top 5 recommendation | more body positive books

I’ve talked about my top 5 favourite body positive books before, but I thought that I’d revisit this topic, because I’ve read so many great body positive books throughout the course of this year!! I also recently wrote a post about why I stan fat girls on book covers, which you might want to check out too.

  1. Happy Fat by Sofie Hagen – I’m a big fan of comedian and podcaster Sofie Hagen. I’m actually going to one of her live shows! So it’s no surprise that I enjoyed her book. Half memoir, half social commentary, she talks about fatphobia and how to love your belly. Because I’m familiar with her stuff I could really hear her accent/voice, which made reading the book even better.
  2. The (Other) F-Word edited by Angie Manfredi – this is a collection of short essays by various fat authors and activists, including favourites such as Mason Deaver, Alex Gino, and Samantha Irby. While many of the essays do talk about many of the same topics, I think that it acts as a very important addition to fat positive books available to teenagers today.
  3. There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon – I CANNOT WITH THIS BOOK, OK?! This adorable novel is literally everything I could have ever asked for. Sweetie is a fat, confident athlete who is dealing with fatphobia, particularly from her mother. It would have changed my life if I’d read this when I was a teenager, and I’m so thankful that it exists today ❤
  4. To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin – this is an own voices novel following Savannah, a fat teenager who is dealing with her mother after she comes back from a weight loss reality TV show. It’s a great book that looks at the damage that parents can do if they promote fatphobia/buy into the idea of thinspiration. There’s also a great subplot about Savannah’s anxiety, and a romance as well.
  5. The Misadventures of a Curvy Girl by Sierra Simone – this is a SMUTTY BOOK, y’all! It’s about Ireland Mills, a fat photographer who gets thrown into the path of not one, but two extremely attractive farmers, Ben and Caleb. And let’s just say that the three of them get on extremely well! I loved this erotica not only because it was very well-written (ahem) but also because it’s all about Ireland un-learning all the negativity that she has received about her fatness.

And as an extra, I absolutely have to mention No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter. You can read my review here, but please let me tell you that this book is EVERYTHING.


Bethany herself is also such a stylish lady. I had the pleasure of listening to her talk about fat activism and her coffee table book, Plus+ which is full of gorgeous pictures of fat people and fashion.


ANYWAY. Some body positive books that I’ve also really enjoyed/am interested in include:

  1. Landwhale
  2. The Poet X
  3. If the Dress Fits
  4. You Have the Right to Remain Fat
  5. If It Makes You Happy


Have you read any books with fat main characters recently? If not, pick one of these up!

7 thoughts on “top 5 recommendation | more body positive books

  1. Grab the Lapels says:

    I have To Be Honest and Misadventures of a Curvy Girl on my TBR. I looked up the Rutter book, but it’s not at my library yet. As HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY as I am that young adult lit has jumped all over fat positive books, I really wish there were more books about fat adult women getting through life. There are facts, such as co-workers, children, and spouses, that completely change the game, which fat teens won’t experience the same way.


    1. whatthelog says:

      Yay, I hope you like them! And I totally agree with you – I would especially love a book about fatness and marriage/weddings, as I’m personally battling against the entire wedding industry atm! I’m hoping that there will be more adult lit soon.
      Ooh speaking of which, I read Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert a few months back, and the main character is fat and has fibromyalgia. Fatness isn’t a main aspect of the book but I thought you might be interested 🙂


      1. Grab the Lapels says:

        I saw that one when I looked up another book, so I added it to my list. I don’t mind if the book isn’t all about the character being fat — in fact, I prefer if it isn’t — because I’m looking for books in which a fat person exists and lives her life like anyone else. There may be challenges or differences because her body is fat, and mentioning those challenges is normal.


      2. Grab the Lapels says:

        This is not to say that I don’t enjoy books that are about being fat. I love Dietland by Sarai Walker, but I’ve also read on Goodreads that some fat people find it quite triggering. I’m not sure if you pointed it out to me or read it, but I thought Vow of Celibacy by Erin Judge was fantastic. She’s fat, but that’s not the focus, and she’s bi-sexual, but she’s not celibate. The title is misleading, in my opinion.

        Also, trick with wedding dresses when you are fat: get a white bridesmaid dress. You can get something really fancy for 1/3 of the cost and in more sizes.


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