2020 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.

Completed Readings

A Book about a Woman Artist – Visual Arts

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

A Book by an LGBTQ+ Author

A Book about a Woman Who Inspires You

Planned Readings

A Book Featuring Afrofuturism or Africanfuturism

  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Africanfuturism is defined by Nnedi Okorafor on her website. Afrofuturism is often defined as “a way of imagining possible futures through a black cultural lens” (Ingrid LaFleur).

Read and Watch a Book-to-Movie Adaptation – any screen adaptation works

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

A Book by an Author from the Caribbean or India (Antigua)

  • Oh Gad! by Joanne C. Hillhouse

A Book Translated from an Asian Language (Japanese)

  • Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto, translated by Megan Backus

An Anthology by Multiple Authors

  • Tidal Whispers by Jocelyn Adams, Claire Gillian, Julie Reece, Kelly Said

A Book by an Arab Woman (Jordan)

  • Crescent: A Novel by Diana Abu-Jaber

A Book Set in Japan or by a Japanese Author

  • Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori

A Biography

  • Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith

A Book Featuring a Woman with a Disability

  • Annie’s Song by Catherine Anderson

A Book about Food

  • The Chocolate Lovers’ Club by Carole Matthews

A Book by Either a Favorite or a New-to-You Publisher

  • Pretty Things by Virginie Despentes

A Book from the 2019 Reading Women Award Shortlists or Honorable Mentions

  • Red at the Bone: A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson

A Book by Toni Morrison

  • God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

A Book by Isabel Allende

  • Ripper by Isabel Allende

A Winner of the Stella Prize or the Women’s Prize for Fiction (2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction)

  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

A Picture Book Written/Illustrated by a BIPOC Author

  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

A Book about the Environment

  • South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby

Incomplete Prompts

A Nonfiction Title by a Woman Historian

A Book Inspired by Folklore

A Book Over 500 Pages

A Book Under 100 Pages

A Book That’s Frequently Recommended to You

A Feel-Good or Happy Book

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