Hello there lovely reader! In today’s blog post I will be recommending you some of my favourite feminist fiction books. I used to read a lot of feminist fiction, but in the last year or so, I haven’t picked up as many as I would’ve liked. So by making this list of recommendations I hope to pick up some more feminist fiction soon!
How will this list work? If you click on the title of the book you will be directed to Goodreads where you can find the synopsis of the book. But personally I find it more usefull to just read the themes these books deal with. That’s why I listed the themes in this blog post, so you can pich the books you want to read based on the themes they deal with. You can also find why I’m recommending a book, in case you need an extra push to read it.
1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Let’s get the obvious book out of the way first. I’m recommending The Handmaid’s Tale because it’s one of the most important feminist fiction books out there. It portrays a really realistic futuristic world. Whilst reading this book it felt like this could happen any time.
The themes this book deals with are the surpressing of women and the use of women for bearing children.
2. Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
I think Girl Made of Stars is my favourite YA feminist book out of all the ones I’ve read. I love how this book makes you question even the people you love and trust the most. Another aspect of this book that I loved (maybe even more) was that it includes non-binary people in feminism. One of the side characters in this book is non-binary so that opened a new topic of discussion and I loved that.
The themes this book deals with is what to do when someone you’re close with may have raped someone, what to do when one of your friends has been raped and the inclusion of non-binary people in feminism.
3. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
For me Juliet Takes a Breath really stands out of the feminst fiction I’ve read so far. And I’d recommend it because of that reason. But also because this book includes women of colour in feminism. It is about Juliet, who is a woman of colour, and her experiences with feminism. I’d also recommend it because it doesn’t only praise feminism, but even questions feminism sometimes. Especially certain types of feminists.
The themes this book deals with are feminism with women of colour, chasing your dreams and questioning certain types of feminism.
4. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
Where Juliet Takes a Breath includes women of colour in feminism, the Nowhere Girls includes basically every woman in feminism. The three main characters are all just so diverse: one is a Christian girl, the other one is a Latinx LGBTQ+ girl and the third girl has autism. So I’d recommend this book for it’s diversity it gives to feminism.
This book deals with themes of rape, misogynist culture at high school and how every girl deserves a voice in feminism, no matter what they look like or what they believe in.
5. The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith
I’m recommending The Way I Used To Be because it is just so heartbreaking and realistic. When reading this book I really felt like I was reading the main character’s diary. It was also very interesting to see the consequences of rape over the course of multiple years.
This book deals with themes of rape, what it is like to see your rapist often, the long-term effects rape has on you and how hard it can be to speak up about being raped.
6. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
I recommend Moxie if you’re looking for a book that will definitely make you feel empowered. This book really makes you believe that your voice can and will make a difference. I’d also recommend this book if you’re looking for a feminist book that isn’t focused on rape culture. This book talks about sexual assault, but it is not that big of a theme as in most of the other books on this list. I feel like this is the perfect book for younger readers as well.
This book deals with themes of feeling empowered and how you can make a difference.
7. Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
Grace and Fury is the only fantasy book on this list, so I’d recommend this book if you’re a fantasy reader looking for a book with themes of feminism. I’ve read multiple fantasy books that were supposed to be feminist, but this honestly the only one where I believed the themes of feminism it deals with.
This book deals with themes of women being surpressed, how they fight back and how to start a revolution.
8. The Power by Naomi Alderman
I wanted to end this post on a high note so I’m going to end with my favourite book of this entire list. I’d recommend the power because when reading it, the execution just feels so realistic. If all women gained some sort of a super power, I think this is exactly what would happen. You just need to read this book to fully understand my love for it, because it’s hard to explain.
This book deals with themes of women gaining power and what would happen if all women had a super power and men didn’t.
So that was it! Definitely let me know if you’re planning on picking any of these books up. And since I’m trying to read more feminist fiction again, I’d love to hear your recommendation(s)!