Women’s History Month Reading Challenge Recap

Last month I took part in the Women’s History Month Reading Challenge hosted by Margaret at Weird Zeal. I’d never attempted a reading challenge before, despite wanting to, so when I was tagged in this one I figured “why not?”. It was like the universe’s way of telling me it was time to take part in a Readathon, and who am I to argue with the universe.

I didn’t manage to cross off all the squares on the board but I managed more of them than I thought I would.

Women's History Month Reading Challenge

I think I knew going into this challenge that I was never going to get a blackout, Classic books are not my thing at all and I rarely read Middle Grade books either, but considering I only read six books in March the fact that I crossed off thirteen squares is pretty impressive.

What I Read

March Reading Update (1)

In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

In An Absent Dream

“What’s the Goblin Market?”

“It is a place where dreamers go when they don’t fit in with the dreams their homes think worth dreaming. Doors lead here. Perhaps you found one.”

I love Seanan McGuire’s writing and I’ve loved all the books in her Wayward Children series. In An Absent Dream is no exception; it tells Lundy’s story and so far I think it’s been my favourite of the series. This was a heartbreaking read in its own way because I knew how the story would end for Lundy, but I was still hooked following her years at the Goblin Market and seeing her life unfold over the years.

WHM Reading Challenge Prompts:

  • Read a sci-fi or fantasy by/about a woman
  • Read a book with no romantic subplot

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell (Editor)

All Out

“For you, happiness is being with a man. For me, happiness is being among friends. Love takes many forms, Will Scarlet. If I must lie to the world to be true to my heart, then I’ll lie. I’ll cheat, I’ll steal, and I’ll do it with a smile. Love is the only higher power I answer to, and my love is no less for being chaste.”

This anthology collection has been sitting on my TBR list for ages, and I’m a little annoyed at myself for letting it sit there for so long. Like all anthologies the short stories were either a hit or a miss for me, but there was plenty more hits than misses and I loved the representation and the messages through the book. It was just such a powerful read.

My two favourite short stories in this collection were Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore and Every Shade of Red by Elliot Wake (I couldn’t pick just one favourite, but if you forced me at gunpoint I’d say the second).

WHM Reading Challenge Prompts:

  • Read an anthology/essay collection
  • Read a book with a trans spec main character
  • Read a book with a queer main character

Heartstopper, Volume One by Alice Oseman


“So Nick has a crush on Charlie, right? We’ve all been thinking it.”

“They do seem really close. But Nick’s not gay, is he?”

“Well, I guess we don’t know.”

I haven’t read anything by Alice Oseman (although I do have all her books on my TBR list) but I was hearing so many people talking about Heartstopper that I couldn’t resist picking it up. Graphic novels aren’t usually my thing, but Heartstopper ended up being a really quick read and I loved Nick and Charlie’s characters. They were so cute together and I loved seeing their relationship develop but I also really loved that they were friends first.

WHM Reading Challenge Prompts:

  • Read a book with a queer main character
  • Read a graphic novel by/about a woman

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

“I’m sorry,” I say. “You’re absolutely right. I should have asked you how you identify instead of assuming I knew. So let me try again. Are you prepared to come out, in the pages of this book, as a bisexual woman?”

I had this book as an audiobook so one day when I was alone at work (because the rest of my team were all working from home) and because I hate working in complete silence I started listening. Wow, there are not enough words to properly describe how much I loved this book. Evelyn was not an easy character to like at times, but I always really admired her. She went through so much over the years of her life but everything she did she did for the people she loved.

WHM Reading Challenge Prompts:

  • Read a biography or memoir of a woman
  • Read a book with a queer main character
  • Read a book with a woman on the cover
  • Read a book with multiple female POVs

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

On the Come Up

“I mean, it’s one thing to wanna do something. It’s another to think it’s possible. Rapping has been my dream forever, but dreams aren’t real. You wake up from them or reality makes them seem stupid. Trust, every time my fridge is almost empty, all of my dreams seem stupid.”

Angie Thomas’s debut was always going to be a tough act to follow, and don’t get me wrong I did really enjoy On the Come Up, but The Hate U Give is always going to stand out more for me. There were some powerful messages in the story Bri was telling, but it took me a while to properly connect with her character; Bri was angry and abrasive, and she seemed to push everyone away but eventually it just made her story all the more real.

WHM Reading Challenge Prompts:

  • Read a book with a woman of colour main character
  • Read a book with a woman on the cover

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

Undead Girl Gang

“There’s nowhere to step on the rotting porch that doesn’t come with a screech or a groan of wood, so I walk with my usual sense of purpose. Boots on the ground. Collar up. Zombies behind me.”

After the last two books I read Undead Girl Gang was certainly a lighter read to end the month. I really enjoyed the positive female dynamics in this book and seeing how Mila, Riley, June and Dayton grew throughout the seven days they had together before the latter three returned to their graves. I had fun trying to figure out who the murderer was (I was way off), and I loved that the ending packed more of an emotional punch than I thought it would when I started reading Undead Girl Gang.

WHM Reading Challenge Prompts:

  • Read a book with a disabled main character (Including invisible disabilities)
  • Read a book with a girl squad
  • Read a body positive book
  • Read a book with a woman of colour main character

Did you take part in the Women’s History Month Reading Challenge in March?

How many of the challenges did you cross off, did you complete the whole board or like me could you only manage some of the lines?

Have you read any of these books, or are any of them on your TBR list? What was your favourite short story in the All Out anthology collection? Are you excited for the second volume of Heartstopper, or are you reading the comic online as it’s released?

20 thoughts on “Women’s History Month Reading Challenge Recap

    1. Thanks Caro, and yeah I tried to pick books that would cross off as many squares as possible because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get through loads of books in March. It worked out quite well in the end.
      Oh definitely, and I hope you end up really loving it Caro. 🙂 ❤️

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  1. Ahh Beth you did so great with this challenge, yay! I’m so happy you finally read an Alice Oseman book and Heartstopper is just the cutest, isn’t it ❤ I'm glad you enjoyed Evelyn Hugo, I can't wait to read that one, it sounds so, so good. I also need to get to Angie Thomas' new book, I'm a little nervous about it since THUG was this incredible, hard hitting story, but I can't wait 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Marie. 🙂 ❤️ Yep, better late than never, and I thought Heartstopper would be a good one to get started on because it ended up being a quick read and everyone seemed to be gushing about it.
      Evelyn Hugo was incredible, definitely pick it up ASAP, and with On the Come Up I may not have enjoyed it as much as THUG but I still thought it was hard-hitting, just in a different way. 🙂
      Thanks. 🙂 ❤️

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  2. This looks like such a wonderful challenge ❤ I wish I had participated!! You read so many amazing books too 🙂 I absolutely love Evelyn Hugo and On the Come Up so I'm really glad that you enjoyed them. I've been meaning to read Heartstopper so it makes me even more excited knowing that you enjoyed it!!

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    1. It was a lot of fun to take part in, and it got me to finally pick up some books I’ve been meaning to for a while now (so added bonus). 🙂
      Evelyn Hugo was incredible, it’s in the running for my top book of the year so far, and I guess I should have expected nothing less than amazing from the author of THUG right?!
      Heartstopper is such a sweet story, and it’s a quick read too so if you’re interested go for it. I’m sure you;ll love it too. 🙂

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  3. OMG what a great challenge!! And you tackled almost all of the challenges which is amazing. Congrats Beth! The only book I read from this list was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo which I finished some time last week and I cannot wait to write my review. Wow I loved that book and definitely agree that she was unlikable but ugh when learning all that she did to get where she’s at and for love? Swooooooons lol. I hope you have a great April reading month as well!

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    1. Yeah it was so much fun to take in (and for my first ever reading challenge I think I picked a good one to start off with). Evelyn Hugo was amazing! I didn’t really go in with any expectations (despite the glowing reviews people were giving it) because I’m not a big reader of adult books but it blew me away. I think for me Evelyn was a great character because she wasn’t always likeable but I understood why she did the things she did. I loved how morally grey she was at times.
      Thanks so much, I hope you have a great April as well 🙂 ❤

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  4. WOW you read so many amazing books this month! I’m so happy you took part in this challenge and had fun with it! 😀
    Heartstopper is one of my favorite graphic novels! If you loved it, you should definitely continue on reading the webcomic, which is still ongoing (I think it’ll all be traditionally published eventually, but if you don’t want to wait… 😉 )
    And Evelyn Hugo is SO GOOD! I’m glad you loved it so much too! I also read Undead Girl Gang in March, and I’m planning on reading On the Come Up soon! When I read All Out last year, I remember loving that Robin Hood story as well 😀
    I think you definitely killed it with this challenge! Well done, and happy reading in April! ❤

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    1. Thanks so much, some of these were books I’d been meaning to get around to for a little while now so I was glad this challenge gave me an excuse to pick them up, and it was so much fun.
      Yes I’m definitely going to continue reading online, I don’t think I can handle the wait for the paperback to come out when I know it’s being posted somewhere else.
      Evelyn Hugo is in my running for my favourite book of the year. Oh, did you enjoy Undead Girl Gang? It was definitely a different tone to the other books I read this month but it was a nice change of pace. I really hope you love On the Come Up as well. 🙂
      Thanks so much, and yeah I hope you ave a great April as well, reading and blogging wise. 🙂 ❤

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      1. This is true! Anything Angie Thomas writes will be a pretty epic read!
        I agree with you, the Wayward Children does get better! I have a feeling I will always enjoy her books!
        You’re very welcome Beth! ☺️❤️

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