As I wrote about before I am doing the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge this year.  Here’s the third update –  halfway through the year.  Here are the 24 books of the challenge – I’ve read 11 so far so in terms of an average books per month to read I am a little behind.

  1. A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25 – 8 February White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  2. A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65 – 25 April Sandrift – Sharon Canipe
  3. A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
  4. A book published by an indie press
  5. A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
  6. A book by a person whose gender is different from your own – 4 June As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust – Alan Bradley
  7. A book that takes place in Asia
  8. A book by an author from Africa – 23 April No Future Without Forgiveness – Desmond Tutu
  9. A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
  10. A microhistory
  11. A YA novel – 5 June Please Ignore Vera Dietz – A.S. King
  12. A sci-fi novel – 22 June The Martian – Andy Weir
  13. A romance novel – 3 March – Hidden Summit – Robyn Carr
  14. A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
  15. A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
  16. An audiobook
  17. A collection of poetry
  18. A book that someone else has recommended to you
  19. A book that was originally published in another language
  20. A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?) – 27 February – Ms. Marvel: No Normal – G. Willow Wilson
  21. A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over) – 14 June – The Rosie Project – Graeme Stimson
  22. A book published before 1850
  23. A book published this year – 26 February – First Frost – Sarah Addison Allen
  24. A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”) – 19 February – Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
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