Feminist Fridays: Nonfiction for 2018

A new year is right around the corner (eek!) which means it’s time to take a look at what 2018 will hold in terms of reading. I’ve tried not to go overboard with setting goals for next year, but I something I would really like to do is read more feminist nonfiction in 2018. Today I’m going to share five books about feminism, women, and our current culture of sexism that I’m hoping to read next year.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

“Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better. “{Goodreads}

I have yet to read anything by Roxane Gay, which is a shame considering all the fantastic things I’ve heard about her writing.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.” {Goodreads} 

I definitely should have read this by now, especially considering how short it is!

Girl Up by Laura Bates

“Hilarious, jaunty and bold, GIRL UP exposes the truth about the pressures surrounding body image, the false representations in media, the complexities of a sex and relationships, the trials of social media and all the other lies they told us.” {Goodreads}

I want to read this book just from reading the synopsis alone– it sounds so interesting!

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

“For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Clinton takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.” {Goodreads} 

No matter where on the political spectrum you fall, it’s undeniable that Hillary offers a unique and fascinating perspective on being a woman in the politics today. I’m so intrigued by what she has to say!

Shrill by Lindy West

“Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible–like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you–writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but.” {Goodreads}

This sounds like it will be as interesting and worthwhile as it will be humorous– sign me up!

What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? Have any recommendations you would add to the list? What are your goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments section below!



26 thoughts on “Feminist Fridays: Nonfiction for 2018

  1. Interesting list! I can’t wait to know what you think of these books once you read them 😀 I’ve only read We Should All Be Feminists, and it’s great! I really want to give more attention to feminist books 🙂

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  2. Bad Feminist was a bit too liberal for me (note: I’m not right wing, I’m left wing). I expected more from a queer, fat, black, first-generation immigrant. Some of her views were pretty superficial. But despite that, a good read!

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  3. They aren’t particularly appealing but I must read We Should All Be Feminists. I have watched the TED talk multiple times and at this point I should really have read it.

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  4. I’m hoping to read more books about feminism this year. I’ve only read We Should All Be Feminists from your list above – it’s a great, short read!

    I also have a few on my list: Nasty Women, The Beauty Myth, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, Women Who Run with the Wolves… and quite a few more. I think I’m probably being a bit optimistic with my reading goals! 😀 Good luck with yours. I look forward to reading your thoughts when you’ve finished.


  5. I really want to read more nonfiction books this year and this is a great place to start. Bad Feminist and We Should All Be Feminists have been on my TBR for so long. I will be looking into the others. Best of luck with tackling these reads in 2018! Happy New Year, Holly!


  6. This is great selection. I read all but ‘Girl up’. I’m currently listening to audiobook What Happens, read by HTC herself, and it’s so good! Listening to her reading about her experience with the election is so real, sad, and happy at times. She’s real about all her emotions, and shows more of her women, mother and grandmother side, not only politican side.

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    1. OMG I just downloaded the audio book, too! I love when authors narrate their own books, especially memoirs like Hillary’s. I can’t wait to read it!


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