Virago Press did a social media campaign #BooksForChange designed to share inspirational books by women everyday throughout March. Here is my list for the last 16 days – check out my picks:
16 I’d give to my younger self: The Woman Who Ran
A rewriting of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – this book would have been wonderful for giving me a very real and relatable female protagonist when I was younger.
17 Exploring mental health: Mrs Dalloway
I love how this looks at the plurality of experiences with mental health and how much it can vary. It is nuanced and insightful – a must read!
18 In the sisterhood: Feminism is for Everybody
hooks takes a wide ranging look at sisterhood in this collection of essays on intersectional feminism.
19 My green spines: How to be a heroine
A look at some of the best heroines of literature, and what makes a great heroine.
20 Made me laugh: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
A real and accessible exploration of some of the issues that affect women, complete with snippets from Schumer’s own life. Absolute hilarity but don’t underestimate how serious Schumer can be either.
21 Poetry: Rupi Kaur
I am very keen to read this beautiful book of poetry after seeing Kaur’s gorgeous instagram page!
22 Feminist Dystopia: The Parable of the Sower
A book I discovered earlier this year which is at the top of my TBR.
23 Favourite Female Character: Amy
Amy is clever, manipulative, relatable, utterly unlikeable and a complete psycopath – but all of this makes her brilliant! She highlights the issues that many women face so completely and frames her own murder to escape the role she has been placed into.
24 Books to make you march: The Handmaid’s Tale
This book has almost been reclaimed as a political reaction to 2017 in the face of very real threats to women’s rights.
25 Women in War: When I was a soldier
I read this when I was younger and the story really struck me – it is about a woman’s experience of conscriptionand was so unlike anything I had ever experienced in my life.
26 For an excellent woman: Homegoing
I bought this for my best friend who is absolutely excellent! I loved it so much and couldn’t wait to share it.
27 In the City: The Girl on the Train
You can miss the importance of the city of you focus on the crime, however, Rachel’s life in the city is incredibly interesting and worth exploring.
28 From Page to screen: Beauty and The Beast
The original tale has been transformed into multiple adaptations – each more progressive than the next, with the new film starring super-feminist Emma Watson as our favourite bookish heroine.
29 Back to nature: Women Who Run with Wolves
This is all about getting in touch with an intrinsic, natural sense of self – currently reading for Emma Watson’s book group ‘Our Shared Shelf’.
30 Books to give you hope: Matilda
Matilda is the perfect book for when you think things can’t get any better – they really can, and it just takes someone special like you to make it happen – we all have a little magic of our own.
31 Redefining he and she: Orlando
Woolf pushes the boundaries of what male and female means with a protagonist who changes gender overnight and suddenly has to experience the world as a woman.