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I decided to read 100 unique women writers in 2016. Back when I had this brilliant idea in late 2015 the assumption was that I would also read a lot of short fiction. When that didn't happen, the challenge became...overwhelming. Luckily, Jenny the Wise taught me a lot of good lessons about reassessing goals when you get new information! I cut my goal in half. It was still a challenge, but I'm happy to say I did it. \o/ It turned out to be the very best reading challenge I've ever done.

Women write about everything. We're half the world's population, and we write about the world in a million different ways. We're fiction writers and nonfiction writers and artists and teachers and scientists and historians and linguists and journalists and lawyers and fans and curious students of the world and each other. We're everywhere. The push in various parts of publishing, as well as culture, to silence us, erase our contributions, and to devalue our writing and our work is just another tired tool that's never going to be able to truly hold back the tide of our ideas, our work, or our voices.

As Kate Elliott likes to say, "We are mighty."

If you're looking for a new reading challenge for 2017, I highly suggest this one (but be more realistic than I was).

Here are the items I read:

The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein
Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman
bone black: Memories of Girlhood by bell hooks
Ghost Summer: Stories by Tananarive Due
Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh
Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall
Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith
Fullmetal Alchemist 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Legend by Marie Lu
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
Act of God by Jill Ciment
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
My Love Story!! 1 by Kazune Kawahara & Aruko
Skip Beat 1 by Yoshiki Nakamura
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps by Kelly Thompson, Kelly Sue DeConnick, David Lopez, Lee Loughridge, Laura Braga, & Paolo Pantalena
A-Force Vol. 0: Warzones by Marguerite Bennett, G. Willow Wilson, Jorge Molina, Laura Martin, & Matt Milla
The Life-Chaning Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Janes Anders
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
Archivist Wasp by Nichole Kornher-Stace
Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda
Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by Alyssa Wong
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You 1 by Karuho Shiina
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokski
Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled On by Hawking Became Loved by Marcia Bartusiak
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett
Venomous: How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry by Christie Wilcox
The Vision, Vol 1: Little Worse Than A Man by Jordie Bellaire, Tom King, & Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Superior by Jessica Lack
One Child: The Story of China's Most Radical Experiment by Mei Fong
Patsy Walker a.k.a Hellcat! Vol. 1: Hooked on a Feline by Kate Leth, Brittney Williams & Megan Wilson
Runtime by S.B. Divya
Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones
The Screwfly Solution by James Tiptree, Jr.
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margo Lee Shetterly
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
The Weather of the Future by Heidi Cullen
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter
Forgotten Suns by Judith Tarr
Mockingbird, Vol. 1: I Can Explain by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, Ibrahim Moustafa, & Rachelle Rosenberg
Folding Beijing by Hao Jingfang & Ken Liu (translator)

Date: 2016-12-29 12:53 pm (UTC)
calvinahobbes: Calvin holding a cardboard tv-shape up in front of himself (Default)
From: [personal profile] calvinahobbes
You read 100 books by women! Go you! I'm sorry you feel like that isn't enough - of course there is a sea of books, but you made an effort! I read 30 books total! And I loved following along on goodreads, and I always enjoy your reviews.

Date: 2016-12-29 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingtheend.com
Yayyyy! I am so glad that you successfully reevaluated what you wanted your goals to be and made realistic choices and read lots of awesome women writers! WHAT GLORIOUS SUCCESSES.

Date: 2016-12-30 03:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] transcendancing
Congratulations on meeting your goal! Also on being able to re-evaluate it and make it work for you instead of making you feel bad. You win at the whole shebang! 1000 space bees!

Date: 2016-12-30 11:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dolorosa_12
Congratulations on achieving your reading goal! I can relate a lot to setting goals with the best of intentions, but then finding them a source of anxiety and unhappiness, so good for you for reevaluating your reading goals and making them manageable.

(There are some great books on this list, too!)

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