Reading Women Challenge 2018

Here are the 26 prompts from the Reading Women Challenge 2018, hosted by Reading Women Podcast. 

Below are the front covers of each book I plan to read for each prompt. When a book has been read, I will mark as Read and link to the review if I have one. The cover will be made black and white to be able to tell at a glance.  

BR RH = Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2018 . If you see BR RH next to the title, the book is also being used in the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2018

Wish me luck!


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1. A book by a woman in translation (bonus if also translated by a woman):

Kalpa Imperial (BR RH)

Kalpa Imperial #1-2

By Angelica Gorodischer

Translated by Ursula K Le Guin

2. A fantasy novel written by a woman of color:

 

Kindred (BR RH)

By Octavia E. Butler

Read | 

3. A book set in the American South:

Salvage the Bones

By Jesmyn Ward

4. A short story collection: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Anything is Possible (BR RH)

Amgash #2

By Elizabeth Strout

Read | Read Review

5.  graphic novel or memoir:

Fun Home (BR RH)

By Alison Bechdel

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6. A book published by an independent press: 

Sister Heart

By Sally Morgan

READ | 

7. A book set in Russia or by a Russian author: 

The Bear and the Nightingale (BR RH)

Winternight Trilogy #1

By Katherine Arden

8. A book with an immigrant or a refugee viewpoint character:

Music of the Ghosts

By Vaddey Ratner

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9. A book by an Australian or a Canadian author: 

Don't Take Your Love to Town

By Ruby Langford Ginibi

Read | 

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10. An essay collection: 

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture (BR RH)

Edited by Roxane Gay

11. A book about someone with a chronic illness: 

Lab Girl (BR RH)

By Hope Jahren

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12. A true crime book: The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (BR RH)

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a A Memoir (BR RH)

By Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

13. A book by an African American Woman about Civil Rights:

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of The Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

By Margot Lee Shetterly

14. A classic novel written by a woman(bonus points if not Austen or a Bronté:

Their Eyes Were Watching God

By Zora Neale Hurston

15. A poetry collection:

Milk and Honey

By Rupi Kaur

16. A book where the characters are traveling somewhere:

Sing, Unburied, Sing

By Jesmyn Ward

17. A book with a food item in the title:

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies

Like Water for Chocolate Series #1

By Laura Esquivel

Translated by Thomas Christensen & Carol Christensen

18. A book written by a female Nobel Prize winner:

The Bluest Eye

By Toni Morrison

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19. A book from the Reading Woman Award 2017 shortlists:

Pachinko

By Min Jin Lee

20. A memoir by someone who lives in a country different from yours:

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

By Roxane Gay

21. A book inspired by a fairytale:

Boy, Snow, Bird

By Helen Oyeyemi

22. A book by a local author or recommended by your local bookstore:

Vigil

Verity Fassbinder #1

By Angela Slatter

23. The book that has been on your TBR the longest:

One for the Money

Stephanie Plum #1

By Janet Evanovich

24. A book in a genre you have never read:

The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra

The Romanov Sisters #2

By Helen Rappaport

25. A book by Virginia Woolf:

Mrs Dalloway

READ | 

26. A book by Flannery O'Connor:

The Complete Stories


Prompts and PICks

For those who want to see the whole list of reading prompts and my picks from above:

  1.  A book by a woman in translation(bonus if also translated by a woman): Kalpa Imperial by Angelica Gorodischer (BR RH)

  2.  A fantasy novel written by a woman of color: Kindred by Octavia Butler (BR RH) | READ

  3.  A book set in the American South: Salvage the Bones – Jesmyn Ward

  4.  A short story collection: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout (BR RH) | READ

  5.  A graphic novel or memoir: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (BR RH)

  6.  A book published by an independent press: Sister Heart by Sally Morgan (AusYa BC) | READ

  7.  A book set in Russia or by a Russian author: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (BR RH)

  8.  A book with an immigrant or a refugee viewpoint character: Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner

  9.  A book by an Australian or a Canadian author: Don’t Take Your Love to Town by Ruby Langford-Ginibi | READ

  10.  An essay collection: Not That Bad ed Roxane Gay (BR RH)

  11.  A book about someone with a chronic illness: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (BR RH)

  12.  A true crime book: The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (BR RH)

  13.  A book by an African American Woman about Civil Rights: Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly

  14.  A classic novel written by a woman(bonus points if not Austen or a Bronté: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  15.  A poetry collection: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

  16.  A book where the characters are traveling somewhere:  Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

  17.  A book with a food item in the title: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

  18.  A book written by a female Nobel Prize winner: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (BR RH)

  19.  A book from the Reading Woman Award 2017 shortlists: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

  20.  A memoir by someone who lives in a country different from yours: Hunger (a memoir) by Roxane Gay

  21.  A book inspired by a fairytale: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

  22.  A book by a local author or recommended by your local bookstore: Vigil by Angela Slatter

  23.  The book that has been on your TBR the longest: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

  24.  A book in a genre you have never read: The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport

  25.  A book by Virginia Woolf: Mrs Dalloway | READ

  26.  A book by Flannery O'Connor: The Complete Stories


Reading Women Challenge 2018