I’m doing a little something different this year. Instead of having a reading goal for 2015, I am going to tackle the Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge. I am a huge fan of the Book Riot website and I know this reading challenge is going to help me stretch my reading boundaries and read books that are not normally in my orbit.
The challenge consists of 24 tasks, which averages out to 2 books a month. The challenge consists of:
A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
A book published by an indie press
A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
A book that takes place in Asia
A book by an author from Africa
A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
A YA novel
A sci-fi novel
A romance novel
A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
A collection of poetry
A book that someone else has recommended to you
A book that was originally published in another language
A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?)
A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)
A book published before 1850
A book published this year
A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)
It’s going to be difficult. For example, I’m not a fan of audiobooks. I’ve also never read a graphic novel and I have no clue what a microhistory is.
But whatever happens, I know that I will read a variety of books this year.
I’m not aiming to read more, but I’m definitely aiming to Read Harder.