Time for the next category in the RWC 2017 Reading Challenge.

Category #5: A Book Written by a Woman or With a Kickass Woman Protagonist

I chose this category because March is Women’s History Month. I didn’t realize when I did my scheduling that this post would come out on A Day Without A Woman.

It’s easy to find books that fit one of those two designations. My only intention is that you read something by a woman or about a woman/women. Genre doesn’t matter and your interpretation of “Kickass Woman Protagonist” can be whatever you want. Perhaps for you, that means Anne of Green Gables or Scarlett O’Hara or Hermione or Katniss or Lisbeth Salander? Or maybe you want to read a nonfiction book about an inspiring woman like Malala or Anne Frank?

These books are all ones I have read.

Dublin Murder Squad series – Tana French

I savor new Tana French books, holding onto them like a special treat until I can’t resist any longer. I’ve read her first four books and I have the most recent on my shelf, waiting.

The Dublin Murder Squad books both standalone and work together, following a different Murder Squad member in each book, but other characters pop up again over the course of the investigation. My highest recommendation goes to book #2, “The Likeness.” The protagonist is a female investigator gone undercover. While it may not be completely believable, it’s a wild ride.

 The Caregiver Series – Astrid “Artistikem” Cruz

I’ve edited most of the books in this series, which currently includes 3 novels, a prequel, and 2 collections of vignettes. The finale is planned and I’m anxiously awaiting the fate of our heroine, Scarlett Lang. She’s tough and capable, both as a trained nurse and skilled sharpshooter, great complementary skills.

As a bonus, the author of this series is an amazing independent author from Puerto Rico and it would be great to support her.

A Fighting Chance – Elizabeth Warren

Let’s switch to nonfiction. This book covers Warren’s history, her trip through academia, and the work on finance reform that eventually resulted in her run for US Senate. She’s very relevant to current political maneuvers so you may find it interesting to read more about her.

Women’s Murder Club series – James Patterson

A lot can be said (both good and bad) about James Patterson and his writing, but his “Women’s Murder Club” series is one I’ve always enjoyed. Four smart, capable women come together to solve crimes – and they’re also great friends.

Coraline – Neil Gaiman

I just read this for the first time and Coraline Jones is one tough little cookie! This creepy YA story is a quick, easy read and I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it before.

What will you read to complete this category? Leave a comment below with your thoughts about these or any I may have missed.

If you have suggestions for books that fit in future categories, let me know. I’ll include your name (and a link, if you like) when I share those suggestions.

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