This month we're inspired by women's stories. A collection of fiction and non fiction books, sharing the lives of women - from triumphs and highs to the downs and hardships. A special spark in each.
Your Own Kind of Girl by Claire Bowditch
I've seen Claire play a handful of times over the years at festivals. She has this air of calmness (always performing barefoot), she always has a big smile and genuinely seems like someone who'd be great chat with. While most people know Claire for her music, she details not so much her career as a musician, but more the journey of herself, dealing with anxiety, mental health and becoming who she is today. It's raw, real and transparent. A great read about managing that voice in your head and an especially nice reminder in our current times that we are not alone in going through things.
Fashion Editor, UK
Wild, A Journey From Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed
This month I'm reading Cheryl Strayed's memoir which follows the journey of the author as she hikes The Pacific Crest Trail alone ( a 5 plus month expedition) with the mission to " find herself...". A phrase which makes me usually wince, but in this story, she really does need to do some serious soul searching. I'm currently in Glasgow, about to leave to the countryside to embark on some easy hikes in comparison to the protagonist in this memoir, so thought I could do with some inspiration. I watched the film, with Reese Witherspoon a couple of years ago and loved it. I'm not sure if it's unusual that I do that, but if I enjoy a film, I love to read the book it's been adapted from after to get a deeper understanding of the story.
Feminists Don't Wear Pink, and other lies Curated by Scarlet Curtis
Next book on the list to read this month is by a group of amazing women on what the f-word means to them. I bought this book for a friend for her birthday, and she gave me a raving review of it. I spotted it in one of Scotland's million charity shops last week and snapped it up. Contributors include Rug Lane former muses of the month Adwoa Aboah and Dolly Alderton.
Founder, FRNDLY AF, UK
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
My word this book is incredible and perfect in every way. The writing is superb, the character development is fresh and complicated, and the social issues of race, socio-economics, employee-relations are so relatable and timely.
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given
This book is something I wish I could give to my younger self. It is so empowering, so insightful and supportive. There were definitely several moments during the time I was reading this book that I had to have a moment to myself to actually process the things that Florence had brought to light; things that were ruling my life. This book will make you laugh, cry, get angry and smile at the same time. And for me, it also served as a massive slap in the face to some of the toxic habits I'd allowed myself to get into.
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