This week we bring you five great books from both the genre of fiction and non-fiction written by female authors to enjoy!
If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha
Set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, and taking on the subject of beauty standards and sexism in the current culture Cha’s debut novel is breathtaking.
With a Goodreads rating of 3.8, the story is unraveled through 4 women living in the same apartment block all struggling to exist in a world seemingly only catered for wealthy men. An intimate and heartbreaking look into their lives in which their friendships could be the only thing to save them. With a tone not dissimilar to Gossip Girl but a commentary about patriarchy, capitalism, and greater solidarity between women.
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of the rocket speed rise of a band whose sound defined the 1970’s and whose sudden and shocking split left a number of unanswered questions behind. Told like an oral history as the bandmates, producers, managers, and friends all relay their memories of the events this book is brilliantly capturing.
Rumored to be heavily inspired by Fleetwood Mac in their heyday; this novel is a must-have for any music lover. Gaining a 4.2 rating on Goodreads this book will change the way you view rock and roll.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
In 2000 fifteen-year-old Vanessa falls headfirst into an affair with Jacob Strane, her forty-two-year-old English teacher. In 2017 Vanessa is reached out to by a former student accusing Strane of sexual abuse. Now Vanessa must choose, stay silent, and let herself believe that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past.
The narration alternating between Vanessa’s past and present, juxtaposing memory and trauma is one of the strong condenters as to why the book was awarded 4.6/5 on Goodreads. Elizabeth Russel creates a disturbing and consuming world that will leave you gasping for air.
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given
Florence is a rare kind of influencer on Instagram; instead of OOTDs and brand deals, she focuses on feminism and queer social issues. Her debut book is accessible to everyone, no matter where you are on your journey of self-acceptance and self-love.
Throughout she advises you to reject the pressure to perform femininity act accordingly to the heteronormative desirability. Rated 4.5 stars on GoodReads, her words will shake up everything you’ve considered the norm in today’s patriarchal society.
Queer Intentions by Amelia Abraham
Amelia Abraham is a journalist from London who has written about LGBTQ identity politics for Guardian, the Observer, the Independent, the Sunday Times, VICE, i-D magazine, and Dazed & Confused to name a few. Because of this her first book about the experiences of those across the LGBTQ+ spectrum in the 21st century was hotly anticipated and lived up to the hype, gaining a 4.2-star rating on Goodreads.
Today queer culture has never been so mainstream but is it all it’s cracked up to be? Combining her personal experience and her journalistic skills Amelia answers this question with humor, intelligence, and openness.