“I am at my calmest when I am sprawled across the sofa or tucked up in bed, a cup of tea (milk, no sugar please) on the table beside me and my head buried deep into my latest book of choice.”
Books combine enjoyment and education, a magical mix that allows us to both escape our world and learn about it.
Women’s Writes had the chance to interview Kate Weston, author of Diary of a Confused Feminist. We learnt a LOT about feminism, the writing process and Kate’s perfect reading conditions.
Mollie (from the successful Moonbloombooks Instagram account) details the books that got her into feminism.
This blog is a personal account of how books helped Evee battle through grief, looking to novels both as places to remember and also as forms of escapism.
Romance novels are fun, smart, inclusive and they guarantee a good read; so let’s stop deeming them as ‘trashy’.
Reading this book is a great (and quick) way to start thinking about your own personal biases and how to combat them, as well as putting you in a position to start a conversation with others about changes that need to be made
Three Women is an exploration of how women’s sex lives are influenced by and controlled by men. This review looks at a certain aspect of feminism: how women should have the freedom to control her own sexual interactions and desires.
While emotionally draining at times, this is a frightening novel that calls for us to acknowledge the pain we have had to endure in the past and to acknowledge the potential for this to continue.
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Our final book review of the week looks at a book interested in identity, cross-dressing, gender roles and of course sexuality. It looks at Victorian society from a lesbian perspective, and is a coming-of-age story that will make you blush and put you on the edge of your seat (as well as reaching for the tissues with its heartbreaking scenes).
Our second book review of the week is about Dolan’s new book, Exciting Times. It tells the story of a woman in Hong Kong on her journey to realising her sexuality, whilst trying to negotiate difficult relationships that exist in her life. It is a story of communication and miscommunication, and uncertainty lies at its foundation.
Our first book review in honour of Pride month is Leah on the Offbeat. Exploring the ways that a teenager hides her sexuality, this coming of age novel depicts the scary excitement of first love.
Happy Pride Month! Our book reviews this week will focus on books from the LGBTQ+ genre and community, and this piece looks at why it is important to ensure that some of these books are on your reading list.
The well-known text, The Odyssey, has been given a feminist retelling in this novel used for book club this week. Focusing on female strength in a man’s world, it is enchanting and enlightening, and most definitely deserves a place on your reading list.
Our third book review in support of BLM is effectively a whistle-stop guide to race in the UK. It covers the basic history which was not covered in school, and it is important to approach it with an open mind.
Our second book review is of An American Marriage, the winner of the Women’s Prize Fiction 2019. Tayari Jones showed how the world is currently stacked against people like Roy, she showed how this can utterly ruin lives. This book is a good way to open up a well-needed debate about racial politics.
This week we are reviewing three books by Black female authors. Our first, Girl, Woman, Other, not only ticks the boxes in terms of diversity, but also makes you feel as if you’ve really met the characters.
In order to support those fighting for the ending of racial oppression, it is important that we educate ourselves on the history of racism and its presence in current society. We have compiled a list of five books as a place to start doing this.