Or, if you’d rather, the book itself is structured in such a way that it invites a twelve-month exploration.
The website outlines 12 chapters, 12 heroines, 12 incredible authors: how can you resist?
And, more importantly, why should you? Each chapter features a description of the favoured book and its author and then, at the end, lists three sisters for its heroine. Haven’t you always wanted a(nother) sister? Particularly a bookish one?
Because the challenge is designed to encourage us to find new heroines, rather than re-read, my picks will be drawn from the suggestions for Literary Sisters.
Although, even if re-reads don’t count toward the challenge, it seems to me that The Heroine’s Bookshelf is inspired by re-reading, so I think we should get bonus points for that…or SOMEthing.
(Or am I just saying that because I’m thinking of re-reading Gone with the Wind, and I think a reward would be due for that!)
In the meantime, my fresh reads for the challenge will be plucked from the following list:
Angelou – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Undset – The Wreath
Morrison – Beloved
Cisneros- The House on Mango Street
Yezierska – The Bread Givers
Fitch – White Oleander
Colette – Claudine novels
Mitford – The Pursuit of Love
The Portable Dorothy Parker
Wharton – House of Mirth
Kirby Larson – Hattie Big Sky
E. Lockhart – The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Libby Bray – A Great and Terrible Beauty
Which do you think I should plan to read first?