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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at St. John's chapter.

Women are doing amazing things everywhere. Whether it be in the studio, on the sports field, or in an office building, we are breaking barriers and creating spaces for ourselves that did not exist before. On top of that, we are also encouraging our counterparts to do the same. One way this is happening is through books. There are so many amazing female authors out there, that it would be impossible to list all of them and their masterpieces. Personally, I love to read and I cannot resist a book that captures my attention and also happens to be written by a woman. Here are a few that are definitely worth a read as well as several exciting books to look out for.

Little Gods – Meng Jin (January 2020)

Little Gods is a book about a Chinese woman, her daughter, and each of their personal connections to their roots. When her mother dies, Liya revisits China, the country where her story began and begins a journey of her own. This story may have you in tears and will inevitably cause you to reflect on your own personal roots and connection to your own family’s homeland.

Uncanny Valley – Anna Wiener (January 2020)

A story of a girl boss in the making, Uncanny Valley explores the ins and outs of the highly sought after tech industry through the lens of a young woman. Anna gives us all an insight into the not so pretty parts of the life of a young female climbing the ranks. She offers her honest thoughts throughout her whole story and gives readers a glimpse into her evolution of a business woman and a person.

American Dirt – Jeanine Cummins (January 2020)

In light of everything happening with immigration laws in our country, American Dirt has something important to say. Lydia and her son Luca are forced to leave their comfortable life and their beloved home to flee to America and chase the same dream and better life as everyone else. Along the way, Lydia must ask herself hard questions and stay strong for her son, all the while fighting against an impossible and ruthless system.

Hood Feminism – Mikki Kendall (February 2020)

This is the book I am the most excited to read on this list. Mikki Kendall is an eccentric and powerful voice in Black Feminism today. She is making sure her message gets across and she encourages her readers to do the same. This book talks about the absence of Black voices in modern feminism. Mikki reminds us that we matter, we are still here, and we are not going anywhere. (Gabrielle Union herself recommends this one!)

Dear Girl – Aija Mayrock (April 7, 2020)

Aija Mayrock is the author of The Survival Guide to Bullying, a book that came out in 2015 about how to deal with not only bullying, but the fear of failure. In her newest book Dear Girl, she addresses the power that lies within all of us girls and the fact that we are so much stronger that we think. Be sure to pre-order your copy!

All Adults Here – Emma Straub (May 5, 2020)

All Adults Here is simply a commentary on the life cycle. Specifically, the life cycle of a mother named Astrid. It follows the journey of her family through generations and touches on all the insecurities we may have as children, teenagers, and adults flawlessly. The truth is, we are still figuring it out and that is okay. It points out that we are certainly not perfect, but hey, at least we are trying right?

Transcendent Kingdom – Yaa Gyasi (September 8, 2020)

Transcendent Kingdom is the follow up to Yaa Gyasi’s book Homegoing and according to critics, it does not disappoint. You will have to wait a little longer for this one but its story of love, family, perseverance, and faith through the eyes of a young Ghanian woman in medical school will surely be worth the wait. In the meantime, if you have not already, give its forerunner Homegoing a read.

Taylor is a Senior English major at St. John's University. After college, she plans on pursuing graduate school and a career in Higher Education Administration.