Have you heard about the newest challenge? I caught the tail end of the originating conversation on Twitter as I was on my way home from work one afternoon last week and could not type on my phone fast enough to participate in it. The fact that it took less than two hours to brainstorm and create completely is positive proof of the power of the Internet!
Here’s the deal: Several women were discussing the need for a focus on women’s studies on Twitter. As I already mentioned, within a few hours, they had a blog, they had buttons. Most importantly, they had a challenge focused solely on women. The Women Unbound Challenge runs from 1 November 2009 through 30 November 2010 with a goal of reading nonfiction and fiction books related to women’s studies. This could mean written by a woman, containing a strong, feminist main character, a memoir, biography, and so forth.
There are three levels from which to choose. I am going to go out on a limb and sign up for the Bluestocking level, meaning I am committing to reading five books, two of which will be nonfiction. I have no idea what I am going to read yet. Coming up with a list is going to require research, especially the nonfiction selections. I look forward to broadening my horizons though!
Here’s some that I’m considering:
1. Frankly, My Dear: Gone With the Wind Revisited by Molly Haskell (Nonfiction)
2. The Last Queen by C. W. Gortner
3. Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
4. The Tudor Rose by Margaret Campbell Barnes
5. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
6. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
7. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
8. Womenomics by Claire Shipman & Kathy Kay (Nonfiction)
Have you signed up for it yet? What are you going to read? Are there any must-read suggestions you want to share with me?