Illustration by Jane Mount
Happy women’s day, coven!
Women authors have long made waves in literature and have, undoubtedly, paved the way for us bookworms. Did you know that certain authors used a male-presenting nom de plume (pseudonym), when discussing “unladylike” subjects, and beyond? Most famously, the Brontë sisters published under the names Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell, each only maintaining the first letter of their original name – Charlotte, Emily and Anne.
Join us in celebrating women on this day by reading a book by a female author – from classics of the 19th century to modern day sci-fi, the options are endless. Here are a few to get you inspired:
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Who doesn’t love a classic? Read (or re-re-re-read) to follow the love story between Ms. Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Does he overcome his pride, and she her prejudice?
- Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: Often quoted for depicting a dystopian future, not too far out of grasp, this books depicts Offred and her journey in a world where women are considered state property.
3. An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon: Set in space this mystery unfolds when Aster discovers a connection between her mother’s suicide and the dark secrets of the vessel in which they have been traveling to reach a promised land.
4. Circe by Madeline Miller: If you are into mythology, then this re-telling of Circe’s story through her eyes is a must, as it sheds light into the psyche of Circe, the predatory witch who was once tricked by Odysseus, but is anything but.
Let us know which book you will be reading today, to celebrate women’s day!