Sorry about the delay with this month’s reviews! It’s been a busy one so I’ve only got through three books but they were a mixed bag:
- Doing It! by Hannah Witton
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Everywoman by Jess Phillips
Well, there’s no time like the present…
“Sorry if you believe in true love, I’m a hopeless romantic too, but I’m also a realist and wear my cynicism like armour.”
The sex education manual. Now, I came to this book as a fellow 20-something trying to make it the world and I am so proud of Hannah Witton. I don’t know her, but well done girl. You did it and you’re empowering so many women and girls; keep it up!
Which is partly why I’m really sad to only give the book 3 stars. When I compare the book with others that I have read on this topic, it just doesn’t meet up. Animal by Sara Pascoe and Girl Up by Laura Bates were just on another level, which unfortunately wasn’t reached by Doing It.
But I really did enjoy the book. I loved the orgasm/masturbation talk; we need more of that so that women can own their own sexual pleasure. I loved the LGBTQ+ section and appreciated her effort to give other people a voice, rather than white-cis-splain issues she can’t experience herself.
It’s definitely worth a read, and I’m so glad we have so many great inspiring women writing so powerfully about these issues. Hannah Witton’s book is adding another well-needed young voice to the collective on women’s rights and sexual liberation.
“But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”
I believe this book was oversold to me. I went in with such high expectations that it was bound not to reach them from the get-go.
I was totally and completely sold on the philosophy and morals behind this story. And because of this I really do understand why it’s a classic, but to be honest it didn’t thrill me as a novel. I don’t think enough happened, I wanted to know more about the psychologies of the characters and I felt a little underwhelmed by it all.
It took a lot of effort to plod along with it, which is really disappointing. I’ve given it three stars because I appreciate it as a piece of literature, but not so much as a piece of entertainment. But I suppose that’s not what it was for.
Note to self: never let people get your hopes up on a book in the future.
“We’re women and we’re kick-ass. And that’s the truth.”
I loved hearing a first-hand account of a woman in leadership – in particular in Parliament. This book and the experiences of Jess Philips really empowered me to make a difference at a grassroots level. Her story really helps to break down those barriers between the electorate and their representatives, something we desperately need at the moment.
What I realised when I was reading this, is that we’re all results of our upbringing and our experiences. The things that Jess Phillips saw and heard about during her time at Women’s Aid shaped her values and that happens on all sides of the political spectrum. She’s quite the inspiration.
Ultimately, well worth a read but be prepared to have your inner activist burst out.
Happy reading. 💕📚