Der Vang’s 2017 Womxn of Color Reading Challenge


So this year, in an effort to expand the genre of books that I read and to also intentionally support my fellow WOC, I have decided to participate in Der Vang’s 2017 Womxn of Color Reading Challenge. Here are the challenges:

  1. A book that became a movie: *Hidden Figures 
  2. A book that came out the year you were born
  3. A book that has been on your reading list for way too long
  4. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym
  5. A book that is published in 2017
  6. A book about food
  7. A book with more than 500 pages
  8. A book written by a queer womxn of color
  9. A book written by a trans* womxn of color
  10. A book in a genre you usually avoid
  11. A book with pictures
  12. A book purchased from a womxn of color-owned store
  13. An audio book that is at least 10 hours long
  14. A book of poetry: There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé
  15. A book that is becoming a movie in 2017-2020
  16. A book with themes of community and support
  17. A memoir – author has the same racial/ethnic identit(ies) as you *skip if not applicable
  18. A memoir – author has different racial/ethnic identit(ies) as you
  19. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  20. A book that passes the Bechdel test (“features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added.”)
  21. A book set in two or more different time periods: Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation
  22. A book by or about a person with a disability
  23. A book about a topic or subject you already love
  24. A book that was written in languages other than English (translated works too): *My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past
  25. A book that features main characters who identify as LGBTQ+
  26. A book by a best-selling author
  27. A book that you have to wait for (currently out of stock, or that you have to put on reserve)
  28. A book you selected based off the cover
  29. A book whose main character or author owns and expresses their sexuality
  30. A book you’ve given to someone as a gift
  31. A book someone recommended to you
  32. A book you don’t want to admit that you’re reading, but you’re going to read it anyway!
  33. A book about a religion or spirituality different from your own
  34. A book whose main character is approximately 10+ years younger than you
  35. A book whose main character is approximately 10+ years older than you
  36. A book that was on a main display at the library or bookstore
  37. A book based on a true story
  38. A book that was banned
  39. A book with bad reviews
  40. An e-book
  41. A book of short stories: *Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements
  42. A book that has been picked for a book club
  43. A book with multiple heroines
  44. A book that starts with the first letter of your first name
  45. A book that is accompanied by a podcast, or the author has a podcast: *You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain 
  46. A used book that costs $5 or less
  47. A book with a theme of liberation
  48. A book whose cover has an animal on it
  49. A book you can read in a day
  50. A book you heard about from someone on this reading challenge

*= Books that I’m either currently reading or haven’t created a book review for yet.

Please feel free to join in or recommend any books. I’ll try to keep this as updated as possible throughout the year with the books I’ve read and my reviews of them.

If/When Der Vang finds a way to showcase everyone else who is participating in the challenge, I’ll also post that on here. Until then, if you decide to participate, please link back to Der Vang’s original post and also comment below so I can know as well and follow you as we do this challenge together!



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