2017 Read Harder Challenge

Last year was a very disappointing reading year. I did not end up pushing myself at all so to try to increase my focus in 2017 I'm doing three challenges. I'm letting myself use the same book in multiple challenges, but not within a challenge. First up I'm doing the Read Harder Challenge from Book Riot again. I did this in 2015 and it was the perfect mix of stretch and enjoyable. The Challenge for 2017 seems a little more challenging (more SPECIFIC!), but I'm hopeful I find new books I never would have tried otherwise.

There’s also a
Goodreads group for this challenge and it’s helpful if you need help find examples for a certain category. IE – Translated Poetry.

Here are the Categories – I’ve arranged by level of challenge. The books in blue are what I planned at the beginning of the year. Book in Purple are what I actually read. Books in Red are planned but still incomplete.  Technically I'm right on scheduled, but my reading time will greatly diminish the next two months.  Update as of 10.27.2017.

Read a book about sports
"Ball Don't Lie" by Matt De La Pena
"Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown

Kulti by Mariana Zapata

Read a Debut Novel
"The Mothers" by Brit Bennett (in a different prompt)
The Dry by Jane Harper

Read a book about books
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Read a book you’ve read before
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning

Read a book about war
"The Winds of War" by Herman Houk
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+
"George" by Alex Gina
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean, author of ten bestselling historical romance novels)
"Two Boys Kissing" by David Levithan (in a different prompt)
Hold Me by Courtney Milan 

Read a fantasy novel
"Among Others" by Jo Walton
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author
"One Out of Two" by Daniel Sada (50% complete - hated it)
Seeing Red by Lina Meraune (25% lost interest)

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative
"My Antonia" by Willa Cather
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Read an all-ages comic
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Read a superhero comic with a female lead
The Runaways by Rainbow Rowell

Read a book published between 1900 and 1950
"Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier
Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

Read a travel memoir
"My Life in France" by Julia Child
Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location
"Shogun" by James Clavell
The Martian by Andy Weir

Read a classic by an author of color
"Roots" by Alex Haley
Kindred by Octavia Butler

Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location
"Safer" by Sean Doolittle
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Read a nonfiction book about technology
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and the forthcoming Little Fires Everywhere)
"A Life: Stories" by Alice Munro
"What is Not Yours is Not Yours" by Helen Oyeyemi
"Stranger Things Happen" by Kelly Link

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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)
"Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" by Benjamin Alire Saenz
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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)
The Goodbyes by Leslie Welch

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)
"19 Ways of Looking at Wang Wei" by Wang Wei
Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko by Misuzu Kaneko

Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of sci-fi novel Ascension)
"The Wangs vs. the World" by Jade Chang
The Mothers by Brit Bennett

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