Read Harder 2017: PCPL Picks!

read-harder-2017-imageHelp us crowdsource a challenging reading list!

Last year, Jessica and I put together a local-centric recommended reads list for people taking on the 2016 Read Harder challenge put on by Book Riot. Well, it's time for the 2017 edition (here's the printable PDF), and this time, we'd like to invite YOU to share your favorite books that fit any of their categories, whether it's...

    • Something great you read a while ago
    • Something you enjoyed reading for the challenge
    • Something on your TBR that you're excited to tackle

Just like last year, we'll have several staff who are doing the challenging and sharing their experiences (good, bad, and Did Not Finish) on our website in lists and blog posts. I'm also planning on making a list featuring their guest authors (who chose some of the challenges this year), so if you're not already familiar with those awesome authors, including Celeste Ng and Roxane Gay, you'll soon have a place to start there as well.

Just comment with your picks, and we'll add them to the list, so we can keep referring back to it throughout the year!

Read a book about sports.

Fever Pitch

This Is your Brain on Sports

I Got This

Losing Isn't Everything

It's Time For Some Football Romances!

List created by PimaLib_JessicaP

It's that time of year again! Football is here. Enjoy a few well-loved stories of love between star football players and the people they never expect, all available at PCPL.

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Read Harder Challenge 2017 - Sports Books

List created by PimaLib_KarenG

To help you with the Read Harder challenge, staff will provide book lists every month to match up with the topic. For some topics that you might not have much interest in, it helps if you've already seen the movie......

This has been on my to-read list, plus it's a local author and a Bellwether Prize winner.

Loved the movie, hopefully the book will live up to expectations.

Local connection from this softball champion.

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Read a debut novel.

Under A Painted Sky

Wolf in White Van

The Hate U Give

Read Harder Challenge 2017 - Debut novels

List created by PimaLib_KarenG

One of my favorite genres - the promising first novel from a new author. So many to choose from, it's hard to just pick one.

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Read a book about books.

More Book Lust

Bibliophile Novels

List created by PimaLib_SamR

These titles have a library or bookstore at their center.

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Camino Island

List created by PimaLib_JB

Are you a sucker for anything set in a bookstore or library? Love books with a lot of meta about authors and writing? Looking for a fast-paced thriller? Or maybe it's the Florida setting... You're sure to find something to read next on the shelf at PCPL.

A historical thriller perfect for bibliophiles, set in 1660s London.

Here's something a little different...how about a cozy mystery about an author you may have heard of...Jane Austen.

This always makes lists of "nonfiction that reads like a novel." This one's for the bibliophiles...and everyone who loves a thrilling true story.

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Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.

Death in the Andes

Collected Fictions

La tregua

The FSG Book of Twentieth-century Latin American Poetry

Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.

The Book of Unknown Americans, which the Main Library Book Club will be discussing on February 2nd!

In the Country We Love

Lucy

At Ellis Island

Read Harder Challenge 2017 - Immigrant Experience

List created by PimaLib_KarenG

One of the challenges is to read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration story. There are so many to choose from - here is a short list of oldies but goodies as well as some new titles.

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Read an all-ages comic.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

Bone

All-Ages Comics for Every Reader!

List created by PimaLib_JessicaP

The best kind of all-ages comics are those that have layers upon layers of meaning. Some are funny to the younger ones, while others are interesting to older readers. Think anything by Pixar or Saturday Morning Cartoons. These will especially come in handy if you're doing the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge in 2017. Check them all out at PCPL!

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Read Harder Challenge 2017 - All Ages Comic

List created by PimaLib_KarenG

These comics can be enjoyed by all members of the family. Share them with your friends. You might find you really enjoy graphic novels!

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Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.

We

The Jungle

Rebecca

Animal Farm

Read Harder Challenge 2017 - Books Published Between 1900-1950

List created by PimaLib_KarenG

I'm just going to say this list is all those books you were supposed to read in high school English class and didn't. Feel free to catch up now.

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Read a travel memoir.

Inside A Pearl

Wild

The Sex Lives of Cannibals

Read Harder Challenge 2017 - Travel Memoir

List created by PimaLib_KarenG

Lots of folks like to write about traveling to France, but there are many other places you can read about. Enjoy some armchair travel adventures for this read harder challenge.

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Read Harder Challenge 2017 - Travel Memoir

List created by PimaLib_KarenG

Lots of folks like to write about traveling to France, but there are many other places you can read about. Enjoy some armchair travel adventures for this read harder challenge.

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Read a book you’ve read before.

Only you can choose this one...perhaps a classic? We have a ton of always-available digital downloads in our E-Library for your convenience!

Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.

Allow us to introduce you to...The Southwest Books of the Year!

Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.

A Very English Scandal

His Bloody Project

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Terror

Everfair

My Brilliant Friend

Read a fantasy novel.

Abarat: the First Book of Hours

The Magicians

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Read a nonfiction book about technology.

Geek Sublime

The Singularity Is Near

Read a book about war.

The Things They Carried

Briar Rose

Anne Frank (also works for the published between 1900-1950 category!)

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge - A Book about War

List created by PimaLib_TeneciaP

One of the reading categories of the 2017 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge is to read a book about war. Here are some non-fiction and fiction books from the PCPL collection that fall under this category.

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Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.

Brown Girl Dreaming

The Girl From Everywhere

Huntress

Abarat: the First Book of Hours

Read Harder Challenge 2017 - YA or middle grades book written by an author who identifies as LGBTQ

List created by PimaLib_KarenG

These books may have characters that identify as LGBTQ, but the focus for this challenge is on the author's identification.

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Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.

Tropic of Cancer

And Tango Makes Three

The Holy Bible

Read Harder Challenge 2017 - Banned or frequently challenged books

List created by PimaLib_KarenG

These books have been banned or challenged in libraries and schools across the country. Check them out here!

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Read a classic by an author of color.

Passing

Reflections on Exile and Other Essays

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge - Classic by Author of Color

List created by PimaLib_TeneciaP

One of the reading categories of the 2017 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge is to read a classic written by an author of color. In thinking broadly about what may be considered a "classic", here is a list of books in the PCPL collection that you may want to consider for this particular category.

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And here's another great list of recommended reads by Tenecia to give you more ideas!

Read a superhero comic with a female lead

Ms. Marvel

Jessica Jones

Batgirl

Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey

The God of Small Things

Ceremony

House Made of Dawn

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge - A Character of Color Goes on a Spiritual Journey

List created by PimaLib_TeneciaP

One of the reading categories of the 2017 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge is to read a book in which a character goes on a spiritual journey. In thinking broadly about "spirituality", here is a list of books in the PCPL collection that you may want to consider for this particular category.

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Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel

Glitterland

Rubyfruit Jungle

Read Harder Challenge: LGBTQ+ Romances

List created by PimaLib_JessicaP

Are you doing the Read Harder Challenge this year? Even if you're not, how about some romances featuring LGBTQ+ lovers—all with happy endings and all available at PCPL!

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Read a book published by a micropress.

Tender Points

I Hotel

Read a collection of stories by a woman.

Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

Let Me Tell You

Short Stories by Women, for Anyone

List created by PimaLib_SamR

Here's a booklist of short stories by women.

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Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.

The Essential Rumi

Martial's Epigrams

Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color.

A Bollywood Affair

The Blackbirds

The Street

Their Eyes Were Watching God (this book is also good for a book published between 1900 and 1950, A classic by an author of color, and a character of color goes on a spiritual journey)

One Crazy Summer, or a few other books by Rita Williams-Garcia – Sam writes: Rita Williams-Garcia has written 3 children's books which are engaging and historical (set during the 1960's) wherein all-point-of-view characters are people of color : One Crazy Summer, P.S. Be Eleven, and Gone Crazy in Alabama.)

Just leave a comment below and let us know which category you'd recommend others to try it in!

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