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January 18, 2017

read harder in 2017
posted by soe 1:44 am

Two years ago, I said I was going to do Book Riot’sRead Harderchallenge, which is designed to make you read more broadly. I failed. Last year, I looked at the list, saw a lot of things I didn’t feel like reading, and declared I wasn’t going to bother. This year, though, I’m feeling optimistic — well, at least about completing a large reading challenge.

It helps that a book can count for multiple categories.

Here goes:

  1. Read a book about sports.
  2. Read a debut novel.
  3. Read a book about books.
  4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
  5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative. DONE! The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon focuses on a young woman trying to avoid deportation.
  6. Read an all-ages comic.
  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
  8. Read a travel memoir.
  9. Read a book you’ve read before.
  10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location. DONE! A Seaside Christmas is set along the banks of the Chesapeake. The town is fictitious, but the area is nearby.
  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
  12. Read a fantasy novel. DONE! The Girl Who Drank the Moon was a delightful middle-grade fantasy story.
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology. (If anyone has any suggestions for this one, I’d appreciate it.)
  14. Read a book about war.
  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
  16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
  17. Read a classic by an author of color.
  18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
  19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey
  20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel
  21. Read a book published by a micropress.
  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman.
  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.
  24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. DONE! Black Panther, Vol. 1: A Nation under Our Feet is set in a fictional African nation, and all the characters are Black.

If you have any books you’ve loved that fit into these categories, I’m open to tracking them down at the library!

Category: books. There is/are 4 Comments.

For 13, if you haven’t ever read Tracy Kidder’s Soul of a New Machine, it’s terrific (will be somewhat dated, but….)

Comment by M @readeatwriterun 01.18.17 @ 6:59 am

I’ve been thinking of trying this challenge as well, if for no other reason than to broaden my horizons. We’ll see …

How nice that you already have some of it covered!

Comment by Bridget 01.18.17 @ 8:28 am

this is an excellent idea! Thank you for sharing…

Comment by AsKatKnits 01.18.17 @ 9:55 am

@M: Thank you!

@Bridget: We could cheer each other on!

@Kat: You’re welcome!

Comment by soe 01.20.17 @ 3:58 am