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Challenges, 2014

July 6, 2014


Half way through the year seems a good time for me to update what I have read for Challenges and to share my results with other bloggers.  So far I have read a dozen books for each of the regions where I have signed up.  I still have others I hope to read.  I expect the rest of you to add more books that I will decide to read.

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Books are linked to my reviews of them.  I will link the others as I post reviews.   Other books from each region can be found on my book lists for challenges in previous years.

Starred items are ones that are my favorites.


1.  Dilemma of a Ghost and Adwona, Ama Ata Aidoo.

2. *Distant View of a Minaret, Alifa Rifaat.

3.  Daughters who Walk the Path, Yejide Kilanko.

4.  In Dependence, Sarah Ladipo Manyika.

5. *Ancestor Stones, by Aminatta Forna.

6 *The Moor’s Account, by Laila Lalami.

7. *Kehinde, Buchi Emecheta.

8. *Zenzele A letter for My Daughter, by J. Nozipo Maraire.

9.  Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Laila Lalami.

10.Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe,by Doreen Baingana.

11. On Black Sisters Street, by Chika Unigwe.

12. July’s People by Nadine Gordimer.


Plan to read:

H Infidel,  by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Women are Different,  Flora Nwapa.

H Woman at Point Zero, by Nawal El Saadawi.

H Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

H Mother to Mother, by Sindiwe Magona.


Other possibilities:

No Sweetness Here and Other Stories, Ama Ata Aidoo.

Neighbours,  Lília Momplé.

Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night,  Sindiwe Magona.


1. *Rose Grower, Michelle de Krester.

2.  Love Like Water, Meme McDonald.  Indigenous content.

3.  A Handwritten Modern Classic, Fiona Moorhead

4.  Misogyny Re-loaded, Abigail Bray. 

5. *Mullumbimby, Melissa Lucashenko.  Indigenous author.

6. *Curious Intimacy, Jessica White.

7.  Listening to Country, Ros Morriety.  Indigenous content.

8.  The Coral Battlefield, Judith Wright.

9. *Letters to the End of Love, Yvette Walker.

10. A Change of Skies. Yasmine Gooneratne.

11. My Beautiful Enemy, Cory Taylor .

12. Amy‘s Children, Olga Masters.


Plan to Read:

H   Mud Map: Australian Women’s Experimental Writing.  Text Journal Special Issue 17

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, Clare Wright.  [Barnes and Noble ebook]

Swallow the Air, by Tara June Winch.



Kitty’s War  by Janet Butler. [Barnes and Noble]

Toyo, Lily Chan.  [AMZ]

The Night Guest, Fiona McFarlane.




 1.  The Rose Grower, Michelle de Krester.

2.  Ladies Coupe, by Anita Nair.

3. *The Space between Us, Thrity Umrigar.

4.  Pink Sari RevolutionAmana Fontanella-Khan.

5.  A Princess Remembers: The Memoirs of the Mahrani of Jaiper, Gayatri Devi.

6.  A Different Sky, Meira Chand.

7. A Far Horizon, Meira Chand.

8. *The Tutor of History, Manjushree Thapa

9. *The Story Hour, Thrity Umrigar.

10. Twelve Wife, by Indu Sundaresan.

11.*My Temples, Too, Qurratulain Hyder.

12. A Change of Skies.  Yasmine Gooneratne.

(Women of the Raj, Margaret Macmillan.   History by a British/Canadain woman.)


Plan to read:

H Leila’s Book, Alice Albinia.

H In Time of Siege, Githa Hariharan,

H The Weight of Heaven, Thrity Umigar

H River of Fire, Qurratulain Hyder.


Other possibilities:

New South Asian Feminisms, by Srila Roy (Editor)

The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India, Urvashi Butalia. [Elen]

Breast Stories, Mahasweta Devi.  [Elen] 



3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 7, 2014 2:24 am

    Great lists, thanks for the links.

  2. July 7, 2014 7:48 am

    Great round up Marilyn. You’ve been doing some great reading! I’m hoping to read Swallow the air later this week.

  3. July 10, 2014 6:22 am

    Great list; a few of them already rad by me. 🙂

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