From the Library: 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader

The Bitch Media Community Lending Library brings you our very first book list, made up of 100 young adult novels that every feminist should add to the stack of books on their bedside table. Here at the library we've been re-reading some of our old standbys and finding new feminist favorites. If you're looking to buy a book for your favorite teenage girl or just looking to cuddle up with a powerful story featuring teenage characters, look no further. Click on the pdf below to see our picks, and be sure to let us know which of these books have resonated with you and which books you would add to the list.

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just because you are nervous I will echo-chamber you

I think this is a wonderful post.


Amelia Bloomer Project

The whole list has problems. I've read fifteen of these books, and I've got serious doubts about three or four of them being on any list of recommended books, feminist or not.

And really, two books by Tamora Pierce? I've read thirteen of her books and the Trickster pair are by far the weakest, with an unbelievable Mary Sue and a god plugging the plot holes. List some of her good stuff, like the Circle of Magic.

Next time, have each editor list their favorites and say why. Then point people to the Amelia Bloomer Project, a list of feminist literature for youth with clear criteria and experienced referees who spend tons of time.

Amelia Bloomer criteria

Amelia Bloomer lists

Living Dead Girl made the 2009 Amelia Bloomer List.

"Hi, I'm Walter and...

...I would have made a different list, using my own opinions instead of yours!  Why didn't you do that?"

Next time, have each editor list their favorites and say why. Then point people to the Amelia Bloomer Project, a list of feminist literature for youth with clear criteria and experienced referees who spend tons of time.

Dude, make your own magazine with your own list and point people to your own touchstones and stop telling feminists how to do feminism better.  Or heck you can even call your magazine How Feminists Should Be Doing Feminism According To Me, A Bossy Man Who Has Feminism All Worked Out and then your all-dude feminist readership will totally know exactly what books men know are the best books to make little girls into better feminists than some books some women recommended this other time.


Favorites or The Best?

Serves me right for trying to make two points in one post.

Bitch is not clear about what sort of list this is. Is it favorites or authoritative? The into paragraph says "100 of our favorite young adult novels." The web page that introduces it says "100 young adult novels that every feminist should add to the stack of books on their bedside table."

Those are different kinds of list.

If it is a list of favorites, it doesn't make much sense to withdraw books. They liked the books and now they don't?

If it is authoritative, then there are some books on there that I don't think make the cut for "every feminist" to read.

Shoddy Research Much?

The root of the problem is that someone dropped the ball by not properly researching/reading these books before compiling this list in the first place.

I'm disappointed that the method used to compile this list was: "asking some rad feminists which YA books should be on the list". So for all I know you asked the "rad" woman who fixes your coffee--because she seems 'liberal minded or whatever'--what YA books she thinks you should add to your list. I'm not saying this is what you did do, but seeing as you've pretty much come out and said you asked around for book suggestions, how is anyone supposed to take anything you publish seriously, especially after this whole fiasco?

My suggestion? if you didn't read it yourself don't list it. Don't recommend it. Just don't. All of this could have been avoided had you just read the books yourself. One-hundred books is too much to read, you say? Maybe. Or perhaps not. It depends I suppose. But seriously, next time you need to do the work yourself (READ) and/or just simplify--example: Top Ten Books Every Young Feminist Should be Dying to Read THIS YEAR.

Also, you've handled the backlash poorly.

radical feminism

Who do you think the "you" is that you're addressing? Although the article was posted by one woman with one name, the collaborative nature of the list-building process has been fairly openly discussed at all points, in all communication from the writers and editors involved. Collectively, they had all read all of the books. When it came time to review some red-flagged titles, more of them read more of the books.

I don't think you are a reader of Bitch Magazine, or you would not be NOW asking how a reader is supposed to take what they publish seriously when it is so obviously just what some people think about some things. Bitch is a magazine about what just some people think about some things.

Asking some rad feminists (holy cow did you just slag off pink collar jobs in being hypothetically dismissive of what sort of feminist is qualified to think a book is good????) a question and roughly tabulating their responses with the tacit endorsement that comes with thinking they are rad feminists is the level of investigative integrity which defines Bitch Magazine, the magazine which is INVALUABLE for being about what just some people (to wit, feminist-identified women) think about some things.

It doesn't matter that the list was posted before the basis for absolute and final judgement of each title was established for every contributing member of the list-making committee. It is just a list, and it just changed a little, and it means precisely now what it meant before.


The Uglies request

I just want to reiterate that Scott Westerfeld requested that you remove his book "Uglies" and I've noticed you have yet to do so. You need to get on that. It's his book. Maybe you haven't removed it because he's the only one to suggest it. Given your obvious weakness to bitchy blog comments, I figured maybe you would cave if two people were suggesting it.

First, Julie Falk up at Feb

First, Julie Falk up at Feb 2nd, 11:25 AM said they would not be removing any books based on the authors' requests. Second, I count five authors who have requested to be removed. Several other commenters have criticized Bitch for not doing so.

I know the thread is long but you really do have to read the whole thing if you want to talk about it. Otherwise you just display your ignorance.

Not gonna happen.

It is his book, but it's not his list. Authors don't get to choose whether their books are featured or not featured on recommendation lists, just like they don't get to choose whether their books are recommended or not by word-of-mouth. This is exactly what Bitch is doing, except on a larger scale. The Executive Director of Bitch Media HAS responded, definitively stating that books will not be removed according to authors' requests. Nobody needs to "get on that," and nobody is going to.

Hang on, I'm on it. Uglies is

Hang on, I'm on it.

Uglies is very triggering I spent all morning crying into my cat because it reminded me of when I put the wrong colour dye in my hair and looked like totally non-hot. Bitch, how do you expect me to get a man if you trigger me like that.

That should do it.

Bonus points for using

Bonus points for using "bitchy" on a site named Bitch ("obvious weakness to bitchy blog comments"). Bitch is a word we use culturally to describe any woman who is strong, angry, uncompromising and, often, uninterested in pleasing men. So I would hope they would be receptive to bitchy comments - comments made by strong, empowered women.

Or y'know, a woman whose only

Or y'know, a woman whose only purpose is to put out for sex and has been broken in any other meaningful way. Like say, you are the moral guardian's bitch, Bitch.

Yes, the word "bitch" is used

Yes, the word "bitch" is used in rape culture as well. Not only for women; the term "prison bitch" comes to mind. My point is that using the word to degrade the blog commenters is ironic given the site's push to reclaim the word for strong women everywhere.

I sincerely hope your example of "you are the moral guardian's bitch, Bitch" was meant ironically, as using a rape metaphor to describe an internet kerfluffle is not only inaccurate but offensive.

A Great and Terrible Beauty

A Great and Terrible Beauty is another good one for older teens.

Important difference

What Bitch has done is not at all like taking a book off a library shelf. It's more like taking a book off a display labeled "Staff's Favorite [Category] Books" and putting it back ON the shelf where one would normally look for it.

I am 100% anti-censorship, but I don't see how this has any relation, especially since Bitch apparently has all the contested books in its OWN library.

As for authors' requests...if they were to "honor" comments saying "I'm totally a writer on your list, so remove me, and, um, these other writers on your list told me to say the same thing"...does everyone see why that wouldn't be smart? Tweets and official blogs are one thing, but it would take a lot of trust in the internet to believe a name with a link, if even that, is who it says it is.

He should know.

The only person I've seen speaking on behalf of another author is Scott Westerfeld for Justine Larbalestier and Maureen Johnson. He has also blogged about it and tweeted about it. He is married to one of them, the former, and the latter has also tweeted, making it clear she wanted off the list. I'm all for skepticism, but really? :)

These folks, Bitch Media, should put whomever they want on their list, but the time to add, exclude, and exchange was before publishing this. Doing this after the fact is just disrespectful, insulting, and paints these people with an unfair brush. Why not go to the authors, see if they wanted to at least speak to the accusations? Why not go to the people who recommended them in the firs place? Why not have a panel who were unaware of the exact nature of the concerns read and decide?

Girls, women, can be strong in all sorts of ways. They can be wrong too. The girl in Tasty Morsels sounds like she didn't actively seek revenge -- she was angry and there was magic, and what happened was an accidental manifestation of her anger. Am I wrong? Are we denying victims or the daughters of victims their anger? In Sisters Red, Scarlett is, well, scarred, and has suffered trauma, and she sees girls who have the luxury of not knowing what lurks in the dark, and she both feels superior to and jealous of their beauty and naivete. Am I wrong in this? Why wouldn't we expect girls, women, to understand that without making the leap to saying this character thinks some girls have it coming to them? In the last book, folk(s?) are concerned it might be triggering as if women are too fragile to read a book description and decide.

I don't understand a feminist site thinking we can't handle complexity, or ambiguity, or choice. I don't get people who try to be apologists for that.

This isn't censorship, no, but it is disrespectful to the authors they praised moments before and disrespectful to, I was going to type :"women," but I think I want to go with sentient beings.


As a reader and a writer, I honestly can't understand the anger here. It's not censorship; it's a RECOMMENDATION LIST. If you're the authors of these books that were taken off the list or a big fan of them, get over it, really. And I'm in awe of these authors who demand that their names be taken off the list. Reminds me of how cops stick together behind the thin blue line.... Non of these authors were banned from libraries or being published, so where's the censorship? Where's the fight? Pick your battles wisely. I may be the minority here, but I will never by books written by these self-righteous authors again. And I will tweet, blog, and tell anyone that will listen to me not to buy their books. Stop worrying about these lists; go and write a decent book, maybe a drink. Gees...

Above comment

Please excuse the typo and other error. I was in a hurry and shocked to take my time...

You seem to be responding to

You seem to be responding to be based on the formatting, but I'm not the author of any of these books and not known to any of the authors. I also never called it censorship. I've read Scott Westerfeld and liked his series, but not a big fan. I bought the removed books after the fact. Other than that, you're batting a thousand.

You ask why the anger will seeming *really* angry. Angry at writers for supporting other writers and making a request. Angry at pretty much everyone that isn't just okie dokie with the decision.

This list

After reading this list and the comments, the first three books I put on hold at the library were the three that were removed. Maybe being removed from the list was the best thing that could've happened to these titles in terms of helping them reach a wider audience. Otherwise they would've just been three out of a hundred. I love a lot of these books, and look forward to reading many of those I don't know. But the first three. Just sayin.

Plus I agree that before you post a list like this, you should be sure about it. Certainly before calling a book one of your favorites, you should have read it.

As many others have noted, if you're removing books from the list because they might trigger someone, I think you'd have to start over. And it would be a really short list.

Finally, since when is Carson McCullers a YA writer? And I'd call many of these titles middle-grade fiction or even children's books, since they both feature and are aimed at people younger than teens: Harriet the Spy, Number the Stars, Out of the Dust, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, and many other great books on this list. Maybe that's splitting hairs, and yeah this isn't my list, and all that, but I think it's helpful to be specific. If you're calling a list YA, shouldn't it be books written for (or at least published for) an audience of young adults, aka teens?

What were you thinking?

People look up to you, Bitch Magazine. All ages, all types of people, mostly women but men too. Lots of people read you and you're widely recommended across the web, across the blogosophere, and along all lines of social media. Somewhere along the way you became a force of journalism and for good or ill, you accepted the responsibility of doing your job well and taking care of your readers. You do a good job. Most of the time.

Before we even get to the book pulling, I have to ask, what were you thinking putting together a list of recommended books without having actually read all the books? Readers trust you. We trust you. When you give us a list of 100 books for the feminist reader, we trust that you can absolutely recommend all 100 books to the feminist reader. If you haven't read them you can't honestly recommend them in the first place, can you? And after we find out you put together a list of books you haven't actually read, well, how can we trust your advice? You've certainly shaken our ability to believe your opinions. How do we know the whole list is solid now that you've "Fixed" it? How do we know any of your lists in the future won't suffer from the same poor quality of "asking some rad feminists which YA books should be on the list."

And then the pulling. I have to tell you, I think it was a bad move. Like I said, people look up to you. They trust you. When we see a few hasty disagreements and then a very hasty list alteration, we start to wonder about what is motivating you to do this. We stop being able to trust quite so easily. At the very least you could have given us some thorough, thought provoking, discussion worthy reasons why you've changed your mind. Not a general "they don't fit" but something richer. Something smarter. Something to get us all talking about the nature of the books in question instead of arguing about book banning and editorializing and throwing around all this anger. You're smart writers, certainly you could have given us smart answers. If anything, your reading of the books should have been a wonderful opportunity to talk about the subjects at hand. Maybe you didn't mean anything by pulling them, Bitch, but suddenly these books aren't for feminist readers and we're all left wondering why you think that way. What's wrong with them? With no real answers, we are left scrambling about. Assumptions are made, and they aren't nice ones.

Finally, it is your list. You say you're all about supporting YA and YA authors, but when authors ask you to remove them from this incident, you should have respected their wishes and done so. That shows support, now you're just looking mean and petulant. You don't have to remove their books, but it is respectful to do so. Maybe you think you're supporting these authors, but I'm willing to bet they are no longer supporting you.

I hope you don't let this go and pretend it never happened. I hope you come back into the ring with some answers, some real reasons, and some good discussion. I hope you mend bridges and don't stand there with your arms crossed saying, "We can do what we want. It's our magazine." I hope we mean more to you than that, because there are a lot of people in these comments that are very unhappy with you and I hope you're willing to talk openly with us. So far you kind of haven't done that.

I personally love the books you pulled. I think they are worthwhile and absolutely worth discussing at length. I think it was a bad decision to pull them. I hope you turn this whole event around and turn it into a positive discussion about tough books. I would even think it might be a good idea to take the whole list down until the whole list can be reviewed and read and considered. Since right now all I know is that you've read 3 of the books and your rad friends helped build the rest. I don't know who your rad friends are. I wonder what their qualifications were. Aside from being rad, of course.

three things

A thing:
Bitch is not a person, Bitch is a publicationsher, and the clear thrust of all communication about where the titles on the list come from is that someone in or trusted by the organization had read it. So the collective that you address when you talk to Bitch like Bitch is a coherent entity DID read every book. Think of it as similar a book reviews section - usually individual reviews are attributed to the different critics who undertook each title, but if they weren't, and even if they only had (let's say) star ratings, would you presume that one person was responsible for reading and rating all of them? If you learned that a team divided up those duties, would you think they all should have read and rated everything in the first place?

Another thing:
This list is explicitly not compiled for the benefit of the Young Adult AUTHOR but the Young Adult READER. The authors are, ostensibly, a bunch of grown-ups who can perhaps make some effort to take it on the chin a little better than a few of them have demonstrated an instinct for doing when someone doesn't (or does!) think their book is just perfect for this list they have in mind.

A really big other thing:
No qualifications are necessary for thinking a book would be good to read. Don't say things like "Readers trust you. We trust you." while demonstrating neither a shred of trust, nor any particular familiarity with the publication.



Can we get back to books we think should have been on the list in the first place? I understand that many people believe a certain book shouldn't have been removed, but never having read that particular book, I can't contribute. And I MUST contribute.

I mentioned A Tree Grows In Brooklyn in an earlier post, and would also like to see Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear and a few more of Cynthia Voigt's books, specifically The Homecoming and Come a Stranger. Now, I must add a few books to my "to-read" list!

Great idea - add to it, but don't censor it

I think this is an absolutely wonderful list, full of some really great reads. Even though I don't generally read a great deal of YA fiction, I found about a dozen books that I've either read, or are my list.

I have to admit, though, I don't understand the comment strings about certain books not being worthy of the list. Yes, there are always books we'd like to see recognized, but clearly somebody thought these 100 books were worthy too. I see no problem adding to the list, or creating a second 'readers' list comprised of commented books, but let the original list stand . . . don't censor it.


There is so much to say I hardly know where to begin.

First of all, for the sake of my sanity, I must point out (as others have before me) that this is hardly an example of censorship. Though this is a media outlet certainly making a... claim... about three works of fiction, BitchMedia has every right to those claims, and has hardly limited or restricted access to these works. The list is their own. I do understand that many individuals may base what books they purchase on lists similar to this one (both personally and professionally, in a library or school setting), but there are no rules when it comes to presenting "best of" lists. No obligations whatsoever.

With that said, however, I am still not crazy about the removal of the three titles from the original list. There are so many alternatives to removing the titles (posting a comment with a disclaimer, creating a new list next year, encouraging those readers with alternative suggestions to create and link to their own lists, categorizing the titles into books specifically recommended for younger readers, et cetera) that it seems, well, careless of them to do so. And so, though I don't think that this is censorship, I will admit that the message the publication is sending about the books is pretty negative. It would have been an entirely different ballgame had the books not made the list originally - there are always going to be differing opinions on what to include. The removal based on, what, the suggestions of others and the posters' hindsight? Considering that this is the first list of its kind for BitchMedia, it would have been nice to have the group who contributed stick up for their nominations. What kind of message is this sending to the authors who are present on the list? "We like you insofar as we don't get any crap for placing you here"? It should be an honour to be placed on this list - any list! - and, unfortunately, it seems as though many now feel differently.

Still, more than anything, I would like to emphasize that BitchMedia has done nothing really wrong here. What they did was very disappointing and, perhaps, a little desperate. Certainly I can understand the reactions posted here - I agree with many myself - but the request of authors to have their books removed is also disappointing to me. I understand the strategy behind it but I still believe that the list, however flawed, is BitchMedia's. It was handled poorly. I think the author's sharing their opinions on the subject, without the request, would have been statement enough.

Interesting list, and I can

Interesting list, and I can savely say that I lvoved the few books I read so far from it.
But I think I would have liked it more to see a shorter list with more personal comments why these specific books got included; because that's what I miss with most "best" lists (books, movies or whatever), a chance to get a glimps at the person (or persons) standing behind them, if only by their reasonings.

This list is not a list for

This list is not a list for feminist readers, it is a list for Bitch readers who have been co-opted into believing this commercial crap is relevant feminism. This is a safe list and I wouldn't blame any author for not wanting to be on it.

It's a Shame

Perhaps Bitch media doesn't understand the true meaning of feminism. It's about choice. This is what women in this country and many other countries have either fought for or are still fighting for. Maybe it would be a good time for them to peruse some of literature written by early feminists and some second wave feminists to remember a time when every decision was made for a woman by a male figure. Now I won't use the word censorship or say you don't have the right to do what you did. But just don't make it seem like you are striking a blow for feminism because you are not.

I don't need your protection, bitch

Jeesh, condescend to teenagers much? Why can't you trust us to make our way through these books? Big, strong, listmakers can handle it, but we can't. Hey everyone, try trusting young adult readers!

A Great and Terrible Beauty,

A Great and Terrible Beauty, All-American Girl, Hunger Games, Magic or Madness, Ella Enchanted, Tithe, Trickster's Choice, The Golden Compass, and Uglies are just a few of the books on this list I've read that I thought were wonderfuL! In fact, I read Graceling just last week (loved it) and just this moment put down Behemoth (it was Scott Westerfeld's blog that brought me to this site) and it was INCREDIBLE. I'm definitely pro-darwinist. I wish Deryn would just tell Alek she's a girl, she's making her life so difficult! The more she puts it off the more disconcerting it will be for him. Anyway, now I've finished that I'm just about to pick up Fire (the sequel to Graceling that I rushed my really pissed off mom to the store for yesterday) and I'm psyched for it. Katsa is such a strong, stolid, memorable character, I hope she makes an appearance even though I know she will not be the star of Fire. In fact, all of these books have very strong-minded, independent female front-women, so they were very well-chosen as far as I'm concerned. (Gemma and Felicity (Perhaps not Pippa and Anne so much, hah, hmm I'll have to think on that) , Sam, Katniss, JT and Ree, Ella,Lyra, and Tally). I definitely think Deryn (and even maybe Lilit) should be included on this list as well if those of you on staff haven't read it just yet. It takes spunk to dress as a man to become a British airman on a freaking flying, fabricated whale. Anyway, as for Scott Westerfeld's comments on his blog concerning the recent events on the site...I think it was very noble to make a request pending the removal of fellow authors. I perhaps wouldn't do the same thing in your place, but I do think that the time should be taken at least to understand the general theme of a book and (since this is a feminist listing) the character's traits and personality, before adding it to a compilation that your staff is supposedly recommending.

I am so in love with Bovril.


Jumping in here.

I've read all 424 comments. Yes, I realize I have no life, but nonetheless, Bitch has to please someone. People are upset with Bitch for including books on said list they find very triggering, and others are upset when those books are removed from said list.

They can't please everyone. If they didn't remove the books, they would have upset their readers who were upset with the inclusion of the books. And since they decided to respect those readers' wishes, they've upset the readers who wanted those books to be included.

It's a catch-22. They couldn't do nothing, they had to do something. So they made a choice, and they were inevitably going to offend someone.

I can understand why people would be upset, however, the reaction on all sides seems exaggerated to me. To the people complaining about the inclusion of the three books in question (yes, some books are very triggering, but nonetheless, important to literature because some stories need to be told. I've read American Psycho and found it incredibly disturbing on every level, but I recognize it as an important piece of American literature and despite it making me physically ill at times, I wouldn't demand it to be removed from a list), to the YA authors demanding their works be removed from the list (although I did find it very cool you all responded), to the people comparing it to book banning and censorship, it was all over-the-top. People took things a little too personally. People blew things out of proportion. We saw people saying that using "triggering" was inappropriate and that people should just "deal". Not cool. People saying that life is triggering. Obviously. Ad hominem attacks abound.

Bitch representatives responded. They did the best they could, and decided to listen to the readers who found their list problematic. They had to listen to someone.

This is not censorship

This is an old post, probably soon to be forgotten, but I am outraged by so many of these comments. Do you all even understand what censorship is? These folks are bloggers. They are not banning books. They are not taking books off your library shelf. They are not enacting legislation. They are not telling you what you should or should not do. This is a feminist young adult reading list, and Ashley and everyone else at Bitch has every right to decide what should or should not be included on it. They get to decide what they want to be promoting, and they get to decide what does and does not fit within their core values, or even simply what is not a good fit for their recommended reading list.

They didn't "cave under the pressure of commenters"-- they thoughtfully considered what kinds of messages they wanted to represent, and decided that those three books WERE GREAT, but not what they were looking for. They have no obligation to be silent, bound and neutral about all of this. They can recommend whatever they want. This isn't the say-all, be-all of feminism or young adult literature. Once again, this is a LIST OF BOOKS.

Just because Bitch doesn't recommend your favorite book or film or album in their magazine, is that censorship? Do you believe that there has never once in history been an instance where Bitch was going to run an article, but decided at the last minute not to because they did not feel comfortable promoting the content? Bitch, as I understand it, is all about providing a feminist response to pop culture. They have feminist core values and they make decisions about what they will and will not promote based on those values. They do an awesome job most of the time. If you feel that you have been somehow oppressed by this reading list, then by all means, go explore some feminist media that is actually radical. Frankly, labeling this as censorship is pretty insulting to real free speech issues, and I am pretty appalled by the self-righteousness of some of these YA authors. Please get over it. This is the internet and as much as I'd like to believe otherwise, Bitch Media does not have that much sway in the world....

Couldn't agree more with above

Get over it. You can't have everything. The only censorship I see here is one being put on Bitch by these self-righteous authors and their stupid gangs. Why don't you stop bitching and go write a book worth my money, eh? Bitch does not have the moral, social, political authority and does not have to answer to your "personal" opinions. God, I hate stupid people. You want to see censorship? Go to Iran or China, okay? You'll enjoy plenty over there...

Jacob have I loved?!!!!

should be on here for sure. and as some other people said, RONIA THE ROBBERS DAUGHTER!

Ooooh, "Jacob Have I Loved"!

Ooooh, "Jacob Have I Loved"! I need to revisit that book. I just remember thinking it was SO INTENSE as a child. And the movie! Heartbreaking! Is it all still as heartbreaking as I remember??

Was looking for better books than Twilight

After reading this article ( on facebook I was inspired to provide a good list of young adult books with strong female characters. This looks like a very promising start. I would like to also recommend Jerry Spinnelli books in general and specifically "Stargirl". I haven't read it in ages, but I remember thinking that I really liked the female lead because she wasn't afraid to be unique. And since racism has been brought up, Spinnelli does a fantastic job of addressing race from a child's perspective in Maniac Magee, one of my favorite books ever. He does a wonderful job in general at addressing stereotypes and finding your true self.
As far as the censorship debate goes, I would say that people's comments have definitely inspired me to check out these books for myself. This is a long list and it's difficult to know where to start! I will just have to start with the "controversial" ones. ^_~

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From the Library: 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader

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From the Library: 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader

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Additional Reads

I just found this list while searching for another article on Bitch's website and have read about a quarter of the titles. I started reviewing the comments to see other suggestions, or which ones were stand out favorites, and was overwhelmed by the back and forth controversy when this list was first posted. I'm not going to touch that issue!

I scanned through most of it and found a few other comments with titles suggested by readers, and wanted to add a few of my own. These are books that I haven't necessarily read recently but found inspiring in a "girls can do anything" or "this helps me understand growing up/coping with the real world" way when I was younger; they might not hold up to a re-reading at this point in my adult life - I fear I would be saddened to find their sentimental and inspirational roles in my young adulthood memories would not be as powerful today - but for all of them there are young female protagonists thinking on their feet and accomplishing a goal. Hopefully if I find time to revisit these with my own daughters one day, even if adult me does not find them as wonderful (I often find myself editing a book I loved as a kid instead of enjoying it), a younger generation will still be inspired. Some of these may have already been mentioned but I missed them with all the other chat. Hopefully if anyone else finds this list like I did and gets to the end of comments, they will have a few more to add to their reading lists....

Z for Zachariah by Robert O’Brien
The President's Daughter by Ellen Emerson White (I think someone mentioned this, but without the author listed)
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Lyddie and The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Babysitting is a Dangerous Job by Willo Davis Roberts
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Abhorsen series by Garth Nix (this one was also mentioned in another comment)

I am particularly glad that Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, Madeline L'Engle, Cynthia Voigt, Meg Cabot, Judy Blume and Scott Westerfield are already on the list. These are all authors with several works and I read a majority of their books when I had more time in my life to read and loved (or at least liked) all they had to offer. While all the other ones on the list that I have read were good, if these specific authors weren't already featured on the list I would be adding them to this post, which is why I highlight them here. I know that any reading (or music, or movie, etc) list compiled by a person/group will always have more titles that could fit the list than it is possible to include on said list. I just wanted to add some continued reading for any who may be interested. Bitch, thanks for providing a great forum to share knowledge and ideas!