This year I participated in the Feminism Reading Challenge, organized by Femividual, who has since taken her blog offline. The idea was to read as many books as possible from her list of feminist titles, as well as any other books that deal with feminist themes or topics.
My favorite feminist book of the year, perhaps my favorite book of the year full stop, was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I know few novels that are simultaneously as rich and as light as this one.
Here’s a list of the nine books off the list I’d read before 2016:
How to Be a Woman – Caitlin Moran
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
- Bossypants – Tina Fey
How To Build A Girl – Caitlin Moran
- Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” – Lena Dunham
And then, this year, I read an additional nine so far, counting the Radboud essays as one book.
- The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
- The Thing Around Your Neck – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- I read 11 essays in August on the topic of Gender for the Summer School I’m taking at the Radboud University in Nijmegen.
- On Beauty – Zadie Smith
- Swing Time – Zadie Smith
- NW – Zadie Smith