Apart from academic literature, I’ve also been reading books, anthologies, and memoirs borrowed from the public library or from my own bookshelves which explore the diverse aspects of intersectional identities, marginalisation, systemic oppression, and activism. I’m creating this list to keep a track of the books I’ve read and to offer a resource for anybody who’s interested in exploring what’s out there. I’ll be adding to this list over the next year and a half at least, as I discover more books.


Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body by Sara Pascoe

Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition by David Nirenberg

Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India
by Sujatha Gidla

The Audre Lorde Compendium: Essays, Speeches, And Journals by Audre Lorde

Azadi by Arundhati Roy

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Brit(ish): Getting Under the Skin of Britain’s Race Problem by Afua Hirsch

Can We All Be Feminists? edited by June Eric-Udorie

Capitalism: A Ghost Story by Arundhati Roy

The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

Everybody Loves a Good Drought by Palagummi Sainath

Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates

Fight Like A Girl by Clementine Ford

Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum
by Michael McCreary

The Gender Games: The Problem with Men and Women, from Someone Who Has Been Both by Juno Dawson

Gender Queer Maia Kobabe

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister

Happy Fat: Taking Up Space in a World That Wants to Shrink You by Sofie Hagen

Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell

Humans by Brandon Stanton

The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Class, and Culture Online edited by Safiya Umoja Noble and Brendesha Tynes

It’s Not About the Burqa edited by by Mariam Khan

Life as a Unicorn: A Journey from Shame to Pride and Everything in Between by Amrou Al-Kadhi

Men Explain Things to Me: And Other Essays by Rebecca Solnit

The Mother of All Questions (Essays) by Rebecca Solnit

The Muslims are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani

The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce edited by Angie Manfredi

Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness

Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker, Julia Scheele

Queer Intentions: A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ + Culture by Amelia Abraham

Queer, There and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager

Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen

The Secret Loves of Geeks edited by Hope Nicholson

Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide by Kate Charlesworth

She Speaks: The Power of Women’s Voices edited by Yvette Cooper

Squee from the Margins: Fandom and Race by Rukmini Pande

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei (co-writer), Justin Eisinger (co-writer), Steven Scott (co-writer), Harmony Becker (Artist)

Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

Trans Britain: Our Journey from the Shadows edited by Christine Burns

Uncanny Bodies: Superhero Comics and Disability edited by Scott T. Smith and José Alaniz

Uncanny Magazine Issue Twenty-Four: Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction 

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Asha Bandele

When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt by Kara Cooney

Whose Story Is This? Old Conflicts, New Chapters by Rebecca Solnit

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Women, Race, and Class by Angela Y. Davis

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson



The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Illegal by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Marvel Powers of a Girl by Lorraine Cink and Alice X. Zhang

DC: Women of Action by Shea Fontana