This was my first year doing Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge and I loved it. Through the help of authors and experts, they defined 24 reading challenges that were guaranteed to stretch the comfort zone of even the most exhaustive reader. Thanks to this, I started reading fiction again, was introduced to new styles and authors, and put myself in the shoes of people going through life events (e.g. becoming a refugee, coming out) that I’ve not experienced myself. At the end, I treated myself to library themed enamel pins from Book Riot’s store. Listed below are my choices for each reading challenge.
1. Read a book about sports.
I listened to this as an audio book and oh my gosh, I felt like I was listening to a radio announcer describe the races in real time. It gave a good feel for the excitement this sport had in American during the 1930s.
11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
Trevor Noah accounts his childhood in South Africa, growing up mixed race during the apartheid.
13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.
The authors argue that laws need to catch up with modern fertility medicine to protect the children of the twenty-first century.
14. Read a book about war.
The Arab Spring is described through the eyes of six individuals: an Egyptian woman, a Libyan Air Force cadet, a Kurdish physician, a Syrian university student, an Iraqi women’s rights activist, and an Iraqi ISIS fighter.
19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey (From Daniel José Older, author of Salsa Nocturna, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, and YA novel Shadowshaper)
Pi questions spirituality as he survives 227 days at sea with the companionship of a Bengal tiger.
21. Read a book published by a micropress. (From Roxane Gay, bestselling author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, Marvel’s World of Wakanda, and the forthcoming Hunger and Difficult Women)
Sara moves to New Mexico with her new husband where she is captured by Apaches.
23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. (From Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of the Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty mystery series, including The Unquiet Dead, The Language of Secrets, and the forthcoming Among the Ruins)
Religion, faith, what it means to be human.