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If you’re familiar with my 30 Goals Before 30 list, then you should recall # 14 – Read 500 Books (100 each year).
It definitely seems ambitious, even for me but I think I’ve got this one in the bag. In total, I’d need to read 100 books a year and by calculating the math, it means an average 8 books a month. To be honest, I probably already do this but for the past few year’s I’ve been stuck on Harlequin Romance novels. Those books have seriously ruined me and I haven’t been able to tolerate any other genre or publisher. It’s time for me to spread my wings and branch out further into the wonderful world of books.
This will undoubtedly be a challenge, I can’t promise that I won’t give in and binge-read Harlequin books but I’ll do my best at staying open-minded for other great reads. To start, I have compiled a list of books that I will be reading throughout January and would love for you to join in! To celebrate Women’s History Month and in honor of all the hard working women who have fought to break the glass ceiling, I want to say thank you. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, we see you. We see how far women’s rights have come and we see how much further we have to go.
This month’s books are all about women empowerment, expressionism, achievements or just hilarious laughs. So grab a book and read along with me, it’s too cold outside anyway!
1 . Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Whatever skepticism might have existed among the powers that be about Dorothy’s qualifications, whatever lobbying and advocacy may have been required on Dorothy’s part, the outstanding issue was resolved by a memo that circulated in January 1951. “Effective this date, Dorothy J. Vaughan, who has been acting head of the West Area Computers unit, is hereby appointed head of that unit.” Dorothy must have known it. Her girls and her peers knew it. Many of the engineers knew it, and her bosses eventually came to the same conclusion. History would prove them all right: There was no one better qualified for the job than Dorothy Vaughan.
2. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
The way I saw it, I was fully capable of being treated with indifference that bordered on disdain while maintaining a strong sense of self-respect…But that’s not how it works. When someone shows you how little you mean to them and you keep coming back for more, before you know it you start to mean less to yourself.
3. Bad Feminists by Roxanne Gay
I openly embrace the label of bad feminist. I do so because I am flawed and human. I am not terribly well versed in feminist history. I am not as well read in key feminist texts as I would like to be. I have certain…interests and personality traits and opinions that may not fall in line with mainstream feminism, but I am still a feminist.
4. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
What is feminism? Simply the belief that women should be as free as men, however nuts, dim, deluded, badly dressed, fat, receding, lazy and smug they might be. Are you a feminist? Hahaha. Of course you are.
5. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
They told you, you need to be thin and beautiful. They told you to wear longer skirts, avoid going out late at night and move in groups – never accept drinks from a stranger, and wear shoes you can run in more easily than heels. They told you to wear just enough make-up to look presentable but not enough to be a slut; to dress to flatter your apple, pear, hourglass figure, but not to be too tarty. They warned you that if you try to be strong, or take control, you’ll be shrill, bossy, a ballbreaker. Of course it’s fine for the boys, but you should know your place. They told you ‘that’s not for girls’ – ‘take it as a compliment’ – ‘don’t rock the boat’ – ‘that’ll go straight to your hips’. They told you ‘beauty is on the inside’, but you knew they didn’t really mean it.
Well, I’m here to tell you something different.
Have you already read any of these books? Please share your review with us! What other books are on your reading list?