Tired of the Patriarchy? // feat. 12 Feminist Books You Should Definitely Check Out + Happy Women’s History Month!!

Being the feminist I am, I am genuinely surprised I haven’t done a female-based recommendation post yet!

I have always been a strong believer in gender equality, and I believe in it so strongly that I did something (in my opinion) pretty cool for the cause, which I talked about in the Life Section of my February Wrap-Up. It’s a shameless plug, but I will hopefully be talking more about it without fully eliminating my privacy?

I love books about feminism, about females fighting against the patriarchy, and just the ideas of girls coming together and you know .. not completely hating and clawing each other to the death for the sake of some random hot boy they fawned over.

Spoiler: the good girl wins in the end.

I am very aware that I threw shade to more than half of the YA classics, and I’m completely not sorry.

Since it is women’s history month this month (!!), I have compiled a list of some feminist books that I recommend that you all should read. This is in my opinion, a pretty diverse list in terms of genre and representation. There’s historical fiction, contemporary, some classics, non-fiction, fantasy and more. As an intersectional feminist, this is extremely important to me.

Please let me know if there are any more books you would add to this list (especially since if they have main marginalized representation) just in case I may have unintentionally excluded certain representations! I want this list to be as inclusive as possible.

Do note that all of these books are by female authors, and are books that I have read. I will link the Goodreads links for all these books and the occasional review for books on this list I have reviewed!

Without further ado, here are 12 feminist books you should read to defy the patriarchy!

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

32620332This was my favorite book of last year, one of my five new five star reads of last year and in my top three favorite books ever. This audiobook completely captured me and left me unable to let go. I’m sure if you’ve been in the community from 2018 onwards, the Internet (and me, of course) have already screamed to the rooftop about how much we love this book. I would still recommend this book on its own and will continue to recommend until I die,  Though the feminist aspect is not front and center, it’s still there. Evelyn Hugo is one of my favourite characters of all time, and while she is DEEPLY intrinsically flawed and makes some absolutely horrible mistakes, she is ultimately unapologetic and ruthless with getting what she wants. I know most people have read this, but if you haven’t, you MUST. And listen to the audiobook if you can, because it’s one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

This book is just so so great! It talks about feminism in the south, talks about the Riot33163378 Grrls (who I had never heard of prior to picking this novel up), has girls coming together to support girls and has all the feminist zines! Though this is pretty white and American centric, there are some key characters of colour and some queer rep, though minor. There are so many zines in the actual physical copy of the book, and it’s just so cute and glorious!

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1) by Natasha Ngan

34433755An experience I will forever associate with this book: me binge reading this from 10pm to 2am, anxiously clicking my e-reader to get through the book. This is such a phenomenal book, that confronts sexual assault, has so much political intrigue, and has SO MUCH marginalized representation. It has girls coming together through the collective trauma they have experienced. Also, this is MALAYSIAN-INSPIRED FANTASY, written by a Malaysian-Chinese author! I cannot wait for Girls of Storm and Shadow, coming out in 5th November 2019. *prays for an ARC even though she has no chance of getting one*

Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson and Ellen Hagen

Though I was not head over heels in love with this book, I see the good in this and I still 40025175would recommend this, especially for readers who are looking to receive an introduction of feminism! It’s about girls coming together to call out the patriarchy in their progressive high school and has some of the best intersectional feminist representation I have ever read. This does read a lot like the authors holding your hand and guiding you through the topic, so I would not recommend this to people who aren’t strangers to feminism.

Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee

35888416This book is absolutely fantastic and spotlights on women who have been forgotten throughout history, and the amazing things I have done. The women in here are from a variety of places around the world, from different social classes, races and so many more. Lee also just has such a smooth way of writing that it’s difficult not to be enraptured by this book. It’s a really quick read, so it is a perfect addition to your history class! It’s like history class, except more interesting (and this is coming from someone who adores history) with a focus on badass women and how they have been forgotten.

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones is the newest release by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and it’s such a great novel! 40597810Though I much prefer Evelyn Hugo and think it is an objectively better novel, Daisy Jones still manages to stand on its own. Daisy Jones is an unapologetic character, who will put her foot down to make sure she will get her way.  This is another one where the feminist undertones are more understated, but I’m positive that feminists will appreciate it.

Our Stories, Our Voices edited by Amy Reed

34445772I’m not gonna lie, this anthology is extremely American-centric, but I still think this has value! This anthology looks at the experiences of 21 women living in America, and each one was so refreshing and interesting to read about! It’s EXTREMELY feminist and many pieces are intersectional! The author list is incredibly diverse and I was absolutely LIVING for it. I would personally recommend skipping Ellen Hopkins’ piece. I did, on the recommendation by a few of my trusted sources, and I haven’t lost sleep over it.

Here We Are edited by Kelly Jensen

Another feminist anthology! *jazz hands* This is a really cool anthology, and has so 30754000many different, marginalized authors and media types included. There are playlists, essays, poems, comics, and so many more. There are lots of authors of colour, disabled authors, queer authors, different races, sizes etc. It’s divided up into lots of different sections, and it tackles feminism from lots of different angles.

Brazen by Penelope Bagieu

34506937This graphic novel is criminally underread. It celebrates and shines a light on different women that have been forgotten throughout history (much like Bygone Badass Broads), but it illustrates each women’s life through a series of comic panels. The art was so beautiful, and I learnt so much about women I had never even heard of.  Pick this up if you can!

Sadie by Courtney Summers

This is a pretty popular book, and for good reason. It has such an 34810320interesting format, and Summers captures you and never lets you go. Her storytelling is excellent, and her writing of female characters is EXCELLENT, especially her characterization of Sadie. She unapologetically writes a ruthless, “unlikeable” main character that is DEEPLY flawed and overall just human. My heart just constantly broke for Sadie. This was such an experience, especially on audiobook. Honestly, thinking about this hurts, a lot.

Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

33016249Though this is definitely for a much younger audience, this should still be taken seriously, in my opinion! This is a book that I want to read to my younger cousins and children (if I have any??, and both male and female, for the record) or just younger children in general that I love and adore in my life. This is another collection that spotlights some absolutely fantastic women, and would be a great jumping off point for people looking to educate themselves about some wonderful women who existed in the world.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

And we’re ending this list with what is basically a modern classic! To be honest, I don’t 38447ADORE this book the way everyone else seems to, but I get why some people consider this one of their top books of all time. It’s such a fantastic novel about such a terrible world, and one that seems very realistic, especially considering how things are going now. This book is just so blatantly feminist, and I was absolutely empowered by it. I just need to watch the TV show now.

 

 

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What opinions do you have about these books? How many of the books on this list have you read? What are some feminist books that I should add to my TBR?  What are your favourite feminist novels?  What is your stance on gender equality and feminism as a whole? Are there any resources that you recommend I check out? I would love to know.

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23 thoughts on “Tired of the Patriarchy? // feat. 12 Feminist Books You Should Definitely Check Out + Happy Women’s History Month!!

  1. I love this list! For some reason, when I try to think of feminist books, I get stuck on all the nonfiction. It’s a lot easier for me to point to anthologies, or famous feminist works throughout history. So I love that you included a bunch of different types of books to make feminism more accessible to all types of readers. Several of these are on my pretty immediate TBR, so I’m really glad you liked them!

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  2. AHH what an amazing list, I love it so much, thank you for sharing all of these recommendations ❤ I… well, okay, I haven't read Evelyn Hugo just yet, but I will hopefully this year and I can't wait to get to it, everyone loves it so much and I feel like I will, too! ❤ I also need to read Girls of Paper and Fire, I'm a little nervous about it all and how… intense it might be, too, but it also sounds incredible and… well I want to read it haha. I can't waittttttttttt 😀

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    1. Marie, I’m so glad that you enjoyed this list!! ❤❤ Look, you need to read Evelyn Hugo soon because it’s so good to the point where I want to cry skskskskssksk. GOPAF was just so phenomenal and just so addicting I swear. But do take care of yourself, because it is super heavy, and check out triggers! (I believe Melanie @ Mel To The Any’s review has a bunch of triggers). I can’t wait for your thoughts on both of them! ❤

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  3. Ahh I love so many books on this list — Evelyn Hugo and GOPAF specifically!! I love my strong sapphic girls ❤ I have a copy of Sadie that I'm super excited to dive into; it seems like such a poignant and important read. One of my favorite feminist books would be The Nowhere Girls — super intersectional (+ f/f!) and absolutely heartbreaking but beautiful ✨

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    1. omg i SWEAR i replied to this comment but i guess i didn’t :(( Evelyn Hugo and GOPAF are just such amazing books, and i’m so glad you love them too! i hope you love sadie, the audiobook is absolutely phenomenal!! i’ve heard some amazing things about the nowhere girls – i meant to read it in april ,but it didn’t happen sadly :(( hopefully i’ll pick it up (and love it soon!!) happiest of reading, may!

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  4. Love this list!!! 💃🏻 I adore Moxie and I’m currently buddy reading Evelyn Hugo. The rest I am SO curious about now! I like the feminism in Lady’s Guide to Petticoats & Piracy, The Poet X, and honestly A Princess in Theory (NA romance)!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Ashley! I’m so happy you adore Moxie and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Evelyn Hugo, it’s just so good omg. I’ve read Lady and the Poet X, and the feminism was really nuanced in those books, and I really liked it! Happiest of reading!! ❤❤

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  5. I think the feminism movement is really important and I think (some) books and film have been great at showing that gender doesn’t come with a set of rules you have to comply to. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is the book I am going to read next so I am so excited to read it and I’m glad you say it has a strong, female lead.
    I also would love to get to Bygone Badass Broads– it sounds amazing!! I have always wanted a museum about forgotten amazing women and this is it in book form so I really want to read it!! And Brazen sounds amazing too!!
    This is a great list and I need to get these books!! 🙂

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    1. I absolutely agree on all your thoughts on feminism, because it’s so true!! I hope you love Evelyn Hugo, and I cannot wait for your thoughts on it!
      Bygone Badass Broads was really a hidden gem that highlighted forgotten women so so well, imo!! Brazen was great as well, and I hope you like it should you pick it up? I’m glad you enjoyed this list, and happiest of reading!! ❤

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  6. Ohh I love this, such a great post! 😊 I really like Evelyn Hugo, she is such a strong, driven character that impressed me a lot when I read the book! We stan a Slytherin Queen 🐍 I personally really like The Nowhere Girls, it’s very intense and heavy as it deals with rape culture, but it’s such an important book!

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    1. Caro, it truly warms my heart that you loved this! Evelyn Hugo is THE Slytherin Queen, I love her so much ❤ I’ve heard so many great things about the Nowhere Girls, and I was hoping to read it for the recent round of the Buzzwordathon, but I didn’t get to it! Maybe in April, but we shall see! Happiest of reading!! ❤

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  7. Great recommendations! I am really loving books like Bygone Badass Broads and Rebel Girls lately. Just a compilation of lots of amazing women in our past and present. Makes me feel so empowered! I’d also recommend Girl Up by Laura Bates.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Inge! I also love books like Bygone Badass Broads and Rebel Girls because we need more opportunities and platforms to showcase all the badass women ever, and also gender equality is so important ofc!! I just checked out Girl Up and it sounds so important and hard-hitting, I’m definitely interested, and thank you for letting me know about it! Happy reading 💖

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