Feminist Reads

SPARK Summer Reading: Who's your fave female protagonist?

by Georgia Luckhurst This summer, we wanted to  celebrate the female protagonists who truly stood out for us as the most kickass, daring, courageous, and admirable. In this week’s Summer Reading series, SPARKteam activists will be discussing those heroines who matter so much to them personally – and why they should matter to you, too.  …

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As a girl with chronic illness, The Fault in Our Stars isn't just a love story

by Montgomery Jones I first read The Fault in Our Stars in February of 2012. As a nerdfighter and avid book reader, I make it a point to read books by my favorite authors hot off the presses.  At that time there was not a huge following for the book, so there were no whispers…

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#ReadWomen2014: Emma

This post is part of #ReadWomen2014. by Alisha Pavelites People often gauge the validity of a female character’s experience in a story by how “strong” she is. We hear “more strong female leads!” all the time. To be honest, saying “we need strong female leads” takes away from the real issue: we just need more…

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#ReadWomen in school and beyond

by Madeleine Nesbitt Despite the fact that the first known novel was penned by a woman, the devaluation of female-produced literature has presided over the literary arts since they came to exist. Women continue to go by initials in hopes of being taken for a man (example a: J.K. Rowling), and the 2013 VIDA Count points out that women…

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#ReadWomen2014: Boy, Snow, Bird

This post is part of #ReadWomen2014. by Cori Fulcher I don’t really feel like Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi was written at all. I think it was told to the author a long time ago, or something she watched play out secretly. The book seems painfully real, but also from a strange, metallic alternate dimension.…

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#ReadWomen 2014: A love letter to Tamora Pierce

This post is part of #ReadWomen2014. by Anya Josephs Tamora Pierce has written a number of series of books for young adults. Most of them are set in one universe, a sort of magical alternate history in a place called Tortall. Her first series, The Song of the Lioness, focuses on a girl named Alanna,…

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Read Women 2014: The Bluest Eye

This post is part of #ReadWomen2014 by Shavon L. McKinstry I feel the need to disclose this now before we all get too far into this review: I am deeply in love with Toni Morrison and her writing. If you’ve never had the privilege of reading anything graced by the pen of Morrison, she writes…

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New Year, New Books: #ReadWomen with SPARK!

by Madeleine Nesbitt “I seem to have run in a great circle, and met myself again on the starting line.”– Jeanette Winterson, author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit It has been a year of books here at SPARK. In January 2013, we embarked on The Hiding Spot’s Feminist Reads Challenge– a quest to…

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