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August 25: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101)
I took a women’s lit class, and in 17 out of 18 stories, the female protagonist died. Yeah… Re-do!
1. Pride and Prejudice; Jane Austen. Yes, this book is all about marriage–but it’s also about making choices, and these women do so.
2. Graceling; Kristin Cashore. Why is fantasy never included in a women’s lit class? It should be.
3. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe; Fannie Flagg. A story about a lot of strong women, over generations.
4. By the Sword; Mercedes Lackey. One woman deciding she doesn’t have to follow the roles set by her family.
5. Let’s Pretend this Never Happened; Jenny Lawson. Everybody is a little bit broken, but Jenny knows how to cope–and laugh.
6. To Kill a Mockingbird; Harper Lee. Scout is growing up in a tough time, but she learns so much from the events around her.
7. How to be a Woman; Caitlin Moran. Funny, a little dark, a bit inappropriate.
8. Wee Free Men; Terry Pratchett. With a frying pan, she beat back a legend. Just wait to see what she does next…
9. Wild; Cheryl Strayed. A journey through a hiking trail–and one of self-discovery.
10. The Glass Castle; Jeannette Walls. Family can be tough. But tough women overcome.