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message 1: by Nell (last edited Dec 31, 2018 01:03PM) (new)

Nell (sackvillepanza) | 56 comments I don't usually post, but I love this challenge and thought I'd add mine. Not representing every category, and restricting most of the books that fit in multiple categories to one category. Dates on what I've read.

1. Book by a woman in translation (bonus if the translator is female)
The Country Waif (Oct. 6) — George Sand
Blue Self-Portrait (May 15) —Noémi Lefebvre
The Chandelier (June 13) —Clarice Lispector

4. Short story collection
The Heptameron (Feb. 27) — Marguerite de Navarre
Thus Were Their Faces: Selected Short Stories (Dec. 31) — Silvina Ocampo
No Sweetness Here and Other Stories (June 23) — Ama Ata Aidoo

6. Book published by an independent press
Textermination (Sept. 21) — Christine Brooke-Rose
Pilgrimage: Pointed Roofs (May 24) — Dorothy M. Richardson

8. Book with a viewpoint character who is an immigrant or refugee
Winter (Jan. 14) — Ali Smith

9. Book by an Australian or Canadian author
Autobiography of Red (June 5) — Anne Carson

10. An essay collection
What Are We Doing Here? (Mar. 9) — Marilynne Robinson
The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick (Feb. 21) — Elizabeth Hardwick

12. A true crime book (can be fictionalized)
The Perfect Nanny (Apr. 4) —Leïla Slimani

13. A book by an African American woman about Civil Rights
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Jul. 7) — Audre Lorde
So You Want to Talk About Race (Feb.) — Ijeoma Oluo

14. Classic novel written by a woman (bonus if it's not Austen or a Bronte)
The Tale of Genji (Feb. 11) — Murasaki Shikibu
Under the Net (May 13) — Iris Murdoch

15. Poetry
Duende (Dec. 10) — Tracy K. Smith

16. Book where the characters are traveling somewhere
Domestic Manners of the Americans (Jan. 23) — Frances Milton Trollope
The Blazing World and Other Writings (Aug. 4) — Margaret Cavendish
The New Atalantis (Mar. 24) — Delarivier Manley

18. Book written by a female Nobel Prize winner
Dear Life (Nov. 28) — Alice Munro

20. Memoir by someone who lives in a country other than mine
The Pillow Book (Apr. 21) — Sei Shōnagon

21. Book inspired by a fairy tale
A River Sutra (Dec. 12) — Gita Mehta

22. Book by a local author or recommended by local bookstore
Written by Herself: Autobiographies of American Women: An Anthology (Dec. 26) — ed. by Jill Ker Conway

24. Genre I've never read
Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth: Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer (Mar. 22) — Diane Wolkstein
But is It Art?: An Introduction to Art Theory (June 10) — Cynthia A. Freeland
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes (July 25) — Edith Hamilton


25. By Virginia Woolf
Mrs. Dalloway (Sept. 9) — This one was a long time coming!

message 2: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 2004 comments Welcome to the challenge, Nell. You have a lot of neat works on your list, so I hope you enjoy them.

message 3: by Nell (new)

Nell (sackvillepanza) | 56 comments Thanks, Aubrey. I've had several fantastic reading experiences (The Tale of Genji and Hardwick's essays at the top). This is one of the first years I've chosen most of my reading material, and it comes with its perks.

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Nell (sackvillepanza) | 56 comments Filling out a few more categories and working through my list! Recently finished:

-Mrs. Dalloway (Sept. 9)
-Textermination (Sept. 21)

Can't recommend Brooke-Rose enough – I've yet to find another author who manages to interplay critical theory, canon deep-dives and transpositional humor so seamlessly. (Sorry, Calvino!)

message 6: by Nell (last edited Dec 30, 2018 03:45PM) (new)

Nell (sackvillepanza) | 56 comments I've added a few books to my challenge since the last update:

Dear Life (Nov. 28)
Duende (Dec. 10)
A River Sutra (Dec. 12)
Written by Herself: Autobiographies of American Women: An Anthology (Dec. 26)

I have Jia Tolentino to thank for getting hooked on Tracy K. Smith, and some of Smith's earlier collections are fantastic!

A couple lines from "History":

"Where fatigue is great, the mind
Will invent entire stories to protect sleep."

...and then "September"...

"Knowledge is regret. Regret is pure,
But sometimes what we do with it is small.
We ride the season, married to the world."

Openly accessible, but the poems take some unwinding. Would recommend!

message 7: by Nell (new)

Nell (sackvillepanza) | 56 comments I'm going back over this year's challenge, and I will say having this in the back of my mind has helped considerably.

I started out with 16 books by women I had planned to read, and over the course of the year added another 13. Even though my m/f ratio could still use some balancing, this has been helpful.

Thanks, Aubrey, for putting the challenge together!

message 8: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 2004 comments My pleasure, Nell. I'm glad your challenge reading proved fruitful for you.

message 9: by Brina (new)

Brina I love Tracy K Smith. She is wonderful. Looks like you enjoyed this challenge, Nell.

message 10: by Nell (new)

Nell (sackvillepanza) | 56 comments Brina wrote: "I love Tracy K Smith. She is wonderful. Looks like you enjoyed this challenge, Nell."

I'm glad I'm not alone! Her phraseology is so particular — it's forced me to rework mentally expressions/emotive phases I take as stock.

Aubrey, yes! I'm not sure I'll get to as many categories, but I plan to join in again for 2019.

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