10 weeks, 5 books
I put together and completed a 10 week book challenge. It includes 5 books by female authors. The challenge is to read a book every two weeks. The aim of this is to help people realise the empowerment they can receive from reading! I believe that every problem that we have as women, and we will every face has been written about in a book.
Where to get the books?
If you are a university student, I would recommend your university library. If not, try your school, college or local library! Other options include getting them online second hand from www.ebay.com.uk and www.amazon.co.uk . These sites are often cheap and the books I’ve received are always in really good condition. Other websites include: www.abebooks.co.uk and www.thebookpeople.co.uk. You can also download Kindle versions from Amazon online if you have the kindle app on an iPad, or if you have a Kindle reader. If you have any trouble getting a hold of the books please don’t hesitate to ask!
Book 1: “Feminism is for Everybody” by bell hooks. – A great book explaining what Feminism really is about and it’s foundations. I think it is important for EVERYONE to read book, male and female alike. It explains that Feminism is not just a movement for woman, but rather a movement to end sexism for ALL. This is a short and concise introduction to Feminism. If you want to learn about Feminism, this is the perfect book.
Book 2: “We real cool” by bell hooks.– This short and easy to read book is about the black male identity and provides a critique of what black males are suffering today. It explores how the white dominated society and vulnerable black leaders are inhibiting the progression of young black men and youth. hooks discusses how society does not love black males, (their fellow females included)- consequently they do not love themselves. I encourage every female and male alike to read this book, whether you agree or disagree, I think it will spark something!!
Book 3: “The Thing around your neck” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.– This was a beautifully written book composed of 12 short stories, with a main focus on the lives and experiences of Nigerian women. The women were at the centre of political or religious violence, coping with displacement, loneliness and disappointment in their new lives or their new marriages, surviving tragedy. What I love about this book is the socio-political driving force behind it. The experiences of the girls in this book are ones that we can probably all relate to in one way or another. Adichie uses her words to be a voice for the voiceless through her effortless storytelling.
Book 4: “Our Sacred Land” by Kenzie Mourad.– A great book that provides a first hand insight into the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. It poignantly reveals the reality of the lives of Palestinians and Israelis and how their lives have been affected by the conflict of their people. I decided to read this book because I want to learn more about this conflict, it didn’t provide me with an in depth history, but left me touched and saddened to how Religion (once again) is destroying humanity. The fact that it was written by a woman is inspiring because it shows the power of female writing and what our words can achieve!
Book 5 – “Space Invaders” by Nirmal Puwar.– This book is amazing! It is about the embodiment of female minorities, in a predominately white society. It explains the feelings felt among individuals in settings where there bodies are ultimately ‘invading’ an unfamiliar place. It explores what it means to be a female in a society dominated by males, and the struggles that we face as women. For example, in academia, politics and the media. It’s a short and great read for both academics and the layman!
By Abi Ogunmwonyi