, , , ,

MMD-2016-Reading-Challenge The ice and snow have kept many of us indoors. Seems like the best time to settle down with a cup of tea and a good book. I myself am working on a “reading challenge” right now (see picture on the left). But for those who would like some tips, I’ve found a few book lists.

One is from Emma Watson’s book club; I found it on 16 picks for your feminist book club.

Actress, model, and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson recently started a feminist book club called “Our Shared Shelf.” We’re all in, and even better, we have a few suggestions. Here are 16 books to read in your feminist book club.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In this short, but powerful essay based on her TEDx Talk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes about the importance of gender and gender equality.

Dietland by Sarai Walker

Our favorite feminist manifesto of 2015 will have you ready to revolt faster than you can say patriarchy.

Feminism Is For Everybody by bell hooks

Every feminist should be acquainted with the great bell hooks, and this exploration of race and class-spanning feminism is an essential introduction.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood’s classic imagines a dystopia where rich families have returned to the nightmarish practice of using concubines to conceive children.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Bad Feminist became an instant classic thanks to Roxane Gay’s astute and witty essays on gender, sexuality, and race.

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan’s landmark book The Feminine Mystique identified a problem that had no name, sparked a new dialogue for women, and launched the second-wave feminist movement.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Plath’s only novel chronicles the breakdown of aspiring poet Esther Greenwood, as societal and internal pressures drive her to contemplate (and attempt) suicide.

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

This scathing, hilarious essay collection inspired the term “mansplaining,” which is (despite claims that argue otherwise) definitely a real phenomenon.

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks

The young superheroine of this comic doesn’t just battle out-of-this-world monsters — she’s forced to reckon with the ones in everyday life, too.

Spinster by Kate Bolick

Don’t be surprised if your views on marriage do a 180 after readingBolick’s part-memoir, part-biography of some thoroughly modern women from history.

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Tina Fey’s memoir includes self-deprecating essays on body image, hilarious anecdotes from the set of Saturday Night Live, and razor-sharp responses to shut down the haters.

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf’s writing often explores feminist themes, but her classic work A Room of One’s Own offers the best discussion on the role of women in fiction.

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

LeGuin’s genre-transcendent work always gazes deep into the human soul, even when those humans exist in fantasy or science-fiction worlds. In her most acclaimed work, an interstellar human ambassador’s encounter with a genderless planet forces him (and the reader) to reconsider everything he thinks about men, women, and identity.

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman,” writes Simone de Beauvoir in what has become one of the most significant books in feminist philosophy.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

In the follow-up to her memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?Mindy Kaling provides more “down-to-earth, everygirl essays” on topics like her sorority experience, filming sex scenes, and running her own TV show.

Science…For Her! by Megan Amram

Parks and Recreation writer Megan Amram’s hilarious book is a pitch-perfect satire of women’s magazines.

Joy Williams cover from lit hub's website.

Joy Williams cover from lit hub’s website.

I realize these books won’t available for a while, but I’d like to show that the literary hub has posted which books will be released by Buzz Books in the spring and summer this year.

The Notables

Don DeLillo, Zero (Scribner, May)

*Louise Erdrich, LaRose (Harper, May)

Mark Haddon, The Pier Falls and Other Stories (Doubleday, May)

Herta Muller, The Fox Was Ever the Hunter (Metropolitan, May)

Annie Proulx, Barkskins (Scribner, June)

Anna Quindlen, Miller’s Valley (Random House, April)

Edna O’Brien, The Little Red Chairs (Little, Brown, April)

Stewart O’Nan, City of Secrets (Viking, April)

Helen Oyeyemi, What is Not Yours is Not Yours (Riverhead, March)

Dana Spiotta, Innocents and Others (Scribner, March)

Joy Williams, Ninety-Nine Stories of God (Tin House, July)


Highly Anticipated

Charles Bock, Alice & Oliver (Random House, April)

Jennifer Haigh, Heat and Light (Ecco, May)

Adam Haslett, Imagine Me Gone (Little, Brown, May)

Jenni Fagan, The Sunlight Pilgrims (Hogarth, July)

Boris Fishman, Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo (Harper, March)

Manuel Gonzales, ThRegionaOfficiUndeAttack! (Riverhead, April)

Elizabeth Kelly, The Miracle on Monhegan Island (Liveright, May)

Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs (Viking, March)

*C.E. Morgan, The Sport of Kings (FSG, May)

Robin Wasserman, Girls On Fire (Harper, May)


Charlotte Rogan, Now and Again (Little, Brown, April)

Sunjeev Sahota, The Year of the Runaways (Knopf, March)

Amanda Eyre Ward, The Nearness of You (Ballantine, July)


Emerging Voices

Allison Amend, Enchanted Islands (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, May)

Ramona Ausubel, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty (Riverhead, June)

Mischa Berlinski, Peacekeeping (Sarah Crichton Books, March)

Mark Binelli, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ All-Time Greatest Hits (Metropolitan, May)

Liz Moore, The Unseen World (Norton, June)

Bonnie Nadzam, Lions (Grove, July)

Marie NDaiye, Ladivine (Knopf, April)

Hannah Pittard, Listen to Me (HMH, July)

Elizabeth Poliner, As Close to Us As Breathing (Lee Boudreaux Books, March)

Alexis Smith, Marrow Island (HMH, June)

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Sarong Party Girls (William Morrow, July)

Rufi Thorpe, Dear Fang, With Love (Knopf, May)

Ayelet Tsabari, The Best Place on Earth (Random House, March)

*Shawn Vestal, Daredevils (Penguin Press, April)


There are more categories, including a nice list of debut novels and additional links to excerpts, but I don’t want to drag it on. Feel free to click the link.


Happy reading.