Reading Women 2014 Summary

2014 is over and I successfully completed my reading women challenge. I managed to read 96 books written by female authors! Check out all the covers here.

Reading Women 2014 List:

1. A work of fiction
The Casual Vacancy – J. K. Rowling
The Visionist – Rachael Urquhart
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
My Notorious Life – Kate Manning
Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt

2. A work of non-fiction
In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination – Margaret Atwood
The Girls Who Went Away – Ann Fessler

3. A collection of poetry
Plath: Poems – Sylvia Plath

4. A collection of short stories or essays
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling
The Birthday of the World – Ursula K. Le Guin
Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay

5. An anthology of all female contributors
Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the 20th Century – Justine Larbalestier (11 stories by female authors, 9 of 11 essays by female contributors, edited by a woman)

6. A biography/memoir
Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie – Barbara Goldsmith
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness – Susannah Cahalan
A House in the Sky – Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
Chanel Bonfire – Wendy Lawless
The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
Hard Choices – Hillary Rodham Clinton
Bitter Fame: A Life of Sylvia Plath – Anne Stevenson
Wild – Cheryl Strayed
Yes Please – Amy Poehler

7. A work of science fiction
Picnic on Paradise – Joanna Russ
World’s End – Joan D. Vinge
Sassinak – Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon
Women’s Work – Kari Aguila
The Summer Queen – Joan D. Vinge
Still Forms on Foxfield – Joan Slonczewski
Ancillary Justice – Ann Leckie
Tangled Up In Blue – Joan D. Vinge
The Shore of Women – Pamela Sargent
Rocannon’s World – Ursula K. Le Guin
Planet of Exile – Ursula K. Le Guin
City of Illusions – Ursula K. Le Guin
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang – Kate Wilhelm
I, Vampire – Jody Scott
The Betrayal (Cyteen #1) – C. J. Cherryh
The Rebirth (Cyteen #2) – C. J. Cherryh
The Vindication (Cyteen #3) – C. J. Cherryh
Daughter of Elysium – Joan Slonczewski

8. A work of fantasy/supernatural
The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon
The Ghost Bride – Yangsze Choo
Her Fearful Symmetry – Audrey Niffenegger

9. A book that discusses feminism
Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters – Jessica Valenti
Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity – Emily Matchar
Fat is a Feminist Issue – Susie Orbach
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women – Geraldine Brooks

10. A book that discusses race, gender and/or sexuality
Delusions of Gender – Cordelia Fine

11. A book by an openly trans woman author
She’s Not There – Jennifer Finney Boylan

12. A book by an openly lesbian author
Hild – Nicola Griffith
The Night Watch – Sarah Waters
Affinity – Sarah Waters
Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? – Jeanette Winterson

13. A graphic novel, manga or comic book
Ms. Marvel, #1: Meta Morphosis
Ms. Marvel, #2: All Mankind
Ms. Marvel, #3: Side Entrance
Ms. Marvel, #4: Past Curfew
Ms. Marvel, #5: Urban Legend
Ms. Marvel, #6: Healing Factor
Calling Dr. Laura – Nicole J. Georges
Ms. Marvel, #7: Healing Factor Pt. 2
Ms. Marvel, #8: Generation Why
Ms. Marvel, #9: Generation Why Pt II
Bitch Planet #1

14. A book published in 2014
Sleep Donation – Karen Russell
The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters
The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan – Jenny Nordberg

15. A book written before 1960
Chocolates for Breakfast – Pamela Moore (1958)
Mansfield Park – Jane Austen (1814)
Villette – Charlotte Bronte (1853)
The Professor’s House – Willa Cather (1925)
I Capture the Castle (1948)

16. 3 works by Women of Colour
Mr. Fox – Helen Oyeyemi
The Autograph Man – Zadie Smith
Behind the Kitchen Door – Sarumathi Jayaraman
The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
Midnight Robber – Nalo Hopkinson
My Year of Meats – Ruth Ozeki
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
Tar Baby – Toni Morrison

17. 3 works by International Women
Burial Rites – Hannah Kent (Australia)
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)
I Am Malala – Malala YouSafzai (Pakistan)
Prisoner of Tehran – Marina Nemat (Iran)
Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi (Iran)

18. A non-fiction work of science or philosophy
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

19. A romance novel
He, She and It – Marge Piercy
An Unofficial Rose – Iris Murdoch

20. A book written by a local (to you) author
How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir – Amber Dawn
They Called Me Number One – Bev Sellars

21. A book published by an independent press
Anatomy of a Girl Gang – Ashley Little (Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver BC)
My Body is a Book of Rules – Elissa Washuta (Red Hen Press, Los Angeles CA)

22. An award winning book
Blood Child and Other Stories – Octavia E. Butler (Nebula 1984, Hugo 1985, Locus 1985, Science Fiction Chronicle 1985)
The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton (Man Booker Prize 2013)

23. A female author that wrote under a male pseudonym
Up The Walls of the World – James Tiptree Jr. (Alice Sheldon)
Daniel Deronda – George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)

27 total minimum required
96 total read

Start Date: January 01, 2014
End Date: December 31, 2014

NOTE: I also read some books by *gasp* male authors last year! They were:

Project Pope – Clifford D. Simak
Guns, Germs & Steel – Jared Diamond
Now Wait for Last Year – Philip K Dick
On Such a Full Sea – Chang-Rae Lee
The Saga Series – Brian K Vaughan
The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) – Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) – Brandon Sanderson
The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) – Brandon Sanderson
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Will Grayson Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan


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