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.
ROVIE ERLANDEZ, Customer Care
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.
ADDIE CANLAS, Creatives
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.
ALEXX ESPONGA, Creatives
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.
ARIELLE ACOSTA, Events
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.
PAM ABALAJON, Purchasing
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.
KARLA TAJON, Events
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!)
A Little Life follows four college classmates—broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition—as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma. A hymn to brotherly bonds and a masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century, Hanya Yanagihara’s stunning novel is about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves.
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Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize
Featured in the New York Times selection of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century"
A beautiful, unsettling novel about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul
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Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature!
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series comes a powerful, heartrending contemporary novel about fear, first love, and the devastating impact of prejudice. This young adult novel is an excellent choice for accelerated tween readers in grades 7 to 8, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.
It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.
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“The older you get, the more baggage you carry. When you date at twenty-five, everyone walks into the bar with a very neat, light carry-on. When you date from thirty onwards, get ready to meet someone absolutely brimming with history, complications and demands.”
When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming an adult, journalist and former Sunday Times columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, finding a job, getting drunk, getting dumped, and that absolutely no one can ever compare to her best girlfriends. Everything I Know About Love is about bad dates, good friends and above all else realizing that you are enough.
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From the author of the classic A Little Life—a bold, brilliant novel spanning three centuries and three different versions of the American experiment, about lovers, family, loss and the elusive promise of utopia.
In an alternate version of 1893 America, New York is part of the Free States, where people may live and love whomever they please (or so it seems). The fragile young scion of a distinguished family resists betrothal to a worthy suitor, drawn to a charming music teacher of no means. In a 1993 Manhattan besieged by the AIDS epidemic, a young Hawaiian man lives with his much older, wealthier partner, hiding his troubled childhood and the fate of his father
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INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER • A smart, sexy, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about ex-boyfriends, imperfect parents, friends with kids, and a man who disappears the moment he says "I love you."
“An absolute knock-out. Wickedly funny and, at turns, both cynical and sincere… feels like your very favorite friend.” —Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Malibu Rising
Nina Dean is not especially bothered that she's single. She owns her own apartment, she's about to publish her second book, she has a great relationship with her ex-boyfriend, and enough friends to keep her social calendar full and her hangovers plentiful.
Get Ghosts: A novel (Hardcover) by Dolly Alderton and other contemporary fiction books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More