Reading Women Challenge

I thought I had enough challenges, but then I saw this one and decided to add it to the list. I already have a tendency to read mostly books by women, so this one should fall right in with my reading habits.

All books read for this challenge must be by or about women. The spirit of the challenge is to read books that are not written by men.

January 1, 2021: I am adding the 2021 prompts to the list and removing the planned readings for 2020. I was going to compare the two years but then decided that was a nope.

Completed Readings 2020

A Book about a Woman Artist – Visual Arts

  • Last Day by Luanne Rice – read 1/3/2020

A Book by an LGBTQ+ Author

  • Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres -read 1/10/2020

A Book about a Woman Who Inspires You

  • Reba: My Story by Reba McEntire -read 1/12/2020

Completed Readings 2021

Biracial Protagonist

  • Drive by Kate Stewart -read 1/23/2021

Rural Setting

  • The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah -read 2/10/2021

Crime Novel or Thriller in Translation (Swedish to English)

  • The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg – read 4/21/2021

About the Natural World

  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed – read 4/23/2021

About a Woman in Politics

  • The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora by Stephanie Thornton – read 4/28/2021

A Queer Love Story

  • Just My Type by Lucy Bexley and Bryce Oakley – read 5/4/2021

Author from Eastern Europe

  • Gerta by Kateřina Tučková – read 5/7/2021

Middle Grade Novel

  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson – read 5/8/2021

Poetry Collection Memoir by a Black Woman

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama – read 5/9/2021

Protagonist Older than 50

  • An Invincible Summer by Mariah Stewart – read 5/15/2021

Longlisted for the JCB Prize

  • Empire by Devi Yesodharan – read 5/16/2021

Arab Author in Translation (Arabic to English)

  • Always Coca-Cola by Alexandra Chreiteh – read 5/16/2021

South American Author in Translation (Chilean (Spanish to English))

  • The Soul of a Woman by Isabel Allende

A Book by Yoko Ogawa

  • The Professor and the Housekeeper by Yoko Ogawa – read 5/17/2021

Memoir by an Indigenous Woman (American Indian)

  • My Body is a Book of Rules by Elissa Washuta – read 5/19/2021

A Book by Leila Aboulela

  • Bird Summons by Leila Aboulela – read 5/24/2021

Fantasy Novel by an Asian Author

  • I Will Save the Villain by Lin Meili – read 5/31/2021

Reread a Favorite Author

  • Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand – read 6/2/2021

Short Story Collection by a Caribbean Author

  • How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs – read 7/14/21

Cover Designed by a Woman (Rachel Willey)

  • Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes – read 7/17/21

By a Trans Author

  • I Have Always Been Me by Precious Brady-Davis – read 7/16/21

Planned Reading

Young Adult Novel by a Latinx Author

  • Salty, Bitter, Sweet by Mayra Cuevas

By a Neurodivergent Author

  • Odd Girl Out: My Extraordinary Autistic Life by Laura James

Cookbook by a Woman of Color

  • Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet by Padma Lakshmi

About Incarceration

  • Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Nonfiction Focused on Social Justice

  • Women, Race & Class by Angela Y. Davis

A Book by Alexis Wright

  • The Swan Book by Alexis Wright

A Book by Tsitsi Dangarembga

  • Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
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