To celebrate International Women’s Day, I want to share some of my favourite books written by women. Looking at my bookshelves, the majority of things I read are by women so narrowing down this list was a little challenging. I also noticed my shelves were severely lacking in diversity, something I’d like to amend because I believe feminism needs to be intersectional. So, I really want to hear your recommendations.
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
If you’re not already following O’Neill on Twitter, you really should be. Her feed is absolutely brilliant, as is her debut Only Ever Yours. Set in a dystopian world where girls are created purely for the pleasure of men, it’s a searing and grotesque depiction of an all too believable reality. I’m hoping to read Asking for It, which explores rape culture, in the very near future || Full reviewSummer Skin by Kirsty Eagar
This book is for anyone who feels there’s not enough talk of sex in YA. Seriously steamy, Summer Skin was perfectly captures a new generation of women who aren’t willing to be sidelined. They’re getting outraged, not letting shit fly and aren’t going to be shamed for enjoying sex || Full reviewThe Anti-Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland
This book tackles so many taboo subjects with undeniable humour. From living with drug addicted parents and dodgy step-dads to horrendous bullying at an elite private school, suicide attempts, eating disorders, mental health issues and awkward sexual encounters, nothing is off the table. This book was so empowering and a great reminder to stop forever chasing cool || Full reviewGirls Will Be Girls by Emer O’Toole
This was the first book which made me realise non-fiction could be incredibly engaging and fun to read. O’Toole explores gender identity, weaving in her own life experiences. Reading this, I wondered why I never questioned gender roles and have really started looking at the world differently || Full review