5 Best Books … with a Female Protagonist
April 20, 2011 29 Comments
Cassandra of Indie Reader Houston is running the meme: “5 Best Books”. Every week, a different topic is suggested by Cassandra and participants list what they think are the 5 best book for that topic. Click HERE to see the topics for the next few weeks.
This week, the topic is 5 best books with a female protagonist. You know there was a time when I almost only read books by women writers? Most of those books had female protagonists. But there are also male authors that write about a female protagonist…
And the problem is, many of the 5-best-books from the last few weeks also had a female protagonist. But I’ll try not to use the same books twice. So, I could have mentioned these great books, with a female protagonist: Under the Skin (Michel Faber) - … set in a foreign country, The Undomestic Goddess (Sophie Kinsella) – …made me laugh, The Wife’s Tale (Lori Lanssens) – …I did not want to end, and Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow (Peter Høeg) – …with a mystery to solve.
Here are some more 5 Best Books with a female protagonist:
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
This story takes place in the 1960s in Mississippi, with two black helps working for two different white women. Another young white woman journalist wants to write a book about what their life is like.
But segregation rules that they cannot meet up easily. Still, the book gets written and causes a lot of upheaval in the small town.
A Sweet Obscurity by Patrick Gale
When Eliza’s mother falls ill (and later dies), Eliza and her niece Dido (who lives with Eliza as her mother died years ago) go to see her in Cornwall, where Eliza and her sister grew up.
They decide to stay for a while. Eliza falls in love with a local farmer and Dido finds out things about herself and her real mother that no girl would want to know.
A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton
A couple, Howard and Alice, move from the city to rural America with their small daughters but are viewed with suspicion by the people in their small town. When the neighbour’s 2-year old daughter drowns in the couple’s pond while under Alice’s care, things turn really badly.
Alice’s life is shattered when she is also accused of sexually abusing another child. The things that happen in the book are really quite unpleasant, but I liked Alice, and wanted things to go well for her.
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Alexia Tarabotti is a spinster of 25 who goes to parties just to chaperone her younger step-sisters. She is not expected to find a man for herself. But she gets involved with werewolves and vampires and before you know it, has become a detective on an investigation.
She crosses paths with Lord Maccon, a very important werewolf. It’s such a pity they can’t stand each other!
There is a kidnapping, some really gory experiments, a gay vampire, a love interest, a romance, and lots more.
The Tricking of Freya by Christina Sunley
Freya lives in Winnipeg but her family originally comes from Iceland. She has very little family left in America and when she hears that her aunt Birdie had an illegitimate child, she wants to find her.
During the story we learn more about the family and its secrets and eventually Freya goes to Iceland, where she meets people that knew her family.
What are your favorite female protagonists?