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which of these authors should i move to the top of my tbr??

the books:
half of a yellow sun:
the rehearsal:
the luminaries:
the namesake:
the lowland:
burial rites:
i see you:
i let you go:
wild beauty:
the song of achilles:
the interestings:
the gap of time:
bel canto:
bad feminist:
sing, unburied, sing:
salvage the bones:
men we reaped:

this makes me feel a little weird but i’m adding my amazon wishlist here anyway:

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hello everyone my name is Lindsay and welcome back to my channel today I'm going to be doing a video that I think is equal parts exciting and also a little shameful and that is to share with you a list of female authors that unfortunately I have never read I make a pretty big effort to read books by female authors I'd say that 90% of the books that I read our books that are written by female authors but when I look at a list of authors that I've read there is a pretty big gap for some of these female authors that are well-known and well-loved and unfortunately I have just never read I have twelve female authors to talk about today and I'm sure there are at least a hundred more that I could include but I tried to keep the list narrow down to authors that I already own one or more of their books so these books are on my immediate TBR these are books that I see on my shelves every day and these are the books that I need to get to before I buy even more books by other female authors that I haven't read and though I'm not including this on my official 2019 resolutions list this is kind of an unofficial resolution for 2019 is to read at least one book by each of the authors that I mentioned in this video the first author I'm going to talk about is actually a little bit of a cheat because I have read a couple of things by her in the past I've read two short nonfiction pieces they're actually right here on my shelves and of course that is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a I own half of a Yellow Sun and Americana which is one of the oldest books on my shelf and I still haven't read either of these books as I said I have read we should all be feminists and Dior a joelly or a feminist manifesto and 15 suggestions two short pieces of nonfiction that I really love but I feel like I definitely need to read some fiction by her and so these are two books that have been sitting on my shelves for far too long and so hopefully 2019 is the year that I'll finally pick one of them up the next author on my list is Eleanor Catton I own the rehearsal and the luminaries which is a huge chunky book and I think is the reason I haven't gotten to it yet because I've only heard amazing things about the luminaries and about Eleanor Catton in general she's just an author that I'm very interested in and so I feel like I finally need to read something by her and so hopefully 2019 will be here that I do another author that I hear basically only brilliant things about is Jhumpa Lahiri I own two books by her as well I own the namesake and the lowland which i think is a collection of short stories actually I'm not a hundred percent sure but I think it is she's just not there that for some reason I haven't ever picked up even though I have owned two of her books for a while and have only ever heard good things about her so yeah this list is gonna be pretty similar in terms of why each authors on the list it's because I've owned their books for a while I need to read them or because I've heard only positive things about their books and need to read them or in Jhumpa Lahiri's case both next is Hannah Kent and I obviously own burial rights this is a book that's been on my TBR for so long it's one of the oldest books on my shelves and I also have the audiobook of this one so I really don't have an excuse as to why I haven't read her yet and so I'm hoping that I will finally do that in the new year a mystery thriller writer that's on this list is Claire McIntosh she is an author that I've only really discovered this year as being super popular and Nita read but I own two of her books already and that is ICU and I let you go I've heard that I let you go has one of the craziest twists that anybody has ever read in a mystery book so I am all the more excited to read it and I just need to find the time to do it so hopefully 2019 will be the year as I've said for every other author so far somehow I mean it you only have one young adult author on this list and I think that's because I tend to gravitate towards young adult fiction I don't really know why because I like adult fiction just as much but when I'm going to pick up a new book when I'm gonna explore a new author I feel like I tend to go for young adult more often than not that is something that I want to work on in 2019 it's something I've been working on throughout the year and I feel it has gotten better as the years gone on but 2019 is definitely gonna be the year that I focus on trying to read more adult fiction but because I do tend to gravitate more towards young adult and because I've heard only amazing things about this author I did have to include her on the list and that is anna-marie Macklemore I obviously own wild beauty but she's written several other books including a book that I think it's coming out early 2019 or maybe just recently came out I'm not a hundred percent sure this is a book that I've only ever heard positive things about and anna-marie Macklemore after that I know right incredibly diverse Li and apparently very beautifully so I'm gonna try to read something by her in 2019 I also included on the list Madeline Miller who of course wrote song of Achilles and the very popular 2018 release star C IO the song of Achilles I also have the audio book for the song of Achilles I don't have an excuse why I haven't read the song of Achilles so hopefully I will read the song of Achilles in 2019 another book by an author that's been on my TBR for far too long is Meg Wolitzer I own The interestings which I believe I got maybe the very first Christmas I was doing booktuber the Christmas after that I'm not a hundred percent sure but I know I've owned this book for quite a while and I still haven't read it for whatever reason and so I'm hoping that that will not be the case at the end of 2019 I'm hoping that I will actually read The interestings and maybe something else buy my wallet sir because she's a very popular author and so many people seem to love her I just for some reason haven't ever picked anything up by her also on this list I included Jeanette Winterson I own the gap of time obviously and this is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series this is a modern retelling of The Winter's Tale which is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays and for some reason I still haven't picked this book up even though I've owned it for a while and I said when I first hauled it and I was gonna read it soon because I was so excited to read it I've been in a very Shakespeare mood lately so I feel like this one it might get read sooner than later hopefully sooner rather than later honestly another author that I own two books bhai is Ann Patchett I own bel canto and Commonwealth two books that I've only heard positive things about on booktube and another author that i just really need to read something by this is one of my best friend from high schools favorite books so I don't really have an excuse not to read it and this is a book that I've heard amazing things about since it came out I think last year so I don't have an excuse not to read it I don't have an excuse not to read any of these books so hopefully in 2019 I will read all of them next I have back feminist by Roxane gay my best friend bought me this book for Christmas two years ago and I still haven't read it even though it's a book that I've been excited to read for two years so I feel like I just need to bite the bullet and read bad feminist by Roxane gay because Roxane gay has released several books since this book I'm out and all of them have gotten rave reviews so I just need to just need to do it I need to read something by Roxane gay and I'm gonna have to start with feminist because it's been on my shelf forever and my best friend bought it for me so I'm sorry Margaux if you're watching this I'm gonna read this in 2019 and finally what is maybe the most shameful author on this list because I own three of her books and haven't read any of them is Jazmin Ward I own her newest release sing and bird sing as well as salvage the bones and her nonfiction memoir men we read I don't have a reason why I haven't read something by Jasmine Ward because I own three of her books so I'm not even gonna say anything about this I'm just gonna go read one of her books probably soon because obviously I own three of them and I don't even know if I like her as an author I feel like I will like her as an author because she only gets positive reviews but I need to read something by her as soon as possible so those are 12 female authors that I own books by that are on my shelves currently that I still haven't read and need to read as I said this isn't really a 2019 resolution but it's kind of an unofficial 2019 resolution at some point I'll probably try to do a video where I check in with this list and see how I'm doing see if I can take any of the authors off or if I need to add more authors to it it might be an ongoing series we'll just see how it goes that is it for my female authors that I desperately need to read let me know down in the comments if you've read any of the books that I mentioned in this video and what you thought about them which of these books which of these authors do I need to get to as soon as possible which are you most disappointed to see included on this list I'd really love to know also let me know some female authors that you really need to read or some female authors that you think I definitely need to include on this list I'd really love to know that as well thank you so much for watching I hope you enjoyed this video and I will see you again very soon bye [Applause]


  1. You have so many of my faves on this list! Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Hannah Kent, Clare Mackintosh, and Roxane Gay. Anna-Marie McLemore is my FAAAAAAAVORITE. I think you will love her writing. I finally picked up Madeline Miller this year and fell in love.

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