Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Books and Flavia the Bibliophile and now be hosted by Katie at Never Not Reading and Adrienne at Darque Dreamer Reads. It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song Calendar Girl.
This month’s theme in honor of Woman’s History Month is: Favorite Book with a Strong Female Lead.
As a person who reads mainly YA, there is an abundance of strong female leads, from Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games to Felicity Montague in The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy to Starr Carter in The Hate U Give. This list could go on forever. As an adult who didn’t get to grow up with the plethora of great female characters in the books I read, it’s so cool knowing that the next generation gets to find characters that look like them.
It was fun trying to see myself as Harry Potter, but when you relate more to Book Ginny and she’s destroyed in the movies it takes something away from loving that character so much.
This category was incredibly hard to narrow down. There are so many women in literature that inspire and start movements, or are just living their everyday life and calling out injustices. We have characters like Stevie Bell in The Truly Devious Trilogy out there solving crimes, Melinda from Speak dealing with sexual assault and trying to prevent it from happening to anyone else, Katarina Bishop from Heist Society out there keeping of the family legacy as a thief and grifter.
However, the woman I’m going to land on I’m picking primarily because it’s the book I’m reading right now.
Jane McKeene in Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
I started reading this book on recommendation from last month’s Calendar Girls posts. I’m not the biggest fan of post-apocalypse books, but this had the twist of being historical fiction, which made me want to try it out. I was pleasantly surprised.
Jane McKeene is a superstar. She has so much going against her as an African American girl living in late 1800’s America. Pile on the zombie apocalypse on top of racial injustice and all the other nonsense she has to deal with, Jane remains strong, doesn’t let her circumstances define her.
To be honest, I have two hours left to go in this audiobook, but from the way it’s going, judging from the star ratings and reviews everywhere, I don’t think something terrible is going to happen to destroy my deep love for Jane McKeene.
She’s smart, she adapts, she knows how to work the system in her favor. I’m in love with Jane’s plans and strength I can’t wait to see how this book turns out. It looks like this may be a series, and I’m thrilled that there will be more Jane McKeene out there for the world to consume.
I’m so excited to see what everyone else choices! Time to add more great women to the TBR.
Until next time Internet,