Hello book lovers!
For International Women’s Day, I thought it would be nice to give and receive some feminist book recommendations! I am very pleased that in the past few years, feminist books have boomed and there is now so much to choose from in different genres, by different voices. Here are 10 really good ones!
A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf
This is an essay in which Woolf discusses the world around her, analyzing the limitations of women in society. It’s beautifully written and rather short to read, but so full of moments when you’ll have to stop reading and really think about it. It’s amazing and a non-fiction classic.
The Power, by Naomi Alderman
This is a sci-fi book where women discover they suddenly have electrical power, making them physically superior to men. It shows how power struggles would or not change, what would be different and what a world ruled by women would look like. Amazing, mind-blowing read!
The witch doesn’t burn in this one, by Amanda Lovelace
This lovely collection of poems is as passionate and powerful as it is infuriating in its true descriptions of things women go through. I love the witch theme, too!
Young Jane Young, by Gabrielle Zevin
Oh, this book is awesome. It will make you so angry the way Aviva is treated by the media and her friends. She isn’t a likable character in the beginning, but she was young and in love – that was all she did wrong. Now as a grown woman, she has learned much and plans to run for mayor. A great look on sexism in media and politics.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
This autobiography is so difficult to read at times, but Maya Angelou’s writing is wonderful and her story is so, so important.
The Vegetarian, by Han Kang
This Korean novel is dark, disturbing and makes strong point about the life of a woman in our society. The descent of the main character into madness makes clear the oppression she and other women go through, and raises the question: did her oppressive upbringing and marriage drive her to madness?
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This is the story of Evelyn Hugo, an aging star from Hollywood whose life has been scandalous and glamorous. Now, she’s ready to tell her story, her real story. I was surprised by how feminist and strong the tone of this story is, and so fascinating to read!
Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This is my all-time favorite book, and for good reason: Americanah explores race, gender, being a foreign, violence. It’s a love story, but it’s also so much more than that. This book blew me away and it’s so deeply feminist I couldn’t not put it in this list!
The Female of the Species, by Mindy McGinnis
This book examines rape culture. Our main character knows the language of violence and it’s uncontrollable for her. It’s part of who she is. Her sister was killed three years ago, and the killer never saw justice, so she takes it in her own hands to make him pay. As she tries to go back to her life and become normal, her dark nature shows her it won’t be tamed.
I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
Malala is such an example of bravery and fight for the rights of girls and women. I admire her so much, and her book, while no literary masterpiece, will blow you away with the amazing person she is and the lengths men will go to stop women from learning.