Earlier this year, I chose to participate in Book Riot’s 2015 Read Harder Challenge. I let this list of challenges guide me in making some reading decisions, but I didn’t read solely to check things off the challenge list. I’ve managed to complete 18 out of 24 challenges for the year, and I am pretty pleased with that. I really enjoyed participating in this challenge because it helped me become aware of all the different kinds of books I chose to read throughout the year. This is definitely proof of the different genres and styles of books that I’ve explored this year. There are a few challenges on this list that I did not complete, but I plan to complete soon.
A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25– White Teeth by Zadie Smith A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65– Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)– Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay A book published by an indie press– On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ– Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz A book by a person whose gender is different from your own– American Gods by Neil Gaiman A book that takes place in Asia– Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami A book by an author from Africa– Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
A microhistory– Stiff by Mary Roach A YA novel– Say What you Will by Cammie McGovern A sci-fi novel– Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- A romance novel
A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, or Pulitzer Prize winner– The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
- A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
An audiobook– Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-up by Grace Helbig
- A collection of poetry
A book that someone else has recommended to you– Gilead by Marilynne Robinson A book that was originally published in another language– One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind– Ms. Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, then realize that good entertainment insetting to feel guilty over)– Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
- A book published before 1850
A book published this year– The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)
Did y’all participate in this challenge? Let me know how you did in the comments below!