TTT: Top Ten book recommendations for WIT Month!

It’s been forever since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday, but I have missed them. In case you aren’t familiar with this weekly meme, Top Ten Tuesday is put on by the Broke and the Bookish. They put out a list of topics by Tuesdays and lots of book bloggers join in the fun, linking their posts book to the originator of the meme. Today’s topic is:

Ten book recommendations for ______________: (Skies the limit here…examples: for Hufflepuffs, for fans of Game of Thrones, for people who don’t normally read YA, for animal lovers, for video game lovers, etc.

Plus, it’s Women in Translation month, so I have a list of translated books that will help you see the world from a different perspective. These all link back to my reviews of the book but there is also a Goodreads link at the end for you to add it with.

One revolutionary feminist:

The Second SexThe Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir – of course this is on my list! Among the definitive feminist texts, there is The Second Sex. It can be outdated at times (especially about lesbians and transgender people), but it paints an eery picture of where we’ve been so that we can more adequately understand what Western women like her did for Western women today. Be aware, it’s a HUGE book, somewhere over 800 pages. Oh, and the review goes back to an old blog that I was writing when I first reviewed it. Add to Goodreads

Two Nobel Poets:

Madwomen: The Madwomen: The “Locas mujeres” Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition (Goodreads)

Map: Collected and Last PoemsMap: Collected and Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska, translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak (Goodreads)


Three sweet romances:

About the Night

About the Night by Anat Talshir, translated by Evan Fallenberg (Goodreads)

Nirzona (A Love Story)Nirzona (A Love Story) by Abidah El Khalieqy, translated by Annie Tucker (Goodreads)

The Moonlit GardenThe Moonlit Garden by Corina Bomann, translated by Alison Layland (Goodreads)


And four books that need a little extra explanation:

This Place Holds No FearThis Place Holds No Fear by Monika Held – I love this book and seriously can’t stop gushing about it. I know I’ve mentioned this month already and it’s been on a few TTT’s. It’s about a couple living in the aftermath of the husband having been in an concentration camp. Add to Goodreads

The Girl Who Wrote LonelinessThe Girl Who Wrote Loneliness by Kyung-Sook Shin, translated by Ha-Yun Jung – This is another book that shows up on several lists. I love the writing style, particularly the way she approaches a tragic piece of her past. It’s an easy favorite. Add to Goodreads

The Unbroken Line of the Moon (Sagan om Valhalla #4; Valhalla #1)The Unbroken Line of the Moon by Johanne Hildebrandt, translated by Tara F. Chace – The writing in this book was just mesmerizing. I couldn’t get over it. There was a lot of gore and it doesn’t pull any punches on the brutality of people, which might be one of my favorite things about it. On the other hand, if you’re triggered by scenes of rape or incest or a lot of violence, this isn’t the book for you. Add to Goodreads

The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter (Ingrid Winter Misadventure #1)The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter by J.S. Drangsholt, translated by Tara F. Chace – all the other books are serious and sometimes depressing or horrifying but if you want a good laugh at just how far crazy can go, check this one out. It’s hilarious and about peed myself more than once at the insanity of Ingrid’s motivations and the ridiculousness of her coworkers. It’s internal bias run amok and it hardly gets more entertaining. Add to Goodreads

And all that brings me to a total of Ten Women In Translation that I recommend reading. Don’t forget to swing by the Broke and Bookish and see the top ten books in other genres, their post is Ten Graphic Novel Recommendations.


  1. I read the Second Sex and other classics on feminism in college. Really gets you to think about your life reading things like that. It also fueled my love of history seeing what women have lived with over the centuries. Good list.

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    1. Thank you! Women’s memoirs have become my favorite genre for that exact same reason. But I didn’t take anything on feminism or women’s studies in college so I’m trying to catch up now.


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