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The trouble with books is that they keep coming out and they all sound amazing.

There's not enough hours in the day for me to put them all in my eyes immediately. I'm behind on my 2015 reading already. And yet, the middle of the year—May through September—is the toughest time to be a book lover because publishers are determined to make me suffer. "Look at all these excellent stories!" they say. "You definitely need to read this! And this! And your favorite authors are also releasing something new!"

Because it's summer mainstream sites are releasing new books to check out over the next few months. Of course, if you went by those lists you'd be convinced the only people writing science fiction and fantasy (or other genres; fill in the blank as appropriate) were white dudes. There's been some pushback; Book Riot's got a great list (crying over my TBR list now, thanks Book Riot, for leading me to further doom). But we can continue thinking outside the box, mainstream sites! There are endless avenues for new fiction! Be bold!

I've made my own list of books I'm thrilled to read over the next few months, but I know there are tons more out there. What's everyone else looking forward to getting their hands on?

Books! )

I'll only make it to 7-10 books (plus the ones I've already read) during this summer because of life and movies and comics. If I can't become a hermit, move to a cabin off the grid with nothing but a pile of books to read and no other responsibilities, fine. I can at least talk incessantly about all the books I'm excited about. Feel free to put some of these in your eyes as they drop and then come tell me if they're awesome. I want to live vicariously through your reading experience! I can only read so fast.
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One of my favorite space opera series right now, beaten out only by the Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie, is The Expanse by James S.A. Corey, a pen name for Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham. I love this series, and I've been pushing it on everyone I know for ages. I'm that friend with a crush doodling names in my notebook and making sappy mixtapes who never shuts up. RENAY ♥ THE EXPANSE.

lonely planet in space among a field of stars
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As 2015 approaches, we, like many others, are looking ahead with excitement to the amazing stories that will soon be available for us to jam into our brains. As anticipated 2015 book lists begin to debut across the Internet, we wanted to get in on the action, too, and take part in the celebration. But our goals at Lady Business continue to be aimed at creating diverse reading experiences for ourselves, and so for our own anticipated book lists we found 51 titles we're majorly excited about from the widest array of authors possible. Some authors we know, and others we'll just be reading for the first time, but all these books sound amazing, and we can't wait to meet them!

What books are on your 2015 list? We'd love to hear from you about books you're excited to read coming out next year. Feel free to lob literary bombs at our comments since we just ruined any resolution you may have had about not adding any more books to your reading list (sorry we're not sorry) and potentially overloading your computers (this post is stuffed full of awesome).

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Other Lists of Anticipation )
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I think we’re in need of a bit of bookish joy here at Lady Business, and nothing does the job like a good recs thread. So I’d like to ask you to help me put together a recommendations list of feelings-filled, emotionally powerful, heart-stomping books as a gift to our own Renay.
Give us all your recs! )
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I'm very transparent in my love for (often bad) space, space adventures, spaceships, alien planets, exploration, and the very close teams that inhabit those types of stories. It's why I loved Stargate and all associated spin-offs (yes, I really liked SGU even though at times it was atrocious). It's why The Fifth Element, Starship Troopers, Lost in Space (blarp!) and the Dune miniseries (the new one) were touchstones of my young adulthood. It's why I was so happy to embrace Star Trek (2009) even with its horrible gender politics, and Firefly, which had problems but was full of so much heart. But my experiences here don't translate to literature because I often didn't have access to it. My access is still spotty, but hey, a lady can dream. So I was excited to see Crowdsourcing The Essentials: Space Opera over at Terrible Minds, because, yes, recommendations. I love recommendations.

So, using the comments of the aforementioned post, I compiled a list, which I love almost as much as recommendations.

I make no claims about titles fitting the spirit of the question; I just compiled what people mentioned using Goodreads as a resource. I tended toward listing series where available.

List of Essential Space Opera )

I'm curious about the date ranges of these novels. I know they span at the least from the 1950s up to the early 2000s, and if I had more time I would actually research and graph the range of when these books were published, because as we go ever onward into the future I feel like we're going to see a shift toward honoring newer books in user-driven rec drops like this. That there are books on here say, published in 2004 — it makes me wonder how we define "essential". What's essential is going to differ from person to person, especially depending on their age.

And I just wouldn't be me if I didn't point out that this list is awfully dude-heavy, and I'm hoping by sharing it, I can pull in some additional recommendations of women, non-white authors, or authors of space opera fiction in translation that's good. Share'em if you've got them. :D

(However, please do not promote your own books here. That makes me extremely uncomfortable.)
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Cover art for Slow Storm, Castle Waiting and Wandering Son

I had the idea for this post when Renay told me that a project she has been busy with (on which more in the near future) really drove home the point that women are still hugely underrepresented in the comics industry. In addition to this, just the other day my awesome librarian friend [twitter.com profile] stormfilled was commenting on the huge gender imbalance among the special guests to the London Super Comic Convention (33 guests, one woman. I wish I was joking), and saying how uncomfortable she’d feel giving the fliers to her students, many of whom are girls and big comics and manga enthusiasts.

I’m a big fan of sequential art, but I’m also someone who cares about the gender balance of her reading, and reconciling the two can be a challenge. I love series like The Sandman, Fables and The Unwritten with all my heart, but there’s no way around the fact that they’re very male dominated. Renay brought to my attention the fact that things are even more uneven if you take into account all the contributors to a work of sequential art. For this reason, I decided to limit this list to works where both the writing and the art are by women. Sometimes I can’t be sure about the full credits (including pencillers, inkers, etc), but this is a start.

Also, I decided to include even the most obvious recommendations because “obvious” is relative: I don’t want to take for granted the knowledge I acquired over the past few years, nor alienate readers who don’t share this knowledge. The main selection criterion for this list is, well, my taste. They’re either books I’ve read and enjoyed or books I would like to read.
Onwards! )
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Hello, Internets! This entry comes to you in three parts:

Part #1: UNIVERSITY
Did you know I am about to (maybe) graduate in December after I pass my last three classes (dubious)? YES. The Bachelor of Arts in English I have been working on since 2005 will be complete (possibly). We will not talk about when I started university because then we have to talk about how long it took me to earn one degree and the time I've spent on this one I could have earned a B.A., masters, and perhaps started on a doctorate. So: no talking about it. Agreed? Agreed. I am both terrified and excited at the prospect of never having to enter a classroom again.

screenshot from That 70s show with text reading talking isn't going to help me. what's going to help me is, like, drinking


Part #2: Author Event!
Earlier this month [twitter.com profile] echthroi and I trekked to Memphis to see Cherie Priest at an author event. It was harrowing and I continue to believe that I am not cut out for large cities. Why are there so many cars! Why is everyone going so fast! Why do they not warn for road construction!? Memphis is not even that scary, driving wise — New Orleans was much worse. I will never survive outside a city larger than 80,000 people. Cue terrified country girl in big city.

This was my very first author event, because publishers don't believe people in the South read and they never send authors I like to Memphis, sob. The only novel by Priest I have read is Boneshaker. I liked it, but my feelings were mixed? It's been so long I don't remember the mixed feelings in detail, only the "hey, this was pretty great!" because I enjoy books that take history, shake it, and then suddenly zombies (or dragons, or vampires, or dinosaurs)! How do you go wrong?

The event itself was pretty laid back, very chatty. There is some super awesome news that can't be shared on the internet and it's exciting! I hope she gets to release it soon, because seriously, I would be throwing some dollars at it, and I do not throw dollars easily. (eta: The news, it is released!) I asked the question put to me by some people who knew I was going, about Priest's interaction with book bloggers. Predictably, it went immediately to the ARC place. God, I have so many feelings about ARCs and they're pretty much all negative and after this even talking about them makes me want to set every concrete ARC I've ever received on fire. I want all ARCs to be digital so this can stop being a thing I have to combat when I say "I am a book blogger". Note: I did not ask about ARCs, I asked about her experience with book bloggers, and yet we still went to Planet Book Bloggers Want Free Stuff and Here's How You Get It. I wasn't specific enough at the time with my question, because ugh, crowds. Looking at me. Judging me. sdlk'fk'a;lsdlsd

Maybe I am in the minority here, but when I was a book blogger (back when I read books? In....2010?) I actually preferred to buy the books, or ask my library to buy them, rather than hound an author or their publisher for them. This goes back to me not enjoying asking for or accepting free things and my general terror of talking to strangers. I am horrible at it. I managed two requests directly to an author in three years when I was active. The reaction to my question threw me, because the answer ended up in ARC territory (which I don't care about) and then also went sailing down by the "this is how many hits this other teen book blogger gets" river, and I had no paddle and felt really awkward and embarrassed that my question about interacting with book bloggers went to a money/fame place immediately when I a) don't blog about books for ARCs or anything but my love/hate of a specific title, b) get like five hits a month and therefore rank about -1000000000 on the importance scale. Sigh. I promise, all the other people in the crowd, I wasn't asking how to get books for free. I am just really interested in how authors think about book bloggers, how they interact, if authors have had good/bad interactions with them, if they're looking for stronger relationships in the community, etc.. Looking back, I am not sure how my question was phrased and it was probably terrible and confusing. I had other questions that I wanted to ask, but after that I was too embarrassed to bother speaking up again. The lesson I learned was that book bloggers who don't accept ARCs are rare these days, which makes me sad. I remember discussing this with Dewey, I believe, in 2007, when the ARC movement was picking up as a social tool in the YA community and expressing regret over it. Insert GET OFF MY LAWN macro here.

I hesitate to label my first author event a success. The discussion was awesome and I love listening to writers talk about their work because they get so excited. I also got things signed! Priest was super kind and accomodating and signed both of the things I brought and I got a button. But the whole question thing just looped me and cast this really gross sheen over the event, like, great, I am That Person wanting Book Handouts. All in all, I am glad I went, and now know to prepare questions better next time, ask with more precise language, and perhaps make the person with me ask the potentially humilating ones. :)

title page of Boneshaker signed by Cherie Priest


Bibliography for Cherie Priest: Read more... )

Part #3: This Sucks, or, Vampires!
I am planning something. But to plan this something I actually need to do some research, which means I needed to create a list of books about vampires. I asked on Twitter, which got me started and led me to additional titles:

This is a list of vampire books. )

The problem with vampire novels is that they're everywhere! It's impossible to get beyond skimming the surface on your own without having to dive into the vampiric equivalent of a ball pit and hope there's nothing horrible underneath the brightly colored friendly plastic. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm open!
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Ana and Thea are two of the most well-respected and thoughtful Speculative Fiction book bloggers on the block and remain personal favorites of ours here at Lady Business. They blog regularly at The Book Smugglers.





First of all, thank you Ana, Jodie and Renay for inviting us to be part of this great event. As you know we are voracious readers of Speculative Fiction and we have been following the conversations for the past months about female representation (or lack of) in Science Fiction and Fantasy, AKA, the Ladies Are Missing. Yes, they are. Yes, there are less women writing in these genres and the ones that are, are reviewed less frequently, or completely ignored (the Unknown Syndrome as our hostesses pointed out earlier this week). But you know what? There are a LOT of cool, under-appreciated stories being written by women RIGHT THIS MOMENT.

So, here we are. Our mission is to list some of our favourite stories written by ladies with ladies as protagonists. YOUR mission is to read and talk more about these books so that MOARS will get published.

Without further ado, we present The Book Smuggler’s Most Excellent (and Non-Exhaustive) List of Awesome SF Books Written by Ladies about Ladies. (Also, please note that we've tried to focus on books that are less known or a bit older — so no Suzanne Collins here!)

The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/492490.The_Song_of_the_Lioness_Quartet)
Young adult, Fantasy

Why read it: Tamora Pierce is the Godmother of YA Fantasy with strong heroines. Alanna is a cornerstone of many a young girl's growing up, as she switches places with her twin brother and trades a life of magery for a sword. Or at least…that's how it all begins.

The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale (http://www.goodreads.com/series/41718-the-books-of-bayern)
Young adult, Fantasy

Why read it: The Books of Bayern all feature a strong female protagonist (you can argue about your favorite heroine with friends) and weave magic and romance with the themes of responsibility and growing up. These are a must-read for any lover of YA fantasy.

The Sevenwaters Series by Juliet Marillier (http://www.julietmarillier.com/books/daughteroftheforest.html)
Adult, Fantasy

Why read it: Because no one, male or female, does Celtic fantasy as well as Ms. Marillier. Lyrical prose, alternately heartwarming and heartbreaking, the Sevenwaters Saga is the story of a family in the wild, magical woods of Ireland and the evils they face.

The Kushiel's Legacy Series by Jacqueline Carey (http://www.jacquelinecarey.com/books.htm)
Adult, Fantasy

Why read it: One of Thea's favorite authors, Jacqueline Carey is a master of worldbuilding, courtly politics, destiny, and desire (in all its forms). The Kushiel's Legacy books are epic in scope, and span three protagonists in three separate trilogies. For the fan of fantasy that isn't squeamish.

Mercy Thompson books by Patricia Briggs (http://www.patriciabriggs.com/books/)
Adult, Urban Fantasy

Why read it: Mercedes Thompson is the best Urban Fantasy heroine around. That's a bold statement, but we're making it. Mercy isn't superpowered or supersexy — she's just who she is. And she knows that, is cool with it, and uses her brain to her advantage. It doesn't get any better than that.

The Hero series by Moira J Moore (http://www.moirajmoore.com/books.html)
Adult, Urban Fantasy

Why read it: Largely underread, the Hero series by Moira J. Moore is hilarious and deceptively lighthearted at first. Detailing the relationship between a "Shield" (Lee) and her "Source" (Taro), and narrated in Lee's wry, no-nonsense voice, the Hero books deserve a lot more attention than they get. (That's probably because of the hideous covers — but you know how the old adage goes, so don't you be judging!)

Anything by Marjorie Liu (http://marjoriemliu.com/index.php?/main/)
Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Comics

Why read it: Marjorie Liu is a wonderful, seriously good writer of Urban Fantasy (her Hunter Kiss series), Paranormal Romance (her Dirk and Steele series) AND Comic books (she writes for MARVEL'S X-Men universe). Cool worlds, great heroines, her books have it all.

The Guardians series by Meljean Brook (http://meljeanbrook.com/books/the-guardian-series)
Adult, Paranormal Romance

Why read it: Meljean Brook's Guardian series is one of the best Paranormal Romance series out there at the moment. And if you just turned your nose up: we don't understand the bad rep that PNR gets, as it is simply Fantasy with a focus on romance. The worldbuilding of the Guardian series is well thought-out. Each book features a different pairing with incredible heroines. Start with Demon Angel and go from there. Be ready for the scorching hot sexy-times.

Anything by Linnea Sinclair (http://www.linneasinclair.com/books.html)
Adult, Science Fiction Romance

Why read it: We always wonder why, whenever we see lists around of Science Fiction written by women, there is always a distinct lack of Science Fiction Romance (actually, no we don't really wonder. We know it is because of the "Romance" part of the equation that turns people off). There are a whole bunch of ladies writing it right now and you can find loads of good recommendations here. ANYWAYS, Linnea Sinclair is one of the best and we loved all of her books: they are fun, romantic and feature awesome leading ladies. Our favourite is possibly Captain Chasidah “Chaz” Bergren, the heroine of Gabriel's Ghost and Shades of Dark. And for more Science Fiction Romance, this link (http://www.thegalaxyexpress.net/p/sfr-authors.html) will take you to a list of authors per decade.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin (http://nkjemisin.com/books/the-inheritance-trilogy/)
Adult, Fantasy

Why read it: Before you go any further, read this article by N. K. Jemisin titled "The Limitations of Womanhood in Fantasy (and everywhere else, but for now, fantasy)" . It is a great article and it gives an indication on what to expect from her books and her heroines. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was one of the best releases of 2010: great world, fantabulous heroine.

Cold Magic, Jaran by Kate Elliott (http://www.kateelliott.com/default.asp?cmsnumber=1&page_id=71)
Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Why read it: Kate Elliott is another author that we feel is criminally underread and underappreciated. The first book in her new trilogy, Cold Magic, may start off seeming like just another fantasy novel — but believe us when we say that there's a nice twist that will grab your attention about a third into the book. And Jaran is a science fiction novel that runs the gamut from alien colonization to romance. You want versatility? Look no further.

Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61900.Cordelia_s_Honor)
Adult, Science Fiction

Why read it: Lois McMaster Bujold is renowned for her Miles Vorkosigan books (which are FANTASTIC and we highly recommend to readers of all different persuasions). But did you know she also wrote books about Miles' mother? The lovely Cordelia Naismith is a fabulous heroine in her own right — so go ahead and read Shards of Honor and Barrayar, and then go on to devour the Miles books. You won't regret it.

And this is it from us. These are some of our favourite series and books and we highly recommend them.

How about you? Any favourites you'd like to share?
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What would a theme week be without a giveaway? Free stuff is great! We decided to take this opportunity to shove books we found interesting at you with no remorse, chain you to a couch and make you read them share a chance to send copies of books featuring lady authors out into the world.

GIVEAWAY, starring:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott
Kindred by Octavia Butler


QUALIFYING COMMENTS, a set of directions:
1. OpenID is for winners!
2. A comment from a logged-in Dreamwidth account.
3. An Anonymous comment, signed with your Name and URL.
4. An email sent to thisisladybusiness@gmail.com.


ENTERING, the rules for play:
1. To enter, please prepare a short book recommendation list (three to five items1).
2. Items should all be speculative fiction (bonus points for science fiction!2):
3. Each item should follow first two tenets of Lady Business: Stories written by ladies about ladies and Stories written by ladies about dudes.
4. Share why you like each title. No adherence to Lady Business tenet of tl;dr required; we're just nosy.
5. Post/email your list!
6. PROFIT!3


The giveaway will run through now to July 29th and end with us sending someone some free books and more importantly, end with lots of recommendations for us to drool over. This is awesome!



1 We're basically demanding homework. No shame.
2 These bonus points are not actually real and will be awarded in our hearts only.
3 No actual profit unless you win, although sharing lady-recs is very profitable in a mushy soul-warming kind of way.
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There is very little I like to see more in books, films, or on tv than ladies being friends, but I'm also happy to see women being in complicated relationships that don't boil down to 'every lady apart from me, central character lady, is a hateful fuckwit'. I grew up with a lot of female friends and right now all my close friends, online and off, are women. As we're forming what I want to call a triumvirate of ladies here at Lady Business (but can't because did you know triumvirate comes from the Latin for 'of three men', *sulks* shall we call it an alliance instead?) this seems like the perfect place to spotlight some example of groups of three women who are close as they get on, fall out and continue being awesome.

The Halliwell sistersPhoebe, Piper, Pru; Phoebe, Piper, Paige: 'Charmed' had two groups made up of three ladies in its lifetime, as Pru died after three series. The Halliwell's are such a great example of three ladies having each other backs. They go through so much strife together and are torn apart by relationships, demons and relationships with demons, but their magic is strongest when they're together. Somehow they always find their way back to the support of their sisters when the world is falling in on them.

Caroline, Elena, Bonnie: Fine, fine, there are unbearably hot, evil vampires in 'The Vampire Diaries' but more importantly there are girls who are such tight friends, but also such realistic characters. The three girls have been friends forever, but there's still some tension between Caroline and Elena. Caroline is sometimes shown as competitive and insecure in this relationship, but that never means that she and Elena aren't still great friends. Women can be competitive, judgmental, freaking flawed human beings, in their relationships with other women, but men are exactly the same in their friendships, in fact men are praised for any competitive streak, but we never question whether they're still able to be friends with other men.

Why do some people think that being X 'negative' quality stops women from also being supportive, fun, enthusiastic friends? I mean I'm hugely judgmental, about a lot of things, but when I look back at my life I tend to think there have been times when I've been a decent friend, at the same time as being a general, judgemental person (and there have been times when I've been a terrible friend of course). Bully to Caroline for showing that sometimes out relationships with women friends are full of niggles, but that doesn't make those relationships any less real, or important. And there are female friendship moments in this series that broke my little heart. After Bonnie has been involved in some vampire business she goes away and doesn't respond to Elena's messages. When she comes back Caroline is all 'I know we spoke on the phone every day, but I missed you' and Elena is really hurt. Female friendship – as important as partners since 0BC.

The Crawley sistersMary, Sybil, Edith: Ho, ho these ladies are not the best of friends and their relationships with each other aren't an example of good female friendship. Edith hates Mary because Mary is the pretty one (yes we are required to imagine Edith's lack of attractiveness, because the actress is very pretty) and was engaged to the man Edith hoped would notice her. Mary hates Edith because, well Edith is kind of spiteful and spreads a ruinous (but true) piece of gossip around about her sister. Sybil floats around separately, engaged in the suffragette movement while the others roll their eyes at her political views.

The sister's relationship while troubled and spiteful (I'm still not sure I can forgive Mary what she does in the last episode) is an example of how the world sets awesome ladies against each other, which has a lot of relevance today. Edith and Mary are against each other because society places more value on Mary's version of womanhood (pretty, huge dowry), than it does on Edith's and by virtue of being the less pretty, second sister Edith will live her life as an unwed virgin, left to take care of her parents, when she desperately wants a romance. Mary responds to her jealousy by repeatedly poking at this sore point, ensuring that they're in a perpetual fight. Mary and Edith both find Sybil's politics ridiculous and while there's a definite class aspect to how they respond to her politics, they also find her specifically stupid for being involved in female suffrage, because to them it seems like such a silly cause. The Mary and Edith judge their sisters by what society values in women (a pretty face, money, a lack of interest in politics) although they each have ambitions which would require them to break away from what society requires of a certain kind of woman.

Sybil is just a soft luv, with wonderful, idealistic ideas about politics. She's appalled by the back biting. Everyone loves Sibyl, because she's so uncomplicated in some ways, but Mary and Edith both deserve some love and understanding. Complicated women, with complicated relationships with other women tend to get decried as 'ladies doin' it wrong', because, as always it's easy to blame the individual lady instead of thoroughly investigating how culture messes with their relationships. This is why we're not all sitting round a campfire eating marshmallows and talking about the joy of sisterhood isn't it?! Culture owes me some marshmallows.

Back to Sibyl, because she's fun. Did I tell you she wears harem pants at one point? ARE YOU WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY YET?

The Weird Sisters (Macbeth): Sure these ladies are evil (maybe our alliance will be evil, who can tell yet, mwahahaha?) but they're also one of the most powerful female alliances in classic literature. They make plans to meet up and they're always in a group, that says friendship and alliance to me : )

Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat: A funner version of the alliance between the witches in Macbeth, but just as powerful. This combination of witches (which like the Charmed alliance changes one member over The Discworld witches books by Terry Pratchett) starts in 'Wyrd Sisters' but I prefer 'Witches Abroad' as a starting point. What I like so much about this group of three is that you couldn't call it anything but a supportive group, but this support is so no-nonsense that it often doesn't look like traditional female support is supposed to. Granny Weatherwax has no patience for nonsense and while Nanny Ogg is more easy going, she's got a core of steel that comes out if Margrat ever complains too much. In the end though there is a great deal of rough, practical backing that any of the group can call on when they need it. Sisterhood accompanied by a good shake.

Ida Mae, Lilly, Patsy
: These are the three girls from 'Flygirl' by Sherri L Smith, who help each other through make it through flight training. I like their friendship, but I think it's a reminder that sometimes being woman doesn't mean we all share our secrets immediately. Ida can't share everything about herself with her new friends, but again I'm not sure that makes their friendship any less real (although obviously not being able to share key things with your friends has an impact on how close you can be). Sisterhood is a great concept, but it's not an image of perfect utopian relations. Purses lips at the death of one of these ladies. I know when you're writing a WWI narrative someone important almost has to die, but I would have liked them all to make it to the end of the war together.
 
Nic, Battle, Katrina: I love the girls from 'Empress of the World' by Sara Ryan but I have rattled on for ages now so I'll just say they have such a cute and crazy friendship!

Care to contribute your own favourite groups of three ladies so I can go and add even more things to my tbr list? I would really love to hear about anything where girls are friends in whatever numbers.

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