Five Feminist Book Recs (for five different genres!)

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!

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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.

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Your Favourite Music Book Tag

It’s time for another tag! This one is the ‘Your Favourite Music’ book tag, created by Debbie from Debbie’s Library. Thank you so much to Lia from Lost In A Story for tagging me – her post and just her blog in general is FAB so definitely check it out!

Also, I am aware that I have been doing a lot of tags and reviews recently – I have had exams for the past couple of months (as I keep going on about) so have not had lots of time to think of more original, discussion-type content. I will work on that in the summer, but for now, this looked like fun and I really wanted to try it out!

The Rules

  • Tag the creator of this tag and the one who tagged you
  • Pick 5 songs (or more) that you just have to listen whenever they are played
  • Pick the books/characters you think fit that song the best, and explain why you pick this book/character for this song
  • Tag some friends!

The books!

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Autumn Releases

These are some books that have been released this October or November that I have yet to read. A few of them are floating around my house, shooting me betrayed looks every time I walk past because I haven’t read them yet, but I just haven’t had much free time these past couple of months. Nevertheless, these are books I am very excited to read. In the future I think I’ll try to make more posts like these, but on a monthly basis (e.g. January releases), and I’ll aim to do them at the beginning of the month.

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