Review: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo

I recently read Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen and was naturally craving for more when I came across this equally fantastic collection of extraordinary women.

Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.

Initially I went in a bit worried that this would have the same set of women as in the aforementioned collection, but I needn’t have worried because Good Night Stories features a brand new exciting and enlightening group of women to the table (save for a few classics, of course).

And I just have to say that my heart soars every time I learn of books similar to this one that shine light on groups of courageous and inventive women. Plus, the illustrations are hypnotic and ethereal. Speaking of which, here are some of my favorite ladies I loved to learn about:

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (1959–): President and Scientist.Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 1-- bookspoilsAmna Al Haddad (1989–): Weightlifter.Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2-- bookspoilsAnn Makosinski (1997–): Inventor.Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 3-- bookspoilsAstrid Lindgren (1907–2002): Writer.Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 4-- bookspoilsLindgren has written some of my favorite childhood tales, so I was beyond ecstatic to read about her in here!!

Coy Mathis (2007–): Elementary School Student.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 5-- bookspoilsIt warmed my heart to see a transgender girl represented in Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. It made the book that more accessible.

Eufrosina Cruz (1979–): Activist and Politician.Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 6-- bookspoilsThe above quote speaks volumes to me.

Frida Kahlo (1907–1954): Painter.Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 7-- bookspoils

Grace O’Malley (c. 1530–1603): Pirate.Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 8-- bookspoils

Hatshepsut (1507–1458 BC): Pharaoh.Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 9-- bookspoils

Jane Goodall (1934–): Primatologist.Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 10-- bookspoils
Maud Stevens Wagner (1877–1961): Tattoo Artist.Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 12-- bookspoilsI can’t stop staring at the detailed beauty of the above piece, especially once compared to the real picture:maud_stevens_wagner

This diverse collection of women — from different backgrounds, religions, disabilities, ethnicities, sexualities — was as inspiring as it gets. And not only was their courage and strength legendary, but I found their worldview on life and all its aspects to be very illuminating and comforting.

Bottom line: This is the quality content I’m here for in feminist collections.

5/5 stars

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Review: Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen

“Everything we’ve gained has been hard-won by a woman who was willing to be bad in the best sense of the word.”

This book is a noteworthy collection about 100 remarkable women who changed the world, featuring spectacular watercolours illustrations for each and everyone. I did go in a bit hesitant since I’ve tried my hand at similar collections to this one, such as Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath, but they untimely failed in capturing my interest because of the length of the essays that read like Wikipedia entries i.e. with little to no life sparkled throughout. Thankfully, though, that was not the case with Bad Girls Throughout History. This was exactly the kind of book I’ve been looking for: short and concise essays on each historical figure, along with splendidly eye-catching illustrations.

Presenting a broad world of women coming from all eras, countries, backgrounds, races, and ethnicities, this collection left me wanting to educate myself more and more on these spectacular women. Like the author said best, “The short essays are meant to whet your appetite for exploring more on your own.”

Plus, I not only got enlightened on so many topics, but I had a lot of fun while doing so–which isn’t really a common feeling for me with these kind of collections. Needless to say, Bad Girls Throughout History captured a piece of my heart.

So I’d like to share next some of the badass ladies I loved to love:

Billie Holiday (1915–1959):Bad Girls Throughout History 10-- bookspoils
Edith Head (1897–1981):
Bad Girls Throughout History 1-- bookspoilsAnna May Wong (1905–1961):Bad Girls Throughout History 2-- bookspoilsCoretta Scott King (1927–2006):Bad Girls Throughout History 4-- bookspoilsMaya Angelou (1928–2014):Bad Girls Throughout History 5-- bookspoilsRuth Bader Ginsburg (1933–): Bad Girls Throughout History 6-- bookspoilsDolly Parton (1946–): Bad Girls Throughout History 7-- bookspoilsOprah Winfrey (1954–):Bad Girls Throughout History 8-- bookspoilsJosephine Baker (1906–1975):Bad Girls Throughout History 3-- bookspoilsBaker’s life from showgirl, activist, and spy to mother of twelve adopted children left my head spinning in amazement. And my heart swelling with gratitude.

Malala Yousafzai (1997–): Bad Girls Throughout History 9-- bookspoils

To conclude: If you’re looking for a cohesive, impactful, and quick read about powerful women whose actions have “been both persecuted and celebrated,” I’d wholeheartedly recommend you give this collection a go.

4/5 stars

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Review: Almost Adulting by Arden Rose

“We’re tough as shit and we’re going to make it.”

In Almost Adulting — perfect for budding adults, failing adults, and eaters of microwave mug brownies — Arden Rose tells you how to survive your future adulthood. Topics include:

  • The importance of being your own best friend in life. And treating yourself with kindness.
  • Dealing with trichotillomania and discussing mental health issues.
  • Modern romance and her two-year relationship with Will Darbyshire, who’s book, This Modern Love, I coincidentally reviewed a few months back. Including discussions of their first encounter, their budding romance leading to something more, and all things in between.
  • The perks and cons of online friendships and online dating, along with talks of long-distance platonic/romantic relationships.

“With the right level of judgment and discernment, you can find a best friend, or a boyfriend, without ever leaving your bedroom.”

  • Adulthood and not fitting into said category just yet.
  • Body image and body positivity.
  • What Rose learned through all her crying jags, which lead us to the topic of emotions and mental-health well-being.
  • Frankly discussing topics related to sex, from education, masturbation, birth-control, and practicing safe sex. I personally think this was one of the best pieces because of how open and heart-to-heart it felt.
  • The author’s struggle with OCD and disordered eating, which she put in to remind us to take care of our physical and mental well-being.

But above all I cherished this book when Arden Rose talked candidly about her thoughts and feelings. Her honesty is inspiring. However, this lead me to having a bit of trouble with Almost Adulting in certain pieces when the writing leaned towards giving generic and nonspecific advice. That is to say, I appreciated this book more when it focused on being memoir-y and not advice-y.

On that positive note, I also loved the notable humor thrown in here, which I wasn’t expecting at all. Since I’m not that familiar with the author’s work on Youtube, I had no idea what to anticipate going into this book. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when I got out more than a handful of laughs.

Like this moment where she had to decide the future of her relationship:

“I wanted to do more than text him occasionally about the new Game of Thrones episode. So we made a real date. I was going to be in London. He was picking me up at my rented apartment in West Hempstead. He had my address. This was the point of no return. Either I went on this date, or I would have to fake my own death.”

Or this comical paragraph on connecting with people online:

“I find it hard to make deep connections with people. I like meeting people casually at parties; I love a good party friend. But the moment someone gets out their Oprah face and tries to dig into my soul, I immediately scuttle into the corner of my brain far away from all in-depth conversations. The opposite is true when I’m chatting with someone online. I know that sounds crazy, but I find it easier to be honest and forthright with my opinions when I have a computer to hide behind. I’m like an emotional troll”

With all that I adored, however, I quickly came to notice how in certain essays Arden Rose’s thoughts are quite contradictory, which consequently made for an impassive read. The more rambling and jumbling pieces came across like the author couldn’t gather her opinion on a specific topic.

But to end this review on a positive note, I did appreciate the dandy illustrations scattered throughout:

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3.5/5 stars 

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