Reading Women 2019 Challenge

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The Reading Women Podcast is doing another year-long challenge for 2019 and I am so excited! You can find their page here. I participated in 2018 but did a terrible job updating on my progress on social media. I’m hoping to do better this year.

There are 27 prompts (including the two bonus prompts). The only rule is that it must be written by a woman. I personally want to try and read one book per prompt but they squarely reject that as a neccessary rule for the challenge. Here’s the list of prompts and some books I’m thinking of using:

  1. A mystery or thriller written by a woman of color
    • The Cutting Season by Attica Locke sounds really good!
  2. A book about a woman with a mental illness
    • I think it’s possible that Eleanor is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman will work for this one but I’m not positive until I’ve read it
  3. A book by an author from Nigeria or New Zealand
    • I actually already completed this one on accident. I listened to The Tattooist of Auschwitz on audio by Heather Morris, who is from New Zealand. Perhaps I can also read a book by a Nigerian author.
  4. A book about or set in Appalachia
    • Suggestions?
  5. A children’s book
    • They say Middle Grade counts so I have a ton of unread books that will qualify. I’ll just count the first one I happen to pick up.
  6. A multigenerational family saga
    • I think Pachinko by Min Jin Lee would qualify and it’s still sitting on my shelf.
  7. A book featuring a woman in science
    • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren is a Diverse Clubs pick I didn’t get to last year that will work for this prompt.
  8. A play
    • I had no idea A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry was a play until someone posted about using it for this challenge. I already own it and it’s been begging to be read so it’s perfect!
  9. A novella
    • I think Home by Toni Morrison qualifies which is perfect because I plan to read every book she’s written so far this year.
  10. A book about a woman athlete
    • I have no idea. Maybe I’ll read a memoir for this one.
  11. A book featuring a religion other than your own
    • I am borderline Christian, borderline agnostic so any other religion would do. I will have to look for something.
  12. A Lambda Literary Award winner
    • My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris because it’s a graphic novel which I love.
  13. A myth retelling
    • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, inspired by Achilles and Patrocolus.
  14. A translated book published before 1945
    • Grand Hotel by Vicki Baum was first published in German in 1929 and sounds interesting.
  15. A book written by a South Asian author
    • I plan to read Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie for a book club. She is Pakistani-British (born in Pakistan).
  16. A book by an Indigenous woman
    • I’ve loved books by Louise Erdrich so I may read another one by her. I already own LaRose and The Round House.
  17. A book from the 2018 Reading Women Award shortlist
    • I plan to read If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim for a couple of groups which was on the fiction shortlist.
  18. A romance or love story
    • I own Kiss Quotient and When Katie Met Cassidy which would both fit the bill.
  19. A book about nature
    • I think I’ll need to read a book before deciding it fits this category.
  20. A historical fiction book
    • Not sure yet but I enjoy this genre so I’m sure I’lll find one.
  21. A book you bought or borrowed in 2019
    • This will be pretty easy because I buy way too many books lol.
  22. A book you picked up because of the cover
    • I’ll fill this prompt when it happens I guess lol
  23. Any book from a series
    • Bloodwitch comes out this year and I will DEFINETLY be reading it so that would work.
  24. A young adult book by a woman of color
    • I think a lot of books on my TBR fit this prompt but On the Come Up is one I’m really excited about.
  • A book by Jesmyn Ward
    • I plan to read every book written by Jesmyn Ward because she’s an amazing author so I’m pumped about this prompt! I already own Men We Reaped, Where the Line Bleeds, and Salvage the Bones that I still need to read.
  • A book by Jhumpa Lahiri
    • She is prolific so it looks like I have a ton to choose from.


Are you planning to join along this year? I would love to compare books and see your progress!

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