One of my personal goals for this year is to read books that challenge my perspective.  To this end, I was happy to find the Book Riot read harder challenge for 2015.  This seems like a good list to start with to help me get out of my reading rut.  So the challenge is:

  1. A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25 – Done – 8 February
  2. A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
  3. 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
  7. A book that takes place in Asia
  8. A book by an author from Africa
  9. A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native AmericansAboriginals, etc.)
  10. microhistory
  11. YA novel
  12. sci-fi novel
  13. romance novel
  14. National Book AwardMan 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?)
  21. A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)
  22. A book published before 1850
  23. A book published this year
  24. self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)

I have some ideas for books I’d like to read for some of the challenges.  I’m going to kick it off with challenge number one and read White Teeth by Zadie Smith.  I picked it up at the used bookstore awhile back so this is a perfect motivation to grab it off the shelf and get reading.

Some other ideas I have for the categories – I’ll keep adding to this as I get more ideas:

  1. White Teeth – Zadie Smith: This task is done.  I have mixed feelings about this book.  I didn’t not like it, but I also didn’t really like it either.  So that’s that.
  2. The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
  3. Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
  4. The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

I’m also planning on participating in the GoodReads Challenge Group.