Book Recommendations on Feminism

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Hey, everyone! Another post in the series of ‘Marta is not here, she’s in exam hell, but she continues to write posts’ – I hope you all miss me, also don’t feel bad if I don’t answer to your comments. I’m going to do it as soon as I’m finished with exams.

Today I want to present you some of the books I’ve read and some of the books I want to read on feminism. You know how important this movement is to me and seeing so many books that focus on teaching the younger generations about feminism makes me genuinely happy.

Without further ado, let’s talk about my recommendations.

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Books I’ve Read

  1. Bad Girls Throught History by Ann Shen

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I gave this 4/5 stars, but overall I really enjoyed it – it just left me wanting more. I wish there were more detailed descriptions because I’m a lazy person and I googled only a few of the women in this book. But I still think it’s worth reading because it touches on so many strong women and after reading it, you just want to go out in the world and be spectacular, you know?

2. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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“We spend too much time teaching girls to worry about what boys think of them. But the reverse is not the case. We don’t teach boys to care about being likable. We spend too much time telling girls that they cannot be angry or aggressive or tough, which is bad enough, but then we turn around and either praise or excuse men for the same reasons. All over the world, there are so many magazine articles and books telling women what to do, how to be and not to be, in order to attract or please men. There are far fewer guides for men about pleasing women.”

I’m just going to leave this quote here, so that you can read it and understand exactly why it’s important to read this book. I hope I convinced you! Also, what an amazing title. What about we use it as a motto for our entire society?

3. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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I would never cease to be amazed at how great Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s feminist books are, she talks about so many issues and she’s so passionate about feminism – something that really shows in her beautiful writing. Definitely check her books!

4. Here We Are : Feminism for the Real World by Various

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I love anthologies and this one is a great one because it included so many stories and the voices were all so diverse – this one underlines the importance of intersectional feminism and how we, white feminists, should stop ignoring issues just because these issues aren’t about us. We should work toward a society that is safe for every woman out there – not just the white cis ones.

5. Why God is a Woman by Nin Andrews

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I absolutely adored this book because wow, the idea was so great, but it had some downfalls for me. At points, it got a bit weird – but I suppose this is where personal taste comes into the picture. The ideas are amazing and the writing is quite beautiful, so read the blurb and check it out if it sounds like your type of book.

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Books I Want To Read

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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2. Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee

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3. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

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4. Inferior : How Science Got Women Wrong by Angela Saini

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5. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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What are some of your favourite books on feminism? Or some of your favourite books that included lots of feminist themes in it?

Did you read any of my suggestions?

54 thoughts on “Book Recommendations on Feminism

  1. silviareadsbooks says:

    Ahhh I love this post!!! I haven’t read of these but some of them were already on my TBR (I can’t wait for Bygone Badass Broads to come out). I don’t read a lot of nonfiction but I’m going to check out some of these when the mood for nonfiction strikes 🙂 thanks for the recs!

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you so much, Silvia!!! ❤ Me too, can't wait for it! I'm just like you, I rarely ever reach for nonfiction, but when I do, I love the feminist books. But there are some very feminist-centred fiction books too (like Moxie or The Handmaid's Tale).

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  2. Kat Impossible says:

    Everything Chimamanda writes or tackles as a project is simply brilliant! I expected to see her on this list and am very glad to have found her.
    Also, I definitely want to read the Handmaid’s Tale as well. I think I downloaded the ebook, but I haven’t had time to get to it yet.

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  3. Amber says:

    If you love anthologies, you should consider checking out Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath. It’s FILLED with kickass women through history, and it’s my favorite of its kind. It does focus more on women from before the 1950s-ish, so you won’t find Oprah or Michelle Obama BUT it’s still really excellent. Hiiiighly recommended.

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    • Marta says:

      Just checked it out on Goodreads and the blurb sounds absolutely amazing, just added it on my TBR! ❤ I really love books that focus on women that aren't modern, I think it's amazing to see their strength since their time had even more hardships than we have now. ❤

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    • Marta says:

      You’ll definitely like it, it’s amazing! I’m so glad that there are maaany books like that one coming out – we never have enough informative books on strong women who changed the world! ❤

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  4. Bella G. Bear says:

    What a great list! So many books to add to my to read list 🙂 I find it really helps to empower myself by reading about women (fictional or not) who did amazing things, so I can identify with them and feel I can do greatness as well. For that I can recommend ‘a natural history of dragons’ by Marie Brennan. The book has feminism, dragons, an awesome relatable lady and kick-ass actions scenes with her in it! 😀 One of my favourite books / series.

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  5. Taiwo B. says:

    I love Chimamanda Adichie’s books. They’re very very amazing. I intend to read The handmaid’s tale and Moxie soon. Another feminist book I think is also amazing is The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed. It dismantles rape culture and encourages women lifting each other up.

    I also want to read Blood water paint by Joy McCullough. I’ve heard it’s a powerful and intense book. It’s not published yet but I hope I can read it this year!

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    • Marta says:

      Ohhh, I wanted to read The Nowhere Girls for a while now, I’m glad that you liked it! I’ll definitely have to check it out right now as it sounds perfect!
      SAME, it’s one of my most anticipated books, I tried to get my hands on an ARC, but without much success, sadly! But I can’t wait for its release.

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  6. ioana @dragonwaffles says:

    THREE CHEERS FOR INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISM!! I really wanted to read more about it so thanks for the recomandations! YOU HAVE TO WATCH HIDDEN FIGURES IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY!! It’s suchhh an amazing movie and I’M SO GLAD WE HAVE A MOVIE ABOUT POC WOMEN IN A STEM FIELD OMGGG. So inspiring. Also I’ve bought the Bedtime Stories for Rebel Girls book that I’ve been seeing in every Carturesti ever and IT’S REALLY GOOD. And keep on trooping with those exams!!

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    • Marta says:

      Anytime, Ioana!! If you ever need recommendations, you can totally ask me! I haven’t watched it yet, but it’s totally on my watch-list. I need to watch so many movies/tv-shows now that I’m done with my exams and also gotten a new laptop. Can’t wait for it! I’ve seen it around Carturesti too and the illustrations look so BOUTIFUL!! ❤
      Thank you, you got me going through them! ❤

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    • Marta says:

      I’m glad you liked it, Marie! BUUUT YOU GOTTA STOP ADDING THE ‘AS ALWAYS’ THING BECAUSE YOU’RE MAKING ME BLUSH SO MUCH. Same, can’t wait for us to read them and adore them and scream about them too!

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  7. RedRocketPanda says:

    I love The Second Sex! I read it for an essay I did on the representation of women and queer people in the historiography of the French Revolution, but spent loads of time reading through additional bits because I found it a really nice read.

    I haven’t read it myself (yet!), but I would also recommend Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls.

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    • Marta says:

      That’s amazing that you’ve read it, I’ve read the few first chapters and then put it on hold because I got distracted with some other things. I adored the chapters though because she really showed some amazing aspects about the biases men had regarding women.

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  8. Bridget says:

    Love this!! I’ve had We Should All Be Feminists on my TBR for a little while and I sooo want to order it when I have enough money for a book-spending spree haha! I’m currently reading The Handmaid’s Tale so this post is right up my alley at the moment 🙂

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    • Marta says:

      Definitely do it and tag me in the book review when you finish it because I would love to see your thoughts on it if you end up reading and reviewing it! ❤ I'm glad to hear you're currently reading The Handmaid's Tale, have you finished it yet? Did you like it/do you like it?

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      • Bridget says:

        I just finished it last night! I did like the whole concept, but found the pacing rather slow and the ending was such a cliffhanger ommgggg! But I did love the writing style!

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    • Marta says:

      Aww, I’m so glad my post helped you get some recommendations, I’m always happy to help when it comes fo feminist reads because they are a great interest of mine. 🙂

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  9. Chauncey Rogers says:

    I haven’t read any of these, but I’ve heard great things about Moxie!
    I don’t know if Harry Potter really counts as feminist literature (probably not), but Hermione is one of my favorite female characters in anything. I sometimes wonder if those books wouldn’t be better if they were just about her–no Ron or Harry necessary.

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    • Marta says:

      I guess Harry Potter doesn’t exactly count, but Hermione is a great activist, I especially loved the parts in HP where she was fighting for the elves’ rights. So bummed they didn’t include those in the movies! I totally agree, I would absolutely watch this movie – make it a spin-off with Hermione being the sole main character.

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      • Chauncey Rogers says:

        Yeah. I can understand why they got cut from that got cut from the movies, since screen time is so precious and there’s quite a bit to put in, but it’s still a shame, because it was a really big part of her character in the books. But I guess that’s just another reason why the books are better.

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    • Marta says:

      It’s never too late to read the books that have been on your tbr for far too long! Don’t worry, we all do that, there are just too many books and too little time. 😦 I’ve heard about that one too, I haven’t read anything by the author, but I’m interested in her works.

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  10. lexivranick says:

    Wonderful post! I’m so sad that I’ve yet to read any of Adichie’s works; I’ve listened to her speak and she is a truly remarkable woman, but I just haven’t had the chance to pick up any of her books yet. I’m definitely going to have to soon! I also keep seeing “Bad Girls Throughout History” and I’m SO DESPERATE to pick up a copy. It’s definitely on my to-read list.

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    • Marta says:

      Definitely do it when you get the chance! You will not regret it, I haven’t listened to her speak, though, I should do it soon! Thanks for mentioning it! YESS, do it! It was really great, so many amazing women included! ❤

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  11. bethanmaybooks says:

    Handmaid’s tale is of course an incredible read, I hope you enjoy it!
    I recently bought a book which I presume is similar to Bad Girls Throughout History, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls? They really try to pack them in so they only get a page each, and they’ve actually written them like short little bedtime stories for young children. I love it, and it’s just enough for my daughter, but yeah it sent me down a wiki-rabbit hole 😅
    I’m not sure if anyone’s recommended Angela Carter to you? (There were lots of comments, I scrolled sorry). Her book The Bloody Chamber is a collection of rewritten fairy tales and there are a lot of empowered women in it

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  12. Lynn says:

    Fantastic post! I have only read The Handmaid’s Tale but I loved it! Really want to read Moxie too! Reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of my reading goals this year! I hope to get to it soon!

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  13. Karina says:

    And I miiisssed you! Thank you for this post Marta. I already know some of them and I will surely add the others on my tbr too! Thank you. ❤

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