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Top 5 female authors

Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 female authors!!

You know, with all of the posts we’ve written for Top 5 Tuesday, I was really surprise we hadn’t done a specific top 5 female authors. Like, we do a top 5 new (to me) authors every year, last year we did an old (to me) authors list, and an authors we want to try list. Then when Shanah was hosting, we did the alphabet of fave authors (A-E, F-J, K-O, P-T and U-Z), authors I need to read which I did as auto-buy authors, and authors I want to meet (which was actually my very first T5T post as a participant).

And if you do decide to scroll through all of those posts, what you’re going to see is that Maggie Stiefvater, Holly Black, Janet Evanovich and Charlaine Harris top a lot of those lists. Don’t get me wrong, Maggie and Holly would still top that list today. Janet and Charlaine have definitely dropped off, although Janet is still an autobuy author. Her books are like mind candy to me. But, that doesn’t necessarily make them good books. It just makes them enjoyable. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

However, I also want to showcase some female authors who I don’t hype as much as the others. I mean, let’s face it, we all knew Maggie Stiefvater was going to be first place on this list. And if I was just going to go off some of my favourites, we’d be rounding out the top 5 with Holly Black, Sarah J Maas, Alice Oseman and Jessica Townsend. (Although, Jessica still making today’s list because I think she’s far less known than the others.) But I want to talk about others too and I don’t want every list this year being a top 10….

So instead, today here’s an alternate top 5 female authors that don’t necessarily include the top women in the industry.

If you missed the January-March 2024 topics, they are out now!! Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted (albeit somewhat terribly) here @ Meeghan reads.

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top 5 female authors (and their books I love most)

Jessica Townsend

Jessica Townsend

Jessica Townsend is an Australian author who is living her best life writing some of my most favourite books. According to her instagram she owns a vast selection of pink jumpers and a dog named Vivien.

I honestly don’t think I will ever not love the Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor) books. There’s something so genuinely whimsical and amazing about them. They bring me a lot of joy, even when I think about how long it’s taking to get each book… However, it’s very hard to rush perfection, so I’m attempting to be patient.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

Image from Townsend’s Instagram account.

Nina Kenwood

Nina Kenwood writes lovely contemporary YA novels that will rip your heart out and make you cry through a box of tissues. I highly recommend them.

Kenwood is also an Australian author and has two novels out: It Sounded Better in my Head, and Unnecessary Drama. I do love both, but I have a massive soft spot for her debut.

It Sounded Better in my Head

When her parents announce their impending divorce, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting, or at least mildly upset. Then Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward. She’d always imagined she would end up with Zach one day in the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining, and meaningful looks.

Now everything has changed, and nothing is quite making sense. Until an unexpected romance comes along and shakes things up even further.

Image from Kenwood’s Instagram account.

Nina Kenwood

Sophie Anderson

Author Sophie Anderson - with inset of her book The House with Chicken Legs

Sophie Anderson writes middle-grade fantasy books that have a lot of basis in Slavic folklore. Which, if you know anything about me, makes them essentially auto-buy books.

Anderson lives in the Lakes District in the UK (a former home of mine).

The House with Chicken Legs

All 12-year-old Marinka wants is a friend. A real friend. Not like her house with chicken legs. Sure, the house can play games like tag and hide-and-seek, but Marinka longs for a human companion. Someone she can talk to and share secrets with.

But that’s tough when your grandmother is a Yaga, a guardian who guides the dead into the afterlife. It’s even harder when you live in a house that wanders all over the world… carrying you with it. Even worse, Marinka is being trained to be a Yaga. That means no school, no parties and no playmates that stick around for more than a day.

So when Marinka stumbles across the chance to make a real friend, she breaks all the rules… with devastating consequences. Her beloved grandmother mysteriously disappears, and it’s up to Marinka to find her even if it means making a dangerous journey to the afterlife.

Image from Anderson’s website.

Mary H. K. Choi

Mary H. K. Choi writes YA contemporary books that make me cry. A lot. And I love them.

Emergency Contact

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch via text and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

Image from Choi’s website.

Author Mary H K Choi - with inset of her book Emergency Contact

Emily McGovern

Author and artist Emily McGovern - with inset of her book Bloodlust and Bonnets

Emily McGovern is an author and artist who is known for her Background Slytherin comics on Instagram. She currently lives in Brussels.

Bloodlust and Bonnets

Set in early nineteenth-century Britain, Bloodlust & Bonnets follows Lucy, an unworldly debutante who desires a life of passion and intrigue qualities which earn her the attention of Lady Violet Travesty, the leader of a local vampire cult.

But before Lucy can embark on her new life of vampiric debauchery, she finds herself unexpectedly thrown together with the flamboyant poet Lord Byron (“from books!”) and a mysterious bounty-hunter named Sham. The unlikely trio lie, flirt, fight, and manipulate each other as they make their way across Britain, disrupting society balls, slaying vampires, and making every effort not to betray their feelings to each other as their personal and romantic lives become increasingly entangled.

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Who are your top 5 female authors?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo


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