My theme for 2013 is Influential Women Authors.
My definition of influential is any author, classic or modern, who has inspired writers, readers, or the larger scope of culture. Some are personal favorites, or have special meaning to me.
What this list is not: a list of the most influential writers of all time. Rather, this is a collection of influential writers, corresponding with each day's letter.
For the full list of participating blogs, click here.
B: Libba Bray
Libba Bray writes books for young adults. Her earlier books are a historical fantasy series starting with A Great and Terrible Beauty about English boarding school girls who discover a portal to a magical realm. The series ending is bittersweet, but perfect. She is a Printz award winning author for her trippy, genre-defying caper Going Bovine.
My personal favorite, and why she makes this list, is for her 2011 book Beauty Queens.
Oh my gosh, how I love this book (here's my earlier review on this blog).
I'm so glad Beauty Queens exists, not just as reading entertainment, but for her original intended audience, teens. These are not your average beauty queens. When a plane full of contestants heading toward the Miss Teen Dream pageant crash lands on a desert island, these ambitious queens disassemble their makeup cases (and strangely versatile depilatory creams) and rescue themselves. Even when shipwrecked reality-TV pirate hotties find them, they've already set up their own water filtration system.
The writing is wicked satire on everything from the beauty industry to third world dictatorships (yes, you read that right). So much brilliance is packed in these pages, and yet it's fun. Totally empowering and inspirational in the most hilarious way possible. I'm proud to be a woman when I read this book.
I met Libba Bray in 2012 and fangirled out. I wish I had a picture. She was so nice! Go buy her books!