appy New Month Everyone! Already in my last post I could not believe it’s June already! As summer comes closer and closer, we have more and more time to sit outside in the sun and read all the books we’ve been meaning to get through all year. In summer things tend to slow down at work, at uni, and in life in general since everyone is a little more relaxed. There is just a different atmosphere in the air during the summer months. Thankfully, there is also a summer slump on TV, which often results in people turning to books more frequently. If you’re still undecided about what to read this month or what to read first, here are three unmissable books written by women that everyone has to read:
'The Help', by Kathryn Stockett
This book has been published for a few years now but it’s still very relevant, its storyline and plot are engaging and gripping, and it’s even been made into quite a decent movie. My friend and contributor Veronika has written a full review of both the book and the movie, so if you haven’t read the book but are curious, have a look at the review here.
‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’, by Reni Eddo-Lodge
This is already a classic, and if you have not read it then WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? I’ve written a full Review (or tried to, since it’s just that awesome…) and you can read it here.
If you want to wait to read the review until you’ve read the book, here are three of my favourite quotes from the book (three quotes is very reductive since the entire book is awesome, but here we go):
“White privilege is an absence of the consequences of racism. An absence of structural discrimination, an absence of your race being viewed as a problem first and foremost.”
“Every voice raised against racism chips away at its power. We can’t afford to stay silent.”
“It seems there is a belief among some white people that being accused of racism is far worse than actual racism.”
‘On Black Sisters’ Street’ by Chika Unigwe
I haven’t written a full length review of this book (if you’re interested, let me know in the comments below), but I absolutely loved this book! The topic is so relevant, documenting the lives of four African women who leave their homes in search of better lives, but they end up being trafficked into prostitution. It’s such a sad tale of talented young women leaving their homes because of a lack of opportunity around them. Chika Unigwe writes with a lot of compassion and manages to create full characters who you feel for and relate to. It’s definitely a recommended read that will make you think beyond the story of the book and about broader issues of migration, human trafficking, prostitution, and the lasting legacies of colonialism and imperial exploitation.