Here’s a two month update on how this project has been going.

Since I blogged about it in early July, I’ve read:

  • “Ripley’s Game” by Patricia Highsmith
  • “Fairest” by Marissa Meyer
  • “The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion
  • “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
  • “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed (still underway)

Ripley’s Game gave me pause. I love Highsmith’s books and Tom Ripley is an amazing character to follow. But it also made me think that I should focus on books that are not only by women but that are about women. I felt that reading a book primarily about men, even if written by a woman, was perhaps defeating the point of the goal. This won’t be exclusive by any means, but I’ll try to give it emphasis as I pick books.

I want to expand my timelines too, from a classic by Bronte to contemporary authors like Emily Gould or Roxane Gay.

So the project continues! Five months down, seven months to go, and the stack of books to read seems to have grown instead of shrunk. Onward!

If you don’t want to click back, here are my previous books, from April 10, 2015 to July 4 when I posted:

  • Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling
  • “Daughter of Fortune,” Isabel Allende
  • “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children,” Kirstin Cronn-Mills
  • “The Secret History,” Donna Tartt
  • “Station Eleven,” Emily St. John Mandel
  • “Strong Poison,” Dorothy Sayers
  • “Hild,” Nicola Griffith