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Featuring Women

Duration: 1st March – 31st August 2019
Number of books: 38
Hosted by:Crazy Challenge Connection

Women are an important part of the literary world. They write books. They are main characters in all genres. They are displayed on covers. 

You must complete all three parts of this challenge.

Part A – CATEGORIES: – 15 books
To continue with our celebration of International Women’s Day, let’s read books that focus on women. Read a book to meet each of the tasks below:

Authors
1. Any book written by a woman – Blood Work by Kim Harrison
2. Memoir/biography written by/about a woman – The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
3. Any book by a woman who writes under more than one name. (You may choose to read either name, but also tell us the other.)

Titles
4. Woman’s name in the title – Circe by Madeline Miller

Characters – Tell us the characters’ names.
5. Strong female lead character – Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne (Kyra)
6. Female character younger than 15 years old – The Thieves of Ostia by Caroline Lawrence
7. Female character older than 60 years old
8. Featuring a female villain – Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs
9. Main character who is a mother – Bled Dry by Erin McCarthy

Covers
10. One woman on the cover – High Stakes by Erin McCarthy
11. Woman wearing a dress on the cover – Snow White, Blood Red edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
12. Woman’s face/eyes on the cover – Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Settings
13. Female main character set in contemporary times. – Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle
14. Female main character set in historical times (tell us when).
15. Female main character based in a small town setting. – Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Part B – TASKS: – 12 books
There are so many women who have made an impact on the world in various ways. They can’t all be mentioned here, but these are some of the more memorable. Complete one task for each woman.

1. Jeanne Baret
She was a member of Louis Antoine de Bougainville’s expedition in 1766–1769. An expert botanist, she is recognized as the first woman to have completed a voyage of circumnavigation of the globe. Jeanne Baret joined the expedition disguised as a man, calling herself Jean Baret. 
* Read a book with a large ship (not a boat or canoe) on the cover (post the cover) – or – a book with a character whose name can be considered either male or female, such as Terry, Chris, etc. (tell us the character’s name). – Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (Alex)

2. Gertrude Ederle
Called the “Queen of the Waves,” she was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in five events. On August 6, 1926, she became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. When Ederle walked up the beach at Kingsdown, England after 14 hours and 34 minutes, the first person to greet her was a British immigration officer who requested her passport. Ederle was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1965.
* Read a book showing some sort of water on the cover where you can swim (post the cover) – or – a book set in the 1960’s.Burning Up by Angela Knight, Nalini Singh, Virginia Kantra & Meljean Brook

3. Indira Gandhi
She was the first female prime minister of India, in power between 1966–77 and 1980–84. Accused of authoritarian tendencies, she narrowly avoided a military coup by agreeing to hold an election at the end of the “emergency period” of 1977. She was assassinated in 1984 by her Sikh bodyguards in response to her storming of the Golden Temple.
* Read a book by an author whose first OR last name begins AND ends with a vowel – or – a book in which someone trusted turns out to be an enemy. – Tempting the Beast by Lora Leigh

4. Nellie Bly
Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, better known by her pen name Nellie Bly, was an American journalist widely known for an exposé in which she worked undercover to report on a mental institution from within. She was a pioneer in her field and launched a new kind of investigative journalism. In 1889 she suggested to her editor at the New York Worldthat she take a trip around the world, attempting to turn the fictional Around the World in Eighty Days into fact for the first time.
* Read a book with an intact “80” or “72” in the total number of pages (tell us how many) – or – a book with a character or author named Elizabeth or Nellie (no other variations).The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis (172 pp.)

5. Annie Smith Peck
A trailblazing American mountaineer and scholar in the late 1800’s, Peck wrote and lectured about her adventures to encourage travel and exploration. Yet the acclaim she won for setting mountain climbing records was almost overshadowed by the outrage caused by her climbing attire: trousers and tunics instead of skirts. Smith climbed her last mountain, the 5,367ft Mount Madison in New Hampshire, at the age of 82.
* Read a book marked TRAVEL on the main GR genre page – or – a book with a woman dressed in pants/jeans on the cover (show us the cover). – Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

6. Marie Curie
A Polish/French scientist, she was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize and the first person to win the Nobel Prize for two separate categories (Physics in 1903 and Chemistry in 1911). A few years later she also helped develop the first X-ray machines.
* Read a book with a character who is a scientist (male or female) – or – a book whose title starts with a letter in NOBEL (disregard A, An, The).The Turn by Kim Harrison

7. Malala Yousefzai
A Pakistani schoolgirl who defied threats of the Taliban to campaign for the right to education, she survived being shot in the head by the Taliban and has become a global advocate for women’s rights, especially the right to education.
* Read a book in which someone is shot – or – a book where the main character is a student. – The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

8. Krystyna Chojnowska-Liskiewicz
The Polish-born Krystyna was the first woman to sail solo around the world from February 1976 to April 1978. She said of her voyage, “Grown people should be aware that sometimes in life is lonely. But during the trip I was not plagued by loneliness. I was not lonely, but alone. There’s a difference.” 
* Read a book with an author who uses a hyphenated name (post a link to the author’s home page) – or – a book with a sailboat on the cover (post the cover).

9. Sandra Day O’Connor
Born March 26, 1930, O’Connor was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, having been appointed in 1981 by Ronald Reagan. Considered a federalist and a moderate Republican, O’Connor tended to approach each case narrowly without arguing for sweeping precedents. She most frequently sided with the Court’s conservative bloc, although in the latter years of her tenure, she was regarded as having the swing opinion in many cases.
* Read a book with a character who behaves in a conservative manner (tell us who) – or – a book with a courtroom scene. – The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

10. Rosa Parks
An American civil rights activist in Alabama in the 1960’s, her refusal to give up her bus seat in Montgomery indirectly led to some of the most significant civil rights legislation of American history. She sought to play down her role in the civil rights struggle but for her peaceful and dignified campaigning she became one of the most well respected figures in the civil rights movement.
* Read a book with a bus on the cover (post the cover) – or – a book set in the American Deep South (Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, or Louisiana).

11. Grace Marguerite, Lady Hay Drummond-Hay
In 1929 this British journalist was the first woman to travel around the world by air (in a zeppelin). Although she was not an aviator herself, she contributed to the glamour of aviation and general knowledge of it by writing articles about her aerial adventures for US newspapers in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s.
* Read a book with the letter “Z” somewhere in the title or the author’s name – or – a book with a character who is a journalist or writer or some kind.

12. Junko Tabei
A Japanese mountaineer, she was the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1975 and the first woman to ascend all Seven Summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent. Tabei helped to find sponsors for the expedition, although she was frequently told that the women “should be raising children instead.”
* Read a Series Book #7 (tell us the series) – or – a book with a mountain peak shown on the cover (post the cover). – Spellhorn by Berlie Doherty

Part C – SPELL-OUT: – Choose a special woman in your life or someone you admire and spell out her name (can use first name, last name, or both) using the first letter of the title (disregard A, An, The) OR the first letter of the author’s first or last name.

J
A
N
E – Evolve edited by Nancy Kilpatrick

G
O
O
D – Dead End Dating by Kimberly Raye
A – An Apple for the Creature edited by Charlaine Harris & Toni L.P. Kelner
L – Laughing All the Way to the Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz
L – Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown

Challenges

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