The Classics Club has announced a year long Women's Classic Literature Event for the year 2016. And, being as relaxed as always, you can start now if you'd like. There will be check-ins throughout the year (January, April, July, October and December), but this is really about making it your own.
What does that mean exactly? Well, the Classics Club is not going to tell you who to read or what to read. They won't even suggest a genre for you - though keeping literature to pre-1960 is mentioned, you can fudge that if you want. Criticisms or Biographies published post-1960 are fine too. Basically, it is all about recognizing Women in Classic Literature. Studying an author or multiple authors in a time period or genre if you'd like. It isn't really a reading "challenge" (unless you want to make it a personal challenge) but more of a celebration. I'm picturing posts from Classic Clubbers all year long featuring female authors.... and it makes me smile.
I am not personally going to treat this as a challenge, but I will record what I read on my Reading Challenges page. I want to use this as a focused effort to read the female authors remaining on my Club List (but not limit myself to those listed). In particular, I wish to read more Jane Austen, Willa Cather (I adore Willa), and maybe try Virginia Woolf again. I am also working on reading more diversely (is that the right word?) and will apply that effort here as well.
If this sounds like something you'd be interesting in doing, check it all out on The Classics Club blog page.