Reading Women Challenge 2021 Update

Since we are now halfway through the year (please can someone explain to me how and when that happened!?), it is time for an update on my progress with my reading challenge for 2021.

If you missed my earlier post, you can find it here. This year, I am once again participating in the Reading Women Challenge. There is a series of categories and the aim is to read books by women authors that fit into these categories.

I started the year really well and I had set myself a goal of reading at least 2 books per month for the challenge. Since there are 24 prompts, that would mean that by the end of December I would have read a book for each category. And it was working! But that was back when we were still under lockdown and I had loads of free time for reading.

I am still doing quite well with the challenge though. I have completed 10 of the prompts, so only about 2 behind my schedule. So, without further ado, here are the books I have read so far this year for the Reading Women Challenge 2021, with links to my reviews: 

3. A book about incarceration: Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi

4. A cookbook by a woman of colour: Nadiya Bakes, by Nadiya Hussain

5. A book with a protagonist older than 50: Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey

9. A book by a neurodivergent author: Odd Girl Out, by Laura James

10. A crime novel or thriller in translation: The Dying Game, by Asa Avdic. Also The Boy in the Suitcase, by Lene Kaabarbol & Agnete Friis

11. A book about the natural world: The Salt Path, by Raynor Winn

14. A book with a biracial protagonist: Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon

17. A book about a woman in politics: Unbowed, by Wangari Maathai

18. A book with a rural setting: Island of Wings, by Karin Altenberg

19. A book with a cover designed by a woman: The Shadow King, by Maaza Mengiste

I am really enjoying this challenge so far and I have loved discovering some new favourites and pushing myself to read outside my comfort zone a little. I have lots of books lined up for the remaining prompts, so fingers crossed I can get through them before the end of the year!

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