Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder Book Challenge

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BookRiot has posted it’s 3rd annual Read Harder Challenge. A list of 24 reading tasks to challenge you through the year. Read a book for each task or use a single book to meet multiple challenges.

There’s a GoodReads group which is great for gathering suggested titles and of course BookRiot is full of ideas.

Here’s the 2017 Challenge List

Right off the bat, I’m a bit stumped by #1. Despite my sports talk there, I really don’t know what to read for that. Maybe something about Cricket? (bats, stumped…)

I’m going to add some books now and will keep updating this as I think of challenges. Suggestions welcome! And if you’re joining in, join the GoodReads group!

  1. Read a book about sports. (The Cricket Match)
  2. Read a debut novel. (Should be easy to find a good one on NetGalley!)
  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. (Maybe something by Richard Russo, since we’re about the same age and both visited the Gloversville Public Library as kids. I wonder if we went to the same school?)
  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location. (My first thought is a book Finland, I have several challenging ones waiting to be read. But that’s not far enough. After seeing the movie Lion last week, I have the book A Long Way Home: A Memoir waiting to be read.)
  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. (Passingor Quicksand – both by Nella Larson and suggested by the GoodReads group)
  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.

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