Can you believe it’s February already? I can and can’t, but that’s just time passing, I guess.
I’ve been enjoying this blogging thing so far, but I would like to do more reviews. What a great coincidence then that a couple of weeks ago I stumbled across the #feministlitfeb challenge. This month-long readathon, hosted by ItsJaneLindsey on Youtube, aims to get people reading more feminist and diverse literature. Since a few books that fit the theme have been on my TBR for a while, I decided to join.
There are five challenges, and I have books for all of them, so here is my #feministlitfeb TBR:
#1 Read a piece of feminist fiction
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
I’ve seen Red Clocks on Instagram quite a bit recently, and on a few TBRs for this challenge in particular. It's marketed as feminist dystopian fiction somewhere between The Power and The Handmaid's Tale, so I know I'm up for some light reading. It's not out in the UK yet, but if you know people...
#2 Read a piece of feminist non-fiction
Brave by Rose McGowan
To be honest, I know very little about Rose McGowan, but from what I've seen, I'm interested in how she experiences the world. (I'm also very annoyed by the bad reviews this book is getting based simply on the fact that people don't know her, without having read the book.)
Also in this category, if I can get round to them, are Inferior by Angela Saini and Hunger by Roxane Gay. I know Hunger is not the most feminist book by Roxane Gay, but it's the one that I found in the shop for little money, and I've only heard good things about it.
#3 Read an #ownvoices story about an experience that is not your own (in terms of race, sexual orientation, (dis)ability etc.)
Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li & Six Stories and One Essay by Andrea Levy
I had to go shopping for this challenge, because I had no #ownvoices books left on my unread shelf. So with not much money left I went to our local bookshop and dug through the shelves, where i realised what a great selection of diverse literature they have. (And the books are so cheap. I got each of these for £3 each) I haven’t read anything by either author before, but I’ve heard good things and I can’t wait to dig into these.
#4 Read a book written by a black woman/non-male identifying person
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
I haven’t read anything by Jesmyn Ward yet and Sing, Unburied, Sing is not currently in my price range. Electric Literature recently published a list of books with 'wonderfully nuanced black female characters', and Salvage the Bones was one of them, so here we are.
#5 Feminist Freebie
Diversify by June Sarpong
Technically, any of the books in the other categories goes as a feminist freebie, but I really hope to get to this one. In Diversify, June Sarpong looks at the cost of social division and makes a moral, economic and social case for more diversity in our society. It feels like a must read to me, and it's time.
I probably won't be able to review all of these, but I'll do my best! Wish me luck.