Reading Women Challenge 2021

Duration: 1st January – 31st December 2021
Number of books: 28
Hosted by: Reading Women Podcast

All books read for this challenge must be by women or people of other historically marginalized genders who are comfortable being included in feminine-coded initiatives.

  1. A Book Longlisted for the JCB Prize
    • The JCB Prize for Literature is an award presented each year to a distinguished work of fiction by an Indian author.
    • The prize aims to celebrate Indian writing and to help readers across the world discover the very best of contemporary Indian literature. It also makes significant awards also to translators, without whose work no reader can appreciate the scale and diversity of a literature written in over twenty languages.
    • Find out more over on the prize’s website.
  2. An Author from Eastern Europe
    • Eastern Europe is, as the name says, the eastern part of Europe. According to the United Nations Statistics Division, countries within Eastern Europe are Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, and the most-western part of the Russian Federation.
  3. A Book About Incarceration – Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam
  4. A Cookbook by a Woman of Color
    • You do not have to read every word of the cookbook.
    • Making a recipe from the cookbook is encouraged but not required.
    • If you are triggered by food, please feel free to read a book about cocktails, tea, coffee, olive oil, cocoa beans, or anything else food adjacent.
  5. A Book with a Protagonist Older than 50
    • Bonus points if the author is also over 50!
  6. A Book by a South American Author in Translation
    • As with all of our translation prompts, you can read in any language you like as long as the book has been translated from one language to another.
  7. Reread a Favorite Book – Grave Witch by Kalayna Price
  8. A Memoir by an Indigenous, First Nations, Native, or Aboriginal Woman
  9. A Book by a Neurodivergent AuthorThe Bride Test by Helen Hoang
  10. A Crime Novel or Thriller in Translation
    • As with all of our translation prompts, you can read in any language you like as long as the book has been translated from one language to another.
  11. A Book About the Natural WorldBorn Free by Joy Adamson
  12. A Young Adult Novel by a Latinx Author
  13. A Poetry Collection by a Black Woman
  14. A Book with a Biracial ProtagonistRed, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (Alex)
  15. A Muslim Middle Grade Novel
  16. A Book Featuring a Queer Love Story
  17. About a Woman in Politics
    • Bonus points for reading about a woman in politics from a country that’s not your own!
  18. A Book with a Rural SettingOver Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
  19. A Book with a Cover Designed by a WomanKissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid
  20. A Book by an Arab Author in Translation
    • As with all of our translation prompts, you can read in any language you like as long as the book has been translated from one language to another.
    • The Arab World consists of twenty-two countries in the Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, the Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
  21. A Book by a Trans Author
    • This includes trans women and nonbinary trans authors comfortable being included in feminine-coded initiatives.
  22. A Fantasy Novel by an Asian Author
  23. A Nonfiction Book Focused on Social JusticeLucky Child by Loung Ung
  24. A Short Story Collection by a Caribbean Author

BONUS

  • A Book by Alexis Wright
  • A Book by Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • A Book by Leila Aboulela
  • A Book by Yoko Ogawa

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