Starting the Conversation: Online Book Clubs You Should Be Part Of

Despite the upending of pretty much every part of our lives, COVID-19 has not taken away our love of books. Wonderful bookworms everywhere have been sharing their favourite reads, new releases and read-alongs with people all over the world. As August is Women in Translation month we thought we’d share some uplifting stories of how you’ve stayed connected through language …

Liberté, Egalité, Sororité: A Battle Cry for the 21st Century Feminist

There is a proverb that says, “if you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together”. I’ve found this to be true and it’s what, for me, makes the sisterhood aspect of this month’s Liberté, Egalité, Sororité theme so important. For liberty and equality to mean something it needs to be inclusive. Audre …

Pride Month Must-Reads

Here at Books That Matter we wanted to recommend some must-read LGBTQ+ literature to celebrate Pride Month. Of course, we encourage you to engage with these incredible authors throughout the year. However, it is especially important as we protest for and remember the oppression of LGBTQ+ communities both historically and today. We’ve included some fiction, non-fiction, new releases and literary …

Black Owned Businesses To Support

Many of us were saddened and angered by the recent murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. George was an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck. While this kind of police brutality is nothing new, the incident lit a spark and there is now a palpable desire in countries across the world …

Check Your Privilege, Lockdown is Not a “Gift”

If you’re talking about lockdown as if it’s an extended yoga retreat, you need to check your privilege. In the last week, I have seen so many people in the online space talking about 2020’s lockdown as our “gift”. “Exactly what we needed”, “time for ourselves”, “an opportunity to disconnect”. But for people without the privilege of a garden, stable …

A Queer Feminist icon: Tove Jansson and The Moomins

In this blog we put an artist spotlight on the author, illustrator and artist Tove Jansson who challenged oppression, stereotypes and created a world-famous book series. As a woman and an artist Tove inspires us all to be our true, creative selves. Throughout Tove Jansson’s life she carved out space for her art, writing and personal relationships. The daughter of …

BTM Recommends: The Rachel Edit!

We’ve a new face on the block! Give a very warm welcome to Rachel, ardent subscriber turned team member! Rachel is going to be joining our content team to write all about exciting books, feminism and our topical themes! Having been with Books That Matter on our journey since day one, Rachel is an asset to the team, and we …

An Interview with Millie Marotta

We sat down (virtually!) with the queen of colouring books, Millie Marotta, and asked her all about her process, her designs, and the benefits of colouring. You may have seen her coveted colouring books in our May box, they’ve been a huge hit! So, Millie, how did you begin your career in creating colouring books? Initially it was my Publisher …

Collective Kindness in Crisis: How We Can All Do Our Bit

When the world seems at its darkest, the small acts of kindness we give out shine brighter than ever. This month we have dedicated all our resources into providing uplifting content for our readers. The ‘Bloom’ Box is a bundle of spirit and joy, but its not the only way in which we’re hoping to spread positivity and love. The …