Happy Easter one and all! Saturday officially ended Women’s History Month but I decided to wait a day for people to get in last minute submissions. I failed myself, to work in one last book review. My brain decided to have a serious case of ADD last night so I’m still working on the last 100 pages of Conspiracy of Ravens.
Here they are:
Man of Tin featured Suffragettes! I love it.
Imperial Rebel Ork threw another curve ball at me and featured my beloved Tank Girl!
Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P. collected her entire contributions into one helpful post. Be sure to check out each one as I learned about some awesome ladies I had never heard of before.
GamersUnitedGG featured a lovely little list of some female fronted video games. Samus Aran will always have a special place in my heart. Not because I’ve ever played a Metroid game, but because my husband who loves the games named our youngest dog after her. 😉
My personal contributions for the last week include; Saga, Volume 4 – Comic Review, The Prey of Gods – Book Review & Favorite Female Authors – Part 2.
Below I am going to link every blog that contributed to this Women’s History Month celebration. You guys are some bad ass mother fuckers for helping a girl with her first blog event. Oooodles of thanks!
Field Notes From Over the Hill
Imperial Rebel Ork
Man of Tin
Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P.
I hope everyone had as much fun with this as I did. It inspires me to participate in other people’s blog events. This is definitely a fun little community I’ve wandered blindly into. ^_^
Wooo! I’m rushing to crush a couple more things into this blog event. Fingers crossed I can get them done in time. 😉
Next Sunday will be the last update for this blog event. March had a whopping 5 weeks in it and you guys really delivered!
Precinct1313 featured the Girl of Steel this week and DC’s expansion of diverse characters.
Leadballoony shared with the world his last banshee. Candy. You probably shouldn’t mess with her.
Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P. kept up her speedy posts and featured yet more women I’ve never heard of. Including, the first women to circumnavigate Earth disguised as a man in the French navy.
Imperial Rebel Ork created one of my new favorite villains, Corlina Rayne, the Wytch of Thorn Pass.
Last weekly update I forgot to link my own contributions so I’ll link them now including this week’s one book review:
Giant Days, Vol. 2 – Comic Review
The Fair Fight – Book Review
Dead Heat – Book Review
This quote from a famous lady has greatly contributed to my take-no-shit-from-anyone attitude since I was a teenager:
I’m way behind schedule. We had a family tragedy that I’ll explain more in a book review because that book helped me keep it together the last few days.
Thank you to everyone who has been contributing even though I’ve been MIA the last half a week!
Imperial Rebel Ork – He earned top spot this week for two reasons, it was his first contributing post and he created awesome miniatures inspired by myself and Ignited Moth. It was not something I would have expected in a million years but it really made my night. Thank you.
Man of Tin – He painted a sweet Princess Leia miniature!
Ignited Moth – My twin sister per Imperial Rebel Ork, featured Joan of Arc this week.
Leadballoony – featured some of his femme fatale creations. They’re seriously bad ass.
Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P. – is continuing her educational tributes. She’s been teaching about ladies I’ve never heard of before.
Inspired by Man of Tin, a quote from the princess ~
Woo boy! You guys are keeping me on my toes. I have to dedicate my Sunday evenings to updating all these great contributions. I’m so ecstatic that everyone seems to be really taking to this blog event. You guys are the best! I reached over 400 followers this week and I hope that other people have seen an uptick in their numbers as well.
Let’s get to it!
Books and Traveling with Lynn posted her list of influential female authors. She’s much better with classics than I am so head on over and check her out.
Luna over at GamersUnitedGG shared her favorite fierce, female fighters in video games.
Field Notes From Over the Hill for International Women’s Day shared the strong women that surround her and influence her life.
Man of Tin featured his Mary Seacole figure, a Jamaican nurse who supported British troops in the Crimean War.
Ignited Moth featured the ever lovely Harriet Tubman this week. Art + information = good time had by all.
Leadballoony had a very interesting, special International Women’s Day post that featured other blogs as well.
Precinct1313 shined their spotlight on Mera, Queen of Atlantis this week.
Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P. ran away with it again this week! She takes the cake for the number of posts in one week (7!) so I’m just going to point you to her blog directly.
If you missed any of my own postings this last week, here’s a short summary: International Women’s Day, Saga Volume 3, and The Power book review.
It’s only been half a week since March started but a girl has to start the weekly updates somewhere. It’s already been a joy to read the things people have started to post. This is going to be an interesting/informative/fun-tastic month.
I finally finished the massive epic fantasy I’d been working on for half a month and today officially started reading only female authors. The first book beginning this adventure is The Power by Naomi Alderman.
That’s enough about me, let’s jump into what other people have been doing this week!
Field Notes From Over the Hill started off with a trip she took with a good friend that resulted in them attending a Native American pow wow. She took pictures of the beautiful, strong women of the tribe.
Precinct1313 posted in The Week in Geek that Cheetah will be officially challenging Wonder Woman in the next movie and a glance at the new Tomb Raider trailer.
Man of Tin not only posted a lovely photo of his tin figure of Emmeline Pankhurst, but also historical facts about Women’s Right to Serve and their contributions in war.
Ignited Moth posted fan art and historical facts about the one, the only, Madame Marie Curie. There ain’t nothin’ hotter than female scientists.
Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P. posted not one, not two, but three biography sketches AND a trade book. This lady is not kidding when she says she’s an educator and she’s going to make the rest of us look lazy this month. 😉
Leadballoony posted this one day before Women’s History Month started but I’m including it because these are some bad ass female miniatures. (I’m really trying to work on the lingo for this stuff.)
I’ve also decided that each weekly update will be left off with wise words of advice from our foremothers.
I did not give myself the proper amount of time to prepare a comprehensive list of my favorite female authors but some spotlight is better than no spotlight! (As I write this the dogs are staring at me indicating that it is meal time human, but in fact I still have 15 minutes so let’s do this!)
- Robin Hobb – Okay, so I’m only two books into the Farseer trilogy and have not read any of her other series BUT she has firmly cemented her place as one of my favorite authors OFF ALL TIME. If you love tightly woven world building and great characters, there is no way you’ll go wrong picking up a Hobb book.
- Anne Bishop – I like DARK things and Bishop certainly knows how to deliver if you’ve read her Black Jewels trilogy. (I still have to read the following trilogies in the same line.) I’ve had the first book to her other series, The Others, sitting on my shelf for a couple of years now. Time to crack that baby open this year.
- Ilona Andews – Okay so this is couple that writes as a team, but one half of that team is female! They have not written a book I didn’t like so far. Urban fantasy at it’s finest.
- Patricia Briggs – Another urban fantasy author that I adore. She’s also done some epic fantasy of which, I’ve only read one book but I loved it too. She writes great characters and builds some very interesting worlds.
- Leigh Bardugo – YA fantasy isn’t really my jam but I forget about that when it comes to Bardugo. Her writing is poetic, her world building always top notch, and she creates characters you get attached to. If you’re going to break your YA ban, I recommend doing it for her.
Well the wolves are howling to be fed now (even though I finished this 5 minutes earlier than expected) so I should probably do something about that before I get bit. (Totally joking, they only bite when your fingers are covering too much of the biscuit you’re trying to hand them.)
Who are YOUR favorite female authors??
Tomorrow brings my first ever attempt at a blog event, completely inspired by March being Women’s History Month. We’re gonna celebrate women.
Every week I’ll make a post linking the contributing blogs and their posts in celebration. I highly encourage you to check them out because these are some really fun people, having fun with women’s history (among other things, they after all, have other intriguing things to talk about as well.)
These SIX blogs (I’m pretty impressed that I got that many people to sign up) will be contributing:
Imperial Rebel Ork – He’ll be painting female models.
Ignited Moth – She’ll be doing fan art of famous historical women.
Field Notes From Over the Hill – she’ll be doing photography of women.
Leadballoony – he will be painting female models.
Precinct1313 – will be highlighting female superheroes.
Man of Tin – will be painting female soldiers.
Thank you everyone for joining in on this little event. I’m very excited to see where this goes!
4 out of 5 stars
“Women, it seemed, were capable not only of significant acts of treason, but of executing them more deftly than men.”
It’s Women’s History month! What better time to read about rebellious bad ass women who effected the courses of history? Peril be damned, these ladies were not to be stopped. Literally. Imprisoned? Continue spying and exchanging important information from your cell. Broken leg? Drag yourself back up on that horse and keep riding. Confederate general in your house? Continue sneaking Union soldiers through your secret room right under his nose. Exiled to the South? Sneak up to the North to see your relatives anyway.
This book follows four women, two helping the Union and two helping the Confederacy from the beginning of the Civil War until the end. It was genuinely fascinating. One of the ladies was able to sneak Union soldiers back north by dressing them in Confederate uniforms, then the soldiers were to lay at the bottom of a wagon with breathing holes cut into the floor, covered with a tarp, with manure piled on top. Just taking out the dead bodies and manure, y’all. (It worked, a lot.)
If you enjoy history and are looking for some serious feminine power, this is a great read. Even if you don’t agree with some of the ladies’ opinion, the sheer will and power these women flexed during times when women were just to be cozy homemakers is awesome to behold. They’re just a few of many who helped pave the way for women today.
“Her comrades spread stories about women being exposed in the ranks, and such stories seemed to grow more numerous by the day.”
Rainy Saturday mornings shall fear my BFF and I for the rest of their rainy lives. You will not deter us from our funzies! We cannot be stopped. We are not well behaved women.
First, we had a show down with the Bag Book Sale at the library. $10 later, those books didn’t stand a chance.
Continue reading Damn It Feels Good to be BFFs
I may knock girls quite a bit but to be truthful, I am absolutely horrible at being one.
Example A (and most prolific): When on my period I regularly forget to take tampons anywhere with me. Therefore, I have to buy a new box while I’m out. I end up with so many boxes under my sink you’d think I was hemorrhaging.
Example B: I am very open about these things….obviously. Much to the horror of people afraid to talk biology. *cough* men *cough*