This year, I’ve set myself a goal of reading 100 books. I’m keeping track of this through the Goodreads Challenge and am pleased to say that so far, I’m ahead of my target. To try and broaden my reading horizons, I’m endeavoring to also complete the Read Harder challenge. Book Riot, who host the challenge, have this to say about it:
We encourage you to push yourself, to take advantage of this challenge as a way to explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try. But this isn’t a test. No one is keeping score and there are no points to post. We like books because they allow us to see the world from a new perspective, and sometimes we all need help to even know which perspectives to try out. That’s what this is – a perspective shift – but one for which you’ll only be accountable to yourself.
So, just about half way into the year, here’s a list of my progress so far.
- Read a book about sports.
- Read a debut novel. The Bones of the Past by Craig A. Munro
- Read a book about books. Into The Woods by John Yorke
- Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
- Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
- Read an all-ages comic.
- Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
- Read a travel memoir. Himalaya by Michael Palin
- Read a book you’ve read before. A Scanner Darkly by Phillip K. Dick
- Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
- Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
- Read a fantasy novel. Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey
- Read a nonfiction book about technology. Countdown to Zero Day by Kim Zetter
- Read a book about war.
- Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
- Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
- Read a classic by an author of color.
- Read a superhero comic with a female lead. Hellcat! Vol 1 by Kate Leth
- Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey
- Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel. The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis
- Read a book published by a micropress.
- Read a collection of stories by a woman. Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler
- Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.
- Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color.