#ReadingWomenChallenge: 12 More Books To Read This Year

Last week, I uploaded my 24 picks for #ReadTheMoon2020, a reading challenge launched by Singaporean bookshop The Moon. Today, I bring you 12 more books, this time for the #ReadingWomenChallenge, created by the Reading Women podcast.

The full challenge has 24 prompts, but because I am already doing #ReadTheMoon2020, I picked half of those, jumping numbers to include the prompts that I feel were missing from my 2020 TBR. Without further ado – my picks for the #ReadingWomenChallenge!


#ReadingWomenChallenge prompts, taken from Instagram

Book covers: Patsy by Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn,

1. Author from Caribbean or India

Patsy by Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn

  • Set partly in Jamaica
  • Protagonist moves to America to be with her girlfriend (f/f relationship)
  • Features POV of her daughter, who she left behind in Jamaica

3. About the environment

The Way Through The Woods by Long Litt Woon

  • Memoir by a grieving widow
  • Malaysian author who lives in Norway
  • Overcoming grief by taking a beginner’s mushrooming course and getting in touch with nature

6. Nonfiction by a woman historian

Queer Singapore edited by Audrey Yue

  • More cultural studies than history, but let’s go with it
  • Looks at LGBT+ identity in Singapore and its relationship to the law
  • Academic but light on theory
Book covers: Everfair by Nisi Shawl, Sista! edited by Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, and The Art of Cruelty by Maggie Nelson

7. Afrofuturism or Africanfuturism

Everfair by Nisi Shawl

  • Alternate history
  • Steampunk SFF set in the Belgian Congo
  • Explores how the Congo’s history could have gone if they had known about steam technology earlier

8. An anthology by multiple authors

Sista! edited by Phyll Opoku-Gyimah

  • Published in the UK
  • Writings by African/Caribbean women who love women (wlw)
  • Features a variety of genres

10. About a woman artist

The Art of Cruelty by Maggie Nelson

  • Non-fiction by one of my favourite writers
  • Explores how violence and cruelty are represented in different art forms
  • Not exactly about a female artist, but knowing Maggie Nelson’s style, it will likely examine violence against women in art
Book covers: Daring to Drive by Manal Al-Sharif, My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness by Kabi Nagata, and Nujeen by Nujeen Mustafa

13. By an Arab woman

Daring to Drive by Manal Al-Sharif

  • Memoir
  • The story of a woman who decided to drive when it was illegal for women in Saudi Arabia
  • Exploration of growing up and living under religious fundamentalism

14. Set in Japan/by a Japanese author

My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness by Kabi Nagata

  • Manga (I have never actually read one)
  • Recounts the author’s experience with her own sexuality
  • Tackles mental health and (surprise!) loneliness

16. Featuring a woman with a disability

Nujeen by Nujeen Mustafa

  • Memoir, co-written by the woman who helped write I Am Malala
  • Syrian author with cerebral palsy
  • Recounts her journey as a refugee on a wheelchair
Book covers: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Eat Up by Ruby Tandoh, and Lost Children Archives by Valeria Luiselli

19. Frequently recommended to you

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • LGBT+ themes
  • Retired Hollywood star chooses an unknown reporter to write her scandalous biography, featuring the story of her seven husbands
  • Their lives turn out to intersect in unexpected ways

21. A book about food

Eat Up by Ruby Tandoh

  • Exploration of the good and bad sides of food
  • Looks at symbolism of food and sex
  • Attempts to make you fall (back) in love with food in a healthy way

24. From the 2019 Reading Women Award shortlists

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

  • Family road trip across the United States
  • Immigration crisis heard of on the car radio parallels the family crisis in the car
  • I loved Luiselli’s previous book, Sidewalks, published in 2010

Are you taking part in the #ReadingWomenChallenge? What are you reading? You can leave your answers in the comments below – or get in touch with me on Goodreads or Instagram.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. eddie

    I’ve been meaning to get round to Audrey Yue’s Queer SG, so will do that with you too. I’ve read Everfair! I liked it (I think). I liked Argonauts so I will give The Art of Cruelty a go. And the Hidden Life of trees looks interesting!

    1. yaizacanopoli@gmail.com

      Thank you for commenting Eddie ❤️ I’m stealing Queer Singapore from Beverly’s shelf haha. Everfair is one of the lowest rated books on my TBR according to Goodreads, gets lots of negative and mediocre reviews. Most people say it’s a really cool concept but messily put together. Which just intrigues me more tbh. Glad to know you liked it at least, must be something good about it!! The Argonauts is such an amazing book, I can’t imagine anythings Maggie Nelson writes to be short of fantastic. The Hidden Life of Trees was recommended to me ages ago by a German friend of mine who studies something related to nature and landscape – she really loves plants and she liked the book, so I’m hoping it’s interesting. Let me know if you plan on starting any of these, then hopefully we can give them a read together?

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