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You may recall that I feel sort of bummed by the lack of female authorship in my college courses thus far. I like reading books by ladies, and of books by ladies there are less. In light of this fact, my brain reminded me of a challenge I saw towards the end of last year, a challenge to read only books by women during December. I liked the idea, but due to homework, I was not willing to pull it off.
I’d like to do it now, instead, over summer break. Instead of December, a May through July summer of #ReadWomen.
It feels scary. And ambitious. And weird. But I also really want to do it. With that in mind, I have decided to set myself some goals.
1. Read 30 books by women.Also:
2. Read ONLY books by women.
3. Read 2 plays.
4. Read 3 autobiographies.
5. Read 1 graphic novel.
6. Read 1 book of poetry.
7. Read 1 book in another language.
8. Listen to 2 books on audiobook (preferably #ownvoices).
9. Read 15 diverse books.
10. Read at least 10 new books (that is, books I haven’t read before).
11. Read 10 eBooks.
12. Read 10 books from the TBR list.
13. Review at least 5 of these books on Goodreads.
14. BONUS GOAL: Watch at least 3 movies directed by women.
There are a lot of motivations running behind these goals. For one thing, I haven’t done a reading challenge before and I’d love to try. I also have a lot of books on my TBR that aren’t getting read, and this seems like a fun way to pare down the list. I’d kind of like to prove to myself that I can do this. And, of course, I really want to spend some time with some awesome female voices over the summer that I can bring into my next semester of classes.
I don’t know why I feel like I need to justify it. I just do, I guess.
But those are my goals—and I am going to ask YOU to help me accomplish them. No, you don’t have to do the project, too (although I didn’t think to ask if anyone might want to…). What I need is some help with accountability. It is so easy for me to say things like, “I am definitely for sure going to abduct an ice cream truck this week.” and then instead go on Pinterest and abduct nothing.
That is why I am thinking it would be a good idea to keep my reading challenge progress updated here, where I can be encouraged and swatted (if necessary) towards my goals. Last year, we talked mostly about fandom things on the weekends. Maybe this year it will be #ReadWomen updates and the like instead.
Of course, I would not make a big decision like that without a little feedback. What do you think?
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