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 PrizeThe Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
  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 IncarcerationPunching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam
  4. A Cookbook by a Woman of ColorA Southern Girl’s Guide to Plant Based Eating by Cametria Hill
  5. A Book with a Protagonist Older than 50The Switch by Beth O’Leary
  6. A Book by a South American Author in TranslationThe House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  7. Reread a Favorite BookGrave 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 WomanWitch Wife by Kiki Petrosino
  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 AuthorThe Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu
  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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