The Books Caitlin Moran Says Made her a Feminist

By March 13, 2017Authors, Reading Habits

Caitlin Moran spoke to Penguin books recently about the books she loves, and feminism. She starts her interview with a mention of fellow author and feminist Gloria Steinem who says the book Little Women changed her life because it was the first time she realised women could be a whole human world.

Caitlin agrees, and goes on step further, giving this piece of advice for young girls ‘Girls, don’t read any books by men. Don’t read them. Stay away from them. Or, at least, don’t read them until you’re older, and fully-formed, and battle-ready, and are able to counter someone being rude to you, in conversation, not with silent embarrassment, or internalised, mute fury, but a calm, “Fuck you very much, and goodbye.”.’

A homeschooled child, Moran says she was able to choose her own reading material as a child and gravitated to books by female authors, and as part of the interview she gave a list of the books she loved growing up. You can see the list here:

Caitlin also said a lot more about being a women, about feminism, and of course about her love of books. You can read the full interview here.

The author’s own book about feminism, part memoir, part rant is called How To Be A Woman and you can read a review for that here.

What Kind of Reader Are You?

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Besides a deep love for books, none of us Reading Addicts are exactly alike. We all have our preferences and idiosyncrasies that make us who we are.

Some of us think the bath tub is the perfect place for a good read, others have a special chair where they feel at their most comfortable. I personally love a steaming hot cup of tea with my book, but others may prefer a long, cool glass of something fizzy…

One of you might love to join every book club you live near, while to others such a gathering sounds like Hell on Earth. Many of you have a TBR (to be read) pile taller than your ‘have read’ pile, however each of us handles that particular problem differently: through evasion, or to see it as a challenge!

Let’s see if your reader personality matches with any of our definitions below…

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Books Will Take to the Skies Thanks to Easyjet’s “Flybraries”

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Long haul flights can be a drag for adults, but it’s even harder for young children to endure hours of boredom in silence. Recognizing this problem, EasyJet has come up with a brilliant solution that not only entertains kids, but also encourages them to read. Earlier this year in July, EasyJet has introduced “Flybraries”, which will see over 7,000 books take to the skies in 147 planes. Read More

Thug Notes – Wuthering Heights

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As regulars to the site will know, we’re quite the fan of the Thug Notes series on You Tube where Wisecrack reviews classic literature in true thug style. Wisecrack has tackled some of the greatest tomes, breaking them down into sizeable chunks and discussing them in a way that these classics have never been discussed.

Today we’re featuring Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, and Wisecrack has Heathcliff all worked out! The video is below, listen to Wuthering Heights reviewed like never before! Read More

25 GIFs Only Reading Addicts Will Appreciate

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We know how much you love to laugh so we have created 25 GIFs especially for our Reading Addicts.

Some will produce a wry smile, others will make you shout “I KNOW, RIGHT?!” and many will make you laugh out loud. They are of varying sizes and themes but all will tickle you in some way or other.

We hope you will find a GIF for every bookish eventuality: if not let us know what we have missed and we shall endeavour to produce more funnies for you!

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TSA Considers Banning Books from Carry-On Luggage

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First they came for your laptops, and no one spoke out and now they’re coming for the printed word as the TSA considers banning books and all printed materials from carry on luggage on flights. This would mean travellers would be forced to hand over their paperbacks at the start of each journey.

The laptop rule has been in a while now, forcing travellers to put their laptops into bins as they go through security, to be picked up at the other end. Now as an extra security measure, the TSA is trialling the removal of all paper literature, including books in the same way. Read More



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