering the classics you know women we're writing even if they aren't recognized as regularly as men by the canon so for me this just felt really ridiculous so for me this just really made me want to make sure I was recognising and reading amazing female writers and in order to do that I thought it would be fun to make my own list of 100 women writers not specific books violence writers but just authors who write in a variety of different genres nonfiction fiction and poetry and different spaces within that also is that they all the way back to antiquity to authors of the 21st century authors I chose myself women writers who are already on the 100 greatest authors you should read lists like Jane Austen who's always almost list so classics everybody ignores as well as authors that were suggested to me by my mum and by my friends who are on booktube I did ask at the time if they had any suggestions for because I know that they read in different genres to me some might know of some really well-respected authors rating in their field so that's how I kind of came up with the list and I shared it on my blog like I said in August last year those of you who did see it responded really well to it and I know a lot of you have decided to also get involved under your own 100 women writers project some of you have taken a list exactly as I've shared it and others of you have added a few of your own authors and that's because it is by no means an exhaustive list as soon as I finish the list there was more authors I wanted to add onto but in a way it's still just quite nice to have that list isn't it and for me the project isn't I have to read these authors in the space of two years it's just a nice thing to be you know quietly modeling away out and picking off as I go as well as a list to look at if I'm you know not sure what to read next so I thought it might be nice to actually share it with you on YouTube for those of you that haven't had a chance to look at my blog and also a wealth I'm here to take this opportunity to how do we look through how I'm going so I already read some of the authors on the list when I started this project I have read a few more since I posted on my blog it's been almost a year not quite so let's have a chat about the authors I've read on that list and maybe some of the authors I'm particularly keen to get to soon so the list is in alphabetical order according to freshening I'm not sure why didn't she call by that but that's the way I've done it and of the ease I had already read Ali Smith Angela Davis Alice Walker and Angela Carter but since making the list I have also taped off audre Lorde's who was a writer of poetry and nonfiction and ACS and she was a black female lesbian activist who just wrote about all those topics and was really and had a lot of impact I believe on kind of the conceptualization of intersectionality within feminism and I read I would say there by Hera which I have talked about a couple videos so link was if you want more detailed but I did really really enjoy it and it was a collection of aces and speeches some of which I thought were more powerful than others but overall was a really good reading experience I only have two bees at the moment which are male hoots and Betty Smith and I'm available yet and with the Seas I still only read the same amount of authors and I'd already read calendar in Charlotte Bronte who I have still read but haven't read any more seeds from the list I have however read another's be I'd read Donna Tartt I had not read Daphne du Maurier and that was quite a recent read for me she is an author that wrote in the 20th century and is pretty much raised about across booktube and finally I got around to reading the one that everybody says to read first and that is Rebecca and I enjoyed this book I will definitely be picking up more of her books their kind of mystery Gothic tales but you know written later than when that genre can it came about um and yeah I really enjoyed your becos it was very intriguing and I'll definitely check out more by her on the ease it's the same I still only read Elizabeth cogent Emma Donoghue but teachers I have added I had already read Han Kang but I have now also read Helen or Yemi and I've actually read at least two books by Helen Oyama since making this list I read waited for witching and boys Norbert try think if I read anything else by her I think it's just a – but I have definitely been going to set on a path of wanting to read more Helen or Yemi because her prose are absolutely stunning and I don't describe authors prose as beautiful or stunning willy-nilly it is very very applicable to her writing it's a real pleasure to read of the two eyes I still have only read Isabel IND a genius to remain the same I had already read JK Rowling Jane Austen Jeanette Winterson and Jacqueline Wilson the only L I have read at the moment is still Louise O'Neill who had already right before making the list and I've yet to read any of the caves on the list I have ever read one more M than I had before making a left I'd already read mark out with Mary beard Maxine Hong Kingston Muriel Spark and Marjane Satrapi's obviously a lot of female writers with em names crept up on toothless I am also sensationalist read Maya Angelou I read the first in her like very many part biography autobiography which begins with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings this again is a book that so many people talk about it is a real classic of nonfiction and I am so glad that I have know read it and can engage in that conversation as well that having been very interesting read about my Angela's early life this one covers her childhood up until kind of the end of her teen years going into her twenties I believe I haven't finished any of the end yet but I have started a book by Naomi mitchison which I talked about in our recently currently reading video and I'm enjoying so far so I'm glad to have got onto that of the ours I had only read Robin hobb before but has now read all of the ours no but two more of the Arthur's for ours I've read Roxane gay I read her any collection bad feminist which I enjoyed the ha spirit book on feminism ever but it was certainly enjoyable and I read realcare shekel what was een and why read by her was a short story the sultanas dream that's what it was called and this is kind of referenced as one of the earliest feminists do utopians it's a really short little story but it was really interesting to read the essays remain the same I had read saffle Serie B Pomeroy and Shirley Jackson and that is still where I'm at with those I've yet to read my tea which is Toni Morrison or Mayu which is Ursula K Le Guin and nor have I managed to progress beyond having read Virginia Woolf of the V's I have not read my W which is Willa Cather but I have read one of my legs which is always fear burns I read one of her feminist dystopian from the 1970s which was benefit and really enjoyed it I'll link a video which I talked about it up here and down below but that's how I'm data on so far there are certainly so many offers on here I'm super excited to get to some of the ones that stand out to me as people I'd like to get to very soon would be what obviously finishing Naomi mitchison and in seeing that I did actually begin a navy and coral for a book which we read for Samus Orchestra book club but didn't get to the end of it and we'd still like to return to that book I haven't yet read any of the ores or the peas versus ecchi and Liz Locke head or two of the officers in particular they're pretty high up on my to read list at the moment and still a little bit of shame to say I haven't read any Mary Shelley or any me Wollstonecraft so I would like to sort that out as well I'm Monica Lee's book which I forget the name of at the moment or your normal one I mean is is pretty high up on my TBR list but a lot so your thoughts if you have a look at the list if there's any authors and there that you're interested in reading with engaging in this project be something that was interesting to you and do let me know who you think I should prioritize of the list next and yeah I just thought it would be interesting to talk about this in a video obviously she's been a bit of a chatty rambling one but I hope you enjoyed it I like keeping up and taking all things on list so I just thought it might be nice to kind of bring that over to this channel but I will probably do some more blog posts about the project in the future so you can check those out as well but until I come guys happy reading and I'll see you again soon bye

28 thoughts on “100 Women Writers Project | TBR

  1. How are you doing with this project? Have you read any books by Holly Bourne? She writes about feminism x

  2. I would read Octavia E. Butler and start with either Kindred or the Parable of the Sower. It's super, super readable and compelling sci-fi but not in a way that's inaccessible.

    Also, Charlotte Perkins Gillman's The Yellow Wallpaper is super short! c:

  3. Have you read 84 Channing St by Helene Hanff? A classic for sure.

    Their Eyes Where Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  4. This is a really cool idea, and that's awesome you're making progress! Maybe I'll make a list like this… πŸ€”
    When choosing authors, did you add authors that you'd already read to start you off, or did you add all authors that were new to you?

  5. Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is so gorgeous. I hope you enjoy it, or whichever of her books you read. I've read 26 so far, although there are quite a few you've read which I haven't yet!

  6. Such a great list! Very pleased to see I have already ticked off 12 of these! Which is more than I expected, and better than I usually do on these types of lists (the male-dominated ones). I'm excited to see Judith Butler on the list as well and glad that you haven't given up on her! I would also recommend Lucy Maud Montgomery who wrote the Anne of Green Gables series, for some excellent children's literature that's very friendly to queer and feminist readings. =)

  7. Ohh I think I will definitely make my own list for this I think!

  8. I think this a great way of reading female authors you have read or never heard of it or thought of reading before love it!!

  9. This is such a great project! I've read about 15 authors from the list, and I've been trying to read more female authors over the past year or so.

    How come you've never read any Agatha Christie?? She's really amazing and she's written a ton of books to chose from!

  10. Surprised that Alice Munro, Dorothy Parker, Sarah Waters and Doris Lessing didn't make the cut…

  11. I'm so happy to see Liz Lochhead on your list! She a fantastic poet πŸ™‚

  12. If you want to read Mary Wollstonecraft read The Wrongs of Woman. It's a gothic novel where there are no monsters or ghosts, the real world is gothic enough. It's about women's rights and it is one of the first English protofeminist works

  13. Great list! Elizabeth Gaskell is amazing! BTW, is Murasaki Shikibu, not Marasaki Shikibu =). I'll definitely copy your list. Love your videos ❀

  14. This is such a great idea, I will definitely have to gather female authors for my own list. There are a few females I didn't see on your list but are really amazing : Merce Rodoreda, Dubravka Ugresic, Clarisa Lispector, Albertine Sarrazin. If you have read any of them, let me know what you thought, I'd love to hear your opinion.

  15. Love this idea! And i love the authors on your list! I would recommend reading "Woman at Point Zero" by Nawal El Saadawi. Just read this for university and it really does illuminate discrimination towards women x

  16. If you like Haruki Murakami I would suggest Banana Yoshimoto πŸ™‚ And a little bit different, a fairy tales writer, I would suggest to go and check Ivana BrliΔ‡-MaΕΎuraniΔ‡.

  17. This is so inspiring! I love this idea, I want to make my own list now.

  18. What a brilliant idea for a project. Hoorah for Daphne Du Maurier and hoorah for Rebecca. I would suggest sneaking Sylvia Brownrigg onto the list. I've just read two of hers virtually in a row and am now a HUGE HUGE fan. I'm going to check your list out in full over the weekend.

  19. Perfect list! I've only read 23 authors on that list and I have about 12 more on my shelves waiting to be read πŸ™‚ I agree with you and your mum, female authors are often overlooked. I took as many classes at uni on female writers as I could and it somehow still wasn't enough, I feel. And I have to say, during my entire high school education, I could count female authors we were taught about on the fingers of my hands. That is incredibly sad and ridiculous, and I'm incredibly thankful you've undertaken this tremendously needed task. Thank you πŸ™‚

  20. Ooh, now I'd love to make a list myself. Yours is definitely a great jumping-off point. And I know I probably don't have to push it because it's one of the most hyped books of history, but read Frankenstein. Even though it's been kind of interpreted to death, it still remains one of my favorite books to discuss and think about from all of my 5 years of studying English literature.

  21. I've read books from 10 authors from your list. I think I'm going to start my own 100 woman writers project, taking some authors from your list and adding some Finnish female authors to my list too! I love this idea πŸ™‚

  22. Wow I love the idea of this project. Definitely going to pick up a few authors from your list. I have only read 12 of those, haha kind of ashamed of myself.

  23. I've only read about 12 from your list huhu but so many of them are in my TBR so I'll definitely be prioritizing! πŸ˜€ Kate Chopin is lovely and so is Anne Bronte; hope you'll love their works as much as I did. πŸ™‚

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