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Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.

#WomenReadWomen2019 Reading Goals

Every year, I try to organize my yearly reading goals across our planned quarterly reading themes, and each year I fail to stick to my plan. It could happen that there are books that simply find us throughout the year by chance, I am tempted to read immediately the recently published books that simply can not wait, or my virtual book clubs bring me unexpected titles that I am “required” to read.

At any rate, I try to rummage through my shelves for books that I already own that I feel would fit our quarterly reading themes throughout the year. Good intentions do count for something, I feel. My goal is to read 25 women from 25 countries. We shall see whether this babies here will do the trick.

January – March: Warrior Women – The Woman Leads The Struggle: Female Voices And Social Justice In Literature

Sin: Selected Poems Of Forugh Farrokhzad edited and translated by Sholeh Wolpé (1. Iran), The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (2. United Kingdom).

This Book Will Help You Change The World by Sue Turton (UK)Fight Like A Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed The World by Laura Barcella (3. United States of America – USA)Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu (USA).

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (4. Nigeria), Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo (USA)Regarding The Pain Of Others by Susan Sontag (USA).

No Time To Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula Le Guin (USA), Zami: A New Spelling Of My Name – A Biomythography by Audre Lorde (USA).

Insurrecto by Gina Apostol (5. Philippines).

The Complete Stories Of Leonora Carrington (UK), Don’t Look Now by Daphne Du Maurier (UK).

April – June: Sisterhood and Female Bonds In Literature


The Sisterhood Of Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (USA)The Second Summer Of The Sisterhood by Ann Brashares (USA).

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (USA)Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout (USA).

Three Daughters Of Eve by Elif Shafak (6. Turkey)What Is Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi (UK).

Free Woman: Life, Liberation And Doris Lessing by Lara Feigel (UK)Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce (UK).

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (7. South Korea)The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (USA).

Talk by Linda Rosenkrantz (USA),  The Autobiography Of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid (USA), Ecstatic Poems by Mirabai (8. India).

Katalin Street by Magda Szabo (9. Hungary).

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (10. New Zealand)Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (11. Australia), Hanna’s Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson (12. Sweden).

My Invented Country by Isabel Allende (13. Chile)

July – September: Reinventing Womanity, Redefining Womanhood

The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood (14. Canada)The Evolution Of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (USA).

Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector (15. Brazil)Tolstoy Rasputin Others And Me: The Best Of Teffi (16. Russia).

The Likeness by Tana French (17. Ireland), Strange Weather In Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami (18. Japan).

Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal (19. Singapore)The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (USA).

More Was Lost: A Memoir by Eleanor Perenyi (USA)The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy (USA)Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (USA).

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard (Canada)If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (USA)Being A Girl by Hayley Long and Illustrated by Gemma Correll (UK).

The Green Bicycle by Haifaa Al Mansour (20. Saudi Arabia)Frantumaglia by Elena Ferrante (21. Italy).

I Was Told To Come Alone by Souad Mekhennet (Turkish Moroccan who lives in 22. Germany), The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi (23. Afghanistan).

October – December: I Put A Spell On You – Witches And Goddesses, Dryads and Priestesses In Literature

The Distant Marvels by Chantel Acevedo (24. Cuba)Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor (Nigeria).

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (25. Norway)Land Of Smoke by Sara Gallardo (26. Argentina).

Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor (USA)The Book Of Life by Deborah Harkness (USA).

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley (USA)Thus Were Their Faces by Silvina Ocampo (Argentina).

Do you have any recommended titles for us? Drop us a line and we will do our best to hunt down the book.

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