Last year, one of the tasks for Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge was to read a feminist book. I saw how people seemed to be stuck in a rut, listing the same books over and over, so I came up with feminist book recommendations for every task in the 2016 challenge.
The 2017 Read Harder tasks were announced a few days ago, and I’ve been mulling these topics over ever since. So what the heck…here are 100+ more feminist book recommendations that should cover most of the tasks (alas, I’m afraid I can’t recommend a book you’ve already read as I am not a mind reader). The micropress task had me stumped for a while, but I got that one too. And hey! For those of you panicking about your library acquiring a micropress book, an added bonus: Native Realities offers Deer Woman for free as an ebook download! Am I good or what?
A lot of titles overlap with other tasks, but each author is only listed once. Happy reading!
Task 1: Read a book about sports.
- Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX by Ginny Gilder
- Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women’s Sports by Susan Ware
- Getting in the Game: Title IX and the Women’s Sports Revolution by Deborah L. Brake
- Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer
- Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape by Jessica Luther
Task 2: Read a debut novel.
- 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
- The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
Task 3: Read a book about books.
- Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
- Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak
- The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman
- Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
- Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch
Task 4: Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
- The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War by Gioconda Belli
- House of Mist by María Luisa Bombal
- I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchu
- My Invented Country by Isabel Allende
- The Three Marias by Rachel de Queiroz
Task 5: Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
- Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas
- How to Get Into the Twin Palms by Karolina Waclawiak
- The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
- A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
Task 6: Read an all-ages comic.
- El Deafo by Cece Bell
- Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
- Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen, and Noelle Stevenson
- Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
- Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Task 7: Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
- The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
- Passing by Nella Larsen
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- So Big by Edna Ferber
- To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Task 8: Read a travel memoir.
- An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
- All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes by Maya Angelou
- Eating Stone by Ellen Meloy
- Fly Girl by Amanda Epe
- Kinky Gazpacho by Lori L. Tharps
Task 9: Read a book you’ve read before.
Sorry, I can’t help y’all with this one!
Task 10: Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
Task 11: Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
Ditto; see above.
Task 12: Read a fantasy novel.
- The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
- The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
- Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Task 13: Read a nonfiction book about technology.
- Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech by Heather Cabot & Samantha Parent Walravens
- Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales & Sophie Houser
- Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology by Vivek Wadhwa & Farai Chideya
- Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt
- The Technology of Orgasm: “Hysteria,” the Vibrator, and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction by Rachel P. Maines
Task 14: Read a book about war.
- First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung
- One of the Guys: Women as Aggressors and Torturers by Tara McKelvey
- “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power
- The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang
- The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II by Svetlana Alexievich
Task 15: Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
- The Archived by Victoria Schwab
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
- Huntress by Malinda Lo
- If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
- The Necessary Hunger by Nina Revoyr
Task 16: Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
- Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Task 17: Read a classic by an author of color.
- Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody
- How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
- Lakota Woman by Mary Brave Bird
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- The Warrior Woman by Maxine Hong Kingston
Task 18: Read a superhero comic with a female lead. (I heart Marvel. I’m biased.)
- Black Widow by Nathan Edmondson
- Captain Marvel by Kelly Sue DeConnick
- Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
- She-Hulk by Charles Soule
- Silk by Robbie Thompson
Task 19: Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey (FYI, I’m using both interpretations of the word “spiritual” here).
- Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
- Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
- Sky Burial by Xinran
- So Far from God by Ana Castillo
- The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff
Task 20: Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel.
- If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
- Loving Her by Ann A. Shockley
- Making A Comeback by Julie Blair
- Roller Girl by Vanessa North
- Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Task 21: Read a book published by a micropress.
- Beside Myself by Ashley Farmer (Tiny Hardcore Press)
- Deer Woman by Elizabeth LaPensée (Native Realities)
- Licking Flames: Tales of a Half-Assed Hussy by Diana Kirk (Black Bomb Books)
- Shut Up/Look Pretty by Kirsty Logan, Michelle Reale, Amber Sparks, Lauren Becker, & Erin Fitzgerald (Tiny Hardcore Press)
- Someone Please Have Sex With Me by Gina Wynbrandt (2D Cloud)
Task 22: Read a collection of stories by a woman.
- American Housewife by Helen Ellis
- Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans
- Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
- Night at the Fiestas by Kirstin Valdez Quade
- Women with Big Eyes by Angeles Mastretta
Task 23: Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.
- Another Birth: Selected Poems by Forough Farrokhzad
- Anxiety of Words: Contemporary Poetry by Korean Women by Ch’oe Sung-ja, Kim Hyesoon, & Yi Yon-ju
- My Heart Flooded with Water: Selected Poems by Alfonsina Storni
- Madwomen: The “Locas Mujeres“ by Gabriela Mistral
- Old Norse Women’s Poetry: The Voices of Female Skalds by Sandra Ballif Straubhaar
Task 24: Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color.
- 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter
- A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
- Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
- Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
- The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar