Read Harder Challenge | 2017

I love a good book challenge and always find the challenge in fitting in books that I actually want to read. I don't read nearly fast enough to read a book just for the sake of crossing it off a list. This is just my preliminary list for the Book Riot Read Harder challenge, so I'm sure a few of the titles will shift as the year goes on.

19 (a book where a character of color goes on a spiritual journey) was definitely the category I was the most hung up on, and I'm really excited to read 23 (a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love) & 21 (a book published by a micropress), but have a feeling they might be the hardest one to get a hold of since I prefer to use the library for my books.
  1. Read a book about sports You Will Know Me 3/3/2017
  2. Read a debut novel The Hating Game 1/30/17
  3. Read a book about books The Shadow of the Wind 1/26/2017
  4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author The House of the Spirits
  5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative Behold the Dreamers 3/11/17
  6. Read an all-ages comic Persepolis** 
  7. Read a travel memoir Notes From a Small Island
  8. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950 The Grapes of Wrath or The House of Mirth 
  9. Read a book you've read before The Catcher in the Rye
  10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location Lincoln in the Bardo
  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location The Pearl That Broke it's Shell or An Unnecessary Woman
  12. Read a fantasy novel Flame in the Mist
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live In It 4/4/2017
  14. Read a book about war Between Shades of Grey
  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+ Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe 4/3/2017
  16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country The Color Purple
  17. Read a classic by an author of color Their Eyes Were Watching God
  18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead Ms. Marvel 
  19. Read a book where a character of color goes on a spiritual journey The Round House 5/14/17
  20. Read a LGBTQ+ romance novel The Price of Salt
  21. Read a book published by a micropress I'll Tell You In Person*
  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman The Lottery & Other Short Stories
  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love Poet in New York
  24. Read a book where all POV characters are people of color The Sun is Also a Star 7/12/17

  25. *The publisher Emily Books is associated with Coffee House Press, but I'm still planning on counting it for now. 
    **I'm not sure Persepolis counts as being an all-ages comic because there was a little bit of language. 
My reading really fell off during the second half of the year and I don't think I looked at this challenge once.

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