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Well-Read Women: Guada Claudio

Well-Read Women: Guada Claudio

Today on the Well-Read Women series, we have Guada Claudio! Guada is Fully Booked's E-Commerce Merchandising Team Lead and she's also a Libra. She's currently devouring all forms of inspiration the universe throws her way so she can revive her drink journal @theslurpist.

Why she thinks it's important to read women

"I remember my first conscious decision as a child on what book to read and it ended up being Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. That book definitely made an impact on me growing up and I've come to realise the power that writers hold and how a book can be an outlet for women to inspire young girls. Like Judy, there are a lot of women authors who do a fantastic job of interpreting female thoughts, experiences, and emotions through their literature, and I'm excited to read more from them."

Check out her recommended reads!


The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont, illustrated by Manjit Thapp

This is my go-to read when I just want to be reminded that women are badass. I like the diverse representation of women and I enjoy the beautiful illustrations that each story come with. Did you know that there were Russian women called Night Witches who dropped 23 thousand tons of bombs on Nazi invaders? Badass.

 

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K. G. Campbell

This book was suggested to me by my supervisor, Ilia. She reminded me that we are never too old to read children's books and that we can still get valuable lessons from them that are relevant to adulthood. Also, this book taught me new words such as "obfuscation" and "malfeasance." I see myself re-reading this when I'm eighty years old.

 

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

The Perfect Nanny gave me chills. Leila Slimani won a Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary prize, for this book and you'll see why when you read it. Leila definitely knows how to keep her readers hooked and wanting for more—exhibit A is me immediately purchasing The Perfect Nanny after finishing her first novel, Adèle, in one sitting. She also proved to me that women are capable of tackling controversial issues with proficiency and, through her writing, she challenges society's perception on what an ideal woman should be.

 

Hot Little Hands by Abigail Ulman

This book "introduces us to young women navigating the chronic uncertainty and seductive dangers that come with being impatient for the future and reluctant to leave childhood behind." I honestly haven't read this yet but I feel like it's timely for someone my age and this book has received high praises from O: The Oprah Magazine, and I trust Oprah.

 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I think every woman (and man!) should read Little Women at least once in their lifetime. As much as I enjoyed the 2019 film-adaptation, I believe that the novel (which was originally published in two volumes) written in the 1800s still has so much to say that are relevant to womanhood today. Louisa May Alcott did very well in portraying radically different women living in solidarity.


You can find Guada on Instagram @holyguadamole, and while you're there, watch out for the revival of @theslurpist.



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