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.
Read a debut novel.
Or try any of the books on another great list by Karen!
Read a book about books.
Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
And find more great titles on Karen's list!
Read an all-ages comic.
And try Jessica's list of All-Ages Comics for Every Reader, or Karen's list tailored just for this challenge!
Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
Try Karen's list for more great ideas!
Read a travel memoir.
And here's another excellent list by Karen to take your armchair adventure to the next level!
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.
Read a fantasy novel.
Read a nonfiction book about technology.
Read a book about war.
Anne Frank (also works for the published between 1900-1950 category!)
Or, try any of the books on this list.
Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
Read a classic by an author of color.
And here's another great list of recommended reads by Tenecia to give you more ideas!
Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey
Try more picks on Tenecia's list!
Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel
And check out this list of LGBTQ+ romances for more suggestions!
Read a book published by a micropress.
Read a collection of stories by a woman.
And find more titles in this list by Sam!
Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.
Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color.
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!