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