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Who's Your Favorite Female Author?

Who's Your Favorite Female Author?

It's no secret that we love female writers around here at Sugar HQ, but according to Publishers Weekly, no book written by a woman was good enough to make the list of the top 10 titles of 2009. Maybe it's time for women to start taking masculine pen names again.

In response to the disappointing list, the group Women in Letters and Literary Arts (WILLA) has put together a list of books that were overlooked, written by authors like Lorrie Moore, Rita Dove, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Mavis Gallant, and Alicia Ostriker.

I thought it could be fun to make our own list of amazing female authors. So tell me: who is your favorite author, who also happens to be a woman? (And if you're looking for books written by either sex, check out our list of November must reads.)

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Sunflower-Sutra Sunflower-Sutra 7 years
I haven't gotten to read much since i've had my son, so i guess right now my favorite female author would be Margaret Wise Brown (of Goodnight Moon fame, lol!) For fiction i usually read male authors, but i do love JK Rowling's books. I liked Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, but i haven't read any of her fiction. I like Annie Dillard too; I'm more of a non-fiction type gal.
Drewsfan Drewsfan 7 years
I agree with Corkin & Anon. Sylvia Plath!
Glambitious Glambitious 7 years
Anne Rice, Zane, Anna J, and Candace Bushnell
CorkinCokeACola CorkinCokeACola 7 years
Louisa May Alcott holds a special place in my heart. I also love Sylvia Plath, Jane Austen, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Mary Shelley, J.K. Rowling of course, and so many more.
gamestomper-6 gamestomper-6 7 years
i don't read much anymore, but when i can get some reading time, anne rice is my author of choice - i love being :scared:
sammagfunk sammagfunk 7 years
Jodi Picoult, hands down. Also for YA I think Sarah Dessen is great!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I like a lot of the people mentioned. In particular, I like Zora Neale Hurston, Ayn Rand, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver, Toni Morrison, and Alice Sebold. I also agree with Judy Blume! And, to add to the list of YA authors, Anne Brashares. She actually wrote an adult book, as well, which is good, but not as good at the Traveling Pants books.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Anne Rice - The Vampire Chronicles Dorothy Dunnett - The House of Niccolo and Lymond Chronicles. (Fabulous historical fiction about politics and business in Europe during the renaissance period. Based on actual people/events/records of that time. The diversity and political maneuvering needed to be successful back then makes today seem like a breeze!)
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
Belle De Jour. She's so funny and no nonsense. A lot ofpeople say her books are pure fiction but I don't really care if they are or not, they are a damn good read. I also like Nora Roberts as JD Robb.
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
JK Rowling..LOL!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
ooh yes, Marion Zimmer Bradley! spacekat I didn't know that about dude. My hubby is a huge SciFi/Fantasy fan. I'm going to look him up. Well you know what I mean ;-)
Choco-cat Choco-cat 7 years
I do have to say that it's surprising both Kingsolver and Atwood came out with books this year and didn't make the top 10. female authors i really enjoy: Karen Armstrong (nonfiction) Margaret Atwood (fiction) Maeve Binchy (fiction) Marion Zimmer Bradley (fantasy) Octavia Butler (sci-fi) Suzette Haden Elgin (sci-fi) Alice Hoffman (fiction) Sarah Blaffer Hrdy (nonfiction) Barbara Kingsolver (fiction) Madeleine L'Engle (YA fantasy/sci-fi) Juliet Marillier (historic fantasy) Anne McCaffrey (fantasy) Patricia McKillip (fantasy) Laurie Notaro (memoir) JK Rowling (YA fantasy) Joanna Russ (sci-fi) Margaret Weis (fantasy) Connie Willis (sci-fi) (i'm a big fantasy/sci-fi reader, in case you couldn't tell) that's all i can think of off the top of my head, i'm sure i'm missing some...
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
I like a lot of the ones that have been mentioned already. I also like JK Rowling. I don't think I've seen that name as I scroll on down the thread.
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 7 years
My favorite is Lisa Gardner. I re-read her books every summer. Also like Rebecca Wells, J. K. Rowling, and Sophie Kinsella.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 7 years
J.K. Rowling! Hands down, amazing author. I also really enjoy Meg Cabot's writing. It's like she's talking, but it is in written form. I don't know, I just love her! Plus, my sister and I met her at a book signing and she's pretty cool.
Edie-J-Blige Edie-J-Blige 7 years
Margaret Atwood
starofsorrow starofsorrow 7 years
One of my new favs are Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones and Almost Moon, which is what I'm currently reading) and Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry). I do have a few, but uhm, yeah, I can't think of any other new ones right now. I like Meyer's newest book, The Host. It's pretty fantasticaing.
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 7 years
Lisa Gardner,Janet Evanovich,Tess Gerritsen,Mary Higgins Clark,Patricia Cornwell,Nora Roberts.... so many I love!!
cdelaney cdelaney 7 years
Kate Chopin, Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, Anita Shreve, Isabel Gillies, and Emily Giffin.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Djuna Barnes. Her book Nightwood is one of my favorite books in the world.
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