2018 Reading Women Challenge – How Did I Go? (Part 1)

I decided as one of my reading goals for 2018 to take part in the 2018 Reading Women Challenge – the prompts were fun and nudged me in the direction of some new genres to broaden the women writers I was picking up over the year. While the Goodreads forums are a wonderful source of inspiration if you’re participating and looking for titles for the different prompts, I thought I’d share my own list. This was longer than I expected so I’ll split it up over a few posts, kicking off below with prompts 1 through 5.

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

Farewell, My Orange by Iwaki Kei (translated from Japanese by Meredith McKinney)

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos (translated from French by Hildegarde Serle)

Strike Your Heart by Amelie Nothomb (translated from French by Alison Anderson)

The Court Dancer by Kyung-Sook Shin (translated from Korean by Anton Hur)

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani (translated from French by Sam Taylor)

Vita Nostra by Sergey & Marina Dyachenko (translated from Russian by Julia Meitov Hersey)

2. A fantasy novel written by a woman of color

Binti by Nnedi Okarafor

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

3. A book set in the American South

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Florida by Lauren Groff

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

4. A short story collection

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

Heating & Cooling by Beth Ann Fenelly

You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

Florida by Lauren Groff

Ayiti by Roxane Gay

Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Pulse Points by Jennifer Down

All The Names They Used For God by Anjali Sachdeva

A Thousand Doors edited by J.T. Ellison

5. A graphic novel or memoir

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg

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Source: Reading Women Website

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