My Year Among Women:

Here is a list of the books I’ve read and will be posting reviews to in due time. As I read newer (and new to me) works, more will be added. Until then, you can buy them by clicking the links.

The Women’s History of the World by Rosalind Miles  Review

How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (re-read)  Review

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson  Review

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain  Review

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  Review

Carol, or the Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

Infinite Home by Kathleen Alcott  Review

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit  Review

Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey  Review

Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons  Review

Bitch Planet Vol. I by Kelly Sue DeConnick  Review

The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace  Review

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll  Review

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling  Review

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips  Review

Spelled by Betsy Schow  Review

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson  Review

Winter by Marissa Meyer  Review

Gonzo Girl by Cheryl Della Pietra  Review

Reality Bites Back by Jennifer L. Pozner  Review

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock  Review

Sexism in America by Barbara J. Berg  Review

The Lolita Effect by M. Gigi Durham  Review

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell  Review

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege  Review

The Clasp by Sloan Crosley  Review

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day  Review

Flawd by Emily-Anne Rigal  Review

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan  Review

How to Be Single by Liz Tucillo  Review

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero  Review

Annabel by Kathleen Winter  Review

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna  Review

Ash by Malinda Lo  Review

The Marriage Pact by M. J. Pullen  Review

The Girl from the Garden by Parnaz Foroutan  Review

Deadly Persuasion by Jean Kilbourne  Review

One More Day by Kelly Simmons  Review

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel  Review

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer  Review

Nookietown by V.C. Chickering  Review

Food Whore by Jessica Tom  Review

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan  Review

Drawing Blood by Molly Crabapple  Review

We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge  Review

The Big Rewind by Libby Cudmore  Review

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie  Review

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara  Review

You Don’t Have to Like Me by Alida Nugent  Review

The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood  Review

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (The Taliban Shuffle) by Kim Barker  Review

Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie  Review

The Hanged Man by P.N. Elrod  Review

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy  Review

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer  Review

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes  Review

Krik? Krak? by Edwidge Danticat  Review

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney  Review

Shelter by Jung Yun  Review

The Grown-Up by Gillian Flynn  Review

Real Artists Have Day Jobs by Sara Benincasa  Review

You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart  Review

Unspeakable Things by Kathleen Spivack  Review

“The Great Hunger” by Kitty Shields  Review

Sex Object by Jessica Valenti  Review

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae  Review

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin  Review

The Girls by Emma Cline  Review

Sleepwalking by Meg Wolitzer  Review

The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgodoroff  Review

The Never Weres by Fiona Smyth  Review

Bone Black by bell hooks  Review

I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro  Review

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad  Review

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay  Review

Life in Motion by Misty Copeland  Review

“Embers” by K.B. Carle  Review

Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle  Review

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson  Review

I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi  Review

Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson  Review

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende  Review

Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle by Katie Coyle  Review

You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson

Welcome to the Feminist Bookworm

My name is Michelle. I am a writer, but long before I was a writer, I was a reader and a lover of stories. Real, fantastical, or, as with most stories, somewhere in the middle, I didn’t care. I absorbed everything I read like a sponge.

Somewhere around the age of 12, I first heard the word “feminist”. For the past 18 years I’ve considered myself one, but the definition of the word changes the more I grow and change. The basic framework is always the same: I believe in the social, economical, and political equality of women.

As a child, this meant that I wanted all the opportunities for myself that would be available to a boy. As a young woman, I wanted to be rid of the disadvantages of living in a patriarchal society while female. As an adult, feminism has become a driving force for outward change, and we are enjoying a pop culture moment in the spotlight, and greater emphasis is placed on the need for intersectionality.

White feminists often conflate feminism with according women all that the patriarchy concedes to men. Intersectional feminists seek to fully dismantle the structures that have been systemically used to oppress based on race, gender, gender identity, ability, sexuality, class, etc.

Much of what we consider “normal” in patriarchy is steadily reinforced from birth. It is normal that white, cisgender, able bodied, straight, middle class and upward men are the ones who create not only our public policies, but our art, our music, our collective voice.

Last year I came upon this post: K.T. Bradford for XOJane. As a society, the words we value become the voice we shout to the world to let us know who we are. And for too long, that voice has been a sheer monolith.

Don’t get me wrong, two of my favorite writers are Christopher Moore and Neil Gaiman. Both men create brilliant work.

But I won’t be reading them from September 17, 2015 to October 20, 2016. This is my year among women.

One year. One hundred plus novels/short story collections/memoirs/essays/non-fiction/graphic novels told solely from the female voice. From white women, from women of color, from women with diverse abilities, from straight and queer women, from transwomen. One year of experiencing only the words of women.

Everything I read will be reviewed in no specific order, and a definitive list will be provided for everything I read. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do.