Even though reading challenges sometimes stress me out and I still find them a little strange, I decided I wanted to do the Women Unbound Challenge this year. Feminism or feminist themes is one way I get hooked on books, and I can do the challenge with books I already have in my apartment (therefore forcing me to read through my very full to-be-read shelves).
As a prerequisite to reading the books on my list, I want to re-read Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress by Susan Jane Gilman, the book that first convinced me to think more carefully about the idea of feminism and what it might mean to be a feminist. I haven’t read the book in like four years, maybe, so I want to revisit it. I guest posted on the Women Unbound site about this book, so please go check that out if you’re interested.
Once I’m done with that, I’ll move on to my official challenge reads. I chose this particular set of books because, in addition to loosely fitting the requirements of the challenge, they are also all memoirs — a genre I love and I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.
- Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq by Riverbend
- Baghdad Diaries by Nuha Al-Radi
- “Socialism is Great”: A Worker’s Memoir of the New China by Lijia Zhang
- Not That Kind of Girl by Carlene Bauer
- Honeymoon in Tehran by Azadeh Moaveni
As you can see, I’m only signed up at the lowest level, but I figured that would be manageable — I hate signing up for things I don’t finish!