I am somewhat loath to issue a reading challenge, given that one of the greatest pleasures of reading is choosing books you just feel like reading without being told what to read. But this challenge includes a lot of latitude for crime fiction fans, so I hope it will let you indulge in an activity enjoyed by avid readers: that of grabbing people by the virtual elbow and saying “have you read this book? It’s sooooo good!”
Easy challenge: write a blog post about a work of crime fiction by a woman author; list five more women authors who you recommend.
Moderate challenge: write five blog posts about works of crime fiction by women authors. For each, mention another woman author who writes in a similar vein.
Expert challenge: write ten blog posts about works of crime fiction by women authors. For each, mention three similar women authors whose works you would recommend.
Deadline: whenever. Another one of the joys of reading for pleasure is not having deadlines. Also, feel free to recycle previous reviews. I’m all about recycling.
If you tag your posts with “SinC25” I will compile them. And if you tweet, use the hashtag #SinC25.
You can do it!
If you aren’t familiar with Sisters in Crime, it’s a non-profit organization with the mission to “promote the professional development and the advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry.” It was founded on the heels of a talk Sara Paretsky gave at the first conference on women in detective fiction held at Hunter College in March 1986. It now has 3,000 or so members worldwide and is welcoming to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. For writers in particular, both published and not yet published, it offers some terrific opportunities for friendship and professional development. (Full disclosure: I’ve been a member for many years and am currently serving on the board.)
By the way, this image is based on the famous “Rosie the Riveter” poster in the National Archives. Feel free to reuse my Rosie the Reader variation.
Guess I’ll dive in the deep end and sign up for the Expert Challenge. Stay tuned ….