Women’s History Book Tag | What Book Inspires Me?

Hey everyone!!

Today I have a VERY, VERY exciting post because it is the Women’s History Book Tag where we get to celebrate lots of remarkable women and talks about books.

This was created by Margaret @ Weird Zeal and let’s just admire the care that was taken to create this tag!! Thank you for tagging me and if you aren’t already, you really need to be following her.

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RULES:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below using only books written by women
  • Feel free to use the same graphics
  • Tag 8 others to take part in the tag

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Rosa Parks

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

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In this book we follow Rin who is told by a lot of people who she is supposed to be and that she shouldn’t dream bigger basically. But she pushes against these limitations constantly and rewrites her entire life how she wants it. She is definitely a morally grey character, but she fits this prompt well.

“fear was impossible to eradicate but so was the will to survive.”

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Ada Lovelace

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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This isn’t the immediate pick I would go for but there are many ways to be smart and Evelyn Hugo was adaptable and intelligent. From understanding the industry, using people to her advantage, knowing her own worth, picking Monique for the interview and all these thought-out actions. The way she executed her ambition proved her genius but in an understated way.

“I’m under absolutely no obligation to make sense to you.”

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Queen Elizabeth I

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

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This book follows Hesina who is the recently appointed ruler and I loved how this whole part of her was written. It felt so realistic of the journey and her age. It talked about growing into the role, the different emotions, the burdens she faced and the duty she had.

“She could do all the wanted in the dark, but in the light, she had to choose her people. She always had to choose her people.”

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Virginia Woolf

Circe by Madeline Miller

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Madeline Miller’s writes lyrically. She was able to capture the emotions of Circe and construct sentences with the weight of time and power. Whilst reading her book it was just really easy to admire the art that was her writing. It was atmospheric and character driven. The writing was probably one of my favourite aspects of this book.

That is one thing gods and mortals share. When we are young, we think ourselves the first to have each feeling in the world”

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Joan of Arc

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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I love this series, and everyone needs to read it, okay. This series features two warrior females and they are very different, but they also have a lot of similarities as well. Laia and Helene are both strong and determined. They both go through difficult situations and both would fight until the very end.

“I do not doubt, I do not hesitate. I am the Lioness’s daughter, and I have the Lioness’s strength.”

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Mae Jemison

Winter by Marissa Meyer

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So, I have barely read any sci-fi, so The Lunar Chronicles was the only series that fit this prompt. It is set on the moon in parts, so it counts as much as it isn’t deep space. But I loved this series and all the friendships. It was fun and full of wonderful characters with lots of badass female characters, all with different strengths.

“broken isn’t the same as unfixable

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Rosalind Franklin

Unboxed by Non Pratt

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This is a short but meaningful read based on a friendship group opening a memory box after some years, after one of them has died. It is emotional and nostalgic. I think it really delivered on what I wanted it to. Lots of people would love it as I read it in one sitting because it is addictive and just 139 pages.

“None of us have finished becoming who we want to be. I have a whole list to get through”

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Marsha P. Johnson

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

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To me, Alice Oseman is royalty in the YA contemporary genre, and I love their books. There are so many amazing things about them, but I admire the diversity they write about and how it is effortless, it is who the characters are supposed to be. They have written about amazing LGBTQ+ characters and truly cared about good representation and making them amazing individuals. They rewrite the heteronormative formula, doing it beautifully and realistically.

“You probably think Aled Last and I are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and I am a girl. I just wanted to say- we don’t. That’s all.”

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Amelia Earhart

The Night Circus by Erin Morgerstern

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So, I have had to bend the rules slightly for this one as I haven’t read too many award-winning books. But The Night Circus has won awards and although I found it slightly disappointing, I still admired many things. From the writing, the magic and the atmosphere. It was all crafted with care and skill and let’s not forget that this was Morgenstern’s debut which definitely inspires me.

“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”

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Your choice

Wow they are so many to choose but I’m going to with…

Irena Sendler (1910-2008)

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Irena Sendler was a Polish social worker who, during World War II, helped to rescue 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto, and placed them in convents or with non-Jewish families.”

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She is believed to have personally saved 400 Jewish children and she kept records of their family so she could reunite rescued children (unfortunately many of the parents have died.) She was later arrested by Nazis and tortured for information regarding Zegota (the council to aid Jews that she joined) but she didn’t give any information. The Zegota bribed the guards and she was released. She continued to work until the war had ended.

She acted with strength, bravery and kindness which I think is always inspiring and amazing. Especially in dangerous times, she stood for what she believed to be right even putting herself at risk for it. She is definitely inspiring.


Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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So, this is an answer that surprised myself actually (I do that all the time) and it is for a few small reasons:

(1) Daisy Jones was a singer, so she got to write lyrics and create something which inspired me to create something with as much emotion and beauty.

(2) There is one bit where she has to do something with singing that she isn’t confident with, but she does it anyway. It starts badly but it eventually evolves into something good. The courage to be bad is always inspiring to me because I would literally be terrified, but you have to do it to get better.

(3) There were many different female characters who wanted different things, but none were belittled for this which I admired. And I really, REALLY love this quote “Don’t count yourself out this early, Daisy. You’re all sorts of things you don’t even know yet.” It was women empowering women and it showed that you can be all sorts of things and you don’t have to limit yourself.

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Thank you again for the tag Margaret, I loved doing it!! It was so fun and perfect for this month. If you would like to do this tag, I officially tag you.

I would also like to tag….

Obviously, this is entirely optional and there is no pressure, but I would love to see your answers if you choose to do this tag.


Who do you consider a woman who inspires you??
What book inspires you? Tell me about a female character who you love??

39 thoughts on “Women’s History Book Tag | What Book Inspires Me?

  1. Ooh great answers!! How is the descendant of the crane?? I keep hearing how good the plot twists r lol!! Also yesss we love the Cinder series and Winter is amazing I love the space themed world! Great post 🌸😊

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    1. Thank you !!! I really enjoyed Descendant of The Crane, it was a good political fantasy and really quite original and unique. The characters could have been more developed but I definitely recommend it and it will definitely keep you on the edge 😂
      Yes The Lunar Chronicles is such a classic and the moon was a cool setting to experience in Winter!!
      Thank you !! 😊💕

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  2. I’ve loved seeing everyone take part in this tag, so thank you for tagging me!
    I won’t be able to get to it before Women’s Month is over, sadly, but I am still really looking forward to doing it!
    Your answers were amazing and I am gonna have to think hard to not double your post – I agree with all of them ❤
    – Emma 🙂

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    1. Yes same, it has been so interesting to see everyone’s answers !! 😍 of course, I look forward to seeing your answers and there is no rush!! We can celebrate women every month 😉
      Haha thank you, I love that !! I’m sure you answers will be amazing and we can have the same answers for some 😉

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  3. Hooray, thank you so much for doing this tag!! 😀 Your answers are all so perfect – Evelyn Hugo truly is incredibly intelligent, even if it’s not in a book-learning way, and Laia and Helene are both such great female warriors!! Alice Oseman really does write some of the best YA contemporary with all of that good, good representation ❤

    I think I'd heard of Irene Sendler's story before but didn't know her name, so thank you for teaching me something about her today! She sounds so amazing and inspiring. And I love your reasoning for why Daisy Jones is an inspiration – I completely agree! 😀

    I'm so glad you enjoyed doing this tag!!

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    1. Of course, I honestly love the tag so thank you for setting it up and seeing everyone’s answers has been amazing 😍 and thank you for tagging me as well!!
      I love Evelyn’s intelligence and seeing her navigate everything in this book!!
      I love Laia and Helene so much, they are both so strong!!
      I know I love Alice Oseman’s books so much and I can’t wait to read all of their books !!

      Of course, I remember reading about her and thinking how amazing she was!! Definitely so inspiring!!!
      Yay I’m glad you agree about Daisy!!! 💕

      Thank you again !!! 💛

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  4. I loved reading this post!! It’s literally so empowering and it’s always wonderful to read about strong female characters ❤ I'm sad to say that I haven't read ~any~ of these books, but I do think Irena Sendler is quite amazing!!

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    1. Yay thank you so much 💙 I love reading about empowering women too so I love this tag and seeing everyone’s answers!!
      Aw… if you ever choose to read any of these books I hope you love them !! Yes Irena really is amazing !! 😍

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  5. You’ve got some great answers! This tag is so much fun, I was working on my post for it last night 😄

    I’d never heard of Irena Sendler before but I can see why you find her so inspiring, she sounds like an amazing woman. ❤️

    I’m pretty sure I’ve got a copy of An Ember in the Ashes lying around somewhere – you keep making me want to dig it out and read it!

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    1. Thank you so much !! 💛 This tag is amazing and I look forward to seeing your answers!! 😊

      Yes Irena is definitely amazing and inspiring, I’m glad I could introduce her to you!!!

      Ahh.. I love Ember so I definitely recommend digging it out and reading it!! 😍

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  6. ahhh this tag is SO empowering, i love it!! i definitely agree with you about The Lunar Chronicles, i adore the entire cast and their special strengths. 😉 i’ve never read any of the other books you mentioned lol, but Unboxed and Radio Silence sound like beautiful, meaningful novels… i’ll have to read them as soon as i can! and Irena Sendler so inspiring and strong, i’d love to learn more about her.

    this was a really lovely post, Sophie!! your answers were so great ❤ ❤

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    1. Yes I love this tag too and doing it was so wonderul 😍😍 I’m glad you love it too!!
      Yes The Lunar Chronicles had a great cast of characters, I love them all in their own way!!
      Haha I’m the same when reading posts, I haven’t read a lot of the books some times 😂🙈
      Ooh I definitely recommend Unboxed and Radio Silence, I hope you love them and I would love to know your thoughts!! 😊
      Yes Irena is definitely inspirational and amazing!! 😍
      Thank you so much Ash!! 💕💛

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  7. I love the idea of this book tag so much!! I might just have to do it myself. I read Descendant of the Crane and The Seven Lies of Evelyn Hugo this year, and both stood out to me as good reads. Evelyn Hugo in particular though was one of my favorites of the year so far– the story was so addictive, and I couldn’t bring myself to put the book down even when I was supposed to be working on other things, haha. Thanks for sharing !! :))

    claire @ clairefy

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    1. This tag is so amazing, I love it so much and I would love it if you decide to do it then I could see your answers!! 😊
      Yes Descendant of The Crane and Evelyn Hugo were both amazing. Evelyn Hugo is one of my favourite reads of last year!! It definitely was addictive and you couldn’t put it down, it was so gooodd!!! Haha that is when you know it is a good book!!
      Of course, Thank you for reading !! 💛

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  8. this tag is an absolute delight to read!! i love the choice of rin for a woman who doesn’t do as she’s told. she’s such a strong, resilient character and she stands out so much. evelyn hugo yessss!! i love the way her story was told, i love the way she used her knowledge and wit to outsmart the industry and use it to her advantage. we love a strong lead

    an ember in the ashes 🥺🥺🥺 love that series so much. the characters are so special and unique i love how they show strength and determination in different ways. my queens
    aaaaaaaa the lunar chronicles!!! one of my favourite series ever, really just goes above and beyond with the characters, friendships, relationships, and plot.

    this was an absolutely fantastic tag and i loved reading about your answers!!

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    1. Yay thank you!! I love this tag!! 😍
      Yes Rin definitely doesn’t do as she is told, her persistence and determination inspired me as soon as the book started !!
      Evelyn was so smart and I loved seeing how she navigated situations so much !! I wish I could be like Evelyn in that way!! She is an icon for sure 😍

      Yes Ember is such an amazing series and I can’t wait to see how it ends (I’m also very nervous) 😂🙈😍 the characters are amazing and they are definitely all strong in their own way which I love!! 😍 definitely queens!!!
      The Lunar Chronicles was so good,I love so many of the characters for different reasons and I just sped through the series!!! 😍😍 I would love a movie adaptation!!

      Thank you so much May!!! 💕💛 thank you for reading!!

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    1. Yay thank you for reading!! This is a really interesting tag, I love it!!
      Yes I’ve only read one book from Miller but her writing is insanely beautiful, yep I’m definitely in love!!
      Haha Evelyn Hugo is an icon, I love the way her mind works!!

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  9. This is by far one of the most creative tags I’ve come across and I love the empowerment that comes with it. I adored Winter. The Lunar Chronicles had so many brilliant character dynamics. A lot of the books you featured are on my tbr list and The Poppy War is up there on with my most anticipated. Thank you for tagging me. 😀

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    1. Yes it is a really thoughtful and amazing tag, I loved doing and I definitely loved the women empowerment!!
      Yes The Lunar Chronicles has so many great dynamics and I love all the characters for difference reasons!!
      Haha that is me when reading people posts, ahah!! Yay I hope you love The Poppy War, I thought it was a really good military fantasy!!
      Of course, I hope you enjoy doing it and I look forward to seeing your answers if you choose to do it!! 🙂

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  10. i am hyping up this tag yet again because i seriously love it.
    it’s so nice you chose evelyn hugo for intelligent female character. i completely agree that she was extremely intelligent, but i feel like i tend to focus on the stereotype of “intelligence” so i didn’t even think of her when answering this tag. everything you said is absolutely true, though!
    i have not read circe, but i have read a song of achilles by by madeline miller and i agree completely that the writing was the best aspect of the book. even though i didn’t like everything about it, i loved how lyrical it was.
    i didn’t know at all about irena sendler, so thank you so much for sharing her history! her story is incredibly inspiring indeed. and i absolutely love what you wrote about daisy jones and the six! ugh, your Mind is too powerful sometimes, sophie! i love how you described aspects of this story that i could’ve never put so wonderfully into words.
    amazing answers!

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    1. It is such a fun, interesting tag!! I am loving seeing everybody’s answers too !! 😍
      Yeah at first I went straight to the stereotypical “intelligent” idea but I couldn’t find someone I wanted so I thought a bit more deeply about it!! But yes Evelyn Hugo was so clever with how she navigated everything!!

      I still need to read Song of Achilles but I’m excited to experience Miller’s writing again. She just writes so lyrically, it is insane!! 😍

      Aww.. I’m glad I could share a bit of her history with you then !! 😊 she was definitely an inspiring woman!!

      Aw.. thank you so much!! That means a lot honestly 💛 I’m glad you could relate as well!!
      Thank you for reading and commenting!!! 💕

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  11. Ah, yes, I love Rin!! She definitely doesn’t do as she’s told, and I love that 😍 I’m so excited to read Circe and Daisy Jones and the Six too! I’ve heard mixed things about Daisy Jones, but it’s become some people’s favorite book of all-time, so I’m excited to see how I feel about it 🤔

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    1. Yes Rin is rebel and I love getting to see what she did next even if sometimes I was like ‘oh really?’ to put it mildly but I kind of like that quality in books/characters as well!!
      Yes I hope you love Circe and Daisy Jones is certainly unique and if I was being honest I think Daisy Jones is going to work better in TV but I’m glad I read the book first because, it is the book and there are so many good quotes!! I’m excited to see how you will feel as well. I hope you like it!! 🙂

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  12. I love that you chose Evelyn Hugo for the intelligent character! She really was clever in an underrated way.
    The writing in Circe was really something else! I need to pick up the author’s other works.
    I’ve never heard of Unboxed (which, I guess adds to just how underappreciated it is!) but it sounds devastating. I might just have to pick it up one day :’)
    Great post Sophie! I especially loved reading about all the ways Daisy Jones inspired you.

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    1. Yes like her mind helped her succeed so much and not everyone would think like that so she is amazing!!
      I know the writing was so lush!! I dream to be able to write like that! I need to pick up Miller’s other work as well.
      Haha yes it does prove it is underrated and I only heard of it through browsing at the bookstore, but it was a really interesting read and I love the unique plot premise!!
      Thank you so much Sabrina!! ❤ Aw.. I'm so glad!! 🙂

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