Hey! It’s been a while!
On top of this year totally kicking my butt with work…I recently came down with typhus. Yes, that same typhus of ye olden days. Needless to say, I wanted to die for about two weeks, then I shakily went back to work last week just so I could hand out finals and say bye to my students. I’m now at the end of Week 4 of this thing (or is it Week 5-6, counting the incubation period?), and while I’m good, my muscles all feel like they’ve been tortured. When will it end?
Anyway. Book Riot announced its 5th annual Read Harder Challenge. I’ve participated all five years, but ever since 2016, when one of their tasks was to read a feminist book, I’ve also published a list of feministy book recommendations for each task. This year I’m a week late, but whatever. I had the plague.
Task 1: An epistolary novel or collection of letters
- The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
- Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker
- Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Task 2: An alternate history novel
- Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
- The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Task 3: A book by a woman and/or AOC that won a literary award in 2018
- The Leavers by Lisa Ko
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
- Salt Houses by Hala Alyan