Happy International Women’s Day! I have spent some time thinking about what sort of blog post I wanted to put out to celebrate this day, and I decided that I wasn’t quite ready to do a personal sort of post (but maybe next year). So, today I am sharing some feminist book recommendations. I did a similar post last year on International Women’s Day, however this year I am picking five different types of books, so that no matter what kind of reader you are, fan of YA or not, hopefully at least one of these books appeals to you!
For fantasy lovers – although fantasy is probably my favourite genre, unfortunately the tropes that accompany this genre are often problematic and distinctly un-feminist (think damsel-in-distress, alpha males, etc.). That said, I have found that the fantasy YA being written and published is becoming more and more empowering, and one example of this is Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. This is a Mulan retelling, and is just as awesome as the Disney film – the main character, Mariko, is a wonderfully fleshed out character, and I just love the pro-female message that runs throughout this book! My review of Flame in the Mist is here.
An older book – 1600s kind of old, in fact. The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster is one of the plays I am studying for English A Level, and although its Shakespearean language can be hard to decipher at times, myself and all my classmates have loved how progressive the main character, the Duchess, is. The other characters in the play are incredibly misogynistic and try to oppress the Duchess, but she herself is very dignified and surprisingly feminist, considering the book is set in the early 1500s.
A contemporary YA – for this, I have picked one of my favourite books of 2017: It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne. If you’ve been reading this blog a while, you know I am a huge fan of Holly Bourne’s books and her writing, and I adored It Only Happens in the Movies. The book is about relationships and the falsehoods of film, and it is jam-packed from start to finish with feminism, calling out all the sexist tropes in the media. For all YA readers, this is one to jump on (and you can read my review here)!
An accessible book – by this, I mean a YA book that I think can be appreciated by all ages, particularly readers who are slightly younger. I have chosen Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. This book is unflinchingly feminist, and got me more riled up than any other book I read last year. The writing in this book, in my opinion, is also very accessible, and so if you are a younger reader, or perhaps if you are trying to get a younger sibling into feminist books, this is perfect! My full review is here.
A non-fiction book – this couldn’t be anything other than Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. I am sure you have all heard about this book, as it has been everywhere over the past few months. I have seen people of all ages reading this, and it makes my day when I see a younger child reading these stories. This has such a diverse selection of women, all with inspiring stories, and it is such an empowering and educational book!
I would love to hear any feminist book recommendations from you, or even your own blog posts related to International Women’s Day, so please leave any links down in the comments! I hope you are all having a fantastic day so far, and that this year proves to be an amazing one for women.