Thursday, January 16, 2020

Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge

I'm going to try Book Riot's Read Charder Challenge this year, although it's a pretty hefty one -- 24 books. On the other hand, you can use the same book for multiple challenge, so maybe I'll get lucky. And I like the concept of paying more attention to what you are reading, of incorporating mindfulness into my reading hobby. Obsession. Whatever you want to call it.

If I keep up with tweeting the books I read, I'll try to remember to use their hashtag #ReadHarder. That's a lot of letters, though. Also, I say this to remember it later, they have a link to suggestions for each of the tasks in case I need help finding something.

  1. Read a YA nonfiction book Apollo 8: The Mission that Changed Everything, Martin Sandler 2/26/20 (also: Fly Like a Girl, Stamped, Flowers in the Gutter)
  2. Read a retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship, Chitra Soundar 6/4/20, The Wind Gourd of La'amoamoa, Moses Kuaea Nakuina 10/14/20
  3. Read a mystery where the victim(s) is not a woman Bloodshot, Cherie Priest 1/11/20. Trash, Andy Mulligan 10/23/20
  4. Read a graphic memoir Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation, Anne Frank, Ari Folman, David Polonsky 4/8/20, That Can  Be Arranged, Huda Fahmy 10/14/20, They Called Us Enemy, Takei,  Scott & Eisinger 10/24/20.
  5. Read a book about a natural disaster I Survived the Eruption of Mount St Helens 1980, Lauren Tarshis 1/8/20
  6. Read a play by an author of color and/or queer author Fences, August Wilson 8/3/20
  7. Read a historical fiction novel not set in WWII Someone to Honor, Mary Balogh 2/29/20, Jubilee, Margaret Walker 10/18/20
  8. Read an audiobook of poetry Dreams of Many Rivers, Margarita Engle 2/19/20
  9. Read the LAST book in a series Hellbent, Cherie Priest 1/27/20
  10. Read a book that takes place in a rural setting The Pearl, John Steinbeck 2/20/20, Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder 9/7/20
  11. Read a debut novel by a queer author American Dreamer, Adriana Herrara 3/26/20, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong 9/7/20, Out of the Blue, Sophie Cameron 9/9/20
  12. Read a memoir by someone from a religious tradition (or lack of religious tradition) that is not your own: Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation, Anne Frank, Ari Folman, David Polonsky 4/8/20, That Can  Be Arranged, Huda Fahmy 10/14/20
  13. Read a food book about a cuisine you’ve never tried before  (American Dreamer, Adriana Herrera 3/26/20)
  14. Read a romance starring a single parent A Little Light Mischief, Cat Sebastian 1/22/20 
  15. Read a book about climate change  (gets a big mention in Witches Are Coming, Lindy West 5/17/20)
  16. Read a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman In the Company of Others, Julie Czerneda 2/1/2020
  17. Read a sci-fi/fantasy novella (under 120 pages)  The Physicians of Vilnoc, Lois McMaster Bujold 6/14/2020
  18. Read a picture book with a human main character from a marginalized community A Girl Called Genghis Khan, Michelle Lord 3/5/20
  19. Read a book by or about a refugee Refugee, Alan Gratz 3/27/2020
  20. Read a middle grade book that doesn’t take place in the U.S. or the UK Refugee, Alan Gratz 3/27/2020, It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime 9/15/20
  21. Read a book with a main character or protagonist with a disability (fiction or non) Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, Dusti Bowling 1/19/20
  22. Read a horror book published by an indie press Hadriana In All My Dreams, Rene Depestre 4/13/20 (Akashic Books)
  23. Read an edition of a literary magazine (digital or physical) (All Hugo nominated magazines) 7/20
  24. Read a book in any genre by a Native, First Nations, or Indigenous author Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer 8/20/20, The Wind Gourd of La'amoamoa, Moses Kuaea Nakuina 10/14/20

Some of these are easy -- the picture book for example. The horror book will be hard, because horror is scary. And I think I'll just plan to get lucky with #3 and #14 -- I read a lot of mysteries and romance, so surely one of them will fit!

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