Reading Women Challenge

The long list has been announced for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020. An excellent 16 books are in contention the prize, but this year is also its 25th anniversary.

In honour of that, they have launched a reading challenge – discover more of women’s writing!

The #ReadingWomen challenge is essentially a book club – engaging with works written by women and exploring the past 24 winners of the prize.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is probably one of my favourite (if not the fave), literary prize. Not only does it commonly feature fiction I myself have picked up and read just out of interest, but it always leads me to the most interesting and diverse array of books. It’s helped me expand my reading list, both in book subject and author background, and definitely enriched my easing experience.

So I thought: what would be better than participating in this challenge?

My main aim is to read the previous 24 winners of this book. The challenge has a featured read for every week until the prize is announced, but that’s a little too much! So I’ll stick to the past 24 (a hefty enough amount itself if you ask me!).

I have separated the 24 books into three a month, gathered by a theme. Follow my blog to keep up with this challenge, and let me know if you’re doing this challenge yourself!

For March, I read books about a coming of age:

The Song of Achilles – Madeleine Miller (2012 winner)

The Glorious Heresies – Lisa McInerney (2016 winner)

A Crime in the Neighbourhood – Suzanne Berne (1999 winner)

For April, I read books that dealt with history:

Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2007 winner)

Property – Valerie Martin (2003 winner)

Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels (1997 winner)

For May, I read books focusing on women:

The Power – Naomi Alderman (2017 winner)

We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver (2005 winner)

When I Lived in Modern Times – Linda Grant (2000 winner)

For June, my reading centred around love:

An American Marriage – Tayari Jones (2019 winner)

Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie (2018 winner)

The Idea of Perfection – Kate Grenville (2001 winner)

In July, I read books about siblings:

May We Be Forgiven – A. M. Homes (2013 winner)

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Eimear McBride (2014 winner)

A Spell of Winter – Helen Dunmore (1996 winner)

For August, I am reading books focusing on immigration:

The Road Home – Rose Tremain (2008 winner)

Small Island – Andrea Levy (2004 winner)

The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver (2010 winner)

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