It’s February which means the Feminist Lit Readathon is on. Even though the month is almost over, I’ve decided that I’m gonna jump in and take part!

The Readathon is hosted by ItsJaneLindsey and there’s five challenges. I’ve accidentally already gotten three covered this month, which means I totally feel like a proper feminist.

Challenges

  1. Feminist fiction book
  2. Feminist non-fiction
  3. #ownvoices book
  4. Book by a black woman or a non-binary person
  5. Feminist freebie: engage with a form of media that’s feminist

Feminist Fiction Book – The Surface Breaks

The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill's Book Cover

Unbelievably, I still haven’t read this. When I started book blogging, I was purely obsessed with Louise O’Neill. I had fallen in love with her first two books, but then I found her third, Almost Love, to be a bit of a disappointment. It was great in a ton of ways but I was overwhelmed by the hype.

Sadly, I’ve heard The Surface Breaks is even worse. It’s a feminist retelling of the Little Mermaid, following a young mermaid as she tries to escape her controlling father. I’m assuming the powerful message behind the story is going to be about how women sacrifice so much of themselves for men, like how the mermaid gives away her voice, – her ability to speak for herself – in exchange for legs. She goes to extreme lengths to change her body in the hopes that a man will love her this way.

I’m hoping this will be great but if not, I’m gonna write a feminist retelling of the Little Mermaid that’s actually good.

Feminist Non-Fiction – Feminine Rising / My Name Is Bridget

This is an ARC I got from NetGalley and it’s actually very difficult to read. The book isn’t formatted correctly for my phone so I’m not sure I’m going to get through it. It’s a collection of essays about resistance, violence, birth, survival, sex, silence and subversion. I’m not one for non-fiction books full of essays so I feel like I won’t get through much of this book, arc or not.

If I don’t manage to get through it, I’ll give reading My Name Is Bridget a go. It’s about the Tuam mother and baby home in Ireland where pregnant unmarried women were sent to work and live in ‘homes’ until their children were fostered or adopted. Some were sent to America, Germany, the UK with no official records kept. The babies who passed away were buried in a septic tank. It’s a heartbreaking, tragic look back at recent Irish history.

#OwnVoices Book / Book by a Black Woman or a Non-Binary Person – The Sun Is Also A Star

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon's Book Cover

This month to really get me back into reading, I decided to give audiobooks a try. I’m almost halfway through The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon, which is doubling up as my own voices book and my book by a black woman. It’s about two teens who meet on very important days in their lives. One is about to interview for college, the other is about to be deported. And as always, there’s a spark.

So far, I’ve really enjoyed the book. Audiobooks are easier to follow than I expected and the characters have distinctive voices. I can see why it has been turned into a movie (which is due out this summer).

Feminist Freebie – Grey’s Anatomy

Feminist freebie = engage with a form of media (book, film, podcast, music) that’s feminist.

Originally I was going with Grace & Frankie, but I’m just going to pick Grey’s Anatomy because I’m always watching the iconic life of Meredith Grey.

So that’s my super late TBR for the Feminist Lit Readathon. Here’s some more of my TBRs if you’re into that sort-of thing.

If you’re taking part in the readathon or know of any feminist readathons, let me know!