I love to read. Always have. For the past five or so years I’ve used Goodreads to set goals for myself. I’d aim for 40 or 50 books each year, and so far I’ve always succeeded.
This year I want something a bit more ambitious. Enter the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. They give you a list of categories, and you find a book that fits into each one. They aren’t easy categories, either!
The great thing is there are only 24 books in the challenge, so I can do this and still have time to read my own choices that may not fit in. It’s the best of both worlds — I step outside of what I usually read but I can also find time for my personal pleasure books (and let’s be honest, like 85% of my personal choices are historical mysteries with saucy female protagonists).
I also really appreciate that several of the challenge categories require reading books by people of color, or with characters of color leading the story (or both!). I’m guilty of not reading enough books by and about people who aren’t white, and I’d like to change that. So this should help.
You can click over to Book Riot for the whole list, but I’ve included part of it below. I’ve also included the books that I’m reading for each one if I’ve already chosen it. Some I haven’t picked out yet. If it has an asterisk next to it, that means I’ve actually read it.
- Read a book about sports.
- Read a debut novel. (Soulless by Gail Carriger)*
- Read a book about books. (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)
- Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author. (The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho)
- Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative. (Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
- Read an all-ages comic. (Lumberjanes)
- Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
- Read a travel memoir. (Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell)
- Read a book you’ve read before. (The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood)
- Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location. (Murder on the Bowery by Victoria Thompson)
- Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location. (I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai)
- Read a fantasy novel.
Again, to see the whole list, go to the Book Riot post. If you’re doing this challenge, or any other, leave a comment and tell me about it! I love to hear what other people are reading.