The Bechdel test is a measure of the representation of women. In a movie or a book are there at least two women featured who talk to each other about something other than a man? Sometimes the requirement that the two women must be named is added.
I feel like there are more and more books that fit this as more women find their voices.
I just, literally just, finished a book that would fit this prompt beautifully… The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. In it there are many women that talk about books. What they learn from books, among other things. I loved the book, much more than The Giver of Stars. I’ll write a longer review soon, but if you are going to read a book about the Pack Horse Library, then I recommend The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek over The Giver of Stars.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is another book that I absolutely loved that would fit this prompt. It is a historical fiction that takes place during WWII and follows two sisters. The sisters definitely talk about more than just dudes, since they are trying to stay safe while living in a French city with German soldiers.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple I thought was a fun book and a quick read. It takes place near where I live now and it was fun reading about someone working at Microsoft, while I was a vendor there. In it two of the characters talk about school and blackberries. If you lived in the PNW, then you would know how crazy the blackberries can be here. It’s insane!
I listened to the audio version of Daisy Jones & The Six and it was amazing, cast with a full cast. I highly recommend the audio version if you ever pick of this one. The cast includes Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, and Judy Greer. The rumor is that it is based on Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac. And follows a similar story of a band torn apart by an amazing singer with demons.
Any of Tess Gerritsen’s books in the Rizzoli and Isles series would work. The first book in the series is The Surgeon. I am a huge fan of mystery crime books and really enjoyed this one. I haven’t read too far into the series, but I’ve liked the ones that I’ve read. Jane Rizzoli is a Detective and she works a lot with Maura Isles, a medical examiner. If you are a fan of Michael Connelly, Kathy Reichs, or Jeffery Deaver, then I definitely recommend Tess Gerritsen.
I could keep going with the list and there are definitely a few on my TBR that I think would work too… like Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.
For those following… I’m still winning in the book read-a-thon with the Hubs.. 9-6… although he’s 70% complete with his 7th and I’m not near that far in any of the books that I’ve got started.
I hope everyone has had a great weekend!!