I don’t know why exactly, but these last few weeks I’ve been really into reading feminist books and novels discussing what it means to be a woman and how to empower ourselves. So today I’m reviewing a handful of them that I enjoyed the most. While woman-power anthems might not be everybody’s jam, I think it’s important to stop and think about how we can increase our power as women. Also, no shame, I absolutely love how all of these book covers have some form of pink on them. Love it!
The Regulars by Georgia Clark
This fiction novel follows what happens with three ‘regular’ women when they discover a potion that turns them supermodel gorgeous. While the story is actually really funny, I loved it for the commentary it provides on today’s society. It makes you think about how huge a role beauty plays in our society and the pressure that puts on us as women. I read the whole book in just one weekend, so I would definitely recommend this book to anybody that likes humor but wants to read a neat story.
DIY Rules for a WTF World by Krista Suh
So, Krista Suh is actually the creator of the Pussyhat Project. You know all the cute pink cat ear hats people wore in the Women’s March in Washington D.C. after Trump was elected? Yeah, that lady. In this book, she provides tips and tricks on how to make a change not just within society but within yourself as well. It’s kind of like a self-help book but with tips, you can actually use. Nearly everything in this book made me relate on such a hardcore level. One of my favorite tips Krista gives is to say ‘I stand by it’ with everything you put out in the world, whether it be a tweet, a blog post, or anything you make. People might not agree with you, but if you stand by whatever you do, then nobody can really tear you down.
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
I will warn that this book is an acquired taste. Much like Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale, this book will challenge you and at times, even disturb you. But that’s kind of the whole point. Red Clocks tells the story of a group of women in a small sea-side town whose lives all entangle with each other. It is in the near future, and abortion and in vitro fertilization are illegal in the United States. Each woman in the story struggles with the rules that are controlling their bodies and their lives. Basically, this book imagines what the world would be like for women if Roe v Wade was reversed. It is very thought-provoking and complex. But overall, I did enjoy it. If you’re an Atwood fan, this stuff will be right up your alley.
If anybody was disappointed that I didn’t review A Reaper at the Gates this time around, I’m sorry. I keep trying to finish the book but I keep getting distracted by other books! Hopefully, that will come around next time. I’m thinking maybe another fantasy edition.
Have you read any of these woman-empowerment books? If so, let me know in the comment below! And recommendations are always welcome 🙂