5 Feminist Reads To Pick Up This Autumn

Monday, 4 November 2019

*This post contains gifted items from Rhimani


The evenings are getting dark and dreary, the air is tinged with frost and the leaves are fading to orange. Autumn has arrived here in England and the long, dark evening have finally given me the perfect excuse to wade through everything on my list on Netflix. I'm glad to inform you that I've made excellent progress with Jane The Virgin, finished Fresh Meat for the third time and have watched a hell-of-a-lot-of films. But the eerie evenings have also given me a chance to sit under a big blanket and read so much more too, so here are some of my favourite feminist reads that I've been reading and re-reading alongside my usual (fairly trashy) young adult fiction.

Feminists Don't Wear Pink & Other Lies by Scarlett Curtis
If you've been here long enough you'll know that I bang on about this book constantly. I can honestly - hand on heart - say that this book has changed my life. The book is a series of essays written by an incredible group of 52 women, and split into the 'stages of feminism' to discuss everything from motherhood to periods. To me, the book is the ultimate discussion of what it means to be a woman in the modern world and is so refreshingly brilliant in explaining what feminism means to every single woman involved in the writing of the book. Whether you learnt the word from a TV news report or have been a dedicated feminist for decades - this book is what you need to read next.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Autumn is the resting place (pun completely intended) for one of the world's spookiest holidays - Halloween. I'm not about to argue that Margaret Atwood's hauntingly beautiful masterpiece is in any way 'Halloweeny' (if that's a real word?), but the eye-opening and chilling story told by Atwood does seem to be a fitting read for a chilly night. Have some discount Halloween sweets handy though, you're about to go through an intense ride of emotions with this true masterpiece.
(Currently on loan to a friend, hence the fact is doesn't appear in any pics!) x

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
I've been studying Angela Carter's collection of short stories for a good few weeks now as part of an English Literature A-Level and love it so so so much. Inspiring, brutal and wholeheartedly feminist this is a head-on collision of traditional fairytales and modern feminist messages. I will warn you it is completely savage and explicit, but that only adds to the Carter's message. I love this collection of short, punchy stories - they're like a satisfying slap in the face (as weird as that sounds.)
(Also my copy is sitting rather helpfully, two-hundred miles away with my sister at uni, so apologies it's not in any of the pics!) x

Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
I love this book so much and seriously feel like I have rattled on about it quite enough. Beautiful, honest and completely engaging Dolly is an incredible writer who I've loved listening to on the High Low podcast for so long. The book tackles friendships, mental health, jobs, parties, moving house and yes, love in all of its forms. Witty and modern, this perfectly feminist read will make you want to buy a lot of houseplants and tell your friends you love them.

Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur
It seems everyone has read this poetry book and everybody has an opinion. To some it is beautiful, inspiring and eye-opening, whilst to others it's ugly and self-indulgent. This collection will walk you through the writer's most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them, even when it seems like all is lost. Perfect to read over and over again on lonely autumn nights.

The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace
Another stunning poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. Piecing together the life of the author and working as a mirror for the readers life, this wonderful collection of poem explores life and everything it comes with, from love, loss, healing, empowerment, grief and inspiration.

More reads:
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
The Power by Naomi Alderman
She Must Be Mad by Charly Cox
Sharp by Michelle Dean

So the next time you find yourself wandering into a bookshop, scrolling through a bookshops 'sale' section online or pensively making the all important decision of what to read next, why not pick up something interesting, beautiful and gripping - like one of the feminist books above? What's your favourite book genre? What's your favourite time of the day to read? x

Thank you so much to the wonderful Rhimani for sending me these gorgeous earrings - I've worn them so much over the past few months and they'll definitely be appearing in future articles! x
Yellow - Medium Tembo - Teardrop EarringsWhite - Cowrie - Shell Earrings


Lots of love,


  1. Thank you for the recommendations! I've been needing to pick up some more books!


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  3. Thanks a lot for your fantastic recommendations!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  4. Cool suggestions!


  5. I remember reading Milk and Honey when it came out. That was good. Thanks for the other recommendations.

  6. I have a list of books on my shelf that are waiting for me too. This is a great time of year to catch up on reading. Hope you get through all your reads! :)


  7. They sounds very interesting. Thank you for sharing these books.

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  8. Can you believe I STILL haven't read Milk & Honey?! I've literally never read/heard a bad review about it. Ever. It's on my to-buy list now, that's for sure :)

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  9. I am really interested in this category - finally something about ladies standing up for themselves. Thanks for sharing xx


  10. Woow! Great post! I'll have to read them
    Have a wonderful day dear! xx

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  11. Great selection, I've just finished Milk & honey and I love it. Going to check out the other recommendations, thanks for sharing :)


  12. It's the most fundamental concept in dealing with any study of Literature or any art form for that matter

  13. So many interesting books! I think I'd like to get my hands on that Milk and Honey book.


  14. Great post. Thank you for sharing! :)
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  15. Now I´m absoluetly in the reading mood, thanks to you, dear! Some of the books made me really excited!




  16. Such a lovely popstz.
    I am Always in a reading mood when it gets colder outside :)

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  17. Thanks for sharing!
    xx- Nina

  18. Milk and Honey is one of my faves! Great selection, dear!
    Have a wonderful weekend, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  19. It's been a while since I read motivational / non fiction book. I guess it's the perfect time to go back reading. Thanks for the recommendation :)



  20. They sound like great books! I've heard nothing but good reviews for the feminists don't wear pink book, I really should check it out! All my non fiction reads at the moment are parenting ones though, ha!

    Hope that you are having a great week! :)

    Away From Blue

  21. Honestly, such great recommendations! And I love your pictures :)


  22. Your earrings are amazing! I did not read any of these books, maybe because I am not interested in this topic)

  23. I really want to read the Everything I know about love book - you make it sound so good!!! I forgot I have read the sun and her flowers but not milk and honey! Thanks again for the reccomendations lovely :)


  24. This is definitely what I love to read, thanks!
    xx Rena

  25. All of these sound like excellent suggestions. I am reading a book about NDEs it is interesting and more so this time of year.

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  27. Some amazing titles I need to check out myself now. Feminists don't wear pink and other lies sounds like a great read. The Handmaids Tale has also been on my wishlist for some time now. As is Milk and Honey (I keep encountering so much hatred to her poetry, I don't understand why TBH). I've got a giant pile of books I've brought over the years that I need to read. I've just started George Orwell's 1984 and that paints a very scary picture of where our world may possibly-if not is already headed towards. Not a feminist novel per se, but a great read so far!


  28. These are all great options! I'll be honest, the main reason why I would wanna read the handmaid's tale is because of the show LOL. If the show is good then the book must be amazing. Right?I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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  29. Great selection, I've been looking for some new reads so will def check some of these out. Milk & Honey is one of my favourites, I've just finished re-reading it.


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