A quick post for International Women’s Day. Since March 8 last year I’ve read, oh, I dunno, about 100 books. Lots (most even) of those were by women. But these are my most favourite, most feminist reads of the last year. Links are to essays or interviews or other stories that focus on the feminist aspects of these books (except for the link to the review of Rebecca Lim’s book, because as far as I can see no one has yet done a feminist analysis of her writing: get on to it, YA bloggers).
- How to be both, Ali Smith
- The Neapolitan Quartet, by Elena Ferrante (I’ve only read three…)
- The Unspeakable, Meaghan Daum
- Deeper Water, Jessie Cole (a lovely review, but it misses an important part of the book: what a superb experience it can be to move around the world in a young woman’s body with all its feelings and sensations and strength and power).
- The Astrologer’s Daughter, Rebecca Lim
- The Blazing World, Siri Hustevedt
- The Argonauts, Maggie Nelson
- The Scent of Eucalyptus, Barbara Hanrahan
I hope you’re reading something that’s both feminist and exciting, enlightening, intriguing or eye-opening today – I’ve just started on Stella longlisted Panthers and the Museum of Fire, which may very well make this list next year.
Happy International Women’s Day!