This week’s #SixForSunday prompt was one I had no problem answering: the books I’m hoping to receive for Christmas. I don’t usually receive books as presents, as my loved ones know I have no willpower when it comes to resisting a new release. Here are the six books I would love to find under the tree this year (if I haven’t bought them first…)
Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (& Other Lies) by Scarlett Curtis | Becoming by Michelle Obama | Eve Was Shamed by Helena Kennedy
A book you may have been hearing a lot about lately (thanks to a certain high street clothes store) is Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (& Other Lies). Featuring essays from a number of women, such as Keira Knightley and Jameela Jamil, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink is a book I am struggling to resist buying.
I know I won’t be alone in hoping that Santa brings me a copy of Becoming by Michelle Obama. Michelle is one of the most influential and iconic women of our era, and I’d love to read more about her life and her achievements in her own words.
Eve Was Framed by Helena Kennedy examined how women are treated (and failed) by the British legal system, and Eve Was Shamed adds further thought to Helena’s arguments. Taking into account the recent #MeToo movement, Helena asks why we are still failing women, from the Court room to prison. Helena Kennedy is one of the UK’s most respected QCs, and I have no doubt Eve Was Shamed will be an insightful and important read.
I’ll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller | Give a F**k by Felicity Morse | Trainwreck by Sady Doyle
As a child, I watched Friends constantly. I had so many of them on video (#showingmyage) When all 10 seasons were added to Netflix earlier this year, I made it my mission to rewatch them all. You’ll be happy to know I succeeded. When I heard about I’ll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller, I immediately added it to my wishlist. Promising to discuss the iconic moments of the show, as well as examine the cultural trends such as “the Rachel”, it’s claimed to be the ultimate book for any Friends fan.
I love non-fiction, and in particular self-help books. I recently stumbled upon Give A F**K by Felicity Morse, a self-help book claiming to be different from the other expletive-laden books on the market. Give a F**k adds a new spin to the genre; by encouraging compassion instead of selfishness we can improve not only our own lives but the lives of others.
Finally, a book I have been wanting for years is Trainwreck by Sady Doyle. It never seems to be in stock at my local Waterstones, and my local library doesn’t have it either. Trainwreck looks at prominent female figures such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Sylvia Plath and even Britney Spears and asks why we love to hate, fear and mock them. If I could only receive one book for Christmas this year, this would be my top choice.
What books are you hoping to receive for Christmas?