I’m really trying to make an effort to read more and so far I’m not doing so great. I don’t log into Goodreads anymore because I can never keep up with my friends. There’s all the excuses in the world such as: ‘there aren’t enough hours in the day!’, ‘I don’t commute anymore’, ‘I don’t have the time!’. But the truth is, I just don’t make the time for it.
After Emma’s fantastic guest post earlier this year, I’ve made a point of trying to read more work by women. I should probably make more of an effort to read more fiction, but here are my current top picks for you.
I don’t even know where to begin with the fabulous Lisa Lister because she is such a powerhouse! Lister suffered pretty badly from endometriosis and was very close to having her womb removed. After the penultimate appointment before the procedure, she experienced pain like no other:
“This wasn’t the pain I’d previously experienced, this was a fire-y anger that was stirring in my womb, my ovaries and my vagina. She was pissed, and it was in that moment that I knew a hysterectomy was not an option.” – Lisa Lister (Code Red p.6)
She states that her body was so driven by this quick-fix ‘whip it out’ attitude, that it took her on a ten-year exploration of her own ‘lady landscape’. Since then, she has dedicated all of her efforts into spreading nothing but period positive vibes. I came across her book, Code Red, when I was going through something similar myself.
I had vowed never to use birth control again and I was trying to get my own periods back on track. I had never come across a book that was so pro-period, it honestly blew me away. Code Red is kind of a call to action and I definitely recommend reading it if you hate your periods. It’s got everything from Lisa’s own personal story, chapters dedicated to how you can use utilise different stages of your cycle as well as prompts to live a bloody good life.
Just when I think Lisa couldn’t get any better, she publishes an even more empowering book. Earlier this year, she was kind enough to send me a copy. Love Your Lady Landscape is more of the same thing, but focuses on other aspects like sexuality too. Lisa is a force to be reckoned with and an absolute inspiration! She also sent me a vulva cake, which was definitely the highlight of my blogging career.
The chances are you probably know of Laura Bates’ work, even if you don’t know her. Laura is a British feminist writer who founded the Everyday Sexism project. You know that hashtag on Twitter where women share the horrendous things they have to endure everyday? Yeah, Laura set that up!
In addition to this, she also published a book of the same name. Everyday Sexism embodies everything the hashtag is about, just in book form. Each chapter is dedicated to a political issue, followed by a mix of statistics and real life experiences. I found it quite hard to read at times, as topics like this can often leave you feeling quite defeated. There’s still so much that needs to change after all.
Laura also released another book this year, which made my August favourites. Girl Up! is similar to Everyday Sexism but it’s a lot easier to read. With a lot of relatable humour and some amazing illustrations, Girl Up! makes it much easier to disgest. Both will leave you wanting to fight the patriarchy and I think that’s great. It’s just what I want from a book. Bates also writes for The Guardian and I always enjoy her articles, she’s always so spot on.
A post on favourite authors has to include some of the amazing content creators out there. I’m talking bloggers, writers, vloggers or even people spreading the good word on Twitter. Recently an old school friend, who I didn’t realise reads my blog, reached out to pay me a compliment. It was totally out of the blue and actually made my day. If you have something nice to say, definitely say it! I also try make a point of sharing content I like on Twitter and leaving comments when I can.
Here are some of my favourite content creators:
- Kat Blaque
- Audrey Kitching
- Sam Escobar
- Carly Lane
- Naturally Tiss
- Ella Dawson
- Franchesca Ramsey
*This post contains PR samples, but all opinions are my own.
Who are your favourites?