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.

8 Books J. K Rowling Recommends

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We all love the Harry Potter books created by J. K Rowling and many adult readers have also been enthralled by the Cormoran Strike series by the author, written under pseudonym Robert Galbraith. In fact, Jo Rowling is responsible for writing many of our favourite books, but what are her favourites?

Over the years at various interviews, press releases and readings, Rowling has talked about her own love of literature and has recommended many books that she loves. Today we’re going to feature eight of those books and the reasons the author loves them so. Read More

11 Books About Science Bill Gates Recommends

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This week the UK Business Insider put together a list of eleven books with a science theme that Bill Gates that recommends. Gates is often seen recommending books on his blog and we’ve twice featured his summer reading lists, he often reads within the nonfiction and science genres so if you’re a fan then these recommendations should be good.

In typical Gates reading style, many of the books are nonfiction, but not all. Here are eleven books about science that Bill Gates Recommends: Read More

Che Guevara’s Reading List

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Ernesto “Che” Guevara (14th of June 1928 to 9th of October 1967) was a major figure of the Cuban Revolution, and has since become a pervasive symbol of counterculture and rebellion in popular culture. He became radicalised by the poverty and unfair treatment he witnessed as he travelled Latin America. Che has since become a polarised figure in the collective imagination in a multitude of biographies, songs, and films.

Che was a well read and well travelled, intelligent man who often found mental refuge in literature. His reading list offers an insight into the deep thinking man he was, and reflects much of his ideals.

His choice of reading material influenced him greatly and makes for a fascinating list. We have compiled 10 of the most interesting of Che Guevara’s choices for your enjoyment and interest…

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FRA Admin Reads: June 2017

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The best bit about being part of any reading group is getting recommendations, and so our admin reads section serves a double purpose. You get to know us a little better, and you get to find out what we’re reading and get some recommendations too.

Another month has whizzed by and the weather is getting warmer here in the UK, so we’re all looking forward to some long and hazy reading days! And without further ado, here are the books that we’ve loved over the past month. Read More

FRA Admin Reads: May 2017

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The best bit about being part of any reading group is getting recommendations, and so our admin reads section serves a double purpose. You get to know us a little better, and you get to find out what we’re reading and get some recommendations too.

April has just flown by but summer will soon be upon us and lazy days reading sound just perfect! Despite a busy month we did manage to read a few books between us, and so without further ado here are the books we loved over the last month. Read More



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