The ones that I could NOT put down
Character-driven story. A powerful examination of women and motherhood (and just bloody good writing).
Two-for-the-price-of-one murder mystery set in an arid, nostalgia-inducing Aussie landscape: unputdownable.
Simultaneous exploration of the past and the future, perfect for the sentimental 80s enthusiast, sci-fi nerd or lover of a good story.
The ones that moved me so deeply, they changed me.
I will never look at a body in the same way again. Poignant, poetic and powerful.
A formidable force; giving voice to a boy with severe facial deformities and the people surrounding him.
Safe Schools 101: these 25,000 words are equal parts brilliant, well-researched, necessary, frustrating and heart-breaking. A must read.
What happens when women speak out against their abusers? Deeply disturbing and eerily prescient.
The ones I read because they were making a TV show or movie based on them and the book is always better (but also, I like to be that smug person that knows before everyone else knows).
This year has seen an explosion of interest in women’s stories (even if they are white, straight, upper/upper-middle class women’s stories). Enjoyed the book and loved the series.
Beautifully written fun story of time travel, space and the triumphant power of love. The movie, coming out this year stars Oprah(!) Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon: I will be ALL OVER it.
The unbelievable story of a man who uses google maps to find his long-lost family. Just putting it out there…the movie was much better than the book in this case.
A woman learns to embrace her body and love herself, and a group of hardcore vigilante feminists have a vendetta against a bunch of high-profile rapists and abusers, taking justice into their own hands: transformative.
The one that made me even more obsessed with Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron is a feminist #bosslady that was so far ahead of her time. I am not ashamed to admit that You’ve Got Mail is my favourite movie, period. I’m also a huge fan of Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally. This book was a little slice of pervy, behind-the-scenes heaven. This is more than two sentences. Did I mention that I love Nora Ephron?
The ones that were feminist memoirs (my favourite category of memoir)
FUNNY. So very funny. But also, inspiring and edifying. I just gobble up anything that woman writes.
This is supposed to be full of that special sass and witt for which Carrie was renowned (complete with juicy gossip about her affair with Harrison Ford). It turned out to be a sparse, boring read – shame.
I want to read more memoirs by Australian millennials! This one warmed my little pop-cultured heart.
Australia’s answer to Lindy West. Rosie has an incredibly troubling life, but she writes with such dry, self-deprecating humour that you feel less sorry for her and more like you want to be her BFF.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (re-read because, #awesome)
Feminism, pop-culture, laser sharp insights and heart-warming anecdotes. I love a good essay collection and this one sets the bar – high.
The ones that made for some fun fiction reading
Not what I expected. A funny, cleaver read with strong characters.
I have never read a story that was told quite like this before. A fun way to pass the time.
Modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Cleverly done; Winterson ROCKS.
Page-turning murder mystery and first-person narrative done well.
Beautiful, immersive writing and character-driven storyline set over several decades.
The ones with prose that lifted my soul
Classic Australian literature. Delightful prose and a celebration of the bond between father and daughter.
Uplifting and unsettling – in the way that it made me embarrassed of my generation’s lack of empathy towards our elders. Don’t say the title out loud.
An exploration of glorious humanity. Powerful, exquisite writing that transported me to WWII Europe.
The ones that made timely, political statements
2017’s political must-read. Made me question (and regret) the way that I had initially thought of Hillary. We are much too hard on women, but especially women in power.
A timely re-release, reminding us to apply critical thinking and resist the urge to let blind passion and anger supersede logical, reasoned thought. Totes hard though.
An impeccably well researched, in-depth exploration of the history of high-fashion, and how it has contributed to the rampant consumer model we have today. Clare’s writing is as deliciously addictive as it is insightful.
One of the only resources available discussing fourth-wave feminism. Full of little ‘Aha!’ moments.