I decided to approach my reading challenge differently this year. Numerically I set my goal fairly low and achievable again at 52 reads, one book per week of the year. I’m not interested in reading for a number, especially after proving to myself I can read a large amount of books if I want to (and honestly, probably still will). Instead I am choosing to read more mindfully and as part of that decided to pick up the Reading Women Challenge. I loved the varied prompts and how it challenged me to find different books to fit the criteria. As the first month of the year closed I was happy to discover I managed to check five prompts off the list.
So what are these prompts and what did I read? Well, follow the link above for the full challenge but below see the prompts to what I have read this year and what books fulfilled them.
A book by a woman in translation (bonus if also translated by a woman)
Well I’m feeling a little superior as I have managed to read three books that fit this prompt, bonus and all. Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin (translated by Megan McDowell) was my first bizarre read followed by a new obsession with Han Kang reading both The Vegetarian and The White Book (translated by Deborah Smith).
A graphic novel or memoir
My read for this prompt is the highly acclaimed and thought-provoking member The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy. Relatable and highly representative of our generation I did enjoy this one.
A book with a viewpoint character who is an immigrant or refugee
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie was my pick for this prompt and I loved it and thought it took on the social issues of immigrants in an insightful and intelligent manner.
A book by an Australian or Canadian author
The Eye of the Sheep by Australian Sofie Laguna was a great choice for this one as is also won the Miles Franklin award, an Australian literary prize. Okay, yes I’m an Aussie and it feels a little too easy so I’ll also aim to read a book from a Canadian author, or even an author from New Zealand at some stage in the year to really check this one off.
A book inspired by a fairytale.
I figure Greek mythology is in the same realm as a fairytale, right? If so, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller checks this box. This was a five star read for me that I would highly recommend and I love how Miller added her own interpretation of this classic tale.
Are you planning on completing this challenge? Or another challenge? What is on your list? Also, any suggestions for a book about characters travelling somewhere would be most welcome!