March is a month we look forward to every year - there are so many moments to celebrate the phenomenal women in our lives, from International Women’s Day on the 8th, to Mother’s Day on the 27th, and let’s not forget the entire month is recognised as Women’s History Month!
So, for the past two years we have celebrated by committing to reading books exclusively written by women, and people who identify as women, throughout the whole month, and let us tell you - it’s pretty special! In this post, we’ll recap some of our favourite reads, authors and women owned brands and businesses that we highly recco.
Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors
Looking for a new piece of modern fiction to obsess over? Look no further. Cleopatra and Frankenstein is the hottest debut novel by @cocomellors, where protagonists Cleo (in her 20’s) and Frank (in his 40’s), meet at a New Years party and after six months of dating, are married.
The novel follows their lives, loved ones and the ups and downs of their tumultuous and, at times, toxic relationship. We guarantee you’ll be hooked from the opening page.
Want to find out more? Listen to our no spoilers interview with the wonderful Coco, who tells us more about the book, the writing process and background to our new favourite fictional characters.
Brand Spotlight: Books That Matter
Books That Matter is the UK’s leading, award winning, book subscription box putting women’s writing in the spotlight. So, if you’re someone who walks into a bookshop and feels overwhelmed by too much choice, then why not leave it to the girl gang at BTM to take care of your next read?
Their subscription service is super affordable, and each month a beautiful box will arrive on your doorstep with an empowering read from a woman author, alongside some wonderful goodies from women owned businesses. Use code BOOKRECCOS10 for 10% off.
Brown Girls by Daphne Andreades Palasi
It’s another cracking debut! In her blazingly original debut novel Brown Girls which explores the relationship between a group of friends and their immigrant families from Queens, New York, this is a tender, poetic and fiercely empowering love letter to a modern generation of brown girls. We had the pleasure of interviewing Daphne on her novel for our podcast - check it out below!
Brand Spotlight: Mustard Made
I mean, how stunning are these lockers?! Founded by two sisters, Becca and Jess, Mustard Made have done the unthinkable, they’ve made lockers sexy, and we are ob-sessed with ours.
Our pink and green lockers are bedside staples, providing a beautiful home for our ever growing TBR’s. Coming in all shapes and sizes their website is well worth a visit.
You may remember Chanel's victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed. In four days it have been viewed by 11million people and read on the floor of congress.
In her memoir Know My Name, Chanel reclaims her identity against her attacker, Brock Turner, who sexually assaulted her and confronts us with the injustice of his sentencing. Its an incredibly well written, albeit heavy, book that every person should take the time to read.
Want to hear more about our March Women’s History Month reads? Then give this episode of the Podcast a listen, as we recap some of our favs from the month:
In this blog post, you'll see the books we have mentioned are linked to Bookshop.org, a hub where you can buy books online but from independent bookshops. Please support small businesses.