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But imagine Badass Hermione making the boys do their homework with that one look that none of them can stand more than a few seconds.

Imagine her pointing her wand on the nearby chairs lazily, ready to magically superglue them onto these, if she has to.

Imagine her being lost in work, on the edge of loosing her mind, because Professor McGonagall made them write 2 rolls of parchment on transformating teakettles into humming birds without using a spoken incantation, but she totally HAS to write at least 3, and she’s not even half through the books she found, AND THE BOYS ARE JUST SO BLOOMING NOISY!!

My #ReadWomen Recommendations

Here are some of my favourite books written by some AWESOME ladies! Hope some of you can find something on here that interests you:

Classics/Literary Fiction

“The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Settefield for a gothic, haunting tale of two sisters and a writer’s past

“The Secret History” by Donna Tartt for a modern Greek tragedy and the beautiful prose

“Emma” by Jane Austen for some good old English humour and because who doesn’t love Jane Austen (if you don’t, that’s okay!)

“Little Women” by L.M. Alcott

“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte

“Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier

“A Novel Bookstore” by Laurence Cosse - a story of a small French bookstore that would be enjoyable for any lover of literature.

“The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath for a profound insight into a mental illness that’s still relevant today.

“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith for a sweet coming-of-age story of a girl who loved writing more than anything and for a strong, amazing mother figure.

“Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson - published almost 20 years ago, the novel has never stopped being important and has helped many victims of sexual assault. “Speak” is important.

Historical Fiction

“In the Shadow of Blackbirds” and “The Cure for Dreaming” by Cat Winters for the ladies who were way ahead of their time and hauntingly beautiful writing that will stay with you a long time after you close the last page.

“Girl in Translation” by Jean Kwok for a story of an Asian-American immigrant, the hardships and triumphs and the love and heartbreak endured by her as she is forced to choose between two cultures.

“Purple Hibiscus” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for a coming-of-age story about the promise of freedom.

Fairytale retellings

“The Lunar Chronicles” by Marissa Meyer for a great cast of characters and our favourite fairytales re-imagined like never before

“Deathless” by Catherynne Valente for a re-imagination of Russian folklore intervined with the heartbreaking events of WWII.

Contemporary/Contemporary YA

“All the Rage” and “Cracked Up to Be” by Courtney Summers for a deep insight into rape culture and unlikeable, complex protagonists. Courtney Summers is amazing.

“The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks” by E.Lockhart for a story of a girl who is possibly a criminal mastermind at 16. The story is about how she got that way.

“The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh for an elegantly written story of second chances given to you by the people who love you and by things you love to do.

“Revolution” by Jennifer Donnelly. Most of you know that this is my favourite contemporary YA novel of all time, so I urge all of you to read it when you get the chance.

LGBT

“Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters for two very unlikeable, very complex heroines with tragically amazing backstories making their way through Dickensian England.

“Wildthorn” by Jane Eagland for a girl stuck in a Victorian asylum for daring to be herself.

“Everything Leads to You” by Nina LaCour for a romance between two girls driven together by their love for the art of film

Fantasy/Sci-fi/Urban fantasy/Magical realism

“Matthew Swift series” by Kate Griffin for an asexual protagonist who’s dead but not really, a lot of badass women of colour, and the magic of the great and terrible London as we’ve never seen before.

“The Invisible Library” by Genevieve Cogman (and the sequel comes out in December!) for some inter-dimension library travel, dragons and badass characters

“The Parasol Protectorate series” by Gail Garriger for an alternative, steampunk Victorian England populated by humans, werewolves, vampires and preternaturals, and some excellent smut.

“The Falconer” series by Elizabeth May for a steampunk Scotland, the evil Fae and a badass heroine

“The Diviners” by Libba Bray for the New York of the roaring 20s where dreams come alive and Naughty John makes you afraid to go to sleep. 

“Throne of Glass series” by Sarah J Maas for… well, most of you know what this one is about!

“Vampire Academy series” by Richelle Mead for an underrated boarding school vampire series with wonderful characters

“Bel Dame Apocrypha series” by Kameron Hurley for gritty cyberpunk, badass Muslim queer ladies and a lot of blood, guts and bug-based alien technology.


Mystery/Thriller

“Dublin Murder Squard series” by Tana French for five beautifully written gripping murder mystery novels with amazing characters (I love the first two books the most because CASSIE MADDOX)

“Books by Gillian Flynn” - yes, all three of her novels in all their glory of unreliable narrators and female villains.

Tumblr Tuesday: Women’s History Month

Who Needs Feminism?
All of us.

Equality for HER
Health Educational Rights (HER) has been celebrating WHM (Women’s History Month) with biographical snippets and minimalistic portraits of influential women past and present.

Women of Library History
Name some badasses. “The Navy SEALS?” Sure. “B-613?” Maybe. “The Feminist Task Force of the American Library Association?” Fuck yes. Shout out to our Tumblarians.

Cool Chicks from History
Chicks have been cool since forever.

Stop Telling Women to Smile
An art series letting you know that it’s not okay to tell women to smile.

Photo via Who Needs Feminism?

Greek gods for college students
  • Hermes: god of delivery, getting to class within five minutes of waking up, and comm majors
  • Ares: god of athletes, bros, and business majors
  • Hephaestus: god of makeshift necessities, electronics, and engineering majors
  • Hestia: goddess of Netflix, bed, stress-relievers and hospitality majors
  • Hera: goddess of required classes, academic advisors, group projects, relationships you regret, and nursing majors
  • Apollo: god of frats, music, sunglasses, and arts majors
  • Demeter: goddess of mac and cheese, grilled cheese, pizza, Chinese, and bio majors
  • Artemis: goddess of all nighters, the point when you are fucking done, stopping everything because you see a dog, sororities, and environmental studies majors
  • Aphrodite: goddess of tinder, the dreamboat in your afternoon class you never talk to, boys who shower regularly, great sexual encounters, and gender studies majors
  • Poseidon: god of water bottles, showers that are always cold, pre-made sushi, and science majors
  • Zeus: king of the gods, god of sexual encounters you regret, obstinate professors, professors who sleep with their students, crying, and the administration
  • Athena: goddess of the library, not failing finals, badass PowerPoint presentations, that student who does everything, and liberal arts and ed majors
  • Dionysus: god of wine, liquor, parties, adderall, marijuana, bad decisions, anxiety, social situations, and philosophy, psych, and theatre majors

The integral form of Maxwell’s equations etched in concrete on the side of the Warsaw University Library. (which make this library utterly badass).

Together these equations showed that electricity, magnetism and light are all 3 aspects of the same single phenomenon known as electromagnetism. Using these equations the existence of electromagnetic waves was predicted long before the discovery of them, and even more amazingly light itself was shown to be an electromagnetic wave traveling through space.

Radio technology, wireless communication, the understanding of what light is, all began with those equations. 

5 reasons to watch The Musketeers

If you’re not watching this show, what are you doing with your life? There’s plenty of reasons why you should give The Musketeers a go (the fact that it’s a BBC drama alone should have convinced you, really). For your reconsideration, here are the five most important ones:

1. The lads

It’s difficult to avoid the term bromance when talking about the relationship between Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D'Artagnan considering that the bond between the characters is a popular point of reference for true friendship - all for one and one for all. The dynamic of their brotherhood thrives on the fact that each of them are significantly different in character: Aramis is driven by passion and a thirst for getting physical, Porthos acts on impulse and often lets his fists speak for him, Athos is haunted by the demons of his past, chief among them his love for his wife, a cunning and vindictive mercenary, D'Artagnan’s naivete and idealism puts him in harm’s way ever so often. And yet what unites them is stronger than their differences: each of them is the epitome of valour, loyalty and selflessness. 

Drawing on Dumas’ characterisation, the BBC series does an outstanding job of shining a light on the friendships between the soldiers, particularly D'Artagnan and Athos who share a filial-paternal bond. While each of them pursue their own personal storyline in the course of the series, they are regularly involved in each other’s lives outside the garrison and support each other in whatever way the situation calls for; sometimes it’s lending a hand during a fight, sometimes it’s buying the first round of wine at the tavern. Plus, they’re always good for a laugh because they never stop teasing each other - not even when there’s a musket to one of their heads.

2. The lasses

Perhaps even more remarkable than the musketeers are the female characters on this show. From Queen Anne, a young woman caught between her duty to her country and her own hopes and desires, to Constance, a clever, brave, but penniless girl trapped in a loveless marriage desperate to live a life full of adventure and challenges ( I could go on about Constance, she is the very definition of kickass and won’t take shit from anybody, certainly not regarding what a woman can or cannot do ), to Milady, Athos’ wife, assassin for hire, and ruthless force to be reckoned with, to the countless compelling guest characters (Ninon, who ran a college for women, Samara, a Spanish poetess, Sophia, a professional assassin posing as a noble princess). If you’re a fan of feisty women standing their ground and empowering each other, this show is for you.

3. The romance

Of course, no period drama is complete unless it’s got some sort of star-crossed love to show for. Don’t worry, The Musketeers have got it covered: the show has not one, but two relationships doomed by circumstance on offer, out of one of which is conceived illegitimately the future king of France; the other one is bound to end in the death of one of them - at least according to the source material. As a bonus, Dumas and the BBC throw in one of the most twisted liaisons in fictional history. “You slew my brother” “You hung me from a tree” “I love you anyways” “I know. Let’s make out and then try to kill each other” (frankly, this is frighteningly accurate)

And let’s not forget the most irresistible mistress of them all: political power. The damn wench leads a whole heap of men astray, most of them to ruin, in the two season run the show has enjoyed so far.

4. Costumes and set location

This should come as no surprise, considering that period dramas are the BBCs forte, but the production value of this series is even higher than I expected it to be. So tune in and feast your eyes on cavalier hats, men in boots, men wearing gloves, a regent with long curly hair breathing free, corset dresses with wide frocks, pretty braids, lovely jewellery and embroidered chokers.

In addition, every other episode takes the musketeers to another gorgeous castle, abandoned palace, secret library, or surprisingly badass cloister. 

5. The Actors

As any fan of Merlin was already painfully aware, Santiago Cabrera was born to wear a uniform (however, I have not heard any complaints about the few occasions he’s been caught not wearing the outfit. Or anything else for that matter) But who knew that little Luke Pasqualino, the lovable stoner from Skins, would clean up so nicely in 17 century clothing. Plus, he looks really good with long hair. If men with beards are your cup of tea, have a look at Tom Burke as Athos; and you might want to be careful not to lose yourself in Porthos’ eyes. The rugged foursome invites all sorts of fantasies on and off camera but it’s their characters you’re going to fall in love before the credits roll on episode one. Needless to say, this being a British television show, the acting is flawless and understated.

So get over yourself and into this show. Now! (I’m loking at you, faineancy)

The Year They Burned the Books by Nancy Garden

[Goodreads]

When Wilson High Telegraph editor Jamie Crawford writes an opinion piece in support of the new sex-ed curriculum, which includes making condoms available to high school students, she has no idea that a huge controversy is brewing. Lisa Buel, a school board member, is trying to get rid of the health program, which she considers morally flawed, from its textbooks to its recommendations for outside reading.

The newspaper staff find themselves in the center of the storm, and things are complicated by the fact that Jamie is in the process of coming to terms with being gay, and her best friend, Terry, also gay, has fallen in love with a boy whose parents are anti-homosexual. As Jamie’s and Terry’s sexual orientation becomes more obvious to other studetns, it looks as if the paper they’re fighting to keep alive and honest is going to be taken away from them. 

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