Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Top Ten Books I'd Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Anything Feminist

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's prompt is:

Top Ten Books I'd Give to Readers Who Have Never Read Anything Feminist

First of all, I'd probably ask to take a look at the books they've already read, because I SERIOUSLY DOUBT that anyone who spends a lot of time reading has never read anything feminist.  More likely, they didn't realize they were reading something feminist.  Also, there are a LOT of books that fall into this category, so I'm going to narrow my list to books that are more recent (so Virginia Wolf, while fabulous, won't be here) and books that feature feminist themes rather than having the topic of the book be feminism itself.  (So no Feminine Mystique here either.)  Let's jump in, shall we?

Because Cather Avery.  

9. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Because everyone has within them to be a force for good.

Oh, Matilda.  How I love you and your telekinetic powers.  She's basically the female Spiderman.

7. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
For those who mean well but sometimes make mistakes.  In other words, for everyone.

6. The Harry Potter series
Two words: Hermione Granger.

5. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Because a really big part of being a girl is being a friend.

Every girl starts out as a stereotype, and ends up as a full blown human being.  Also, it's hilarious.

Katsa rocks.  She is hard core and loving and, unlike Katniss, doesn't go hide out in supply closets when she has problems.

This is probably the strongest of the books on this list.  This book will freak you the heck out and make you really, really mad.  In a good way.

Everyone should read this book.  Seriously.  EVERYONE.

What would you add?


  1. Funny thing-I'm actually reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets right now! hehe :) Hermoine is my favorite character as well, I mean, why wouldn't she be?

  2. I love everything about this list! I hate that to a lot of people feminist has become a dirty word but really it just means equality.

    What I love about your list is that include strong and independent females that are not necessarily breaking gender stereotypes. But also they're fantastic books. Tell me more about Half the Sky!

    1. Totally agree with what you say about how feminism is about equality! It's so ironic how some people say they are against it, even though they're perfectly happy to accept the perks of the movement (voting, driving, owning property, etc.).

      Thanks for noticing that these heroines, while strong and independent, aren't necessarily trying to break stereotypes. That's exactly what I was going for. Most of us women are just trying to be happy, and for some that means becoming a scientist, for others it means opening a restaurant, and for others that means being a stay-at-home mom. All those choices are valid and wonderful and worthy of commendation! Feminism has many different faces. And if you believe that women are people too, then chances are that you're a feminist as well. (Exits soap box.)

      (Gets back on soap box.). HALF THE SKY. You have GOT to read that book. It's nonfiction, but to me it reads as smoothly and as easily as any fiction book I've read. It focuses on how the oppression of women is still a global issue, especially in certain parts of the world like Africa and the Middle East and South America, but more importantly, it gives dozens of different ways to help solve the problem. I think a lot of us get overwhelmed by how huge the problem is, so we do nothing. This book helps erase that paralysis by showing how all of us - rich or poor, male or female, urban or suburban - can make a difference. I found it to be a solid and frank analysis of the problems facing women today, and an empowering tool to help get people involved in changing the culture. Really, it's so, so good!! I can't recommend it highly enough!


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