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Conscious by Chloé is a sustainable lifestyle blog focused on Zero Waste, Slow Living and Ethical Fashion written by Chloé Lepeltier.

20 Female Authors I've Read or Will Read in 2017

My 2017 Feminist Reading List by Conscious by Chloé

Considering the current climate and in line with last year's resolution to read only female authors, I've ferociously dived into my 2017 reading list.

Having a female-author reading list for the past 2 years has been an incredible experience. It has broaden my horizons in ways I could not have imagined.

Also, did you know that September 8th is International Literacy Day?

What a better occasion to share with you some of a list of 20 Female Authors I've Read or Will Read this year.

I am really not good at telling stories, summarizing a news article or reviewing books (I'm working on it though) so ,if you don't mind, I'll just make a comment about why I chose to include a book on my list, what happened while or after I read it, when applicable. I hope it will make sense to you and make you want to read more in general, and about experiences of women in particular.

Because just title is catchy. Just kidding. I listen to La Poudre, a French feminist podcast and write down every book recommendation from guests. This one came up quite a few times, so I'll read it as soon at the 30 people before me on the library waitlist finish reading it...

I've been reading many first-person narratives in the past couple years, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Lena Dunham. Jessi Klein's was both enlightening and entertaining.

Because, Virginia Woolf.

Because I want to know and understand why.

Part manifesto, part memoir. I can't wait to dive into it!

Have you listened to her Girlboss Radio interview? Have you watched her TED talk? Now, read this book!

Because we should. Her TED talk says it all.

Because I really want to read more poetry (and it seems to be Instagram favorite author).

I love this neologisms: manspreading, mansplaining, manterrupting.

I'm planning on reading everything Didion wrote. This one was highly recommended to me, it's on my library borrowing list.

I read this one during my lunch breaks while working in Switzerland in June: Love story, gender fluidity. It sparked many unexpected conversations with my coworkers.

I'm at this age and place in my life when people expect you to have kids. My mind isn't totally made up on the subject, but this book was definitely worth reading, only to be aware that there is no unique path.

I hear it's a classic.

I have to admit I stopped mid-book. But I might get back to it, since the reviews are so good!

I have to admit that I was not familiar with Sandberg's career path, and her infamous TED talk. Even though I do not work for a company, many, many aspects of the book resonated in me. I was amazed at how good the writing was, and appreciated the author's effort to include as many narratives and experiences as possible.

I forgot why I put it on my list. But I trust the past me who considered it worth reading. I'll report back.

I convinced the owner of the small I worked at for a bit to carry this book almost only because I wanted to read it during my working hours (that's considered research, right?). Some of my personal heroes are featured in this beautiful book. I might actually buy this one and add it to my highly curated collection (books are heavy to move, so only the ones I'm gonna read and read again make the cut).

Again, I do not work for a company. But was intrigued by the title. Plus, I bonded with a classmate (from the Agent of Change training) over it soon after I started reading it. An easy read, illustrations, generally badass.

My friend Julie lent it to me when I was a young adult. I am dying to read it again more than 10 years later in the light of my experience. Despentes is a French myth, author, director, activist. Her Vernon Subutex series is next on my list!

I listen to the 2 Dope Queens Podcast and wanted to learn more about one of its creators.

PS: If there is one more book I would add to the list, it would be Andrea Bemis' Dishing Up the Dirt. Yes, I read cooking books like any other book and actually took Andrea's book on my Washington State Road Trip.


Have you read any of these books? Do you have any recommendations? I'd love to read more stories experienced by women from various backgrounds and origins. Please share them with me in the comments!

My 2016 Reading List

2016 Reading List by Conscious by Chloé

Having decided to cut down my screen time, I now have more time to read. I finally got my library card, figured out how to download e-books on my iPad (which I put in airplane mode if I read in bed) and now don't even need to go to the library to borrow books! Next step: audiobooks (I already listen to many podcasts but I'd love to try it once). I cannot believe that I can do all this for free!

Also, I'm about to join a book club. Yeah I can hear you laugh over there. But I don't care, groups are the bomb! Women groups, craft groups, entrepreneur groups, you name it, I love them all!

I've kept a reading list for a long time now, but it looks like all I was doing was adding items instead of reading them. So I thought that putting it out there might encourage me to finally tap into it. I'm pretty happy with my current pace of 2 books per month (I read somewhere that 12 a year was a good start). Anyways, here's my 2016 reading list (I'm currently about to finish Didion's Blue Nights).

JANUARY
* #girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
* Just Kids by Patti Smith

FEBRUARY
* Plastic-free:How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too by Beth Terry
* Not that kind of girl by Lena Dunham

MARCH
* It Chooses You by Miranda July
* Blue Nights by Joan Didion

APRIL
* Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigori
* The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

MAY
* La vocation by Sophie Fontanel (French edition)
(You might wan to read her The Art of Sleeping Alone: Why One French Woman Suddenly Gave Up Sex)
* Bonjour tristesse by Françoise Sagan (I'll read the French edition)

JUNE
* Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
* Eating Wildly by Ava Chin

JULY
* Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
* The First Bad Man: A Novel by Miranda July

AUGUST
* I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
* The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir (I'll read the French edition)

SEPTEMBER
* Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
* Men Explaining Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit

OCTOBER
* Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
* We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi

NOVEMBER
* Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More by Erin Boyle
* The collaborative habit by Twyla Tharp

DECEMBER
* The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
* Talk By Linda Rosenkrantz


You'll notice that this is a 100% feminine list. It was a coincidence in the beginning and I then decided to make a theme of it. Of course, the order might change along the year, according to the availability of these books at my local library (which explains the 2 Miranda July and 2 Joan Didion books on my list), my travels (it looks like I'll be spending the month of May in France/Switzerland), my mood and... YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS!

Seriously, I sometimes feel like my reading list revolves around the same subjects, so a little change is also welcome. But I still love girl bosses, feminist icons. Do you have a favorite author? Also, I'd love to start reading again in Spanish.