I suck at completing reading challenges unless I set books for every task at the start of the year and stick to it. So, here is the list of books I’m hoping to read in 2017 to meet the challenge of the 2017 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. I also have a Goodreads shelf where I/you can keep track of what books I’ll be reading.
When I complete a challenge, it will be
striked through; if I am currently working on the challenge, it will be marked in red.
1. Read a book about sports.
The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger
2. Read a debut novel.
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
3. Read a book about books.
The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell
4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
6. Read an all-ages comic.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
8. Read a travel memoir.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
9. Read a book you’ve read before.
The Bad Beginning (ASOUE #1) by Lemony Snicket
10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (Liverpool – San Francisco = 5173 miles)
12. Read a fantasy novel.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
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+.
Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab
16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
17. Read a classic by an author of color.
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
Ms Marvel: Volume One by G. Willow Wilson
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)
Carol/The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
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)
Wishing for Birds by Elisabeth Hewer
22. Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and the forthcoming Little Fires Everywhere)
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
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)
Poet in New York/Poeta en Nueva York by Federico García Lorca
24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of sci-fi novel Ascension)
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi OR Kindred by Octavia Butler