In 2018, I’m reading 50 books written by women

I read a lot; it’s an essential part of my job as a freelance researcher. It is also why at the end of the day I have little energy to read for myself, a trend I hoped to escape once I graduated but that has remained in my life nonetheless. As I’m drawing up plans and commitments for the year to come, I’ve been thinking how to rectify this sorry state of affairs, and putting together a public list of books I’d like to read in 2018 seemed as good a solution as any. The list is a medley of genres, spanning everything from short fiction to financial advice. The unifying characteristic? All authors on this list are women.

This past year has been tiring in many ways but as I think about what 2017 brought to the world, and all the battles that were fought, some successfully and some not, I realise a strange kind of fatigue weighing down on my soul: a fatigue from a media landscape so saturated with male voices that it feels vital to carve out a space in my life, however small, where only women’s voices reign.

Here’s what I’ll be reading next year in this safe literary space I’m creating:

2018 Reading List

Who Fears DeathWhy I'm No Longer Talking to White People About RaceAmericanahЗулейха открывает глаза#GIRLBOSSWhat HappenedCtrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up OnlineThe Multi-Hyphen Method: Work less, create more, and design a career that works for you.To Kill a MockingbirdGo Set a WatchmanWhite TeethOn BeautyNWWe Should All Be FeministsHalf of a Yellow SunDear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen SuggestionsThe Thing Around Your NeckThe End We Start FromThe Secret HistoryThe Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural HistoryInferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That's Rewriting the StoryThe Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed RussiaRiot DaysQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop TalkingThe PowerEichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of EvilBehold the DreamersHomegoingKintuThings Bright and BeautifulCirceThe Wicked ComethThe Financial Diet: A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good with MoneyFlâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and LondonJust KidsI Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the TalibanMen Explain Things to MeThe Second SexWild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest TrailSlouching Towards Bethlehem100 Nasty Women of HistoryDiversifyThe Handmaid's TaleAlias GraceAnother BrooklynCommonwealthBig Magic: Creative Living Beyond FearThe Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your PassionI Know Why the Caged Bird SingsOutrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions


50 books is ambitious, considering a long list of other things I’ve got planned for next year. But it’s a good start and certainly a good aspiration. I will keep track of my progress on here and through social media, so be sure to follow for updates. And if you have any books you think I should add to this list, leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter.

Happy holidays, folks!

Original cover image by Lacie Slezak on Unsplash


  1. Love this idea! A few years ago I noticed that I mainly read male authors and had to put a stop to that immediately. There are so many great works published by women every single day that it’s truly not ~hard~ to do woman-only reading. I read Commonwealth this year and now I LOVE Ann Patchett and I can’t wait to read more of her work in 2018!

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