Last Saturday, thousands of supporters for the Women’s March took to the streets of DC and countless cities around the world. In the spirit of girl power and promoting female role models, this is a list of books featuring strong, dynamic, creative, and interesting women who are the deciders of their own destiny.
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman
This darkly whimsical fantasy, akin to Alice in Wonderland, follows an eccentric girl looking for adventure. Unfortunately for Coraline, she finds it in an upside down world wrought with monsters, disguised as her “Other Parents”. Her story mounts as she finds the inner strength to sav
e her real parents and herself from the clutches of the sinister button-eyed Other Mother. Coraline is a must-read for any aspiring adventurer.
2. The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
A coming-of-age novel for the modern girl: artistic, reckless, progressive. Reno submerges herself in the 1970’s New York City art scene by creating with her favorite medium, her speeding motorcycle. However, when she relocates to Italy, Reno joins a politically radical movement and demonstrates her desire to turn her own life into art. This novel shows how every girl
is an anarchist “flamethrower” in their own way.
3. The Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter
This series of novels, starting with I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You, is mainly set in the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, which is actually an all-girls spy school. Throughout these hilarious and fast-paced novels, you will find yourself on the edge of your seat, anxious to know what bad guy lurks around the corner.