Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Reading Challenge: Reading Women 2021

I've never done the Reading Women challenge although I've been aware of it for years. 

Now that I'm doing more free-range reading, challenges like this interest me -- especially as I am trying to broaden my reading horizons. 

Here's hoping I can double up some of these reads with Read Harder 2021 as I"m not confident these days that I can do all the requirements of both challenges. I haven't been very good at making myself read in 2020 so this is very much me being ambitious and optimistic!

 Will you be participating?

2021 Reading Women Challenge

  1.  A Book Longlisted for the JCB Prize
    • A Burning by Megha Majumdar (finished 11/21/2021)
  1.  An Author from Eastern Europe
    • The Door by Magda Szab├│
    • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
    • Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
    • Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn
    • Forty Rooms by Olga Grushin

  2.  A Book About Incarceration
    •  Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
    • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones 
    • The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
    • The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

  3.  A Cookbook by a Woman of Color
    • The Edna Lewis Cookbook by Edna Lewis (completed 1/18/2021)

  4.  A Book with a Protagonist Older than 50
    • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
  5.  A Book by a South American Author in Translation
    •  Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor
    • Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector

  6.  Reread a Favorite Book
    •  A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna (finished 6/15/2021)

  7.  A Memoir by an Indigenous, First Nations, Native, or Aboriginal Woman
    • Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo (finished 8/23/2021)

  8.  A Book by a Neurodivergent Author
    • The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang (finished 11/4/2021)

  9.  A Crime Novel or Thriller in Translation
    • The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda (finished 3/13/2021)

  10.  A Book About the Natural World
    • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  11.  A Young Adult Novel by a Latinx Author
    •  Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore (finished 2/20/21)

  12.  A Poetry Collection by a Black Woman
    •  Sonata Mulattica by Rita Dove
  13.  A Book with a Biracial Protagonist
    • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
    • Don't Ask Me Where I'm From by Jennifer De Leon

  14.  A Muslim Middle Grade Novel
    • Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
    • A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi 
    • The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf

  15.  A Book Featuring a Queer Love Story
    • The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian (finished 9/16/2021)
  16.  About a Woman in Politics
  17.  A Book with a Rural Setting
  18.  A Book with a Cover Designed by a Woman
    •  A War of Swallowed Stars by Sangu Mandanna, cover design by Kate Gartner (finished 8/8/2021)

  19.  A Book by an Arab Author in Translation
    • One Thousand and One Nights by Hanan Al-Shaykh 
    • Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi
    • Minor Detail by Adania Shibli
    • The Proof of the Honey by Salwa Al Neimi
    • The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz

  20.  A Book by a Trans Author
    •  Bring Her On by Chelsea M. Cameron
    • The Craft of Love by EE Ottoman
    • The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
    • She of the Mountains by Vivek Shraya 
    • One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston 
    • Little Fish by Casey Plett
  21.  A Fantasy Novel by an Asian Author
    • The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
    • Ash by Malinda Lo 
    • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho 
    • The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

  22.  A Nonfiction Book Focused on Social Justice
    •  Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  23.  A Short Story Collection by a Caribbean Author
    • How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs (finished 8/9/2021)


  •     A Book by Alexis Wright
  •     A Book by Tsitsi Dangarembga
  •     A Book by Leila Aboulela
  •     A Book by Yoko Ogawa
    • Revenge (finished 2/16/2021)

1 comment :

  1. Oh this is very cool, I love it! I always think about doing this sort of challenge, but then I get mad and rebel against my reading prescriptions. So I have decided to just do freewheeling reading once more. :P