The Challenge

In an effort to diversify my reading, I found this challenge. Fairly simple, I think. 24 books with a couple of bonus options to round things out to read a book every other week.

I’ll be working on this along with my other challenges and projects and will be editing the list as I find books to fit the prompts.

Graphic showing prompts for the reading women challenge
2019 Reading Women Challenge Reading List @ TL Wright | A Bookish Life

The Prompts

  1. A mystery or thriller by a woman of color – Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon
  2. A book about a woman with a mental illness – Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher
  3. A book by an author from Nigeria or New Zealand – The Bone People by Keri Hulme
  4. A book about or set in Appalachia What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte OR White Trash: The 400-Year Untold Story of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
  5. A children’s book
  6. A multigenerational family saga – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  7. A book featuring a woman in science – Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt OR In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall
  8. A play – A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  9. A novella – Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold
  10. A book about a woman athlete – Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective by Pat Summit with Sally Jenkins
  11. A book featuring a religion other than your own – The Viking’s Kurdish Love: A True Story of Zoroastrians’ Fight for Survival, Part I: 988-1003 by Widad Akreyi
  12. A Lambda Literary Award winner – Hunger by Roxane Gay
  13. A myth retelling – The Just City by Jo Walton
  14. A translated book published before 1945 – The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon
  15. A book by a South Asian author A Newlywed’s Adventures in Married Land by Shweta Ganesh Kumar
  16. A book by an Indigenous woman – Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
  17. A book from the 2018 Reading Women Award shortlist – Educated by Tara Westover
  18. A romance or love story – In The Midst of Winter by Isabella Allende
  19. A book about nature – Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  20. A historical fiction book – The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
  21. A book you bought or borrowed in 2019
  22. A book you picked up because of the cover
  23. Any book from a series – Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
  24. A young adult book by a woman of color – Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
2019 Reading Women Challenge Reading List @ TL Wright | A Bookish Life


  1. A book by Jesmyn Ward – Sing, Unburied, Sing OR Salvage the Bones
  2. A book by Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland