Wednesday, June 6, 2018

5 Must-Read Books for Feminist Moms

The year is almost halfway over!

I know many of you have specific book reading goals this year. My goal was to read at least 12 books in 2018, and I'm currently on number six!

I survive my long commute to and from work with audiobooks. I would lose my mind without them! I signed up for Audible a few years ago, because they offered a free book along with a free one month trial. Their current offer is TWO free books with your free trial. (see ad below)

I found it so valuable to my sanity to listen to audiobooks on my commute, that I decided to keep the subscription!

Currently Reading: CIRCE by Madeline Miller

- This year I have really been craving books written by female authors, which led me to realize it can be both empowering, and emotionally draining to read female stories. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay is a great example of this. Although I found myself fist pumping alone in my car listening to the stories about women's lives that I feel never really get told, I also found it draining to hear another sad story about the struggles women face on a day to day basis. This isn't to say that I didn't enjoy the book, but I did need a story written by a woman with a strong female lead that wasn't entirely sad. This desire landed me with CIRCE.

CIRCE is an amazing read. The main character is a female, but her struggles are strictly female struggles. She is a nymph in a world of gods and goddesses, and I've enjoyed going along with her on her journey of finding her own power.

Since January I've read the following books (listed in ranked order)

1.) The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

  • This is an incredible read. Angie Thomas has an amazing way of bringing her characters to life in the most refreshing way possible. The story, the plot, the highlighting of the Black Lives Matter Movement, all of it is amazing.

2.) Shrill; Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

  • Ummm yes. Just do it. Just read it. Read it now. This book should be required reading for all human people. Lindy West describes the victories and struggles in her life as a woman, and as a fat* woman (*Lindy West terminology). I laughed so hard in my car listening to her describe how Disney teaches us from an early age that fat people are villians, perpetually single, and always lonely. This may sound like a dreary topic, and it is, but she describes it in a way that still makes you laugh. She's such a talented writer. Please read her book!

3.) Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

  • I'm going to be really honest here. I didn't know what Apartheid was. I am 30, and I had only heard of it, but did not know anything about it. I have always enjoyed Trevor Noah on the Daily Show, and I was interested in the topic of Apartheid, so I bought the book. I don't regret it! The stories are amazing, and so filled with life! He's a great comedian, and a talented writer. Another must read!

4.) Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

  • Sometimes you just need to read stories from a female author, and thank your lucky stars that someone is telling stories that have never been told before. This is a collection of short stories describing the struggles women go through, that makes us the way that we are. Women aren't difficult, we've just been through a lot!

5.) Annihilation; Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1 by Jeff VanderMeer

  • Annihilation is my least liked book of the year. I read the book to prepare for the movie (still haven't seen it), and I was disappointed. It was difficult to get through. There is very little dialogue, and it's mostly written introspectively. You spend many pages inside of the character's head, and yes it's as boring as it sounds. Later I was told that the movie wasn't much like the book anyway. The plot was interesting, but the lack of dialogue really made it hard to get invested in the story.

What book are you currently reading? What has been your favorite book so far this year?

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