Reading Harder with Book Riot!

As some of you know, each year Book Riot compiles a list of book challenges to keep you reading throughout the year. The 2017 Read Harder Challenge is as follows:

  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.
  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.
  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
  12. Read a fantasy novel.
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.
  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 (From Daniel José Older, author of Salsa Nocturna, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, and YA novel Shadowshaper)
  20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean, author of ten bestselling historical romance novels)
  21. Read a book published by a micropress. (From Roxane Gay, bestselling author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, Marvel’s World of Wakanda, and the forthcoming Hunger and Difficult Women)
  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and the forthcoming Little Fires Everywhere)
  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. (From Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of the Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty mystery series, including The Unquiet Dead, The Language of Secrets, and the forthcoming Among the Ruins)
  24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of sci-fi novel Ascension)

Overall, an incredible list. I’m super excited to dive in and read books I’ve never considered before (hello, sports????). Below you can find my (incomplete) list of books I’m reading for each challenge. Let me know if you have any suggestions for my blank spots!

  1. Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe by Kate Buford
  2. The Mothers by Brit Bennett
  3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
  4. The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junoz Díaz
  5. Over the Garden Wall #1 by Pat McHale
  6. My Life in France by Julia Child
  7. The Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
  8. The Elephant Company by Vicki Croke
  9. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
  10. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
  11. City of Thieves by David Benioff
  12. I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  13. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  14. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  15. Robyn Hood: Riot Girls, Volume One by Pat Shand
  16. Redemption Song by Bertice Berry
  17. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  18. Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins (Finished)
  19. Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems by Pablo Neruda
  20. Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera

I’m also challenging myself to read 100 books from January 1 to December 31, as well as at least one “classic” a month. I’m currently reading Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard as my classic. As always, I’m open to any book recommendations you have. One can never have too many books.



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