The Book Challenge

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I’ve been thinking about my last post. In fact, it’s distracting me when I should be finalising my grant application. So I figured the best thing to do is to get it out of my system by proposing a book challenge to anyone who is interested in joining me. It’s quite simple: Make a conscious decision to read more books by women, and write about them on your blog. I’m going to try do this myself – I’m going to try and review books primarily by women this year on my blog. If the statistics in my last post left you feeling likewise depressed and annoyed, then please consider joining my challenge. If anyone is interested, leave a comment here or email me to let me know you’d like to participate. This is not a particularly original challenge, as there are probably similar ones online via other blogs. But I think the more people who create these challenges and the more who participate, the better. If enough people are interested, I can make a small badge for us to put on our blogs. But if it’s just me, that’s okay too.

By the way, I did end up looking at my bookshelves, and this is only a select shortlist of the books by women I have in them (if we also include my kindle as a ‘bookshelf’):

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Villette by Charlotte Brontë
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Emma by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath
Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath
Possession by A.S. Byatt
The Shadow of the Sun by A.S. Byatt
Sixty Lights by Gail Jones
Dreams of Speaking by Gail Jones
Sorry by Gail Jones
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Waves by Virginia Woolf
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
The Submerged Cathedral by Charlotte Wood
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
Gut Symmetries by Jeanette Winterson
Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Keynotes and Discords by George Egerton (Mary Chavelita Dunne)
The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
Middlemarch by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
Mariana by Monica Dickens
The Far Cry by Emma Smith
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
The Complete Poems by Christina Rossetti
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The God of Small Things by Arundati Roy
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Against Interpretation by Susan Sontag
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The Fifth Heaven by Rachel Eytan
Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
A Spy in the House of Love by Anaïs Nin

I would love to hear what’s in your own bookshelves.

Image credit: Woman Writing (1928) by Henri Lebasque.