I made it through most of my Summer reading list. I’m still working on Capital by John Lanchester, which is a bedside read for me (i.e. anything over 200 pages doesn’t easily commute). There are lots of fantastic new books out this Autumn. Here are the ones that that made my list.
Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes I’m most excited about reading Sali’s beauty without the bullshit book. Sali Hughes is the beauty editor of The Guardian, a contributing editor of Red Magazine and the founder of salihughesbeauty.com. She is a straight shooter and I trust all her recommendations. She’s funny, smart and super kick ass. I love this quote from her introduction.
I believe looking good to be an important and valid pursuit. All too often, women with an interest in their appearance are assumed to be stupid, shallow or unintelligent. Event traitors to feminism. But I see good grooming and feminism as entirely complementary. For some, beauty is a mater of pride and self-respect, of feeling your best and worthy of attention. While a man with an interest in football, wine, Formula 1 or even paintingballing would never see his intelligence called into question, a woman with an interest in surface is perceived to have no depth. I believe it’s perfectly normal to love both lipstick and literature, to be a woman who paints her nails while shouting at Question Time. Looking good makes us feel good, and the rituals involved are a pleasure in themselves. The implication that us poor women are getting up half an hour earlier than we want to and miserably trowelling on slap because it’s what society tells us to do is absurd. I know categorically that for very many women, putting on make-up is one of the only time they enjoy to themselves all day. It’s an act of love, self-care and, crucially, self-expression. Make-up is such a powerful tool of creativity. I genuinely pity men for not having it. – Sali Hughes
YES, YES, YES AND YES! This is the beauty book for everyone. From the make-up lover to someone with no experience. It talks to you as the intelligent, dynamic, funny, sexy woman you all are!
Yes Please by Amy Poehler I love Amy Poehler. She’s smart, hilarious, wise, a pretty awesome feminist and great role model to all females young and old. So I know her book is going to be awesome.
The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah This is a brand new Hercule Poirot mystery. How will it fare compared to Agatha Christie’s writing? Will the little grey cells be stimulated? I’m excited to find out.
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are : Love, Style and Bad Habits by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, Sophie Mas I love these types of books. Slap here’s how you can be French on the cover and I will eat that marketing up! Francophileness in full effect!
How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran Caitlin has a new book out this Autumn, How to Build A Girl, but I never read her previous book, so I thought I would start there. How to be a Woman is part memoir, part feminist manifesto and I’m sure it is filled with witty anecdotes that will make me laugh and rile me up about woman not identifying themselves as feminists anymore.
Have you read any of these? What’s on your fall reading list?