I wanted to capture these books for my own personal memories and hope that you may enjoy reading them as well.
I have all these books so happy to offer them out. I have also included the ISBN number should you want to get the book yourself.
I really loved this book. I would say that it is aimed at people possibly younger than me, but I was real escapism for me reading the book.
I hadn’t read a fictional book for a while, and to be honest I felt that this book wasn’t fiction. It was so well written I felt Queenie was my friend. I was with her every step of the way through her trails and tribulations. I could relate to the many of the situations that Queenie found herself in.
What I did find fascinating in the book was the way in which people spoke to Queenie as a black young women, I know that Queenie was a fictional character but I also know the book was written from Candices own experiences. It was from this book that I wanted to explore more about BAME women and their experiences as young women, Mums and beyond.
ISBN: 978 -1-4091-8005-0
In all honesty I was expecting more from this book, but I am aware that it was me that was possibly assuming what the book was about. I wanted to understand more about the culture of black womens Motherhood, but I didn’t really get this from the book. I could relate to many parts of the book as a mum, and possibly wanted more information of Candices experiences as a black mum.
I probably wanted more details from each section, every section seemed brief. I would have liked to know more about her journey to recovery from Maternal Mental Health. Then more detail about setting up the platform “Make Motherhood Diverse”. It is touched on but I would have like to know more about it the struggles and successes.
What I did enjoy about the book is the honesty from Candice which I am sure every mums would be able to relate to.
From this book I went away thinking how diverse we are as a team at Motherwell Cheshire and does our services appeal to all. I have since been interviewing many mums, many mums would say they are diverse, and I am making sure our services are fit for all.
ISBN: 978 -1-52940-627-6
I loved this book and there was so many women in this book I had never heard of, or had heard off but didn’t know what they were known for.
In a way it annoyed me that I didn’t know about these women, and wanted to know why I didn’t know about them, some I feel definitely should be part of the curriculum, to empower young women.
Rachel wrote the book as a Womens Champion and I loved this.
Since reading the book, at MotherWell we have started the Inspire Me campaign and have showcased most of the women in the book through an online campaign. Our aim is to take this exhibition into schools to enable male and females to know about the great women from politics that have shaped where we are now. Are your customers raving about you on social media? Share their great stories to help turn potential customers into loyal ones.
ISBN: 978-1-788 -31220-2
This book is very similar to Womens of Westminster it champions women, but not all women in politics a wide range of women. Yvette has chosen speeches to illustrate how powerful the power of the voice can be. It was great to read so many speeches that have made such an impact to the society that we live in today. Its a great book to dip in and out off and one I am sure I will read again.
As part of the Inspire Me campaign we have included many of the speeches within this book, to empower women that their voice really can make a difference.
ISBN: 978 -7 -81786 -49992
This book is such an easy and informative read. I was expecting it to be more of an academic book but was pleasantly surprised that it was so easy to read. I learnt so much from the book, I read it not long after it came out so loved the fact it was so factual and relevant. The book was split into different sections and Helen reflected how far we have come in terms of equality, it was then marked out of 10. This was so great for me, I read the book and felt informed.
From reading this I wanted to explore some of the issues through a conference and have asked Dr Helen to speak at the conference, opening the event.
This is definitely a book I will go back to as a reference point.
ISBN: 978 -1-473-64685-8
This book is a great book, that completely inspired me. Ruth talks very openly about her lived experiences on a range of topics. Relationships, growing up, life in politics.
In the book Ruth also interviews other women that I liked, as many were not your “usual suspects” such as Baroness Martha Lane and Gemma Fay. This is a really inspiring book and to me its proved how determination, hard work and passion does pay off. At the time of reading the book it was what I needed to know. At he end of the book there was a section called “looking back and Paying it forward” I loved this and have used these quotes on my social media pages. Its great to hear advice from people that have been on that journey,
As you may have guessed, the women in this book were featured in our Inspire Me Campaign.
A rather different book for me, but one I have wanted to read for ages after watching the OJ Simpson Trail documentary. This books is written by Marcia who was the prosecuting lawyer in the OJ Simpson case. It was a fascinating book listening to not only how she viewed the OJ Simpson case but also how she was treated as a female in such a high profile case. Even though this was a case based in America I could well imagine our media in Britain being as discriminated.
Although many years ago, I unfortunately cant imagine that this would be any different now. It made me realise how far we have to go to get equality.
The book also explains how Marcia had to balance life as a mum and a having such an intense and high profile role. She explains well how she had to focus on getting both right as much as she can given the circumstances that she found herself during the trail.
I found this book difficult to read, it not to sure why? Possibly a little too academic for me. However I theme throughout the book was Feminism being focussed on white middle classed women. Which I could identify with and must admit is how I view feminist at times - which I am embarrassed to say. This book has been a book that has been really thought provoking for me, particularly around the title of feminst - I have gone on to write a blog about this.
The book also made me wonder if Motherwell was a charity that met the needs of the women from the BAME community. It definitely is not a middle class charity but it did make me wonder do our service stand for every female. It is certainly what I want and I have since made it my mission to find out of we do.
This is a great fiction book. The characters of the book were extremely relateable to me, and I am sure
Many other mums would also relate.
I love the characters and how they were so driven to continue with their dreams and reality. From the book I loved the idea of the womens group that was written about and went on to set up a Womens Personal Development group. Although my group is currently on hold, I love to see how the power of Women Supporting Women can make changes, and although this book was fiction I got the feeling that the author … also felt the same in her personal life and was brought to life in the book.
This was a great book, based on lived experience of black women, but what I also liked was the national statistics that were weaved into book. it helped to put things into perspective.
The book really helped me to understand the real barriers that take place for black individuals but in particular women. It’s not written from a “poor me” point of view, it was written with an honest account of the systemic issues that back individuals face everyday.
I especially like how it was split into sections like Helen Pankhurst’s Deeds not Words. The mental health section was a particular interest of mine. I found it really interesting that when at University she didn’t want anyone to know about her mental health issues for fear that people would think that she wasn’t coping, that university was too much for her.
It made me think, I wonder how many black women don’t talk about their mental health battles with fear of judgement…Can’t cope being a mum, Can’t cope with their job. These barriers and stigma need breaking down.
At the time of writing this I have just recruited a volunteer who will be leading of a BAME drop in for local women suffering with their mental health. The volunteer being a black woman herself wants to promote that there is no stigma in talking about your mental health.
Reading this book before meeting the volunteer made me realise how our starting point at the charity is to first start raising the awareness that it is ok for Black women to have struggles with their mental health.
I don’t tend to read many fiction books anymore, however in my twenties, fiction books were what I loved reading and three authors in particular had an impact on me.
Barbara Taylor Bradford - her first book that I read was Women of substance after watching the film with my mum. I love the power women in this book. I then went on to read all of Barbara Taylor Bradford books in the early twenties fascinated by the strong women character that Barbara created. I think this was the start of my fascination with Womens equality and women in leadership.
Susan Lewis - again Susan creates strong female characters in her books who I felt I knew and many who I could relate to. What I also loved about the Susan books were the twists that took place. Nothing that is relevant to my life now, but I did love the twists and trying to second guess the outcome of each event throughout the book.
Erica James - another author that focusses on women's lives and dilemmas that they find themselves in. Erica books were always heartwarming and got me thinking about what I would do in the situations that the women found themselves in.
There is however one book in particular that has always stayed with me Hidden Talents, I loved this book about a Creative Writing Group. The writing group was made up with many different characters but there bond was so strong from the connections that they made in the group.
Since reading this book I went onto to have very similar experience when doing my counselling training in Self Development Time, a safe space to share all what is going for me, bearing all without fear of judgement.
I have since worked hard to create such safe spaces within groups in the Motherwell Charity and have seen lovely friendships grow.
Motherwell has its own choir and this has been a safe space, a place where we sing and reflect on our week. This book made me realised bringing people with the same passion really can be magical.
Another book that I always remember reading is Dame Ellen Macarthur's Taking on the World. This has to be one of my favourite books, for quite a few reasons. I loved reading about the mindset that Dame Ellen had to get into to sail round the world and how she overcome the loneliness when sailing on her own. Her motivation and resistance was remarkable. How people got into this frame of mind had always fascinated me and so was great to read it from a lived experience point of view.
The other reason I loved this book so much was the amazing descriptions that Dame Ellen painted about her surroundings, being out at sea and all the wildlife and sealife that was her around her.
It's a book I often reflect on and one I plan to read again.
I have lots of books I am planning to read please head over to my pinterest page where these are all listed.