Raise your hand if you left the WONDER WOMAN movie feeling empowered to take on the world and / or patriarchy.
Wonder Woman is our not-so-new heroic obsession, so we immediately ran to our bookshelves in search of the perfect books to follow up her film. A film that was full of female characters who knew how to fight, female characters who weren’t afraid to be vulnerable, and female characters who were committed to supporting each other. This film also had *epic* worldbuilding (can we move to Themyscira pls?) and Chris Pine being 100% adorable, which didn’t hurt.
Seriously, we still have all the feels.
Since we definitely won’t get this off our mind anytime soon, we wanted to share the list of books that made us laugh, cry, and read at the edge of our seats just the same!! Or, you know, almost just the same, because this movie is #irreplaceable. Here’s a list of 14 books to read after you watch the Wonder Woman movie!
Read these books if you love Wonder Woman!
Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS and the Wonder Woman movie!! I plan on picking this up after I finish LoS which is just destroying my soul in the best way I don't want it to end😱 can't wait to read Leigh's writing again! : : : : : #bookstagram #books #bookish #instabook #booklover #booknerd #bookworm #bookphotography #bibliophile #coverlove #coverdesign #bookcover #bookcoverdesign #youngadult #yalit #wonderwoman #leighbardugo #dcicons #leighbardugo
Okay, this one is pretty obvious, and kind of cheating, but like… how could we not?! We are so excited for Leigh Bardugo’s take on this epic character, and we’re counting down the days until it’s sitting on our bookshelves!
Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.
Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
America by Gabby Rivera
It's new comic book day today! Did you pick anything up? This America Chavez comic came out a little while ago but I love Beyoncé inspired cover! #americachavez #america #marvel #marvelcomics #comicbook #comics #newcomicday #femalepower #superhero #bookcover #books #book #bookshelf #bookstagram #womenofpower #beyoncé #beyonce #queenbey
Not *technically* a YA book… but still freaking awesome. And it’s written by JULIET TAKES A BREATH‘s Gabby Rivera, so that counts!
America Chavez was introduced as a member of the Young Avengers, but she’s literally so amazing that Marvel is finally giving her a solo series! America has kickass powers, came from a different reality where she was raised by amazing mothers (who heroically sacrificed themselves), *and* is queer. But she’s done the hero thing, and now it’s time for her to tackle… real. teenage. life.
At last! Everyone’s favorite no-nonsense powerhouse, America Chavez, gets her own series! Written by critically-acclaimed YA novelist Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes A Breath) and drawn by all-star artist Joe Quinones (HOWARD THE DUCK), Marvel Comics’ brand new AMERICA series shines a solo spotlight on the high-octane and hard-hitting adventures of the one and only America Chavez!
America has always been uncontestably awesome, and as the newly appointed leader of the Ultimates, she’s now officially claimed her place as the preeminent butt-kicker of the Marvel Universe! But while leading a team of heroes and punching out big bads is great and all, it doesn’t really leave much time for self-discovery… So what’s a super-powered teenager do when she’s looking for a little fulfillment? She goes to college!
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Happy almost friday! Days are just flying by 😩 day 11 of #mayglee17 is wish you read it sooner. I am currently reading Glass Sword and I have no idea why I waited so long to read this series. I love it so far. I have to say I sometimes wish it was from different povs, but still love it. . On a different note, my brother told me today that ACOWAR and Everything Everything have arrived on the island!! They are so close to being in my possession!!! . . . . . #books #victoriaaveyard #redqueenseries #bookchallenge #bookaddict #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bookish #bookishlove #bookishfeature #booklove #bookphoto #bookworm #bibliophile #bookworld #bookfeauture #instareads #instadaily #igreads #readersofig #afterlight #bookcover #bookworm_insta
Mare Barrow is here to change the world and take names. She’s fighting back against the Silver elite, can hold her own in a fight, and would also probably prefer to live in a world without creepy men. Then again, what would we do without Maven?
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
In EMBER, Laia was never particularly interested in changing the world. The state of the Empire is pretty messed up, sure, but she just wants to rescue her brother. But along the way, she uses her intelligence, cunning, and, yes, heart, to actually make a difference.
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Lada 👏 Dragwlya 👏 is 👏 here 👏 for 👏 no 👏 man’s 👏 nonsense
In this amazing genderswapped retelling of Vlad the Impaler’s infamous tale, Lada doesn’t understand why it matters that she’s a girl. She wants to inherit her father’s land and improve it. She wants to be the best warrior she can be. She wants… to be loved, just like everyone else. But you know what? If that doesn’t work out, that’s cool too. She loves her country most of all. And she’s never going to settle.
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
I'm doing #mapmonday for the first time! This gorgeous map is from Spindle Fire (which I haven't read but looks quite interesting) . I actually never used the maps in books until I joined bookstagram. I've since gone back to a few books I had read previously and looked at the maps. My idea of what the world looked like was so off 😂 So now I glance at the maps before starting! . . . . . . . #booknerd #igreads #bookphotography #bookaholic #readersofinstagram #instabook #bookgram #bookish #booklover #bookstagram #bookstagramfeature #spindlefire #paperlanternlit #bookishmaps #bookandcandle #retelling #gorgeouscovers
The fierce sisters of SPINDLE FIRE would do anything for each other. We think Wonder Woman would especially love Isabelle, who is fearless, kind, and doesn’t even consider her blindness to be a reason not to try to rescue Aurora. These princesses are unstoppable.
Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.
And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood—and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.
Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape…or the reason for her to stay.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
We *wish* Alina had a role model like Wonder Woman to grow up with! Especially once that whole Sun Summoner thing comes out… and those people start worshiping her… yeah, we think Diana would’ve been a nice friend to have. Neither of these amazing females are afraid to make tough decisions, but both always hope for the best.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha… and the secrets of her heart.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Yesterday was best friends day and I totally forgot about it! I was distracted by a giant piece of chocolate cake. That happens, right? Anyway, I figured I'd talk about it a little today instead. Even if I am a day late! Seemed like a pretty great topic for a picture featuring Truthwitch. 😀 _____________________________________________ So, I am gonna be a little sappy here, but I totally have the bestest best friend in the entire world! He's sweet, he's funny, he's brilliant, and I got lucky and married him! See, told you I was gonna be cheesy! But it's true! And believe me, I highly recommend marrying your bestie! I have never made a better choice. _____________________________________________ QOTD: who are your favorite book besties? _____________________________________________ #bookstagramfeature #bookstagrammer #becauseofreading #bookphotography #booklovers #bookish #bookgasm #bookstagram #booktag #ireadya #goodreads #epicreads #bookporn #instabook #fangirl #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookblogger #booklove #truthwitch #windwitch #susandennard
Their continent is at the edge of war, and troublemakers Safiya and Iseult are forced to flee home after a particularly dangerous clash. People would kill for Safiya’s powerful magic, and Iseult is *definitely* more than meets the eye. We would say if only they had Wonder Woman there to help them… but honestly… we think they have it covered!
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
✨ #CurrentlyReading: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 😍 • I'm really liking ToG so far! It's a bit slow but I've heard that it picks up eventually so I'm not worried 😊 • ✨Q: Thoughts on ToG? No spoilers please 🙂 💕 • #book #books #novel #novels #read #reading #booknerd #bookworm #booklover #bibliophile #readingissexy #throneofglass #assassinsblade #crownofmidnight #SarahJMaas #youngadult #youngadultbooks #fantasy #fantasybooks #book📚 #bookstagram
The characters. The action. The mythology. The sass. The romance. Need we say more?!
When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.
But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
📖 Of Fire and Stars 📖 #esp🇪🇸: Enamorada por completo de esta historia. Recibí este libro de Audrey Coulthurst en la @owlcrate de diciembre y se lo recomiendo a todos aquellos que quieran leer una historia LGTB dentro de la fantasía y desde un punto de vista que, a mí, me fascinó. Y Mare y Denna son AMOR 💙 — 📖 Of Fire and Stars 📖 #eng🇬🇧: Absolutely in love with this story. I got this book by Audrey Coulthurst on my December's @owlcrate and I recomend it to all of you if you want to read a LGBT story in a fantasy world and from a fascinating point of view. And Mare and Denna are LOVE 💙 — #books #book #instabook #instabooks #bookaholic #bibliophile #reading #bookstagram #bookish #booknerd #bookstagramer #bookworm #bookphotography #bookaddict #instaread #booklove #bookgeek #bookporn #bookblogger #lovebooks #booklion #booklover #libros #libro #offireandstars #lgtb #audreycoulthurst #photography
Can we take Denna and Mare away from the danger and drama and just… let them have a nice vacation on Themyscira? Please?? These two characters are just as fierce (in such distinct ways) as they are loving, and they deserve all the utopian happiness.
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.
Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine—called Mare—the sister of her betrothed.
When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two become closer, Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.
Ruined by Amy Tintera
#maybookchallenge – Currently Reading I just finished Ruined by @amytintera this morning and got my Review up and ready for you guys! I loved this book and can't wait for the sequel!!! (COMES OUT TOMORROW) Link in my Bio 💙 . . . Sorry for being MIA for such a long time! I've been so busy with my family and school that I barley had a chance to do anything. (I think I read only 4 books in 3/4 months 😭and I barley went on social media too) I felt like I was disconnected with the world lol. But it's so true even if I haven't checked for a whole day when I check it's like I missed out on so much! . . . #ruined #avenged #bookstagram #bookblog #bookreview #booknerd #booklove #amytintera #epicfantasy #booklover #bookworm #bookblogger #bookaddict #ya #youngadult #funnybook #bookphoto #bookphotography #bookstagrammer #harperteen #harpercollins
One of the best things about RUINED is how nonstop it is. Em is on a quest for revenge, and she’s going to make sure she gets it. Sure, she’s not looking for peace like Diana is, but she’s looking for justice. And she might even happen to fall in love along the way. *Sighs forever* If only the circumstances were different in both cases.
Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.
But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.
In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.
Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.
Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis
🍃🍃🍃🍃 • I'm so so so so looking foward to read Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis! I love the sea more than anything so this cover gives me such a good vibeeeee (I'm obviously a sucker for nice covers) ✨ • What are you all currenty reading? I finished Carry On by Rainbow Rowel today on the bus and I loved it so much ❤️Baz and Simon❤️ And I inted to start reading A Darker Shade of Magic since it's been gettin such a hype lately 💕 • #books #booklove #booknerd #bookstagram #bookishpic #giventothesea
If you’ve read any of her books, you know that Queen Mindy is amazing at writing fierce and amazing female characters, and this book is no exception. Khosa was born to literally sacrifice herself for the good of her people, and you need to read this to see just how intense everything gets.
Khosa was born to be fed to the sea, to prevent the kind of wave that once destroyed the Kingdom of Stille. She can’t be sacrificed until she produces an heir, but human touch repulses her… except for the touch of the Indiri, a native race with magic that’s seductive.
Witt leads the Pietra, the fierce warriors who are now marching on the Kingdom of Stille. The stone shores of Witt’s kingdom harbor a secret threat, and to ensure the survival of his people, he’s prepared to conquer every speck of Stille’s soil.
While royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the Indiri struggle to survive, the rising sea calls for its Given, and Khosa is destined to answer.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Happy happy book birthday to Our Dark Duet & @veschwab !! I would have loved to take a photo of it, but I preordered from Amazon and it's not expected to arrive until next week. 🙄 That's the price I pay for free shipping though, right?! 😂 🎻 I'm super excited for this sequel and the late arrival will just mean I have plenty of time to finish my current reads! 🎻 I also got my @novellyyours City of Monsters candle set! They're perfect and smell amazing and made me even more excited for Our Dark Duet! 🎻 Who else is excited for this book?! 🙌🏼 . . #thissavagesong #ourdarkduet #veschwab #victoriaschwab #monstersofverity #kateharker #augustflynn
In Wonder Woman, the badass Diana faces off against the inner monsters of humanity. In THIS SAVAGE SONG, the badass Kate faces off against the inner… monsters… of… humanity… except also they’re real and physical and terrifyingly murderous. Not that Kate’s afraid. She’s here to show us what it means to be a human in all of its grit and glory.
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music.
When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
I just got an email from Waterstones telling me that my special LoS edition has arrived which is fantastic! 😬 What's up lovelies, how is everyone doing? I've been studying since 9am and I'll keep going until 8pm #examsarehellafun 💃🏻 Also!! We've been getting a lot of new followers today to to everyone who's new here: HI my name is Joyly and I'm obsessed with ACOTAR, ToG, Mara Dyer and Shadowhunters 😍 I also love fangirling so don't be afraid to message me anytime! 🙈 Qotd: comment your favorite emojis Aotd: 🤗☄️💫😂🙊💕🌊💃🏻 • • • #ladymidnight #lordofshadows #shadowhunters #cassandraclare #julianblackthorn #emmacarstairs #jemma #blackstairs #parabatai #livvyblackthorn #markblackthorn #tyblackthorn #tda #thedarkartifices #thewildhunt #books #reading #booklover #bookpic #bibliophile #bookstagram #bookstagramfeatures
Let’s be real, Emma Carstairs would love to fight against gods at Wonder Woman’s side. Cassandra Clare’s characters are always so nuanced and developed, and the group that resides at the Los Angeles Institute is particularly amazing. This is a cast we need!!
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters.
When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks… and before the murderer targets them.
Comment down below with any books on this list is or otherwise that gave you major WONDER WOMAN vibes!