Thursday, January 31, 2013

Fiction for Feminists

Thursday, January 31, 2013
I don't even like to think about where I would be if it weren't for books. I know YA especially has helped shape my ideas, my opinions, who I am as a person. I've always been a feminist, but the YA blogging community, and these books in particular, have added to that. 
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)
The Graceling Series by Kristin Cashore
"He laughed. "I know you"re teasing me. And you should know I'm not easily humiliated. You may hunt for my food, and pound me every time we fight, and protect me when we're attacked, if you like. I'll thank you for it." 
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle, #2)The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3)
The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
"No one asks how or what I am doing. They could not care less. We’re all looking glasses, we girls, existing only to reflect their images back to them as they’d like to be seen. Hollow vessels of girls to be rinsed of our own ambitions, wants, and opinions, just waiting to be filled with the cool, tepid water of gracious compliance."
Beauty Queens
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
 "Sexuality is not meant to be this way - an honest, consensual expression in which a girl might take an active role when she feels good and ready and not one minute before. No. Sexual desire is meant to sell soap. And cars. And beer. And religion." 
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-BanksGood Girls
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Good Girls by Laura Ruby
"You have some balls."
Frankie hated that expression, ever since Zada had pointed out to her that it equates courage with the male equipment..." (Disreputable History)

"'What's a slut, anyway?' I say. 'Why isn't there a name for guys who do the same thing?'
'Player. Pimp,' she says.
'Please,' I say. 'Those are compliments.'" (Good Girls)
Terrier (Beka Cooper, #1)Bloodhound (Beka Cooper, #2)Mastiff (Beka Cooper, #3)
The Beka Cooper Series by Tamora Pierce
"'And now you're off to Port Caynn. Watch them sailor lads. They'll have your skirts up and a babe in your belly afore you know what you're about.'
'Everyone keep warning me about sailors,' I complained. 'Why can't someone tell the sailors to stay clear of me?'

Basically, thank you to the authors who wrote these amazing books. You've changed my life.

Have you read any of these? Can you think of any books I could add to this list? 

1 comment:

  1. Be still my heart! A bunch of my favourite authors on a list that mentions one of my biggest reasons I love said authors? Sold. So totally sold.


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