Feminist Fridays: In which I GUSH about EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LOVE by Dolly Alderton

Has this Feminist Fridays feature just turned into me talking about memoirs written by women? Maybe. Am I apologizing for it? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Today's post is just going to be absolutely gushing about how much I adored Dolly Alderton's Everything I Know About Love. Published in 2018, this memoir covers everything from growing up in the suburbs to parties, …

Feminist Fridays: Abbi Jacobson on women in the workplace, anxiety, and personal identity

I read Abbi Jacobson’s memoir I Might Regret This without knowing anything more about her other than what was in the biographical blurb on the back cover. One of my best friends read this book and then immediately recommended it to me and actually gave me her physical copy, which is how I knew she meant business. People …

Feminist Fridays: 8 Empowering Quotes from Sonia Sotomayor

Happy Feminist Friday! Today I'm going to share 8 empowering quotes from Sonia Sotomayor's memoir My Beloved World. Barack Obama appointed Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in May 2009, making her the first Hispanic and Latina Justice. Born in the Bronx, New York City, Sotomayor was raised …

Feminist Fridays: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

They say that timing is everything, and reading is no exception. Sometimes you read a book and acknowledge that you probably would have enjoyed it more if you had read it when you were older or younger, in a different mood, or at a different time of year. However, sometimes you read a book at …

Feminist Fridays: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I was thrilled that part of my postcolonial literature tutorial during my last term at Oxford was reading and writing about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Fifteen years after the publication of her debut novel Purple Hibiscus in 2003, Adichie continues to make headlines today. Not only is she known as a renowned Nigerian novelist, but she has also made …

Penguin Modern Classics: “Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer” by Wendell Berry

Although I had seen photos of the Penguin Modern Classics all over bookstagram (have you seen them? They're gorgeous!), I first heard about Wendell Berry's "Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer" specifically when Ariel Bissett recommended it in a video about social media. The two essays contained in this volume ("Why I Am Not …

Feminist Fridays: Postcolonial Literature & Tsitsi Dangarembga

First, I want to thank you all for being so receptive to my last Feminist Fridays post about postcolonial literature. I didn't expect there to be such resounding interest in this topic, but I'm so happy that there is! Today I'll be talking about a groundbreaking author who does not get nearly enough time in the spotlight as …

Feminist Fridays: Postcolonial Literature, Feminism, and Unexpected Enthusiasm

As of this week I am halfway through my third and final term at Oxford, meaning that by this point I've done enough work to form a solid opinion about my Trinity tutorials. Today I'd like to talk about my unexpected enthusiasm for postcolonial literature and how feminist perspectives play a role in reading and …

A Year of Oxford Reading Lists | Holly Goes Abroad

What do we have here? A Holly Goes Abroad post on a Wednesday?! Indeed. A few weeks ago someone commented asking if I could share all of my required reading lists from my year studying at Oxford, so that's what I'm going to do today. I'm posting this in the middle of the week because it's more …

Feminist Fridays: Carrie Hope Fletcher

Today I'd like to talk about one my favorite people to watch on Youtube: singer, actress, blogger, and vlogger Carrie Hope Fletcher. I've been a fan of her videos for years (since I was in middle school?!) and it's been amazing to watch her grow and develop her channel over such a long time. I want to …