January 19, 2010

I am Officially a Challenge Junkie

The challenge runs from November 1, 2009-November 30, 2010, but you may join in the fun whenever you wish! Participants are encouraged to read nonfiction and fiction books related to the rather broad idea of ‘women’s studies.’

For nonfiction, this would include books on feminism, history books focused on women, biographies of women, memoirs (or travelogues) by women, essays by women and cultural books focused on women (body image, motherhood, etc.). In the case of fiction, if the book takes a thoughtful look at the place of women in society, it will probably count. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to explain in your review why you chose this for the challenge and its connection to women’s studies.

I am participating at the Philogynist level. This requires me to: read at least two books, including at least one nonfiction one. Of course, if I want to read more I can.

Here is my tentative reading list:

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (about the victimization of a teenage girl)
Emma by Jane Austen (about a woman struggling with identifying her wants and needs)
When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago (a coming-of-age memoir of a Puerto Rican girl)
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (memoir about her life as a girl in 1970s-80s Iran)
Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody (memoir of a woman and her daughter who visited Iran and became captives)

1. The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran (March 2010)
2. Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster (May 2010)


the Life (and Lies) of an Inanimate Flying Object is hosting this challenge.

--Anyone can participate. Bloggers: leave a link to your challenge in the comments. Non-bloggers, leave your name (and e-mail if you like)


**Newbie 2 books by J. Austen, 2 re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)

**Lover 4 books by J. Austen, 4 re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)

** Fanatic 6+ books by J. Austen, 5+ re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)

--Challenge books can overlap with other challenges.

--Any format counts: bound book, e-book (check online for free downloads of J.A’s copyright-free books), audio book, or any other thing you can think of.

--Challenge runs January 1st 2010—December 31 2010.

--You can change which level you read!

My Reviews:
1. Persuasion by Jane Austen (May)
2. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (July)

This challenge is hosted by The Betty and Boo Chronicles:
Here are the details:

The challenge will run from January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010. You're welcome to join anytime.

Memoirs, letters, diaries, and autobiographies count as reads for this challenge. (Basically, if you think it is the stuff of memoir, it counts.) Overlaps with other challenges are allowed. Audiobooks and e-books are also allowed. Participants are encouraged to read at least 4 memoirs/diaries/letters/autobiography books in 2010. Of course, more are fine!

Reading List:
1. Recovering My Voice: A Memoir of Chaos, Spirituality, and Hope by Aruni Nan Futuronsky (May)
2. Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster (May)
3. Children of Dust: A Memoir of Pakistan by Ali Eteraz (June)


  1. I've become a bit of a challenge junkie myself this year. I just tallied it up and I'm in 12 altogether. It's starting to get hard to remember them all.

    I'm in the same Jane Austen one as you :-)

  2. I haven't signed up for a single challenge this year yet, but I'm planning on joining both the Women Unbound and the Memorable Memoir one. Good luck with yours!

  3. I agree with you...you are a challenge junkie but it is O.K.!!!

  4. I want to read all the Jane Austen books also but I'm going to try and do so this summer! Good luck-can't wait to read all your reviews!

  5. Cool challenges...I just entered 4 more! Hello...overload ;-)

    PS - I love your new header pic!

  6. That's better than another kind of junkie! Good luck with your challenges!

  7. I know ALL about the challenge addiction so don't feel bad! I'm signed up for 36 challenges and that is not even including perpetual challenges. I think my book list for 2010 is right around 124 books (and counting)! Oh, well...the word is "challenge" and we are definitely challenging ourselves, right?!

    If you would like to see all my challenges, come by and visit my challenge blog (I'll be hosting a giveaway there when I reach 40 followers!): http://truebookaddictchallenges.blogspot.com/

  8. Forgot to mention...I'm loving your new blog header...tres magnifique!

  9. I hope you enjoy all of your books for the challenge. I read Speak in 2009 and it was phenomenal!

  10. Good luck with the challenges! I am also doing the Jane Austen Challenge....and a whole lot more too. I am going to post them all on my blog tomorrow. :)


  11. Ha! I knew you wouldn't be able to resist the Women Unbound Challenge. :)

  12. I have signed up for the Women Unbound challenge as well and I think it will be one f my favorites this year since it may also be the most challenging. I also wanted to join the memoir challenge but then I decided I really OD'd on memoirs last year and need to take a break or at least not read so many lol!

  13. I've joined Women Unbound and Memorable Memoir as well ... what have you got to lose (there are worse addictions!)


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