This year, after reading a post at Cynk’s blog, I’m taking on the Read Harder Challenge. I’ve committed to completing 24 book-related challenges.
Gamification of personal goals is a huge motivator for me, and even though I didn’t meet my Goodreads goal of 30 books in 2014, I’m setting that same goal and adding this challenge to diversify my selections.
Here are the challenges, set out by Book Riot. They’ll be updated with links to my reviews when I finish them.
- A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
- A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
- A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
- A book published by an indie press
- A book by or about someone who identifies as LGBTQ
- A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
- A book that takes place in Asia
- A book by an author from Africa
- A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
- A microhistory
- A YA novel
- A sci-fi novel
- A romance novel
- A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
- A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
- An audiobook
- A collection of poetry
- A book that someone else has recommended to you
- A book that was originally published in another language
- A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind
- A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (I don’t really believe in “guilty pleasures” when it comes to reading, but I’ve already started mine and I will read it with pride)
- A book published before 1850
- A book published this year
- A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)
I’m planning to blog and tweet about many of these, but I will also be tracking them at Goodreads. If we’re not connected there, feel free to send me a friend request!
What will you be reading in 2015? Do you have any recommendations of books that fit into these categories? (I may choose yours for #18!)