Reading Women Challenge 2020

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.)

  1. A Book by an Author from the Caribbean or India
  2. A Book Translated from an Asian LanguageHuman Acts by Han Kang
  3. A Book about the EnvironmentWilding by Isabella Tree
  4. A Picture Book Written/Illustrated by a BIPOC AuthorThe Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson
  5. A Winner of the Stella Prize or the Women’s Prize for Fiction
  6. A Nonfiction Title by a Woman HistorianThe Five by Hallie Rubenhold
  7. 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!
  8. An Anthology by Multiple AuthorsHot in Handcuffs by Sylvia Day, Shayla Black & Shiloh Walker
  9. A Book Inspired by Folklore
    • Any country or culture’s folklore works!
  10. A Book about a Woman ArtistStealing Home by Sherryl Woods
  11. Read and Watch a Book-to-Movie AdaptationThe DUFF by Kody Keplinger
  12. A Book about a Woman Who Inspires You
  13. A Book by an Arab Woman
  14. A Book Set in Japan or by a Japanese Author
  15. A BiographyTruganini by Cassandra Pybus
  16. A Book Featuring a Woman with a Disability
    • This includes any kind of disability, whether from mental illness, learning disabilities, or physical conditions.
  17. A Book Over 500 PagesThe Ill-Made Mute by Cecilia Dart-Thornton (578 pp.)
  18. A Book Under 100 PagesPoison Dance by Livia Blackburne
  19. A Book That’s Frequently Recommended to YouLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott
  20. A Feel-Good or Happy BookNever Been Witched by Annette Blair
  21. A Book about FoodCleaving by Julie Powell
  22. A Book by Either a Favorite or a New-to-You PublisherThe Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (Corvus)
  23. A Book by an LGBTQ+ Author
  24. A Book from the 2019 Reading Women Award Shortlists or Honorable Mentions


  • A Book by Toni Morrison
  • A Book by Isabel Allende


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