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Reading Women Challenge 2019 Book Suggestions 

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I’m always on the hunt for good reading suggestions so when I stumbled upon the Reading Women Challenge 2019, I immediately got to work. Check the reading prompts and book suggestions below! (click the book title to check the book on Amazon)

Reading Women Challenge 2019 Book Suggestions

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A mystery thriller written by a woman of color

  • Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
  • The Good Son by You-jeong Jeong
  • Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino
  • The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujara Massey
  • The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

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A book about a woman with mental illness

  • Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottesa Moshfegh
  • Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  • All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine  by Gail Honeyman

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A book by an author from Nigeria or New Zealand

  • Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta
  • I Do Not Come to You by Chance by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Bone People by Keri Hulme
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

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A book about or set in Appalachia

  • What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag
  • Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver

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A children’s book

  • Harriet the Spy by Louie Fitzhugh
  • Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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A multi-generational family saga

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
  • The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

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A book featuring a woman in science

  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
  • The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

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A play

  • 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog
  • Ching Chong Chinaman by Lauren Yee
  • How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel
  • Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
  • The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence by Madeline George

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A novella

  • The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
  • The Diving Pool: Three Novellas by Yoko Ogawa
  • The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick

        

A book about a woman athlete

  • Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland
  • On the Line by Serena Williams and Daniel Paisner
  • In My Skin by Brittney Griner and Sue Hovey
  • In The Water, They Can’t See You Cry by Amanda Beard and Rebecca Paley
  • My Fight/Your Fight by Ronda Rousey

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A Lambda Literary Award Winner

  • Quarantine: Stories by Rahul Mehta
  • My Education: A Novel by Susan Choi
  • A Love Like Blood by Victor Yates
  • Into the Blue by Pene Henson
  • The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

        

 

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A myth retelling

  • Half World by Hiromi Goto (Japan mythology)
  • Prophecy by Ellen Oh (Korean mythology)
  • Shapeshifter by Holly Bennett (Irish mythology)
  • Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith (Greek mythology)

      

 

A book written by a South Asian author

  • A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam (from Bangladesh)
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (from Indian)
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (from Pakistan)
  • Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala (from Sri Lanka)
  • The End of the World by Sushma Joshi (from Nepal)

        

A book by an Indigenous woman

  • Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  • The Strength of Women: Âhkamêyimowak by Priscilla Settee
  • The Break by Katherena Vermette
  • Two Old Woman by Velma Wallis
  • Solar Storms by Linda Hogan

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A book about nature

  • The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
  • Sweet Fruit, Sour Land by Rebecca Ley
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
  • My Life with the Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

        

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A historical fiction book

  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen by Mary Sharratt
  • White Houses by Amy Bloom
  • I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon
  • Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir

        

 

A young adult book by a woman of color

  • The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

        

 

A book by Jesmyn Ward

  • Sing, Unburied, Sing
  • Salvage the Bones
  • Men We Reaped
  • Where the Line Bleeds
  • The Fire This Time

        

 

A book by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • The Lowland
  • Interpreter of Maladies
  • The Namesake
  • Unaccustomed Earth
  • In Other Words

        

 

For more info on the Reading Women Challenge 2019 and the amazing women behind the team, you can check their page at www.readingwomenpodcast.com.

I love reading challenges because they are great venues for exploring different genres and discovering new favorites. It’s also never the number of books! It’s what you have become because of the influence of these books which counts the most.

 

 

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