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Books For International Mental Health Awareness Month

Books For International Mental Health Awareness Month

May is International Mental Health Awareness Month and, as the month draws to a close it’s important that we keep conversations about mental health going. One way to do this is through reading and, here at Books that Matter, we are big fans of self care through books....

How To Keep Reading After Lockdown

How To Keep Reading After Lockdown

In England, Covid restrictions are slowly starting to ease and, combined with the improved weather, the idea of (shock, horror!) leaving the house is becoming ever more appealing. We can now meet with friends in private gardens, hit the gym and get that long-awaited...

Our April Author: Afia Atakora

Our April Author: Afia Atakora

When a writer is touted as being a potential successor to the late, great Toni Morrison you know you are dealing with someone destined for great things. Afia Atakora’s debut novel ‘Conjure Women’ has garnered just such praise. Nell Freudenberger, author of ‘Lost and...

Dare to be Powerful: Audre Lorde

Dare to be Powerful: Audre Lorde

Black Women’s History month in April is all about celebrating the achievements and contributions of black women. One such woman whose legacy continues to make an impact is Audre Lorde, in fact it was her words that inspired our April theme. She writes, “When I dare to...

10 books for Black Women’s History Month

10 books for Black Women’s History Month

Every year Books that Matter dedicates its April box to celebrating Black Women’s History Month and 2021 is no exception. If you were to look at mainstream history books written and studied over the last hundred years or so, you may be forgiven for thinking that black...

Meet the Herstory Artist: Judith Poitras-Raynault

Meet the Herstory Artist: Judith Poitras-Raynault

We are super excited to introduce you to our wonderfully talented Herstory artist, Judith Poitras-Raynault. We collaborated with Judith to create the gorgeous artwork you’ll see for our Herstory International Womens Day campaign across the Books That Matter platforms....

How to make resolutions this International Women’s Day

How to make resolutions this International Women’s Day

We've all heard the phrase “you can’t have your cake and eat it too,” but what if this didn’t have to be the case? As we come together to celebrate and reflect on International Women’s Day, we wanted to pay homage to the #ChooseToChallenge and our...

Tarana Burke: #metoo Movement

Tarana Burke: #metoo Movement

Throughout the month of March, in recognition of International Women’s History Month and to celebrate our Herstory theme, we’re celebrating inspirational women who have made an impact. Here, we highlight Tarana Burke who with just two small words launched an...

Yara Shahidi: A Shining Light in a New Generation of Activism

Yara Shahidi: A Shining Light in a New Generation of Activism

Continuing on in our series of celebrating inspiring women, this post highlights Yara Shahidi who at just 21 years old has achieved more than many of us could hope to achieve in a lifetime.  Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to an African-American mother and Iranian...

Choose to Challenge: Writers Who Rebel

Choose to Challenge: Writers Who Rebel

In light of this year’s theme for International Women’s Day on March 8th, Choose to Challenge, we’re spotlighting 10 of our favourite female activist-writers who choose to challenge through their words and work: Alice Walker: known for her novel The Color Purple,...

Feminist Icons: Alice Walker

Feminist Icons: Alice Walker

This International Women’s Day, we are spotlighting one of our favourite authors and activists: Alice Walker. Poet, novelist, short story writer and activist, Alice Walker is known for her works including The Color Purple, and for coining the term ‘womanist’ (a...

10 Books for your IWD TBR pile

10 Books for your IWD TBR pile

At Books that Matter, championing amazing women goes to the very core of what we do. Through reading and a shared sense of community, our aim is to uplift female voices and highlight fantastic work by women. Here are 10 books by women whose work has broken barriers,...

A Bookish Galentine’s Gift Guide for 2021

A Bookish Galentine’s Gift Guide for 2021

A highlight of this month has to be celebrating Galentine’s, especially when it might have been a while since your last bottomless brunch or girl’s night out. So, we’ve curated our top picks of bookish gifts from small businesses to show your gal’s how much they mean...

No Place Like Home: What to do indoors this winter season

No Place Like Home: What to do indoors this winter season

“ Dorothy from the Wizard Oz famously said “There’s no place like home” and, during lockdown and the restrictions placed on our movement as a result, many of us are spending more time at home than we ever have before. There’s no reason for this period of hibernation...

To Read or Not to Read: Getting out of your lockdown reading slump!

To Read or Not to Read: Getting out of your lockdown reading slump!

“ With the second lockdown in full swing, and time going slower each day, it’s easy to fall into a repetitive cycle of feeling sluggish, with low motivation and high procrastination. And at the same time, many of us who usually love snuggling under the duvet with a...