Challenge Update: Women’s Classic Literature Event

Challenge Update: Women’s Classic Literature Event

Women's Classic Literature Event

My first Challenge Update this year was my late halfway-into-2016 update on the Goodreads reading challenge. You can read more about that here!

One of my aims this year has been to read as many books written by women as possible. When I saw the Women’s Classic Literature Event hosted by The Classics Club, I didn’t have to think twice.

So here is what I have read so far:

  1. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
  2. The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi
  3. A Riot of Goldfish by Kanoko Okamoto
  4. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  5. The Secrets of the Wild Wood by Tonke Dragt
  6. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  7. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  8. A Haunted House by Virginia Woolf
  9. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

And what a wonderful experience it has been so far! Not a single disappointment yet. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of these books. The Color Purple is my highlight of the year so far, but otherwise it’s hard to pick a favourite. Some of these authors I had read before, many of them had been on my list for forever, and then I am also glad to have tried new-to-me author Shirley Jackson.

I am definitely not going to stop reading classics by women, and recommendations are always welcome!

6 thoughts on “Challenge Update: Women’s Classic Literature Event

  1. The Color Purple is on my club list! You’ve been doing great with the CC Women’s Event. From your list, all I’ve read is Mrs. Dalloway. Lots left to read. 🙂 Here’s my check-in, if you’re curious.

      1. I really liked Mrs. Dalloway, but it was one of my first classics, so it was a little hard for me to understand. (The stream of consciousness style.) I feel like I’d get a lot more out of it now. It’s been a few years. 🙂

        I definitely plan to read more of her novels.

        1. I totally get that! I read Orlando just a little over 2 years ago and most of it went right over my head (I mean, besides the stream of consciousness, that book had approx. 140 footnotes!). It’s much more difficult than Mrs. Dalloway but I’d probably understand it better if I’d read it now. Mrs. Dalloway was doable for me, although I really had to adjust to the style first 🙂
          How did you like A Room of One’s Own? That’ll be my next Woolf read I think!
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          1. I ADORE A Room of One’s Own! I’ve read it twice. It’s brilliant! There are a few things I didn’t quite agree with (detailed in my review), but that doesn’t deter my great fondness for it. I love the thunder behind it. 🙂

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