This article showcases our top picks for the Best Feminist Fiction Books To Read. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).
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This product was recommended by Christina Tsirkas from ChristinaTsirkas
The Night Sender is a fantastical, female-driven novel that explores the oppression – both sexual and otherwise – of women. Born to a society that imposes strict expectations and limitations on its female nobility, Rose Woodburn has always felt stifled. But when a secret coming of age rite awakens a part of her she never knew existed, Rose embarks on a harrowing path of self-discovery that has her questioning everything she knows…
This product was recommended by Claire Wells from Claire Wells Author
A female driven thriller about a group of women who have suffered assaults and their hunt for revenge. Written by a woman with a strong female lead character. Grace is tough and cold, able to kill, but is empathetic and willing to help. Grace is the kind of female main character that you want to see. She doesn’t take any nonsense but she also can’t just punch a massive guy and have him fall to his knees. That’s unrealistic. Instead, she trains hard and uses weapons to her advantage. She is Jack Reacher meets Atomic Blonde.
This product was recommended by Gina Harper from Harper’s Nurseries
The book is full of all incredible adventures. I’ve always been a fan of women in war. It is a well-written retelling of Trojan history. The books we read in school or public libraries don’t talk much about the women behind the historical wars. Natalie has the wit and pure talent to make this a refreshing story highlighting women.
This product was recommended by Shelly Peel from SocialMum
So it’s one of those books you would not want to put down until you’re done reading it. I said I would read it slowly, but this is a super engaging book, and I got so hooked the moment I read the first few pages. It is a fantasy-mythology book talking about strong women, and I so love it.
This product was recommended by Thadeus Parkland from P1Press
Mary raised subservient but she chose to find the path necessary to control her own life. Beatrice never seemed to matter to anyone; she found a way to take control of her future and become who she wanted to be. These women were destined to meet as it would shape how they would fulfill their destinies.
This product was recommended by Kryz Uy from KryzUy
It is not the typical book genre I would read, but I saw it on my friend’s reading list during the lockdown last year. It intrigued me because of the beautiful cover art. All that I could say is it’s one of the most breathtaking, dark, and captivating feminist books I’ve read. It’s a superb retelling of Dracula’s story. A totally remarkable gothic adventure tale. I would highly recommend it to those who love gothic fiction and all things vampire.
This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors
This is a MUST read. This book is deep and strong, poetic and practical. All at once feeling like you want to run into the main character’s exposed pain but needing to look away at the same time. Morrison’s direction of writing is ideal. Absolute perfection. The foremost is also very important to read to give connection to when she addressed it, her way, and what she may have wanted to change. Pleasant to read an artist’s self-reflection. If you’re a white woman looking to learn more about black women and men’s activities of internalized and traditional racism and destroy your opportunity, this book is for you. Be prepared to cry and think hard.
This product was recommended by Dean Jones from Societal
The Color Purple by Alice Walker Celie, a young black woman born into poverty. As a sister, wife, and mother, Celie suffers from unimaginable hardship, until she meets singer and magic-maker Shug Avery. He teaches her to harness the power of her spirit and take control of her destiny. In this lyrical and haunting novel, walker called herself a ‘womanist’ portrays the oppression and triumphs of black women, the horrors of physical and sexual abuse, and the ongoing struggle to overcome the double jeopardy of racism and sexism.
This product was recommended by Brack Nelson from Incrementors
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood One of the gold-standard of feminist fiction now turned into a critically acclaimed TV series. The Handmaid’s tale follows Offed, a member of the fertile female servant class that is treated as breeding stock by an oppressive, near-future society — all in the name of replenishing the diminished population. When the reproductive rights of women are yet politically contentious. This novel is a reminder of what society usually considers a woman’s worth.