Women’s History Month Readathon

📖 Announcement post

📖 Twitter

What is it?

The Women’s History Month Readathon is a month-long readathon during March, aka Women’s History Month, aimed at celebrating women’s stories.

The goal is to read books written by women from March 1-31.

The challenges for 2020 are:

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  • Book published before you were born
  • Book by a trans author
  • Book with “girl” or “woman” in the title
    • Or “girls” or “women.” We can be flexible here.
  • Book with less than 1,000 ratings on Goodreads
    • You can find the number of ratings right under a book’s title on its Goodreads page.
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    • Harry Potter definitely doesn’t qualify for this.
  • Book with a woman of color on the cover
    • illustration or photo!
  • Book with a female villain
    • use your own judgement to decide what counts as a villain
  • Book with two or more female authors
    • can be a co-written book or an anthology with all-female contributors
  • Book set over 100 years ago
    • that’s pre-1920, FYI
  • A retelling
    • fairy tale, Shakespeare, classic lit – you choose!
  • Book with a movie or TV adaptation
  • A biography or memoir
  • Book with a pink cover
  • Book set outside your home country
  • A debut novel
    • aka the first novel published by an author
  • Book by an indigenous author
    • Native American, First Nations, Aboriginal, etc.
  • Reread an old favorite


How do I join?

All you have to do is read books written by women. If you want to read based on the challenges, feel free! If you want to just read any and all books written by women, that’s also awesome!

If you want to join in on Twitter, follow @whmreadathon for updates, reading sprints, women’s history facts, and more. Make sure to use #WHMReadathon in your tweets.

If you want to join on your blog, make sure to link back to my announcement post for TBRs, updates, and anything else so that I can see. I will be doing themed posts throughout the month, including an original Women’s History Book Tag, that you can join as well (more info to come soon!).



Can I use the same book for multiple challenges?

Yes, absolutely!

Do I have to only read books written by women in March to participate?

No, not unless you want to. Only books written by women can be counted toward the challenges, but you’re not going to be disqualified from the readathon if you read something written by a man in March!