Feminist Reading Challenge for 2018

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

I love to set myself goals and for the past two years one of those has been in the form of a reading challenge. I gave myself a target of reading at least 26 books a year and I'm pleased to say that I have smashed that goal both years. I love to settle down on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book, but without setting myself a challenge I didn't have a reason to make the time to read. By actively making it a goal it meant I had to slot it in somewhere, and I'm keen to continue at the same pace as we go into 2018.

This year I want to keep the goal the same - 26 books - but the challenge is going to be slightly different. I want at least half of the books I read to be feminist, whether they are fiction or non-fiction. I'm setting myself this challenge in a bid to educate myself, improve my knowledge, and to assist me in my own fight for equal rights. I've also been thinking about going back to university to do a gender studies masters, and if I do go for it I'd like to be ahead of the game.

I've been given a reading list by one of my wonderful colleagues at work, and I have an Amazon wishlist as long as my arm, so I have plenty to get me started, but if you have any recommendations please let me know in the comments below. I'm so excited to get stuck into this challenge, and to really get back into learning - something which I've missed since finishing university over three years ago.

For the rest of the books I read in 2018 my only goal is to try and push myself out of my comfort zone with my reading. A family member has written a science fiction novel which is totally not my thing, but I want to read it, so that will be something a little different. I want to try and read some more proper classics, but I usually find them quite hard so I will need to push myself to get through them instead of giving up half way through (Moby Dick I'm looking at you).

So, here's to another year with my nose stuck in a book. Another year of losing myself in other people's worlds. Another year of educating myself and enriching my mind. I'll keep you updated along the way, and I hope that you read some corkers this year too. There's nothing better than reading a good book.


  1. We Should All Be Feminists is perfect. I think everyone should be made to read it! I also love The Color Purple after reading and studying it on my degree course. As far as Classics go, I find them difficult too. I'd recommend Of Mice & Men, The Virgin Suicides (a modern classic?) and The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Have you read Jane Eyre? The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins is a good one too xx

    1. I've read We Should All Be Feminists before but going to give it a re-read! I have owned The Color Purple since uni but never read it, so now is the time!! I've half read Jane Eyre, so might give that another go! I've never read Of Mice & Men, The Virgin Suicides, The Awakening or The Woman in White - adding them all to my list!! xx


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