2017 Read Harder Challenge

1. Read a book about sports. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

2. Read a debut novel. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

3. Read a book about books. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

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

5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

6. Read an all-ages comic. Lumberjanes, issues 1-3 by Noelle Stevenson

7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.

8. Read a travel memoir.

9. Read a book you’ve read before. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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

11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

12. Read a fantasy novel. The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.

14. Read a book about war. The Reason You’re Alive by Matthew Quick

15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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

17. Read a classic by an author of color.

18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.

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).  Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean, author of ten bestselling historical romance novels) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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)

22. Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and the forthcoming Little Fires Everywhere)

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)

24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of sci-fi novel Ascension) Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward