Last year I read so many awesome graphic novels with girl leads. I loved seeing girls cast as action heroes and adventurers, and watching them find themselves and come of age. I’ve included graphic novels – new and old – with female leads that I hope to get my hands on soon! How many of these have you read? What else should I add to my TBR?
Happy International Women’s Day! If you don’t normally read nonfiction, I hope my roundup inspires you. There’s something on here for every age group. Some of these books anthologise a diverse array of women’s stories so you can hitchhike through history and travel around the globe between the covers of just one book!
Books can be such a powerful tool for unity and equality. So speak up, read up, and know that your story is important.
Happy New Year book lovers! When you make your New Year’s resolutions, try injecting more diversity into your reading life.
Diversity is all around us, but we often fail to find it in books and other media. Check out my 2018 Diverse Voices Reading Challenge and recommendations to kickstart your journey. This challenge is for readers of all ages!
If you want more information about reading about diversity, please leave a comment or check out my Own Voices Book Recs page.
Dear bloggers and book lovers, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I know this time of year can be both relaxing and stressful, so I hope you are practicing good self-care. One of my favourite things about the holiday season is reflecting on the books I’ve read. I covered YA + junior fiction and adult fiction + nonfiction in two separate posts, since I simply had too many favourites this year!
Show your love by giving the gift of feminism. Here are 3 feminist titles for the special women and men in your life (no kidding, gender equality benefits everyone.)
Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
“A harrowing and candid memoir about coming of age as a Muslim American in the wake of 9/11, during the never-ending war on terror, and through the Trump era of casual racism. This is the extraordinary account of Amani’s journey through adolescence as a Muslim girl, from the Islamophobia she’s faced on a daily basis, to the website she launched that became a cultural phenomenon, to the nation’s political climate in the 2016 election cycle with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.”
- Girls aged 15+. This is a coming of age story that affirms and empowers girls regardless of religion or race.
- Anyone who consumes media. We take it for granted that media is biased, but we may not realise who bias impacts. Written by an industry insider, Muslim Girl is an eyeopener with a very personal core.
- Busy people. This is a small book with a big impact. Its message will forever change the way you see the world.
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TITLE: The Camera My Mother Gave Me
AUTHOR: Susanna Kaysen
RELEASE DATE: October 2, 2001
GENRE: Nonfiction, Memoir
PAGE COUNT: 149
In this soul-bearing memoir by the author of Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen chronicles her relationship with her vagina. When this under-appreciated part of her anatomy starts to hurt, destroying her sex life, her vagina suddenly becomes the centre of her universe. Susanna is forced to analyse her new relationships with emotional abuse and chronic pain, and how all this impacts her identity as a woman… in a nutshell, everything you’re not supposed to talk about in public.
TITLE: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
AUTHOR: Marjane Satrapi
RELEASE DATE: 2000
GENRE: Graphic Memoir
PAGE COUNT: 153
Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s first person account of growing up as a politically active girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. While giving readers insight into life during that time, what stood out to me most was how coming of age goes hand-in-hand with developing new ways of seeing the world.
In Persepolis, Marjane is a hotheaded young girl. With the unfiltered honesty of a child, she is outspoken with her political opinions. She is never afraid to stand up for what she believes, even to the point of putting herself in harm’s way – she’s no stranger to death, having witnessed bombings, stabbings, and executions of political refugees. Continue reading
Using her wealth of experience as an international model, bestselling crime novelist, human rights activist, and mother, Tara Moss equips readers to confront gender inequality in every aspect of society. If The Fictional Woman is the ultimate “beginner’s guide” to gender inequality, then Speaking Out is your “travelling companion”. Through immersive research and intimate wisdom, this dynamic duo will educate and empower.
I listened to The Fictional Woman and Speaking Out as audio books, and now have a HUGE crush on Tara Moss’s voice. As a strong and confident speaker, her warmth and wisdom bursts through her rich tone. Hearing the author read her own work is intimate, and sometimes unearthed my own pain. Although I plan to buy all my female friends and family members these books for Christmas, I know I’ll be returning to the audio versions.
TITLE: Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation
EDITORS: Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman
PUBLISHER: Seal Press
RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2010
GENRE: Nonfiction, Memoir, LGBTQI+
PAGE COUNT: 304
The second gender-bending anthology edited by Kate Bornstein brings together an extraordinary range of trans-spectrum creators. This book celebrates diverse LGBTQI+ experiences, while encouraging readers to take a long, hard look at their society’s gender laws.
Instead of looking to the binaries for answers – male/female, femininity/masculinity, sex/gender – I’ve decided to take my body back for myself – for me to shape, show off, love and dress and play. But above all, for me to name – Transliteration by Francisco Fernández
TITLE: The Girls
AUTHOR: Emma Cline
PUBLISHER: Chatto & Windus
RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2016
GENRE: Adult Fiction
PAGE COUNT: 355
The Girls is an immersive coming of age story revolving around female relationships. Although this book is often reviewed as a psychological thriller, I found that its deep allure came from its worldly and intimate narrative voice.
In California ’69, Evie Boyd is an awkward, ordinary teen. When she falls under the spell of wild beauty Suzanne, she becomes obsessed with the older girl’s world – a free love cult led by Pied Piper figure, Russell. Mesmerised by her new way of life and navigating her budding womanhood, Evie is oblivious to the commune’s sinister undercurrents.