A Non-Fiction Book Haul with Feminist Books, and other books I wanted to talk about

Since some of you said they wanted to read more about the non-fiction books I’m reading and want to read, I thought I’d do a little book haul. If you’ve read my last post, you’d know that I’ve been falling a little out of love with YA lately (I’ve actually gotten a little bit back into it since the last post) and I’ve fallen in love with non-fiction. I’m reading mostly memoirs and feminist non-fiction and occasionally popular science so you’ll be seeing more of that in the future. You might also be seeing some other things in the future that are a little different from what you expect on my blog.

Let’s get into the haul! I bought 5 books on my last haul and 4 of those are feminist non-fiction. I also want to talk about some other non-fiction books I’ve been enjoying lately, so I’ll add those at the end!

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The first book is Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O’Toole and this genuinely sounds like the perfect combination of all my favorite things in books. It’s a feminist book that’s also part memoir and part popular science (or at least it says it’s “academic” and there are references so I’m calling it pop science) and that sounds so perfect! It’s said to be funny and just judging from the blurb, I think I’m going to love it.

Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit is an essay collection about feminism and apparently she wrote an essay with the same name that got really popular and it originated the term mansplaining. It sounds really good, plus the cover is absolutely gorgeous (the full effect doesn’t really show on the picture but it’s shiny and beautiful).

I got a copy of The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf which I hadn’t really heard of before but it’s apparently quite a classic feminist book because it was republished as a shortened vintage edition. So that’s the one I got. It’s really small and seems like the perfect size to bring along and read on the train! It’s about beauty standards and “the tyranny of the beauty myth, its oppressive function and the destructive obsession it engenders” so that sounds pretty serious haha

The Gender Games by Juno Dawson is a book I’ve had my eye on for a while since there seems to be a lack of the transgender perspective on feminism and this is exactly that! Juno Dawson is a trans woman and this is a memoir about her life and how her transness intersects with feminism. I can’t wait to read it!

Another book I bought is Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson and this one is very different from the others but it’s about something I’m really interested in. It is about guilt evasion and we dodge responsibility when we make mistakes (“I didn’t do it”, “it was their fault”, etc) and this is something that is so interesting to me! With my background in psychology and because there’s a chance I might be doing my master thesis on guilt evasion, I thought it would be a really great read!

I really wanted to talk a little about Shrill by Lindy West because I have never heard anyone talk about it before and it’s so damn good. I cannot tell you how much I loved it. It might even be one of my favorite books of this year. This is Lindy West’s memoir and it’s about her life as a fat feminist. It’s about body-positivity and fat-shaming and so much more and it’s really funny and Lindy West just knows how to capture her audience.

Girl Up by Laura Bates is another book I couldn’t recommend more. But maybe I’d recommend this more to younger teens, as it’s basically a guide to feminism for young girls into adulthood. It’s so inclusive and fun and empowering and it’s also just a beautiful book. It covers so many topics and honestly I wish my mom had given me this book instead of one of those “oh no, your body is changing” kind of books that is way to awkward to read and makes you die inside.

Lastly, I wanted to talk a little about You’re Never Weird On The Internet by Felicia Day. I knew a little about Felicia Day but not that much and now that I’ve read her memoir I just can’t help but admire her. She’s a total geek (like me) and she’s a feminist and she’s super awkward and funny and this is basically her story of how she built herself a place in the media-industry as an actress, creator and gamer.

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What have you been reading lately? Anything I should pick up? What would you recommend me to pick up next?


9 thoughts on “A Non-Fiction Book Haul with Feminist Books, and other books I wanted to talk about

  1. Delightful selection – you are in for a treat! Girls Will Be Girls is laugh out loud funny in places but also academic and accessible. Gender Games is a book I recommend for anyone wanting to understand coming out, transition with gender related issues – Juno is an inspiration. Felicia Day is brilliant & Queen of the Geeks *bow* – enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I hope you pick up Juno Dawsonโ€™s book next! Iโ€™d love your thoughts on it, Iโ€™ve been wanting to read as well. Iโ€™ve mostly been reading romances lately ๐Ÿ’•


  3. All of these books look so pretty and poppy (bright) together! Love it. I’m especially interested in checking out The Gender Games and Felicia Day’s book. And Shrill and Rebecca Solnit’s book. Okay the whole list haha thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜€


  4. I sort of want to read more nonfiction, but it’s such a broad category that I’m not even sure where to start… so this is a good place ๐Ÿ˜€

    This might be a tangent, but is it weird that I’m kind of… getting tired of “feminist” as a buzzword? Like there are so many books being called feminist, and then they turn out to be super white feminist, or just “oh, this book considers women human! yay.” Like, there is that book where the blurb can be basically summed up in “feminist little mermaid retelling” and I’m like… okay… I’m kind of intrigued… but I really need more than that at this point to actually catch my attention. Like, WHAT makes it feminist?

    Still, I’m very curious to hear what you think of these books once you read them! The Gender Games in particular sounds awesome, I need to read more books by trans authors. And Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me) sounds like I should probably read it because I know I’m often guilty of guilt evasion… (shh, you know what I mean.)

    I used to be obsessed with Felicia Day tbh, but I don’t see her around my dash a lot lately.


  5. I don’t read much non-fiction at all but these sound fabulous! Might need to expand my horizons a bit more. If I read non-fiction, I usually lean towards historical biographies. But all these might sway me a bit more to modern topics! Thanks for sharing this little haul!


  6. I love that you’re talking more about non-fiction on your blog, as I have been getting interested in it lately! Seeing you talk about it even before inspired me to branch out a bit! So it was great to read about the books you’ve hauled ๐Ÿ™‚ I especially have to read Felicia Day’s book ๐Ÿ˜


  7. YESSS! I’m so glad you’re doing it, sharing the books outside YA that are lighting your fire – good on you!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve been wanting to read Men Explain Things To Me for ages, so I can’t wait to see what you think of it. I’ve also just recently picked up a copy of Clementine Ford’s Fight Like A Girl – given your interest in feminist non-fiction here, you might want to give that one a try too ๐Ÿ˜‰ Keep it up!


  8. Great recommendations! These all sound interesting. I’m falling a bit out of love with YA as well I’ve never read non fiction fan but that is changing fast. I have been reading nonfiction essays for class every week and loving it now I want to read some nonfiction books.


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