In celebration of Women's Month, we asked the lovely people over at Bookworm Corner which women writers have helped shape their lives. Read their sharings below.
I've lived with the March sisters since childhood—so much so that their experiences, their sorrows and joys, feel like my memories. I seethed with anger when Amy burned Jo's book; I felt Amy's humiliation when her friends didn't show up to the party she prepared and spent for; I was equally deflated and frustrated when Meg's jelly wouldn't jell. Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, whose power I think comes from its autofictional depth, helped me understand the challenges of exploring your own desires and ambitions within your economic capabilities while also negotiating societal/familial expectations—something that only comes alive when you reread the book as an adult. The book gave me a sort of map through which I could navigate my womanhood and femininity throughout the various phases of my life. For that, I am forever grateful.
Shared by Ilia
I love the way she writes of women, especially older women, angry women, passionate women. I love her themes of speculative fiction, climate change, thriller, almost sci-fi.
Shared by Krista
I love Austen. Read all her books. Used to read Pride & Prejudice yearly. I know some people find her boring, but she was honestly one of the writers who taught me that Victorian-era women writers can be exciting and hilarious. Her main characters seem very confined by the world that they live in, but they also fight for their own happiness and agency within that world. I also love how they can insult someone very prettily.
Shared by Honey
While these works primarily discuss the life under the Marcos dictatorship, its second major theme is women's liberation.
Shared by Karl
Sadly I have since learned of the racist undertones of her work; but as a very young girl I was not aware of it. What I was aware of was how her Famous Five and Secret Seven series taught me that books can introduce you to different worlds and different characters; and that girls can be as adventurous and as outspoken as boys.
Sharaed by Krista
I think Anne Frank's life story is a lesson on what happens when humanity goes to the extremes of an ideology. Anne Frank's diary is a snippet of resilience in the face of adversity. There was one time when she had a still moment, and i think it's beautiful: "I looked out of the open window too, over a large area of Amsterdam, over all the roofs and on to the horizon, which was such a pale blue that it was hard to see the dividing line. "As long as this exists," I thought, "and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts, I cannot be unhappy"
Shared by book newb
The best fantasy and science fiction are those that use its premises to explore human nature. Ursula Le Guin's stories are always investigating human characteristics that seem innate or natural but are revealed not so when placed in a different context. Reading Le Guin has me a more thoughtful, more reflective person and I do think I'm not the only one.
Shared by Ilia
I know it’s a little bit cliche to love To Kill a Mockingbird right now, but I still do. It gave me Scout, a voice who was smart, innocent, brave, reckless, and kind. I loved everything about her. Loved that she got into fights, loved that she loved to read, loved that she misjudged people, but was honest enough to admit that she did. And I loved that her whole story was really just an aside to the explanation of how her brother broke his arm.
Shared by Honey
She introduced Anne Shirley to the world who depicts a strong-willed, independent, and vivacious woman. With Anne's character in each book, I was so inspired that I sometimes wished I can be like her. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables also made me fell in love with Prince Edward Island.
Shared by Patty
The subtle connection between communal race issues and intimate familial struggles is a testament to her brave storytelling.
Shared by Era
The world that she weaved meant a lot to me when I was growing up. Harry Potter has been my solace in a time where books are the only source of escape in a bleak and traumatic era - my teenage years.
Shared by Cielo
Much of a woman's life is shaped by our relationships with our mothers and Amy Tan understands this so deeply. Reading her novels at a young age helped me see that my mother is also just a person with her own struggles, both shackled and propelled by her formative past, hoping to make her own future. I loved that Amy Tan helped reinforced the notion that mother-daughter relationships are worthy of literary examination. I wouldn't have been the same writer AND person without reading her books.
Shared by Ilia
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With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.
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J. K. Rowling
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New York Times Bestseller · A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice · Winner of the Alex Award· Winner of the APALA Award for Fiction · NEA Big Read Selection
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.
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Voted America's Best-Loved Novel in PBS's The Great American Read
Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred
One of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country.
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Harper Lee, Fred Fordham
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J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.
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Louisa May Alcott
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