Late last week, we put out a call to the Savvy Reader community, asking for their help in putting together an article in honour of International Women’s Day 2020. The ask was simple: we wanted to know who your favourite female authors were and why everyone should read them. As is typical with this wonderful community, responses started flying in, and we’re happy to round them up here for you! Without further ado, here are the female authors you absolutely must read, according to the Savvy Reader community!
Nikki: Kelley Armstrong! I’ve loved every book I’ve read and she always writes great female protagonists
Joanne: Louise Penny because her books are great and she as a person is real.
Lisa: Rene Denfeld because her writing and books are beautiful but she is also so strong and brave in real life. Her work, her foster parenting, her push to get past all her past traumas. She is my hero.
Eileen: Louise Penny…hands down. Her books are treasures.
Wendy: Karin Slaughter!
Jenn: Too many to name but right now it’s Christina McDonald (right?! So many talented authors out there, Jenn)
Catherine: Jojo Moyes!
Jennifer: Jennifer Robson. Her books are so well-written and researched. She illuminates the roles women played in and after WWII so well.
Maggie: Eden Robinson, Cherie Dimaline, Tanya Talaga, and Tanya Tagaq have written phenomenal books. And Katherena Vermette’s The Break was another incredible book
Dana: Mary Kubica is a female author I really like. She has a great knack for suspense and thrillers.
Jennifer: Margaret Atwood, of course! Her books are like no others and she just keeps getting better and better!
Anita: Laurie R. King – writes a well written, and believable set of series with strong female (and male) characters. Plus, when I met her, she was a gracious and nice person.
Angela: I’ll always be an advocate of JK Rowling. She overcame so many obstacles to bring us the Harry Potter series. Those books also came out at an age where I was getting into reading bigger novels and they really brought out the true reader in me.
Donna: P.D. James and JK Rowlings writing as Robert Galbraith – both created great detectives and complex plots
Jennifer: Maeve Binchy. I have read every single one of her books. I feel like I know the characters and have lived in the towns, villages and cities where her books have taken place.
Heather: Margaret Atwood – everything about her and her work inspires me. I love her themes and her characters are memorable. I love that she’s a feminist. I love that she writes plays, poems, books, essays, etc. I love that she writes across genres and challenges her readers. Plus the following wonderful writers: Jennifer Robson, Miriam Toews, Heather O’Neill, Kate Atkinson, Emily St. John Mandel, Audrey Niffenegger, Ann Patchett, Kathleen Winter, Lisa Moore, Kate Quinn, Lori Lansens, Alice Hoffman
Charlene: Maeve Binchy. Beautiful writer. I was able to travel to Ireland once and could understand her inspiration.
Shelly: Jodi Picoult, Miriam Toews, Ann Patchett, Anne Tyler
Audrey: Ann Cleeves and the Vera series! Highlights that you can be an older, overweight detective and still be the one who knows how to unsnarl the clues with a bit of friendly chat and calling people “Pet.”
Kaiti: Rene Denfeld, Katie Cotugno
Lara: Isabel Allende, Heather O’Neill, Bernice Morgan
Charlene: Anne Tyler. Quirky stories. Dry wit.
Sandra: Louise Penny, Karin Slaughter, Allison Brennan and Julia Spencer Fleming are all wonderful writers still living and writing. I loved Sue Grafton and am so sorry she was not able to complete her alphabet of fun books which so many people loved reading.
Jenn: I love Jennifer Robson, Karma Brown, and Louise Penny. All Canadian too!
Dorothy: Robert Galbraith. Her Harry Potter world opened an entire world of ideas to children and adults. Her new series with Cormoran Strike is opening up a different world. I have to stop repeatedly to reread a sentence or to mull over an idea.
Phreia: My list would include Maureen Jennings (her Tom Tyler series is very well written so are the Murdoch Mystery ones,) Shari Lapena, and of course I could not forget to add Agatha Christie.
Beth: Elizabeth Berg’s earlier books
Freda: Chevy Stevens… Her books thrill me!
@thewindwas: Jane Harper, Rene Denfeld, and Maeve Binchy (miss her). When I read their books it’s like I’m there, in the book and part of the story. I love that they are able to do that.
Dianne: Louise Penney. She is Canadian, writes about a fictional Canadian village, and is an amazing author.
Margaret: Hilary Mantel for sure. Her books are so well researched and I’m eagerly awaiting the third book in the Cromwell trilogy. She brings history alive.
Mary-Lou: Jennifer Robson – I love the way she weaves her stories so that I feel like I am part of them.
Sarah: Lisa See, Ruth Ware, Kathy Reichs, Janet Evanovich, Lisa Unger, Cecilia Ahern, Angie Thomas… I could go in and on.
Nicole: Kelley Armstrong! The range of genres, topics, characters and suspense fill me with joy! Always thrilled when I get my hands on a new book.
Carolynn (after a deep breath): Tamora Pierce, Jane Yolen, Jaclyn Moriarty, Joan Bauer, Susanna Kearsley, Jasmine Guillory, Sarah J Maas, Pam Jenoff, Sarah Dessen, Helen Hoang, Sally Thorne, Kiera Cass…I know I’m missing amazing women… So many! And why? Because they make me feel things. Happiness, sadness, anger…Because their characters aren’t perfect, they’re real. Because these stories were all what I needed in a particular moment, & now they’re part of my experience
Rizwana: Isabel Allende because she is an amazing storyteller!
@scseward: Sue Grafton, Leigh Bardugo, Lynn Cahoon (her Tourist Trap cozy mysteries), Cherie Dimaline, Shea Ernshaw, Veronica Roth, Ruth Ware, Gilly Macmillan
Cherie: Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro both AMAZING Canadian authors and amazing women. Kristin Hannah, her books suck me in and I find myself coming up for air hours later, usually needing a tissue, and Karin Slaughter – her books make me shudder and shake but wanting more!
Jesse: Heather O’Neill, Emily St. John Mandel, and Angie Thomas! These authors not only have a beautiful command of the language, but also write real, important stories.
Marisol: Hilary Mantel and Elizabeth Acevedo
Brianna: Katie Cotugno and Joanna Goodman
Ashley: Ann Patchett!
Well, there you have it, Savvy Readers – your (incomplete!) list of favourite female authors. Are there some more you think should be added to the list? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter @SavvyReader!