13 Jan 2020, 11:14

Reading Women 2020 list


I am grateful to last years Reading Women challenge for introducing me to some great women writers and some fantastic series - like the Lady Sherlock Series by Sherry Thomas, reading about Appalachia, discovering how wonderful novellas can be, as well as a deep dive into the work of Jesmyn Ward, and one from Jhumpa Lahiri.

** Reading Women 2020 **

  1. Book by an Author from the Caribbean or India
    • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
  2. A Book Translated from an Asian Language
    • The Vegetarian by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith (written and translated by women
  3. A Book about the Environment
    • The Migration by Helen Marshall
  4. A Picture Book Written/Illustrated by a BIPOC Author
    • ✔ Sulwe: Lupita Nyong’o, Vashti Harrison
  5. A Winner of the Stella Prize or the Women’s Prize for Fiction
    • Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • The Erratics - Vicki Laveau-Harvie
  6. A Nonfiction Title by a Woman Historian
    • This Is a Woman: Inside Ravensbrück, Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm
  7. A Book Featuring Afrofuturism or Africanfuturism
    • Seed to harvest series by Octavia Butler
    • The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
  8. An Anthology by Multiple Authors
    • ✔ Maiden, Mother, and Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes Edited by Gwen Bentway - an anthology anthology by trans femme authors exploring the realms of magic, supernatural beings, and alternate universes.
    • ✔ New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl
  9. A Book Inspired by Folklore
    • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
    • Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories
    • ✔ Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc
  10. A Book about a Woman Artist
    • Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists - Donna Seaman
  11. Read and Watch a Book-to-Movie Adaptation
    • Divergent by Roth
    • ✔ Drive Your Plough over The Bones by Olga Tokarczuk
  12. A Book about a Woman Who Inspires You
    • ✔ Know my Name - Chantal Miller
  13. A Book by an Arab Woman
    • Laughing all the way to the mosque by Zarqa Nawaz
    • I am Malala - Malala Yousafzai
    • ✔ We have Always Been Here - Samra Habib
  14. A Book Set in Japan or by a Japanese Author
    • ✔ The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa
  15. A Biography
    • Sontag - Benjamin Moser
    • Sophie Scholl and the White Rose - Annette Dumbach and Jud Newborn
  16. A Book Featuring a Woman with a Disability
    • ✔ Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me by Anna Mehler Paperny
    • ✔ Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc
  17. A Book Over 500 Pages
    • ✔ Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez (it’s a sizable book, that I now realize is not 500 pages long, but I’m going to go with it, and maybe find something else that also fits.)
  18. A Book Under 100 Pages

  19. A Book That’s Frequently Recommended to You

  20. A Feel-Good or Happy Book

  21. A Book about Food

    • Anti-Diet: Reclaim Your Time, Money, Well-Being, and Happiness Through Intuitive Eating - Christy Harrison
  22. A Book by Either a Favorite or a New-to-You Publisher

  23. A Book by an LGBTQ+ Author

    • ✔ Small Beauty - jia qing wilson-yang
    • ✔ We have Always Been Here - Samra Habib
  24. A Book from the 2019 Reading Women Award Shortlists or Honorable Mentions

BONUS 25. A Book by Toni Morrison * I took a look at bookriot’s list of Toni Morrison’s books and a suggested order - The Bluest Eye 26. A Book by Isabel Allende