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Staff Picks: Books to Discover This Women's Month

Staff Picks: Books to Discover This Women's Month

Women have helped change and shape the world we live in today by sharing stories that educate, inspire, and empower. This March, as we celebrate Women's month, we honor and uplift our favorite female writers. 

If you are looking for fresh (and even old) books to include in your own reading lists, you might get some ideas from the Fully Booked team. Check out this month's Staff Picks: Books to Discover This Women's Month.


Here's my favorite book: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

I always recommend this book to friends because Shirin, the main character, is both vulnerable and tough. As a Muslim teenager, she grew up used to being stared at and receiving harsh treatment from people because of her hijab and cultural background so she developed a system within herself on how to cope and respond to bullies. The best part is she did not allow any of that to stop her from being herself and owning her emotions. For girls living in today's standards dictated by society, we can all make use of Shirin's resoluteness to stand our ground.


If you're in your mid 20s or reaching 30s, Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton is definitely a book for you. I never wanted to finish this book with the level of comfort it gave me - it felt as if Dolly Alderton just wrote me a diary of a validated life and everything in between. By far one of the most heartwarming, honest, and relatable memoirs I've read. I can easily say it will be a long time favorite.


To Paradise is Hanya Yanagihara's latest novel, a long-awaited return after writing the wildly popular novel (which became a BookTok sensation) A Little Life in 2015. The book has three sections that center on different enthralling experiences and themes such as family and wealth, loneliness, love, and nationhood. To say that the novel is emotionally moving and riveting is an understatement: To Paradise boasts of impeccable writing, versatility, and powerful storytelling that ultimately makes it an unforgettable piece of literary work written by one of the most talented female writers of our time.


Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg is the story of a photographer and her daughter, written in the format of a fictional museum catalogue for the MoMA. It follows the life of a struggling artist in 1950s-60s New York, how she is changed by the birth of her child Samantha, and the injustices that women at the time had to face. It’s a remarkable novel that sucks you in completely, crushing your heart then repairing it again and again until its last, tender breath.

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I have great admiration for how sharp Han Kang is when writing about social issues. The Vegetarian was the very first novel of hers that I’ve read and I was transfixed by how it moved in such a quiet and haunting way that the brutality in every misogynist act was so palpable. I found it to be a truly eye-opening work that convincingly takes a radical stand against systems of abuse.


I have read a lot of books by women so it's pretty hard to choose one title so I'm sharing my current favorites from the books I've read this year:

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

The narrator of the story is Nina George, who is in her early 30s and finally decided to explore the online dating scene. As a woman in my 30s, I find the (changing) relationship dynamics of Nina to her family, friends, and flings highly relatable. It's fun and sad to read at the same time because Nina is honest and real about her observations and feelings in relationships and life, in general. Apart from that, Nina is a successful food writer which made some parts of the story really interesting for me (after reading the book, I was really hoping that I get to be friends with the narrator and read her new book in the story haha)

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid was a discovery for me this pandemic after I've read Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo two years ago. But honestly, I decided to finally pick up Daisy Jones and The Six because I've read that Sam Claflin will star in its screen adaptation that will be coming out this 2022. This book is written like a music documentary about the band, with different anecdotes about the band by its members, producers, media, etc. I find myself drawn and immersed to their rockstar life and all I can say is that I can't wait to see these rockstars on screen, most especially the empowered women in this novel: Daisy Jones, Karen, and Camila.

I am convinced that TJR is a master of writing historical fiction. I remember that midway my reading journey of her Seven Husbands, I googled if Evelyn Hugo is a real person, and for Daisy Jones and The Six, I'm desperate to see the band perform live (Haha!)

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