As you probably know it’s International Women’s Day today. which is a handy time to show my appreciation to all my lady friends and readers who are always writing inspiring reviews of wonderful books, especially those of women. Thank you and big shouts outs go to Letizia, Claire, Lynn, Ali, Lucy and Sarah amongst others for championing such books and in particular the Virago series.
Reflecting on this blog as I often do, there is a disparity of the sexes, mainly because I pick up whatever I fancy rather than focussing on gender but thanks to numerous bloggers out there. Still over the last eight or so months I’ve been keeping my eye out for a more diverse range of books to add to the collective.
Special thanks to Lynn for telling me about the Green spines and the apple thereon of Virago which allowed me to skim quickly over the shelves and not be tempted by many other books as I wandered around the charity shops in search of fresh books. Over the rest of the year, I am hoping to give more balance to what I read and hopefully get more of an understanding of a wider range of literature which is always an exciting prospect.
For some reason I have been saving Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française until I have read all her other books but will probably dive into that soon as there is a lack of different titles down the local bookshop. There are also plans afoot to search for more of Baroness Orczy‘s Scarlet Pimpernel deries, as well as experiencing Susan Sontag and Rebecca West for the first time. Returns to Woolf, Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series, Susan Hill and Barbara Kingsolver are also on the cards.
It’s a good time to visit and revisit literature written by women and as ever I am hungry to discover more authors and challenges if anybody cares to share their favourites.