Because you know, nothing like doing a gazillion reading challenges at the same time to motivate myself to
procrastinate read lots of books! With me being always on the look-out for fun reading challenges, it’s surprising how I missed Book Riot’s 2015 Read Harder Challenge (Goodreads group here). Unfortunately, I’ve read some
books on this list already and have 3 months left to go to make up for any that I haven’t done!
Screw studying Of course I’m going to focus on school first, but a girl’s gotta have fun! 😉 Like all the other challenges I have ongoing done, this one might take me another three years or so longer than expected. But that’s okay! I think of a reading challenge as less of a time-related challenge and more of a trying-new-things challenge.
☐ A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25 (Eldest by Christopher Paolini)
☐ A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65 (A Mercy by Toni Morrison)
☑ A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people) (True Stories, Well Told by Lee Gutkind & Hattie Fletcher)
☑ A book published by an indie press (Escape from the Ivory Tower by Nancy Baron)
☐ A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ (The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky)
☑ A book by a person whose gender is different from your own (Faster, Higher, Stronger by Mark McClusky)
☐ A book that takes place in Asia (Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See)
☐ A book by an author from Africa (Conversations With Myself by Nelson Mandela)
☑ A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.) (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie)
☑ A microhistory (Gulp by Mary Roach)
☑ A YA novel (Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross)
☑ A sci-fi novel (Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry)
☑ A romance novel (Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof)
☐ A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade (The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee)
☑ A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.) (The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale)
☑ An audiobook (Bossypants by Tina Fey)
☑ A collection of poetry (Dog Songs by Mary Oliver)
☑ A book that someone else has recommended to you (You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney)
☐ A book that was originally published in another language (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson)
☑ A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?) (Cross Game by Mitsuru Adachi)
☑ A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over) (Wallbanger by Alice Clayton)
☐ A book published before 1850 (Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen)
☑ A book published this year (Wild Hearts by Jessica Burkhart)
☑ A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”) (The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin)
Do you like reading challenges?
Are you doing any right now?