Welcome to the newest installment in my Reading Lists Feature, a series of posts where I compose reading lists for and inspired by different characters. These are all books that I feel fit into the character’s aesthetic and personality, but also books I feel those characters would love to read. You can check the previous posts (Ronan Lynch, Hermione, Ron, Kaz Brekker, Nina Zenik, Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood, Inej Ghafa, Iseult det Midenzi, Adam Parrish and Jude St. Francis) HERE.
As always, I included a gorgeous fanart of Sansa that is just so beautiful, I can’t deal. If you click on the image, it will take you to the author’s website.
I asked for recommendations for characters on Twitter, and Janel @ Keeper of Pages suggested a GoT character, which was brilliant, and I knew immediately I had to do Sansa. I haven’t read the whole series, but I watch the TV show religiously, and Sansa is by far one of my favorite characters. I feel like she is the character that grows the most during the series. She is at first a bit naive and superficial, but she also has a lot of heart and is really idealistic. She has to grow up a lot and fast, but she quickly proves that she is strong, capable and a really great leader. So that’s the mood we’re going for. Without further ado, here’s Sansa Stark’s reading list.
1. Why God is a Woman by Nin Andrews
This is a prose poetry collection that is set on an island which mirrors our own world – women rule over men, who stay at home and become women’s playthings. I think Sansa would love poetry and would really enjoy lyricism, but I also feel like she would love the social commentary in this one. It’s subversive and it talks about a woman’s place in a society in a really interesting and unique way, while also criticizing our social norms and the way we perceive women. I think Sansa would absolutely appreciate this on all sorts of levels. I have a review for this book, but it’s one of my first, so it’s not that good.
2. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
A short story collection which focuses on female bodies seems to be the perfect pick for Sansa. This is again highly subversive and intelligent and explores the pressure and violence we put on female bodies, which is something Sansa can, unfortunately, relate to. Moreover, this is beautifully written and focuses on women, so I think Sansa would absolutely enjoy this one. It also has a certain darkness to it, which I also think is something that’s a part of Sansa’s character, so I think it really suits her. I also have a review for this one which can be located here.
3. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
I think Kestrel is one of the best YA heroines ever written and she reminds me of Sansa a lot. Kestrel is a great leader and great at warfare, but she’s not a fighter herself. She is someone who pulls the strings from afar and I think Sansa and her would get along splendidly. Kestrel’s whole thing is strategy over pure force and we have all seen Sansa being a great diplomat and a great Lady of Winterfell. I also feel like Kestrel is an unassuming character that packs a lot of punch which if you think about it, is also exactly who Sansa is. I have a full review for this book as well, which can be found here.
4. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
I feel like this is a great Sansa book because its main sentiment is the fact that people are incredibly flawed and they make mistakes, but the author does a splendid job of showing us how people aren’t defined by their past mistakes and how they rise above it. The characters in this book are incredibly complex and multilayered which is something I always associate with Sansa. Moreover, our main character, Yejide really grows and learns how to be on her own and have something that is entirely her own and to be independent and I think Sansa could really relate to that. You can find more of my thoughts on the book here.
5. How to Be Both by Ali Smith
This is one of my favorite books and I feel it really works for Sansa. At its core, this book is about duplicity and being two things at once being both. The reason I feel like this fits Sansa is I think she is constantly evolving and changing, while also remaining true to her family and to her past. She is both brutal and dark, but also loyal and kind and an amazing leader. I feel like almost there’s two characters there – Sansa from before who is deeply insecure and the new, more mature Sansa that really comes into her own. I think she would really enjoy the dual nature of this book and the overarching themes of gender and femininity. More thoughts on it here.
6. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Since this whole list is pretty serious and at times gloomy, I wanted to include a lighthearted series to end on a positive note. I think Sansa would have loved Mia and would love to see her mishaps with her Grandmere and princess life. Plus, I think she would love to see a character struggling to fit in with the royals and just being a normal girl and having fun. These books are cute and funny, but also deal with important stuff and I absolutely love them and I think Sansa would too.
And that is Sansa Stark’s reading list! I hope you enjoyed this one, and I hope you like my picks! If you do, please let me know, and also if you have any Sansa books in mind – I’d love to hear them!
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