by amy |
If you are still living under a rock in 2019, let me remind you that March is Women’s History Month and tomorrow, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. That’s right, a whole entire month* dedicated to highlighting the contributions of women in history and in today’s society.
*please note the sarcasm here as this should be everyday, buuut I digress.
So, in honor of Women’s History Month, I wanted to share with you five books written by women that I’ve read this year and encourage you to add them to your book list. I used to be a straight up fiction gal through and through. Don’t get me wrong – I still love a good sci-fi/fantasy novel, however, lately I’ve been indulging in a lot of non-fiction, specifically memoirs. I think it is so important that we take time to listen to people’s stories and allow them to be heard. So here are five amazing women with five equally amazing messages.
Disclaimer – I am not a professional book reviewer and all opinions are my own. Don’t @ me.
Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
Considering how much I love Brené Brown, this one had been on my “to-read” list for awhile and I’m upset I didn’t get to it sooner. Sometimes you just need to feel like you have someone in your corner rooting for you, and that is exactly what this book did for me. I also may be biased because I feel like this book came into my life at a time when I needed it, but I highly recommend it.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
I couldn’t make a list of books written by women and not include this one. Michelle Obama’s story is as intriguing as it is important. Pro tip: do yourself a favor and listen to the audiobook. Just trust me.
We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby
When I saw this book recommendation on Instagram the cover alone was enough to get me intrigued and I’m so glad it did. Samantha is a blogger (Bitches Gotta Eat) and comedian who somehow manages to give you all the feels throughout this book of essays. It’s funny, bittersweet, relatable, oh and did I mention absolutely hysterical? You finish this book wanting to be IRL friends with Samantha.
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
It’s crazy to believe this story actually happened and how much we still don’t know about the human brain with modern medicine. It’s a story of persistence, survival and overcoming dark days. And if you don’t want to read the book, Netflix made it into a movie last year.
We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This is more of a short essay than a book, but that doesn’t make it any less important. I don’t need to explain why this should be on your list and if I do then you probably shouldn’t be reading this post.
My To-Read List:
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- American Like Me by America Ferrera
- Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay by Phoebe Robinson
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- Educated by Tara Westover
- Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
- Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
What books have you read lately? Are you planning on reading any of these? We’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!