August: What’s On My Bookshelf?

Stuck for inspiration? Here are some great reads I’ve come across this month to get you thinking!

In Order to Live, Yeonmi Park (2015)

After visiting the DMZ in Korea, I couldn’t resist this read about Yeonmi Park who escaped from North Korea through China. Her journey is both harrowing and uplifting and a story that will stick with me for life. If you need some convincing, watch this clip…

The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf (1991)

After recently reading Sheryl Sanberg’s Lean In (2015), I wanted to delve deeper into the aspects that hinder women in leadership roles. Wolf carefully dissects society’s value of beauty in all aspects of women’s lives whilst navigating modern patriarchy in an increasingly technological world (imagine what she would have to talk about if social media *cough* Instagram was factored into this equation…). Whilst Wolf’s viewpoints are strong, I still find this an intriguing read and hope to explore her Beauty Myth in my upcoming research into social media.

Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood (1996)

I’ve been watching ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ on SBS and I have been completely mind-boggled with the concept of a dystopian world where women’s basic rights (particularly to their bodies and fertility) are suddenly and forcefully reverted. With Atwood’s ‘Alias Grace’ soon to be released to Netflix I thought I’d read the book given to me by a good friend. Here is the trailer to get you pumped!

Have you read any of these books? Are they on your list?

Comment any thoughts, suggestions or findings below!

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