2020 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, Feminist-Style: Part II

Okay, 16 more! Let’s do this! (Part I is here.)

ABOUT A BOOK CLUB

  • The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
  • The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo by Paula Huntley
  • The Maximum Security Book Club: Reading Literature in a Men’s Prison by Mikita Brottman
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  • The Toni Morrison Book Club by Juda Bennett, Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Cassandra Jackson, and Piper Kendrix Williams

NON/FICTION ABOUT A WORLD LEADER

  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
  • Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan by Ruby Lal
  • Empress Cixtisis by Anne Simon
  • The Romanov Empress by C. W. Gortner
  • This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

A BILDUNGSROMAN

  • The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
  • Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
  • Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

PASSES THE BECHDEL-WALLACE* TEST

* Alison Bechdel does not want sole credit for the term.

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  • Grass by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  • Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

ABOUT/INVOLVING SOCIAL MEDIA

  • American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales
  • Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch
  • #hashtagactivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice by Sarah J Jackson, Moya Bailey, and Brooke Foucault Welles
  • I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet by Leora Tanenbaum
  • So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

BY OR ABOUT A WOMAN IN STEM

  • Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble
  • Data Feminism by Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F Klein
  • Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology by Rana El Kaliouby
  • Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Pérez
  • Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss

THREE-WORD TITLE

  • Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew
  • King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes
  • Know My Name by Chanel Miller
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar

HAS A ROBOT / CYBORG / ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CHARACTER

  • Children of the New World: Stories by Alexander Weinstein
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • He, She and It by Marge Piercy
  • The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
  • You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It’s Making the World a Weirder Place by Janelle Shane

SET IN A CITY THAT HOSTED THE OLYMPICS

  • The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy (Garmisch-Partenkirchen)
  • Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman (Paris)
  • The Gods of Heavenly Punishment by Jennifer Cody Epstein (Tokyo)
  • The Kukotsky Enigma by Lyudmila Ulitskaya (Moscow)
  • The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang (Nanjing)

2019 AWARD WINNER

  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Women’s Prize for Fiction)
  • Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home by Nora Krug (National Book Critics Circle Award)
  • Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu (Eisner Award)
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Booker Prize)
  • The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom (National Book Award)

FEATURES ONE OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper (Wrath)
  • Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev (Pride)
  • Passing by Nella Larsen (Envy)
  • Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy by Ophira Eisenberg (Lust)
  • Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess by Rachel Hoffman (Sloth)

“GOLD,” “SILVER,” OR “BRONZE” IN TITLE

  • Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. Davis
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
  • The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor
  • Pillars Of Gold And Silver by Beatriz de la Garza
  • Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

WRITTEN BY AN AUTHOR IN THEIR 20s

  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (29)
  • The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi (20)
  • The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan (22)
  • St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (25)
  • The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (25)

FEATURES A CHARACTER WITH A VISION ENHANCEMENT/IMPAIRMENT

  • Blindness by José Saramago
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
  • Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma
  • Now I See You: A Memoir by Nicole C. Kear
  • She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer by Sally Hobart Alexander and Robert Alexander

A BOOK WITH A MAP

  • Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman
  • Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism by Nona Willis Aronowitz and Emma Bee Bernstein
  • Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington and Nugi Garimara
  • Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

READ A BANNED BOOK DURING BANNED BOOKS WEEK

  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

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