1. The Spinster Club Series by Holly Bourne
This YA series is the perfect introduction to feminism for the young women in your life, but it would also be a great set to add to your wish list. Evie, Amber and Lottie are three awesome young women, all struggling with their own issues and together they form the Spinster Club – a place to support each other and learn about feminism. Their friendship is wonderful and these books will have you crying, laughing and punching the air with feminist joy. What more can you ask for?
2. Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi
You may know Shappi Khorsandi from her stand up, but this darkly funny novel is a departure from her usual topics – and a very good one, at that. 17 year old Nina has a drinking problem, and after a rather traumatic night out that she doesn’t quite remember, things start to unravel for her until she really does hit rock bottom. A very sensitive and shocking portrayal of teenage alcoholism, this may not sound like the cheeriest Christmas book but it’ll definitely get you to think.
3. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
A real must-read for any Pride & Prejudice fans; Curtis Sittenfeld has modernised this classic tale perfectly and it’s a real heartwarming read (and will probably make you feel better about any family drama you’re experiencing this Christmas!). Elizabeth Bennett is a journalist living in New York, but when her father is taken ill she is forced to move home to the chaotic Bennett residence in Cincinatti with her sister Jane. They’re thrown straight back into the country club world of their childhood, and are quickly introduced to Chip Bingley, previous Bachelor star, and Fitzwilliam Darcey, neurosurgeon at large.
You think you know how the story goes, but there are some great twists and turns that will keep you guessing, and, of course, a very romantic ending that will satisfy even the hardest of hearts.
4. Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
Reading Jessica Valenti’s books made me into a feminist nearly ten years ago, and I’ve admired her ever since. She has a frank and funny way of bringing feminist issues to light, and this is her most candid work yet – a memoir that explores the toll that sexism takes on women’s lives. She doesn’t hold back, covering everything from sexual assault to becoming a mother. This is one that’s going to hit you right in the feels, and more than once feel glad that your experiences are shared ones.
5. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Beware: this book will make you want to immediately move to New York and work at a restaurant. It’s a delicious read, with beautiful prose and a slow, lilting story that will envelop you. Perfect for that down time in between Christmas and New Year when you’re never quite sure what to do with yourself; especially because reading this will probably make you peckish so it’s best to have some Christmas chocolates on standby. You’ll feel worldlier just from having read it.
6. Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett
Want to get ready to tackle your career big time in 2017? Feminist Fight Club will give you the drive and the tools to do just that, combining humour and research to show you just how to smash that glass ceiling at work. And I quote:
You will learn how to fight micro-aggressions, correct unconscious bias, deal with male colleagues who can’t stop ‘manterrupting’ or ‘bro-propriating’ your ideas – and how to lean in without falling the f*ck over.
The perfect gift for the lady bosses in your life; and for yourself, too!
7. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Another re-telling of a classic book, but this time it’s Jane Eyre getting the treatment and there are serial killers involved. Yep, you heard me right. Jane Steele is a feminist vigilante, righting wrongs and murdering rapists on the streets of London. Until she finds out that her aunt has died and the new master, the mysterious Mr Charles Thornfield, is seeking a governess… Spooky, gothic fiction with a hint of humour and romance. Yep, this needs to be on your wish list.
8. Mount! by Jilly Cooper
2016 will go down as the year that I discovered Jilly Cooper, and I want the same simple joy for you, too, dear reader. Sexy, witty, a little bit ridiculous and definitely downright funny, Jilly Cooper’s books are a pure delight and her latest release is no exception. If you’ve never picked one up, then start from the beginning with Riders. It’s a very good place to start, and you’ll soon be hooked.
9. The Brothers Sinister Series by Courtney Milan
Speaking of sexy… if you’re after a true guilty pleasure (that you don’t feel that guilty about, actually) this Christmas then look no further than The Brothers Sinister Series. This is romance at its very best. Less 50 Shades of Grey and more bad-ass ladies and the men who get to love them. You’ll fall in love with the heroines first, and the heroes second, but these are more than just love stories. They are celebrations of women who break the rules – suffragettes, scientists and so much more. If you’re sceptical about romance novels, give these a try and you will be a convert for life.
10. Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World by Kate Pankhurst
You’re never to old for a good picture book, and whilst this is a great one to share with the little people in your life, I think it might be one that any woman of any age would be happy to find in her stocking this Christmas. Beautiful illustrations and fantastic facts come together to tell the story of incredible women like Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, Amelia Earheart and Rosa Parks. The perfect Christmas gift!
Will you be reading any of these books in 2017 or have you devoured them already? Let us know in the comments!
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