identity reading challenge…

This is another personal reading challenge I’m giving myself, inspired by a post at Book Riot. I am picking 10 personal identities that influence how I see the world and 10 identities that are not mine. And then hope to read a book by an author with each of those identities. Many of my potential reads are nonfiction, but there are some fiction choices mixed in as well. This might just be the challenge I’m most excited about.

Categories and potential reads:

Identities that influence how I see the world–

Anxiety sufferer: 

  • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
  • Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel Smith


  • Nothing: Something to Believe In by Nica Lalli
  • The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

Bisexual: *completed*

  • An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
  • Feed by Mira Grant
  • Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner

Chronic illness/invisible illness sufferer *completed* (for me that is endometriosis, fibromyalgia, IBS, but author need not have same constellation of illnesses):


  • The Rarest of the Rare by Diane Ackerman
  • Arctic Voices edited by Subhankar Banerjee


  • Dietland by Sarai Walker
  • Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living by Jes Baker


  • 52 Projects: Random Acts of Everyday Creativity by Jeffrey Yamaguchi
  • How to Be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith


  • Of Woman Born by Adrienne Rich
  • The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

Rape victim/survivor:

  • All the Rage by Courtney Summers (I don’t know if Courtney Summers is a rape victim/survivor herself, but from all I’ve heard, this is a powerful book about rape culture, so I’m including it as a possible read.)
  • Lucky by Alice Sebold


  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  • I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

Identities I do not hold–


  • Viral Airwaves by Claudie Arseneault
  • The Bone People by Keri Hulme


  • Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
  • On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

Black Woman: *completed*


  • The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui
  • The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu


  • When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago
  • Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez


  • The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

Native American:

  • Food & Spirits by Beth Brant
  • Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich


  • Love You Two by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli
  • Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker


  • Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
  • She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan
  • The Gender Games by Juno Dawson


  • Battling the Storm Within by Stephanie J. Shannon
  • Love My Rifle More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army by Kayla Williams




2 thoughts on “identity reading challenge…

  1. Oh, All the Rage is such a powerful story. I read it two years ago at least and still remember it and the feelings it evoked in me. Of course, there is also Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak for that same category as well if you have not read that one yet.

    Such a great challenge and a fantastic way to learn more about what others are experiencing!


  2. All the Rage sounds so good, but potentially tough. I’m glad to hear you think it’s a good one–I don’t remember ever hearing much about it, but it sounded perfect for this challenge. I did read Speak several years ago, and agree that it would be a perfect one too.


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