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Sunday, December 30, 2012

The 2013 Feminist Reads Challenge

Personally, I love reading about girls and women that are capable of kicking butt and taking names. I'm not just talking about the girls out there who are physically able to do this, but about the girls who have the tenacity and courage to rise and reach and grow, no matter the life they've been born into, forced into, or ended up in by some unfortunate turn of events.

Every year I read many fantastic books from a variety of genres that feature women and girls that embody this spirit and determination. In an attempt to support and spread the word about books like these, I decided to host a reading challenge here at The Hiding Spot that focuses entirely on books and characters like this! I present you with:

The 2013 Feminist Reads Challenge

Now I realize some of you may only have a vague understanding of what a feminist and feminism is. Others may have a negative connotation of the word feminist or think that only women can be feminists. Let me attempt to break it down for you.

A feminist is defined as:
  • (n): a person who supports feminism
  • (adj): of, relating to, or supporting feminism
Pretty vague and unhelpful, right? I agree. Let's look a little further.

Feminism is defined as:
  • A movement for granting women political, social, and economic equality with men.
All true, but also fairly boring. I think Rebecca West summed it up pretty well we she said:
"I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat."
Here's how I define feminism and feminists:
  • Feminism is supporting and helping to create strong girls and women.Women who have the ability to take care of themselves, who believe in themselves, and who have the freedom to pursue their dreams and share their beliefs, values, and opinions.
  • Feminists encourage and support strength, independence, individuality, and passion in women of all ages.
  • Feminists fight for people. Yes, they obviously fight for women, but I think it can also be said that they fight for what is right. For equality for all. For every person to have a voice, an education, a fighting chance.
Therefore, any book that features, by your standards, a strong female character or supports feminist ideals is eligible for this challenge! Examples include: The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Dairy of Anne Frank, Matilda, The Handmaid's Tale

How to Participate:

Well, despite that super long explanation, I don't want to make this complicated. So the rules and whatnot are pretty simple.
  1. Create a blog post (or, if you're not a blogger something to announce and keep track of your challenge progress).
  2. On this post, give a quick explanation of the challenge, mention The Hiding Spot and include the challenge button, and link back to this post. If you're feeling awesome, encourage others to participate via twitter, facebook, word-of-mouth, etc. 
  3. Pick a challenge level! I think it will be surprisingly easy to meet these level goals, as there are so many novels with great, feminist heroines.
    1. Easy: 5 books
    2. Medium: 5-10 books
    3. Hard: 10+ books
  4. Leave room to list the books you've read for the challenge. If you're the type of person that likes to plan and have an idea of what you'd like to read, you can list the titles and cross them off as you read. Below, you'll find a few helpful links with title suggestions.
  5. Then, go to the 2013 Feminist Reads Challenge Sign Up page and fill out the Mr. Linky, linking back to your post (the specific post URL, so not just your blog URL).
Easy, right? 

Below a couple helpful links to lists of novels that you might want to consider for the challenge.The Goodreads lists are open, so feel free to add titles, but keep in mind the 2013 list is for books that are being released in 2013. I felt this might be helpful for those of you already doing 2013 release or debut challenges.
If participants think it'd be worthwhile, I'd also like to do some sort of post once a month in which participants would be able to link a review of a book read for the challenge. This will allow participants to see what others are reading, discover some new blogs, and, hopefully, stay motivated. I'll also do my best to promote these reviews via my own blog, Goodreads, and twitter.
I've also considered adding a bit of incentive to these posts by giving away a title that would be eligible for the challenge... I would provide these titles myself, but if there are authors, publishers, or bloggers out there who would like to donate a book, I'd be more than happy to include them!

You can find the April update post here. Be sure to link your reviews for a chance to win Kristin Cashore's Fire!

Have suggestions or comments? Please leave me a comment below!

I also have to give a big shout-out to one of my favorite bloggers and wonderful IRL friend, Katie, over at Sophistikatied Reviews for making me such a fantastic challenge button on such short notice. I'm blessed with the most talented friends! :)


  1. I like this idea. I'm much like you, I prefer my protagonists to be women. And ass-kicking ones at that :)

  2. Love this idea! I also think that feminism supports the goal of letting boys explore their nurturing side. It's been an exciting year - one where so many books and films with strong women protagonists were enjoyed by all.

  3. I read this quote not sure who said it but I define a feminist this way, "I'm a feminist, I'm not anti-boy but pro-girl."

  4. I have always liked the strong determined main characters and this Challenge just looks perfect for me :)

  5. I LOVE this challenge you've dreamt up! I am not a blogger but I will most definitely be signing up! Thank you for hosting such a great challenge :)

    Oh, and I've had the Rebecca West quote (all prettied up) on my desk at work and on my dresser for many, many years!!

  6. What a fabulous idea! I will definitely be participating.

  7. Sounds interesting. I definitely want to participate!

    Besides, I just read Catching Jordan, so I already have one down!

  8. Great challenge! I'd love there to be a review linky so that we can link-up our reviews and see what others are reading!

  9. I don't have a blog but I've made a shelf on GoodReads so I can participate.
    Love strong female role models. :-)
    Agree on the review linky comment above.

  10. I love this! I stumbled across your page and would LOVE to be considered for your challenge! I will be publishing my novel to Kindle in a few short weeks - please come check it out! It will be FREE for the first 90 days through their lending library. I think it might be right up your alley.
    Come get a sneak peek at and read the first chapter... P.S. I LOVE feedback!

  11. This is awesome! Wish I'd found it earlier. I'll be adding the badge to my blog and signing up right away.

  12. I only have a Goodreads, so I can't add the button :( I ca put a link to the challenge on my profile page though. Is that okay?

  13. This is a fantastic challenge! I wish I could have found it sooner. It is a good way to share with people what feminism is by showing them strong women role models in books. Do you think I can still participate?

  14. I'm wanting to join this challenge now. How do I get the button for my blog?

  15. I really want to join this challenge! It sounds awesome! I have two questions though,one, can I re-read books that I've already read and two, when does this challenge end?

  16. I really love this idea, and I will DEFINITELY be signing up! Count me in!

  17. Are you going to host this again in 2014!? I'd love to take part in it, but I already have plenty on my plate to read this year!! :)

  18. Can I be part of this as a Video Blogger? Sounds FABULOUS.

  19. Can I join in as a Video Blogger? Sounds absolutely fab. :)


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