The site Book Riot is fabulous. Whether you’re a reader of serious literature or pop literature or someone who dabbles in both as pretty much all of us are, the site is nearly always a superb resource on titles new and old.
For the past few years, Book Riot has offered up a Read Harder challenge. I decided to fold this challenge into my annual Goodreads goal of 365 books read in a year. Between my freelance book reviewing and personal reading, this has been a very productive year.
I’m glad to say, I’ve completed the challenge. For every task, I read a unique book so there’s no double-dipping. A mixture of print and digital titles made this easier as did getting ARCs to review, freelance gigs, winning Goodreads giveaways, and finally making use of my NetGalley account.
Read a book about sports.
The Football Manager’s Guide to Football Management by Iain Macintosh
Read a debut novel.
The Exo Project by Andrew DeYoung
One of the best Sci-Fi and Young Adult novels published in 2017.
Read a book about books.
Book Production Guide by Anna Faktorovich
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.
How to Be a Muslim by Haroon Moghul
Read an all-ages comic.
Star Wars, Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes by Jason Aaron, John Cassaday, Laura Martin
Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
The Lost Continent by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Read a travel memoir.
Leaving Whittier: Bicycling Across America in the Summer of Nixon’s Discontent by Ronald Colman, David Colman
Read a book you’ve read before.
Life Supports: New and Collected Poems by William Bronk
Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky by David Connerly Nahm
Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game by Karl Ove Knausgård, Fredrik Ekelund
Read a fantasy novel.
The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
Not just one of the best, most original Sci-Fi novels published this year, but also a superb literary achievement.
Read a nonfiction book about technology.
Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal
Read a book about war.
God’s Wolf: The Life of the Most Notorious of All Crusaders: Reynald de Chatillon by Jeffrey Lee
Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
A stunning novella rivaling anything Neil Gaiman has ever written.
Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Read a classic by an author of color.
Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis
Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
Pretty Deadly, Vol. 2: The Bear by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Ríos
Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
This was, hands down, the best novel of 2017. It is a profoundly good work of literary fiction.
Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel
Pantomime by Laura Lam
Read a book published by a micropress.
Nevertheless, #ShePersisted by Barbara Jane Reyes (Editor)
Read a collection of stories by a woman.
Middle-Aged Boys & Girls by Diane Bracuk
Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.
Mural by Mahmoud Darwish
Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color.
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo