Next on the Well-Read Women series is Danielle Lingat from Bookworm Corner!
Danielle does writing and communications in the financial industry, where she works long, hard days to be able to feed her debilitating book-spending habit and her cat Nacho. When she’s not busy working or reading, she generally just likes to have pun.
Why she thinks it's important to read women
Read them because they’re good. I can talk all day about the importance of diversity in your reading selections, and about why we need to make space and listen to the stories of the unheard, but honestly, the best reason I can give you as to why you should read books written by women is because they are good.
Check out her recommended reads!
Any woman who has worked in an office understands the myriad ways you have to soften yourself, hiding your strength and confidence to make yourself smaller so you can be accepted in the workplace. This piece of satire is bursting with pain and humor about the double standards women have to deal with at work, and I love it because it reminds you that you’re not crazy, you just live in a man’s world.
This book would likely feel a little dated today, as ‘feminist’ is slowly becoming less of a dirty word we were all too shy to associate ourselves with, and that’s good—that’s the point: progress for feminism and for women. Nevertheless, I’d still turn to this book because it makes me feel heard and accepted. It made me have more confidence about owning who I am as a woman, and over the choices I make as a woman. That said, at its core, it’s a funny memoir about being a woman—and it just so happens to be freeing.
I have a soft spot for memoirs from comedy writers and comedians in general, most especially when they’re written by women—and there are a lot of good ones already out there, e.g. from Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ali Wong (I believe all available in Fully Booked—wink, wink). Mindy Kaling’s first book is still one of my top favorites, because of how unabashedly honest and earnest she is, which I find so refreshing. It is a light-hearted read from an obviously smart and hardworking woman, and in a world full of heavy and gloomy stories, it is always a joy to return to this book.
I wasn’t really expecting to be moved so much by a book that used MS Paint-level artwork to discuss the author’s frenzied clamor for cake when she was a kid, or the ridiculous stories of her simple Dog. I was sold on the sheer silliness of her stories, of course, but her two chapters on depression were particularly eye-opening to me, especially back then when mental health wasn’t yet part of normal conversation. This book gave me an illuminating view into depression and helped me understand how to be more helpful to those dealing with it, in addition to making me laugh out loud over the antics of her simple-minded dog.