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!
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?
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!
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. . .
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.
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!