It's women's history month, and on Wednesday, I found a list online of the books that inspired female authors. A couple authors on this list are ones I follow and read their works. It inspired me to think about the book series I read growing up.
1) American Girls. The first group I read was Samantha's books, followed by Felicity, Kirsten, and Molly. Addy was added before I outgrew the series, and I still have all of those books.
2) Ann Rinaldi books. More historical fiction for this history nut, and I will forever be grateful to my sixth grade history teacher. They wanted the students in with the parent-teacher conferences, and she suggested Ann Rinaldi books to both me and my parents. I gobbled up so many of these books, the first being A Break with Charity, about the Salem witch trials.
3) Hearts and Dreams. Again, historical fiction (see a pattern?). These are 4 books by Cameron Dokey, telling the stories of 4 women in the same family, stretching 4 generations. Katherine is during the Revolutionary War, Charlotte is the War of 1812, Stephanie is during the California gold rush, and Carrie is in Chicago, when the fire breaks out.
4) Christie and Company. I never read Nancy Drew, so I don't know how this compares. The series is about 3 friends in 8th grade, solving mysteries.
5) Pride and Prejudice. This is on the online list a couple times, and why not? I fell in love with the BBC production, and it inspired me to read the book. Elizabeth may be bound by society, but she is incredibly strong willed, and knows her mind.
6) The Girls of Summer. I grew up playing sports, and the 1999 women's soccer world cup was massive. When the Girls of Summer was published, my mom had me read it, and it didn't take me a lot time to finish it. It's filled with stories of the women not listening if they were told they couldn't play the game, and being determined to follow their dreams.
And this is only 6 things. I'm still constantly looking for new books with strong heroines. Some of my favorite series have been India Black by Carol K Carr, Lady Derby by Anna Lee Huber, Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen, Maggie Russell by Laurie R King, and not to mention all the novels about women in history. CW Gortner has written about women history has forgotten, or has painted quite a cruel picture of. There's always more to read.
Friday Five 2.0 with Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy.