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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Feminist Reads Challenge January Updates, Reviews, and Giveaway!

I am so SO excited about the number of you who have signed up to participate in my 2013 Feminist Reads Challenge! Eeep! I get excited just thinking about all of the awesome, strong girls and women you're all reading about out there!

Maria, one of the awesome challenge participants, suggested there be a challenge hashtag for Twitter and I couldn't agree more! Unfortunately, I have no idea what to use as a hashtag because everything felt too vague or too long... I settled on #feministreadschallenge even though it's SUPER long... if anyone has better suggestions, please let me know!

I haven't been reading near as much I'd like to, but I have completed one book so far that can count for the challenge: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd! In fact, I loved it so much that I've decided to give it away to one of you participating in the challenge!!

I plan on posting a review very soon, but here's a brief synopsis and some other details:

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
In the darkest places, even love is deadly. 
Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.   
Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.  
Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.

Interested in reading this upcoming gothic thriller featuring a remarkably strong heroine (and one of the most horrible and unsupportive, not to mention definitely anti-feminist, literary fathers I've ever encountered!)? 

To be eligible, all you have to do is leave me a link on the Mr. Linky to one of these two things: 
  1. Your review of a book you've read for the Feminist Reads Challenge. The review can be posted on your blog, Goodreads, or wherever. (If you've written more than one reviews, link each separately and you'll get an entry for each!)

  1. If you aren't a blogger, or are super busy like me and haven't don't always have time to write reviews in a timely manner, you can leave a link to a tweet, Goodreads status, or something in which you talk about and promote whatever you've been reading/have read for the challenge or promote the challenge. If you're tweeting and can fit it in, don't forget to use #FeministReadsChallenge

For a bonus entry leave a comment on this post talking more about what you've read, plan to read, have read and are considering rereading, like about the challenge, dislike about the challenge, suggestions etc, etc. Comments brighten my day! (I'll add in these entries later before I pick a winner!)

If you want to win this book, but haven't signed up for the challenge, NEVER FEAR! There's still plenty of time to sign up... the year is young! Go here for more information regarding the challenge!

Link away, my fellow feminists!


  1. Just entered! My first review was of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, and I'll be starting the second one this weekend (I intended to start it earlier, but I got caught up in a few other books and a ridiculously busy work week).

    I also just finished reading Bitchfest, which is a collection of articles from 10 years' worth of Bitch magazine, something I intend to review soon as well.

    One suggestion I had that you may have already done or planned to do would be to post a monthly round-up of all the books people have read for the challenge so far, with links to their post. I'd love to be able to see what other people are reading and cross-link to their reviews as well!

  2. I love reading books with kick-@ss heroines! I really love Anna from the Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs. I'm planning to read Briggs' Mercy Thompson series as well.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I tend to read mostly books with kicking ladies - and comics, too!

    I've also been reading the new Batgirl series plus Angel & Faith and Buffy. (though I'm a bit behind on all of them) Don't forget to check out some awesome kickbutt ladies in comics!

    Here is the link to the Goodreads shelf I made to keep track of the books I'm reading that will count toward the challenge.

  4. Loved reading Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block (again). It is different reading it at my age. I felt it more in my bones and less in my attitude, if that makes any sense. Love this challenge...making me think a lot as I edit my novella, Violet. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  5. Hello! I read physical books so we aren't talking 'e-books' unless specified right?

    A 'twitter' spot is cool, if info & activities stay accessible to this main page. I'm not into 'twitter' or 'facebook'. I'm all about blogging & e-mailing, baby! :)

  6. "Thunder On The Right" from 1957 is my current read. I love the old gothic standalone greats, like Mary Stewart but am a fan of current series too, especially paranormal.

    Good luck on Jodi & everyone composing books (I'm on my first try but excited)! A monthly summary is a great idea Bailey. The best outcome of these events is meeting people in common and adopting other authors; including oldies that shouldn't be missed.

  7. I linked up my review of Almost Astronauts - but I read it at the end of December so it can't count for the challenge. DO read it, though! It's a great account of the Mercury 13 - and I had never heard of them before.

  8. Thanks for letting me know about this giveaway! I'm really excited to read this one :) My first review was kind of a dud...didn't enjoy the book as much as I thought I would. Oh well, onto the next one!

  9. I just finished reading Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn and am currently reading The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan. These are both really interesting books from a Feminist perspective. I don't know that I would call the protagonists "Feminist role models" exactly, but both books deal with women's roles in unique and thought-provoking ways.

    Also, regarding The Madman's Daughter, one of my coworkers was in writer's group with the author, so we are all SUPER excited about this book. Isn't it just stupendous?

  10. Great challenge! I'm having lots of fun reading, and even wrote a review for the Powered By Girl website:
    Thanks for hosting!

  11. I really want to join this challenge - it looks awesome, though I'm not supposed to join any really as school needs to come first lol

  12. Hey Sara (and all)
    Just posted my first review/response for the challenge.

    The book is LEMON by Cordelia Strube.

    My post, in case Mr Linky doesn't work is at

    I'm already deep into my next read - DAUGHTER OF THE FLAMES by Zoe Marriott.

    Looking forward to checking out all your blogs and all you reviews.

    Read on, my sistahs!

    go easy -p

  13. I just posted my first review. My first book was Enemies and Playmates by Darcia Helle. It was definitely an awesome first read. I loved it.

  14. I think this is challenge is AMAZING! I love it!

    ~Lynette @ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time


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