10 Titles from Women Writers to Look Out for this Spring/Summer

Welcome back to another blog everyone! Today I wanted to introduce y’all to some books that have come out recently or will be coming out in the near future. If you haven’t already read my post, “5 Books I’m Excited to Read This Spring,” go ahead and read that first. In this post, I’ll be adding to that list though only including books from Women Writers. We women writers should be supporting and nurturing each other. Together, perhaps, we can change the literary landscape of our world and open up the literary canon even further for future generations. 

But for now, let’s start simple. Countdown with me as I list the 10 books that I’m adding to my TBR (to be read) list as we move from spring to summer. Happy reading!

10. Veronica Roth, Chosen Ones

“There’s a lot of magic and action to make for a propulsive plot, but much more impressive are the character studies as Roth takes recognizable and beloved teen-hero types and explores what might happen to them as adults. Roth makes a bold entrance to adult fantasy.” (Kirkus ReviewsChosen Ones released on April 7, 2020 by John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Why I want to read it: I’ve been a Divergent fan since it was released in 2011. Roth is a good writer and has a knack for creating intriguing characters.

 9. Zora Neale Hurston, Hitting A Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick

“From ‘one of the greatest writers of our time’ (Toni Morrison)—the author of Barracoon and Their Eyes Were Watching God—a collection of remarkable stories, including eight ‘lost’ Harlem Renaissance tales now available to a wide audience for the first time.” (Goodreads) The book released January 14, 2020 by Amistad. Why I want to read it: Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God was my first introduction to African-American literature, and I’ve read other works of hers that have touched my soul. This forgotten collection is surely one worth the wait.

8. Raven Leilani, Luster

“Leilani debuts with a moving examination of a young black woman’s economic desperation and her relationship to violence.” (Publishers Weekly) This book will release on August 4, 2020 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Why I want to read it: This book promises to show readers a look at an unconventional romantic relationship as the protagonist enters a relationship with a married couple. I’m curious to see where it goes.

7. Ivy Pochoda, These Women

“In These Women, her fourth novel, Ivy Pochoda asks readers to consider one of the themes that unites her books: Who are the people we overlook, ignore, don’t see, dismiss in the world? Visitation Street, for example, centered on outcasts in a sliver of Brooklyn, gritty Red Hook, while Wonder Valley, set in California’s Mojave Desert, on the lost souls who gravitate there.” (NPR) This book just released on May 19, 2020 by Ecco. Why I want to read it: I’ve not read any of Pochoda’s books before, but the themes of this novel and her previous books grabbed my attention. To give a voice to those who don’t have one is a noble pursuit. I look forward to seeing how she does it.

6. Rebecca Serle, In Five Years

“At first, the book reads like a page right out of 13 Going on 30 or Freaky Friday, but the storyline is actually much more complex and introspective—making it a fascinating read that many readers finished within a day.” (Marie Claire) The book was released on March 10, 2020 from Atria Books. Why I want to read it: The plot of this book intrigued me, which is why it made it on this list. It’s about a woman who gets a quick vision of what her life could be and, just as quickly, it’s gone. What would it be like to get that opportunity? What will she do with it?

5. Emma Donoghue, The Pull of the Stars

“Emma Donoghue once again finds the light in the darkness in this new classic of hope and survival against all odds.” (Goodreads) This book will release on July 21, 2020 by Harper Avenue. Why I want to read it: Donoghue is the author of the 2010 hit Room and several other works. Room is also on my TBR listso I’ll definitely be giving it a read before The Pull of the Stars.

4. Isabel Allende, A Long Petal of the Sea

“Her new book…is another gift of epic storytelling. Only this time, that gift isn’t just a beautiful story well told. Now, it’s the solace of wisdom when we need it most, wrapped in a love story which reminds us, as abiding love always does, that grace takes many forms — yet its core is not faith, but truth.” (NPR) The book was published May 2020 by Ballantine Books. Why I want to read it: Allende’s books hold a special place in my heart. Not only are her stories and characters compelling, but she strives to take on cultural issues in a sensitive and real way.

3. Chelsea Bieker, God Shot

” ‘Godshot’ is not an easy book to read, but it picks up on the nuances of life as a woman. You do not have to survive a cult or even have left a toxic environment to relate to Lacey May – ‘Godshot’ is about the ways all women are under the patriarchy’s thumb.” (USA Today) This book released on March 31, 2020 by Catapult. Why I want to read it: I’m all in for a book about a woman taking back her life. Enough said.

2. Suzanne Collins, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

“In this sleek, well-constructed prequel, we delve into the early years of this grim contest. Fans will remember Coriolanus Snow as the psychotic president of Panem; here we discover his backstory in a novel that discusses the corrupting influence of the societies into which Collins’s characters are born. Nature, nurture, or both?” (The Guardian) The book was released recently on May 19, 2020 by Scholastic Press. Why I want to read it: The Hunger Games is another favorite YA series of mine. I’m excited to learn about the origins of the evil President of Panem, Coriolanus Snow. How did he become the evil tyrant whom Katniss challenged?

  1. Sarah J. Maas, Crescent City

“With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.” (Goodreads) The book was published March 3, 2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing. Why I want to read it: Sarah J. Maas is my absolute favorite YA author. She writes with incredible wit, and each of her characters is lovable and relatable. Her stories are thrilling; I’ll be reading them over and over for years to come.

I hope y’all enjoyed this list and found some you’ll be adding to your TBR list. If you did, let me know in the comments! Happy reading!



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    • Marissa
      June 10, 2020

      Thanks, Jodie! Any of them catch your interest?

        • Marissa
          June 10, 2020

          It really does! Zora Neale Hurston’s work is always powerful and thought provoking. Thanks for joining the WAB community, Jodie!

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