I am a writer. And as a writer, I consider reading to be a source of life. Reading books strengthens my craft and brings me great joy. So I thought it would be fun if I started doing book recommendations on here— by category/ genre. So here we go.
1.) Survival of the Prettiest by Ashley Olafsen
This is a book written by one of my very good friends and fellow GYAC member Ashley Olafsen. She cofounded MOVE, a nonprofit giving self-confidence workshops to young girls. This book informs the reader on sex, mental health and gender equality in an engaging, interactive way. You can order the book here. You can visit her website here.
2.) My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
This is the memoir of the amazing Gloria Steinem, one of the leaders in the feminism movement of the 70’s. Here, she tells a story of a life spent traveling and the people she has encountered on the road. Political and transformative, My Life on the Road, tells a feminist tale of independence.
3.) The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Color Purple tells the beautiful, heart-wrenching story of the transformation of an African American woman living in the south in the 1920’s. Beautiful and gripping, this book explores topics of racism, sexuality and sexual abuse.
4.) Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
Glory O’Brien is a seemingly ordinary teenaged feminist until the day she stumbles upon a bat that can see into the lives of everyone around her. She drinks this bat, and from then on, nothing is ever the same. Every time she looks at someone she can not only see into their past, but into their future as well, and the future she sees is one of terror. Any rights that women once had will be completely obliterated, and America will come into its second Civil War. Complex and terrifying, Glory O’Brien’s history of the future explores the meaning behind the past and the present, and what we make of it in order to determine our future. Reading this book will inspire teens to find their voice, and to speak out not only about the injustices of the future, but the injustices that plague our daily lives.
5.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
This may be an obvious one, but I just had to put it on here. Along with it being incredible for its time period, Jane Eyre is a story of the strength, growth and independence of one incredible woman. Her story is one that has and always will stand the test of time.