Five Books With Powerful Females – Guest Post by Cassie

5 Books with Powerful Female Roles

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In recent years, critics have become increasingly vocal about the severe lack of roles of substance for women in film and literature. If girls are awarded a lead position, more often than not, their part revolves around a male love interest and little else.

However, a few femme classics have made their way into our homes and have shown that the ladies can be just as kick-ass and three-dimensional as their male counterparts. These five books are just a few examples of girl-power literature that packs a punch and is bound to inspire a new generation of strong, independent women.  

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games series has become a worldwide phenomenon over the last few years, with both the film and the book finding global success. Its incredible popularity stands as a poignant example of the changing attitude toward women in the modern world. The lead character, Katniss, is one of the most strong-willed, independent and courageous protagonists to grace the page and screen.

The story is set in a dystopian future reality where a ruthless annual event pits members of the local districts against each other in a fight to the death. Told from the perspective of Katniss, who is chosen as a representative tribute for her area, it provides a wonderful perspective on female strength against all odds.

The book delivers an invaluable role model for young girls all around the world and is a vital voice for feminism in an age when being a female teenager is so heavily influenced by fashion, beauty and celebrity culture.

 


Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Receiving mixed reviews right from its release in 2006, “Eat, Pray, Love” is probably one of the most underrated chick-lit novels of all time, perhaps because it completely subverts the traditional format. Instead of the story focusing on the protagonist finding the man of her dreams, it tells the tale of the breakdown of a relationship and a woman who leaves everything behind to find her independence.

Liz Gilbert, played by Julia Roberts in the film adaption, embarks on a round-the-world adventure in the hope of finding the spark her life seems to have lost. Every step of the way she’s confronted with an idea, one present in each country she visits, that she needs to stop gallivanting around and find a good man. Unperturbed by the constant criticism, she eats, meditates and travels herself into a whole new person.

The most socially impacting moment in the book comes at the end when Liz does indeed find herself a good man. Instead of falling head over heels and living happily ever after, she rejects the idea for fear of losing her newfound independence. Overall, this book provides a crucial lesson in finding the balance between being a strong, independent woman and sharing your life with someone and, therefore, is definitely one for the feminists! The film version is available on American Netflix, so with the right tools, you can watch it for free, no matter where in the world you are! Check out this Netflix Guide by Secure Thoughts for more details.


Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The best femme literature isn’t necessarily about hardcore women who give the male characters a run for their money. Sometimes it’s simply about exploring what it really means to be female and all the weird and wonderful shades of existence it can involve.

“Girl, Interrupted” follows the story of a young woman who may—or may not—be suffering from mental health problems. Her somewhat neurotic parents make the decision to commit her to an all-girls asylum, and the story follows the time she spends there and the people she meets.

From Lisa the sociopath to Daisy the agoraphobic and Janet the anorexic, the film shows what happens to women when society deems them “not normal.” Its power comes as the lead character, Susanna, begins to learn how much depth there is in the personalities of her new friends and how the line between sane and crazy is so thin that it’s possible it’s made up altogether. The book is a genuinely heartwarming story and empowering look at the feminine and what it means to be a woman. It found so much success that it was adapted into a smash-hit film, so if you’re more of a cinemaholic than a bibliophile, you can enjoy the story on screen instead! It’s also currently on Netflix for subscribers to enjoy.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
If you’re looking for literature about women standing up in the face of adversity, the civil rights era is definitely a period to investigate. This 2009 release is an inspiring and heartwarming testimony to the courage and strength of the women of Mississippi.

“The Help” looks at the inhumane treatment of black workers, specifically maids in the 1960s. While their employers were cruel, ruthless and often violent, if they quit their jobs or spoke out, their names would be slandered in the community. However, when an aspiring and rebellious writer arrives to tell their story, the protagonist, Aibeleen, and a few close friends put everything on the line to try to change the fortune of the women of her race and the community they have created.


Queen of Bedlam by Laura Purcell
Strong women have been present all throughout history, and it’s only recently that the label of “feminist” has given them the credit they deserve. This wonderfully enlightening story by Laura Purcell is an account of the wife of the mad English king George III and all she went through to ensure her family’s place on the thrown during the late 1700s.

“Queen of Bedlam” presents an iron lady who suffers unmatchable heartache and loss. However, always true to her duties and loyal to her loved ones, Queen Charlotte maintains miraculous composure, even after she’s forced to take on the rule of the country from behind closed doors when her husband can no longer make rational decisions. It’s a gripping, inspiring and heartwarming story about the silent strength of the feminine and one that is well worth a read even if you aren’t aware of the history behind it. BBC News provides a great insight into the facts if you want to brush up before you start reading.

Good female representation in the arts is hard to come by, but as more and more voices call for better women characters, the future will hopefully bring a plethora of books of this nature. Until then, these are the first port of call to show young girls what true female role models should look like! If you can think of anything else that needs to be on this list, be sure to leave a comment below and share your ideas!


About the Author:
Cassie is an entertainment blogger whose love of books, films and technology means she can keep up with all her favorites from anywhere in the world. She loves stories with strong female roles and strongly believes that young girls today need to see more of this kind of stuff!

Taylor & Steph’s Top 5 Summer Reads!

Happy Summer  and Happy  4th of July (for those of you in the U.S.) everyone! As we all know the nice weather is out and our love for books is ever-blooming! We thought it’d be a great time to give you guys a combo post of our top five summer reads. Books we love to bring along with us on the road, on vacation, or just relaxing by the beach or wherever for the summertime. Hopefully some of you will be inclined to pick up these books on these lists sometime this summer…enjoy!


Taylor’s Picks:
5. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson 

A super cute road trip book with great writing and lots of heart. I loved the character development and I would definitely recommend this one.

4. Look Both Ways by Alison Cherry
The plot was amazing and so different from any book I’ve read before.
I loved the setting of a summer theater camp and I really liked seeing how all the characters were very different from each other but they all had one thing in common, they loved theater.

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I was so emotionally invested in this story and the characters. I couldn’t put this book down and I finished it in less than two days. I love everything about this book. The characters development is great, the plot is so much fun, and the writing is beautiful. This is definitely one of my all time favorites.

2. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
I loved the characters, the plot, the writing, everything about this book.
There was so much character development, especially with Gia. And even though I didn’t really have anything in common with her, she still felt relatable.

1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
I love this book. It was so surprisingly amazing. The writing is perfect and the characters are wonderful. I read this in one afternoon and I couldn’t put it down.

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5. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray 
This book is one of my all time favorites. A great story with a bunch of adventure , romance, and even time travel. Gives a great twist to a very original idea.

4. The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Adieh
One of my top books from 2015, I couldn’t put this book down! A retelling of 1001 Nights (Arabian Nights) this book makes you feel as though you’re right smack dab in the Arabian desert on some of the most steamiest nights. A great plot, some of my favorite characters from 2015, I can’t wait to read The Rose & The Dagger this summer.

3.  The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard) by Rick Riordan 
Rick Riordan can never do any wrong. A great book with another great background in mythology/lore. I love a good Riordan book, Percy Jackson will forever have a place in my heart but Magnus Chase comes into a close second. LOVE LOVE LOVE this book for a fun summer read.

2. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes 
A summer in never complete in my book without a good fantasy novel. And I refrained from putting all high/ya fantasy on this list because I felt like most of you would get bored real quick. But fantasy is my all time favorite and I could never survive a summer without a great fantasy novel which is why I chose Falling Kingdoms. I don’t think I’ve loved a fantasy series (other than ToG which is also another one you should read if you haven’t, oh and Harry Potter) as much as I do Falling Kingdoms.

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
So, I know most of you have probably already read this heartbreaking masterpiece, but I couldn’t go through a top 5 list without including my girl Sarah J. Maas. This book is an AMAZING book that I flew right through with all the action and steamy romance scenes, it’s most definitely a book to pick up during the summer, I promise you’ll get through it in a few days…it sucks you in and never lets you go.


Please let us know if you guys would like for us to continue doing collaborated posts. We’ll come up with some ideas, you could suggest some as well and we’ll be more than happy to make it a part of our blogging experience if you guys would like!

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Recommendation Friday

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It’s that time again and I’m finally finding enough time to be able to participate in weekly posts and what not. So here we go for recommendation friday! We’ll be hopping into some high fantasy that’s super engaging!

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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart – the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning – and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.


 

So I’m currently reading this/ listening to this at work. And I think this book is absolutely amazing. So amazing to the point where I’m willing to put it up for recommendation while I’m in the middle (yes, i’m legitimately about half way through) of reading it. I picked this up because I kind of wanted a segue into reading the Mistborn series. I’ve been super intimidated with the amount of detail in these books I thought to pick up Steelhart.

This book is about humans who get these powers and turn into Epics, but Epics take over the world and this one boy David is trying to get revenge on Steelhart. The one Epic who rules Newcago (Chicago) and the epic who murdered David’s dad.

The concept is AMAZING. Super heroes gone bad. And I have to say that the writing is amazing. I’m always so engaged whether I’m physically reading or listening. And when I do listen it’s almost like a TV show. It’s written with such ease and fluidity and thought that it’s just great.
So please if you’re looking for something with action and adventure and fantasy please pick this up. Or something to ease you into high fantasy like I do. Please please please nab this.

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