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A Year of Reading Women

I ran into this reddit post the other day where folks suggested classic and awesome books by women. I pitched in a few friends of mine: Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Brenda Cooper, Monica Byrne, etc.

But the longer I thought about the list the more uncomfortable I felt.

I’m ashamed to note how few of the books I myself had read.

It’s important to me to read diversely, partially to develop my own writing, but frankly also just for my development as a person.

I know it’s not intentional, but it bugs me how much I unthinkingly default to male authors most of the time. So I copied the whole damn thing, cut out everything I’d already read, and made a giant list of my own. I’ve decided to only read women authors for the next year, and I’m tasking myself to read at least twelve books.

I started yesterday with N.K. Jemisin’s “The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.” I’m not a huge fan of epic fantasy, but her world-building is astounding.

Next I’ll read Ann Leckie’s “Ancillary Justice” and then maybe Nnedi Okorafor’s “Who Fears Death?

Anyway, here’s the extended list. It’s by no means exhaustive. Feel free to add books in the comments.

  1. Octavia Butler – Kindred
  2. Shirley Jackson – We Have Always Lived in the Castle
  3. Monica Byrne – The Girl in the Road
  4. Toni Morrison – Beloved
  5. Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake
  6. Karen Russell – Swamplandia!
  7. Virginia Woolf – A Room of One’s Own, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, The Waves and to the Lighthouse
  8. Willa Cather – O Pioneers!, My Antonia, The Professor’s House
  9. Joyce Carol Oates – Them, The Falls
  10. Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights
  11. Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird
  12. Pat Cadigan – Tea From an Empty Cup, Mindplayers, Synners –
  13. Wilhelmina Baird – Crashcourse –
  14. Connie Willis – Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Blackout, All Clear
  15. Lauren Beukes – Zoo City –
  16. A.S. Byatt – Possession
  17. Zora Neale Hurston – Their Eyes Were Watching God
  18. Alice Munro – Runaway (short story collection)
  19. Maya Angelou – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  20. Carson McCullers – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  21. Flannery O’Connor – Good Country People, The Life You Save May be Your Own
  22. Amy Tan – The Joy Luck Club
  23. Alice Walker – The Temple of My Familiar, The Color Purple
  24. Miriam Toews – A Complicated Kindness
  25. Louisa May Alcott – Little Women
  26. Isabel Allende – The House of the Spirits
  27. Maria Luisa Bombal – The House of Fog
  28. Judy Blume – Forever…
  29. Daphne du Maurier – Rebecca
  30. Elizabeth Gaskell – North and South
  31. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings – The Yearling
  32. Florida. L.M. Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables
  33. Anais Nin – Three Little Birds, A Spy in the House of Love
  34. Annie Proulx – The Shipping News
  35. Louise Erdrich – Love Medicine
  36. Edith Wharton – The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, House of Mirth
  37. Kate Chopin – The Awakening
  38. George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) – Middlemarch
  39. Sylvia Plath – The Bell Jar
  40. Clarice Lispector – The Hour of the Star
  41. Penelope Lively – Moon Tiger
  42. Joanne Harris – Chocolat
  43. S.E. Hinton – The Outsiders
  44. Susanna Clark – Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  45. Djuna Barnes – Nightwood
  46. Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall
  47. Barbara Kingsolver – The Poisonwood Bible
  48. Marilynne Robinson – Housekeeping
  49. Isabel Allende – The House of the Spirits
  50. Donna Tartt – The Secret History
  51. Doris Lessing – The Grass is Singing, The Golden Notebook
  52. Agatha Christie – And Then There Were None
  53. Margaret Mitchell – Gone with the Wind
  54. Aung San Suu Kyi – Letters from Burma
  55. Anne Sexton – Transformations
  56. Joan Jacobs Brumberg – The Body Project
  57. NoViolet Bulawayo – We Need New Names
  58. Nell Freudenberger – The Newlyweds
  59. Jesmyn Ward – Salvage the Bones
  60. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah
  61. Candice Millard – Destiny of the Republic
  62. Jennifer Egan – Look at Me
  63. Elizabeth Strout – Olive Kitteridge
  64. Cheryl Strayed – Wild
  65. Ruth Ozeki – A Tale for the Time Being
  66. Katherine Dunn – Geek Love
  67. Malorie Blackman – Noughts and Crosses
  68. Philippa Gregory – The Other Boleyn Girl
  69. Jacqueline Susann – Valley of the Dolls
  70. Lois McMaster Bujold – Shards of Honor, Falling Free
  71. N.K. Jemisin – The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms –
  72. Nnedi Okorafor – Who Fears Death –
  73. Ekaterina Sedia – The Alchemy of Stone, –
  74. Jo Walton – Tooth and Claw, Farthing
  75. Ann Leckie – Ancillary Justice –
  76. Joanna Russ – The Female Man –
  77. Leigh Brackett – The Long Tomorrow –
  78. Kate Wilhelm – Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang –
  79. Anna Seghers – Transit –
  80. Tricia Sullivan – Someone to Watch Over Me –
  81. Justina Robson – Silver Screen –
  82. Gwyneth Jones – Escape Plans –

art day 45 – [crafts] Three handmade books

Made these as presents for family. Proud, i am! Each book is a hand-stitched paperback with a glued spine cover. Essentially the Japanese style paperback, but with reinforcing paper under the stitch.

The cover paper on this first one is very soft and is supposed to become more supple as the book is used.
Orange fiber paper cover

Similar paper, but brown. Color has always been a challenge to me, so i’m experimenting with contrasting spine cover and insert.
Soft Brown Paper Cover

I found this stiff cardboard with a shipment. I had to score it so the book would open properly. I love the effect of the spine cover matching the initial inside paper.
Still Cardboard Cover