Monday, 28 October 2013

How to be a Woman: A Review

"It's a good time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain...
Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should we use Botox? Do men secretly hate us? And why does everyone ask you when you're going to have a baby?
Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking."
Literally seconds after putting this book down I picked up my laptop and started writing.  I want to get everything that is in my head down somewhere using the keys of my laptop.  I hope this gives you a good measure of how much I love this book.

I saw this book on Inspired by the Retired and having seen the cover and read the title I knew I had to have his this book.  Yes, it's a very shallow basis on which to pick a book, but I'm a firm believer in 'always judge a book by it's cover', and it's never steered me wrong.  So yes, it may be against the age old adage but the way I see it is, the cover of a book is it's selling point, it's got to have something about it that makes you pick it up off the shelf in the first place, a boring cover is not inviting.

I digress..

So where was I, oh yes, I love and adore this book.  When I first started reading it, I wasn't overly convinced.  It's fair to say that I guess this book wouldn't ordinarily be something I would read, and on starting the book I was questioning if this was something I would really be interested in.  However, as I continued I found I couldn't put it down, well maybe not literally, it's not appropriate nor actually viable to take a book into a shower with you, but you get the jist.

I certainly wouldn't regard myself as a feminist, I guess, and I feel ashamed to say it now, that my idea of a feminist is this man hating nutcase who seems hell bent on going at everything to get female justice and letting us be equal to men.  Caitlin Moran however is my kind of feminist, a realistic one, not set out with the intention of women taking over the world, but just to accept who we are and not feel held back by our sex. 

In this book Caitlin covers more issues than I could ever possibly attempt to get through here without writing a massive essay, which I honestly feel like I could about the book.  Issues such as marraige, children, fashion, abortion and growing up to name a few.

I won't go into detail about all of these topics, but as this is somewhat of a fashion blog I will talk a little bit about this aspect of the book.  Very rightly so Caitlin describes how fashion is pretty much there to be admired on the pages of a glossy magazine, where the look is perfect for just those 2 seconds at that particular angle.

More often than not this seems to ring true on some blogs.  Blogging should be realistic fashion for us everyday ladies, fashion that we can actually walk down the street and be (most importantly) comfy and warm in.  Not there looking good for that particular photo, come on, lets be realistic, we are not going to walk around town all day in a pair of heels and a short skirt on a winters day are we?  Or am I just slowly slipping into old age here... erm....

Ok, rant over.

Anywho, the likelyhood of you having read all that is very slim, and you will most probably have skipped to just here right now, therefore I will leave you with this:

Please go and read this book, it is beyond amazing!  You can buy the book on Amazon here and have a look at the website here.

I give this book a great big:

p.s. I edit all my pics with PicMonkey.
Stay Cool,


  1. I've heard great things about this book! Glad you're loving it too. Thanks for the review :)


  2. great review! I am going to put it on my "to read" list! And thanks again for the feature on your blog, I really appreciated it <3
    Have a wonderful day!

  3. I love Caitlin, and can't wait to get started reading this!

    Hmm maybe...

  4. I'm always on the hunt for a good read and this one has made my book wish list!

    -B ♡ MsBerryStylish 

  5. Thanks for visiting my site! I've actually seen this book all over the place (and recommended by my favorite lady writers). I definitely got to get to it now.

    Your Friend, Jess

  6. nice post dear
    you have a great blog
    thanks for your visit


    Coline ♡

  7. Thanks for visiting my site, let me know if you do decide to go for the braces! :) Sounds like a great read I'm actually in the market for a new book might check this one out, great review :) x

  8. This book wasn't on my radar until very recently when I've been seeing quite a few reviews popping up. It wouldn't usually be a book I would opt for, but I think I might give it a read very soon!

    Jennie xo |