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.
Books I’ve Read
- Bad Girls Throught History by Ann Shen
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
“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
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
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
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.
Books I Want To Read
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
2. Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee
3. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
4. Inferior : How Science Got Women Wrong by Angela Saini
5. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
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?