I am participating in Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge for 2019. In past years, I would set a goal that was just a random number of books I wanted to read for the year. This challenge is meant to stretch you and push you out of your genre comfort zones in an effort to expand your horizons. I don’t think I understood just how much it would stretch me and how specific the book categories would get. Thankfully, there’s a Goodreads discussion group that helped out tremendously with suggestions.
My only stipulations were that I had to already own it or it had to be available at the library. If there were multiple books within a category that were available, I mostly chose the shortest ebook. With two classes this semseter, I don’t really have time to read a 600-page book.
Behold, my list! Note: Struckthrough items are already read (Go me!)
- An epistolary novel or collection of letters: still undecided but either The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis or The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary
Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
- An alternate history novel: The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal
- A book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018: Severance by Ling Ma
- A humor book – Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
- A book by a journalist or about journalism: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- A book by an AOC set in or about space: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
- An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
- An #ownvoices book set in Oceania: Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington
- A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads: Urban Apologetics by Christopher Brooks
A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman: The Live-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
- A book of manga: She and Her Cat by Makoto Shinkai and Tsubasa Yamaguchi
- A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character: Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
- A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- A cozy mystery: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
- A book of mythology or folklore: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (heaven help me)
- A historical romance by an AOC: Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
- A business book – Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
- A novel by a trans or nonbinary author: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
- A book of nonviolent true crime: The Library Book by Susan Orlean
- A book written in prison: Letters and Papers from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- A comic by an LGBTQIA creator: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
- A children’s or middle-grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009: I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley
A self-published book: Until the End of the World by Sarah Lyons Fleming
- A collection of poetry published since 2014: The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace and ladybookmad
And there you have it. There are some of these categories I’m looking forward to more than others, but I’m excited about how I’ll be challenged.
It’s not too late to join me!!