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 Language
    • Bonus if the translator is a woman!
  3. A Book about the Environment
    • There are so many great books out there about environmentalism and our environment. Have a look on our Goodreads group for some stellar recommendations.
  4. A Picture Book Written/Illustrated by a BIPOC Author
  5. A Winner of the Stella Prize or the Women’s Prize for Fiction
  6. A Nonfiction Title by a Woman Historian
  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 Authors
    • Your choice for this prompt can be any type of literature—short stories, essays, poetry, plays, etc.— as long as it’s written by a group of different authors.
    • All of the authors do not have to be women.
    • Bonus points if the editor is a woman.
  9. A Book Inspired by Folklore
    • Any country or culture’s folklore works!
  10. A Book about a Woman Artist
    • For this prompt, we are focusing on women visual artists, like sculptors, painters, potters, etc.
  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 Biography
    • A biography is an account of someone’s life written by someone else. This isn’t to be confused with autobiography or memoir.
    • Bonus points if the biography is written by AND about a woman. 🙂
  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 Pages
  18. A Book Under 100 Pages – Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne
  19. A Book That’s Frequently Recommended to You
  20. A Feel-Good or Happy Book
    • This is completely up to interpretation—just pick a book that brings you joy!
  21. A Book about Food
    • Both cookbooks and food writing work for this challenge.
  22. A Book by Either a Favorite or a New-to-You Publisher – The 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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