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International Women’s Day: Bookgroup Books

[Waffle]Hey! Surprise, yes it’s me! I don’t even want to see how long it has been since I last posted. I really wanted to write a post yesterday, but I wasn’t sure what to review, then I remembered it’s International Women’s Day today, so I thought why not write something for that?[/waffle]

Anyway, I’ve mentioned before that I’m in this great Feminist Bookgroup. We read books (obviously) and talk about them but we try to pick books which are feminist or which we can discuss with feminism in mind. 99.9% of the books we read are by women, although it’s not a rule.

So I thought for this IWD I’d look at the 5 best books I’ve read with my bookgroup (In no particular order). Links are to amazon, review links (where they exist) are noted.

Milkman- Anna Burns (review)

Milkman is set during ‘the troubles’ in Northern Ireland. It’s told through the voice of one girl, and is really an illustration of everyday life at the time. There are a whole host of different characters, and feminism definitely comes into it. It can be a bit tough to get into because the style of writing doesn’t really ebb and flow, but it really creates a strong voice for the character and, despite it not being an ‘easy’ read I really loved it, and it went down well with my bookgroup.

The Psychology of Time Travel- Kate Mascarenhas

I’m surprised I hadn’t written a review for this one because I loved it so much, and I’m not sure I could write a coherent review now. The Psychology of Time Travel starts with time travel being invented by 4 women, one of the women has a mental breakdown which has to be hidden. The story focuses on women from different times who are all affected by time travel, and the events which follow the first trip. It’s part sci-fi, part murder mystery, part romance. This one was a big hit with the bookgroup.

The Power- Naomi Alderman (review)

The Power is sexism reversed. When women gain a power which means they can harm others with an electric shock from their fingers they balance of power is twisted and women end up on top. This was another big hit.

Girl, Woman, Other- Bernardine Evaristo

This is our most recent bookgroup read (although tomorrow we meet to discuss ‘Sworn Virgin‘). It was a really good one to get us chatting, and it

was well liked. This book follows the stories of different women, of different ages and cultures, all who would call themselves feminists. It’s a really good illustration of the different intersections and ages of feminism, how it’s evolved, and how we need to join together.

Home Fire- Kamila Shamsie

Home Fire is the story of Isma and her family. After years of raising her siblings Isma is finally doing something for herself, but she is worried about her sister, and her brother has run away on a jihadist mission, and that might tear her new world down. I honestly can’t remember lots about this book except the general premise, and that it was really good.


See some of my old IWD/general feminism posts: Great Literary Women /Top 10 Books for Feminist Readers/All the Things The Witches in Harry Potter Taught Us: Part 1Part 2Part 3/

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Great Literary Women

I thought it would be good to make a post for International Woman’s Day (which, if it has managed to pass you by, is today) So I thought I would make a post about great women in literature. I would love to hear your own thoughts on this, who else would you include? Who wouldn’t you include?

In no particular order

1) Lyra Belacqua/Lyra Silvertongue (His Dark Materials- Phillip Pullman): Lyra’s quest in the first of the Northern Lights starts as a quest to save her friend, but as Lyra grows it becomes a fight for her beliefs and what is right.

2) Ana Fitzgerald (My Sister’s Keeper– Jodi Picoult): Ana is great because he stands up to her parents, a very difficult thing to do for a young girl, because she believes she is right. (Highlight for spoiler)Ultimately she does this not for selfish reasons but because her sister asked her to, which makes me respect her all the more

3) Ma (Room– Emma Donoghue): Ma is strong because she goes through so much but still manages to bring Jack up well despite being away from civilisation, and because she fights to get Jack out of Room

4) Thursday Next (The Thursday Next Series- Jasper Fforde): I find Thursday Next especially strong in Something Rotten, not only is she fighting the criminals, but she’s also fighting the establishment, the corporation, fighting to have her husband re-actualised and being a single parent!

5) Minny (The Help- Kathryn Stockett) Minny doesn’t take rubbish from anyone, even though she may be better off fearing. She holds together her family and is a great friend. When she is loyal she stays loyal but you certainly don’t want to get on the wrong side of her!

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