Reading Women 2018 Challenge Final Update

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This year I participated in The Reading Women Challenge hosted by The Reading Women Podcast. I posted more about it in a prior post here. I personally made it my goal to use a unique book for each prompt but it’s not required. Unfortunately, I kept forgetting throughout the year to check my progress so I did not complete it even though I read nearly 150 books this year, most of them by women. Anyway, here’s how I did:

  1. A book by a woman in translation (bonus if also translated by a woman): Human Acts by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith
  2. 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
  3. A book set in the American South: Beast of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
  4. A Short Story Collection: Tales from Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  5. A graphic novel or memoir: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  6. A book published by an independent press: Reality Gold by Tiffany Brooks (I read this for free through KidLitExchange in exchange for an honest review)
  7. 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)
  8. A book with a immigrant or a refugee viewpoint character: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  9. A book by an Australian or a Canadian author: Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
  10. An essay collection: Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay
  11. 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
  12. A true crime book: I didn’t read one.
  13. A book by an African American Woman about Civil Rights: Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  14. A classic novel written by a woman (bonus points if not Austen or Brontë): A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. I’m counting this even though it might not typically be considered a classic because it was published in 1968.
  15. 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).
  16. A book where the characters are traveling somewhere: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  17. A book with food item in the title: Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor
  18. A book written by a female Nobel Prize winner: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  19. A book from the Reading Women Award 2017 shortlists: Unfortunately, I did not complete this challenge. I have read two of the shortlist picks but I read them in 2017 before the list came out, not in 2018 (Hunger by Roxane Gay and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward)
  20. A memoir by someone who lives in a country different from yours: The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  21. A book inspired by a fairytale: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  22. 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)
  23. The book that has been on your TBR the longest: I was thinking either Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe or Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand but I didn’t read either.
  24. A book in a genre you have never read: I have read most every genre so I was thinking Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely because I don’t believe I’ve read a western before. Unfortunately, I never got to it.
  25. BONUS: A book by Virginia Woolf
  26. BONUS: A book by Flannery O’Conner

So, I finished 20 out of 24 of the challenges and neither of the bonus challenges. I WILL complete all the challenges in 2019 though!

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