Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme that is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a Freebie and I’ve chosen Feminist Books. This list is a mixture of fiction and non-fiction books which feature feminist characters and themes or are about feminism in general. They are books which I have read and enjoyed, as well as books on my TBR.
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
I’m looking forward to reading Moxie. This is a YA novel about Vivian, a high school student who decides to stand up for what she believes in and make her own feminist zine.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I’ve heard that this is a great introduction to feminism by the Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. At around 52 pages, it’s also a super quick read.
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Steven’s debut YA novel centres around 18-year-old Izzy, who has to deal with sexism and double standards after someone posts explicit photos of her online.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Atwood’s novel depicts a dystopian future where women have become second-class citizens in a patriarchal society. This has recently been adapted into a TV series.
Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
Trigger warning: rape and sexual assault. This novel is on my TBR. It’s about 18-year-old Emma O’Donovan who comes from a small Irish town and whose life changes one summer night.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiographical novel is about a young woman who dreams of becoming a writer but struggles with depression.
How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
A funny memoir by British writer Caitlin Moran who gives an insight into what it’s really like to be a woman. Full review here.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Bad Feminist is a collection of essays about feminism and Roxane Gay’s personal experiences on a range of subjects.
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
Trigger warning: rape and sexual assault. A contemporary YA read about three diverse misfits who start a group to bring justice for a classmate who was raped at their high school.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
This is an epistolary novel about an African-American woman named Celie who lives in the South during the 1930s and has to contend with sexism and racism. I also enjoyed the powerful film adaptation starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.
What feminist books have you read? Let me know in the comments and feel free to link your Top Ten Tuesday post!