Duration: 1st January – 31st December 2020
Number of books: 26
Hosted by: Reading Women
All books read for this challenge must be by or about women.
(Please note that the spirit of this challenge is to read books that aren’t by men.)
- A Book by an Author from the Caribbean or India
- A Book Translated from an Asian Language – Human Acts by Han Kang
- A Book about the Environment – Wilding by Isabella Tree
- A Picture Book Written/Illustrated by a BIPOC Author – The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson
- A Winner of the Stella Prize or the Women’s Prize for Fiction
- A Nonfiction Title by a Woman Historian – The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
- A Book Featuring Afrofuturism or Africanfuturism
- 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).
- You can find out more about Afrofuturism in Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack.
- Examples include N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy, Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden, Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, Mind of My Mind by Octavia Butler, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora edited by Sheree Thomas, My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due, Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord, and Black from the Future edited by Stephanie Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle.
- We’ll be discussing Afrofuturism in as our theme for February (2020), so stay tuned!
- An Anthology by Multiple Authors – Hot in Handcuffs by Sylvia Day, Shayla Black & Shiloh Walker
- A Book Inspired by Folklore
- Any country or culture’s folklore works!
- A Book about a Woman Artist – Stealing Home by Sherryl Woods
- Read and Watch a Book-to-Movie Adaptation – The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
- A Book about a Woman Who Inspires You
- A Book by an Arab Woman
- A Book Set in Japan or by a Japanese Author
- A Biography – Truganini by Cassandra Pybus
- A Book Featuring a Woman with a Disability
- This includes any kind of disability, whether from mental illness, learning disabilities, or physical conditions.
- A Book Over 500 Pages – The Ill-Made Mute by Cecilia Dart-Thornton (578 pp.)
- A Book Under 100 Pages – Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne
- A Book That’s Frequently Recommended to You – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- A Feel-Good or Happy Book – Never Been Witched by Annette Blair
- A Book about Food – Cleaving by Julie Powell
- A Book by Either a
Favorite ora New-to-You Publisher – The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (Corvus)
- A Book by an LGBTQ+ Author
- A Book from the 2019 Reading Women Award Shortlists or Honorable Mentions
- A Book by Toni Morrison
- A Book by Isabel Allende