7 Feminist Books You Should Read Next

With it being International Woman’s Day today, I’ve found the most perfect excuse to share my favorite feminist reads with you all. I personally adore a good feminist book that makes me think about our world and all the books on this list definitely do this.

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

Almost any excuse is good for me to parade this book along, but this time it’s honest-to-god deserved. I got introduced to feminism and sexism in this series back in 2015, and since then I’ve been devouring any feminist read that looks promising. I can’t recommend it enough. If you haven’t read it yet, please don’t wait any longer!

Am I Normal Yet by Holly Bourne

All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…

But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

An ARC I got my hands on at YALC 2017 and I already knew I was going to adore it after I read the dedication. A feminist powerhouse that will knock your socks off!

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mum was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

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The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

You might already have come across my full review which proves how much I adore it. (Yeah okay, that basically counts for every book on this list.) It was another YALC ARC and I’m just so thankful that I was able to read it. You need to get this book asap.

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

Izzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life, her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she has…

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Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff

The first book in a feminist series that I just can’t get enough of. This first book is subtle, yet powerful and original, but the second book already becomes increasingly dark and talks about rape, violence and abuse. Definitely not for the faintest of hearts…

Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff

Maresi came to the Red Abbey when she was thirteen, in the Hunger Winter. Before then, she had only heard rumours of its existence in secret folk tales. In a world where girls aren’t allowed to learn or do as they please, an island inhabited solely by women sounded like a fantasy. But now Maresi is here, and she knows it is real. She is safe.

Then one day Jai tangled fair hair, clothes stiff with dirt, scars on her back arrives on a ship. She has fled to the island to escape terrible danger and unimaginable cruelty. And the men who hurt her will stop at nothing to find her.

Now the women and girls of the Red Abbey must use all their powers and ancient knowledge to combat the forces that wish to destroy them. And Maresi, haunted by her own nightmares, must confront her very deepest, darkest fears.

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

I received this book in one of my bookish subscription boxes, but only picked it up when someone said that I REALLY need to read it because it’s REALLY that good. And it totally was. If you’re looking for a gruesome story that teaches you about racism, homophobia and sexism in the most subtle of ways, this is a book for you too.

And I Darken by Kiersten White

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.

Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

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Only Ever Yours by Louse O’Neill

This is definitely the weirdest book on my list, and one I can’t shake. I heard O’Neill talk at a panel years ago and when she said that young girls come up to her to say that she put into words how their highschool is, it stuck with me ever since. Once you’ve read the story, you’ll know why it did.

Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill

In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful.

For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim.

Best friends Freida and Isabel are sure they’ll be chosen as companions – they are among the most highly rated girls in their year.

But as the intensity of final year takes hold, Isabel does the unthinkable and starts to put on weight. ..
And then, into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride.

Freida must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known. . .

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The Mists of Avalon by Louse O’Neill

I discovered this book back when I was a teen and absolutely adored it (shut up). I didn’t really got the feminist significance back then, but totally appreciate it now. A definite recommendation if you like a feminist take on the known legend, an epic story, characters you’ll love and absolutely hate (I hated Gwenhwyfar so much that I actually yelled at my book during her chapters) and learn how a new religion can vanquish an old one.

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

In Marion Zimmer Bradley’s masterpiece, we see the tumult and adventures of Camelot’s court through the eyes of the women who bolstered the king’s rise and schemed for his fall. From their childhoods through the ultimate fulfillment of their destinies, we follow these women and the diverse cast of characters that surrounds them as the great Arthurian epic unfolds stunningly before us. As Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar struggle for control over the fate of Arthur’s kingdom, as the Knights of the Round Table take on their infamous quest, as Merlin and Viviane wield their magics for the future of Old Britain, the Isle of Avalon slips further into the impenetrable mists of memory, until the fissure between old and new worlds’ and old and new religions’ claims its most famous victim.

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What do you think of the books that ended up on my list? Did I miss any other feminist books? Let me know in the comments!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Keri says:

    Oooh, all these books sound so good!
    I’m for sure going to have to add The Mists of Avalon to my TBR though! I’m obsessed with the BBC show Merlin and I keep meaning to read more Arthurian tales and I’m so glad to learn about one with feminist undertones!

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    1. Sasha The Bookdragon says:

      Aaaah, I’m so glad you’re going to read it! It’s a doorstopper of a book, but it’s so good!

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