At the beginning of the year I decided to participate in the Reading Women challenge hosted by the Reading Women podcast. There are 24 challenges with 2 bonus challenges and, of course, every book used has to be written by a female author.
I went through and chose books I thought would fit each challenge that I already owned or have been wanting to read. I even went out and bought some of the ones I didn’t have. Then, I forgot about the challenge pretty quickly. So….I thought I would go through and see which of my choices I already read or if I read other novels that would fit.
So, here’s where I’m at (the ones I’ve completed are bolded):
- A book by a woman in translation (bonus if also translated by a woman):
- A fantasy novel written by a woman of color: I have read both Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
- A book set in the American South: Beast of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
- A Short Story Collection: Tales from Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
- A graphic novel or memoir: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
- A book published by an independent press: Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera (I own this already)
- A book set in Russia or by a Russian author: I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon (I received this for free through Netgalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review)
- A book with a immigrant or a refugee viewpoint character:
- A book by an Australian or a Canadian author: Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
- An essay collection: Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay (I’m currently reading)
- A book about someone with a chronic illness: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova and How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine by Michele Lent Hirsch
- A true crime book: I was originally thinking Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder by Ann Rule because my best friend’s mom gave it to me but now I really want to read I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. So, we’ll see.
- A book by an African American Woman about Civil Rights: Dear Martin by Nic Stone
- A classic novel written by a woman (bonus points if not Austen or Brontë): The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (I own it)
- A poetry collection: I’ve decided to count Bronx Masquerade and Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes because I’m not really into poetry and this is technically a novel but there are many, many poems in it. (I received these books to read for free through KidLitExchange in order to review).
- A book where the characters are traveling somewhere: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
- A book with food item in the title: Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor
- A book written by a female Nobel Prize winner: I was thinking of something by Toni Morrison
- A book from the Reading Women Award 2017 shortlists: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (I bought this specifically for the challenge but haven’t gotten to it yet)
- A memoir by someone who lives in a country different from yours: I was thinking of reading I Am Mala for this.
- A book inspired by a fairytale: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (I own this)
- A book by a local author or recommended by your local bookstore: Breakout by Kate Messner (she’s from a few hours away from me)
- The book that has been on your TBR the longest: My original plan was Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe which I still think would work (I own an ebook version)
- A book in a genre you have never read: I was thinking Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely because I don’t believe I’ve read a western before
- BONUS: A book by Virginia Woolf: Orlando (I own)
- BONUS: A book by Flannery O’Conner:
Any suggestions for (1) any translated books written and translated by women, (2) a book with a immigrant or a refugee viewpoint character, (3) a book by Toni Morrison, or (4) a book by Flannery O’Conner?