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Book Riot 2020 Read Harder Challenge

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From the Book Riot site:

Just as in years past, there are 24 tasks, averaging two per month over the course of the next 12 months. You may count one book for multiple tasks or read one book per task. We’ll say it again: “We encourage you to push yourself, to take advantage of this challenge as a way to explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try. But this isn’t a test. No one is keeping score and there are no points to post. We like books because they allow us to see the world from a new perspective, and sometimes we all need help to even know which perspectives to try out. That’s what this is—a perspective shift—but one for which you’ll only be accountable to yourself.”

 

  1. Read a YA nonfiction book
  2. Read a retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color
  3. Read a mystery where the victim(s) is not a woman
  4. Read a graphic memoir
  5. Read a book about a natural disaster
  6. Read a play by an author of color and/or queer author
  7. Read a historical fiction novel not set in WWII
  8. Read an audiobook of poetry
  9. Read the LAST book in a series
  10. Read a book that takes place in a rural setting
  11. Read a debut novel by a queer author
  12. Read a memoir by someone from a religious tradition (or lack of religious tradition) that is not your own
  13. Read a food book about a cuisine you’ve never tried before
  14. Read a romance starring a single parent
  15. Read a book about climate change
  16. Read a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman
  17. Read a sci-fi/fantasy novella (under 120 pages)
  18. Read a picture book with a human main character from a marginalized community
  19. Read a book by or about a refugee
  20. Read a middle grade book that doesn’t take place in the U.S. or the UK
  21. Read a book with a main character or protagonist with a disability (fiction or non)
  22. Read a horror book published by an indie press
  23. Read an edition of a literary magazine (digital or physical)
  24. Read a book in any genre by a Native, First Nations, or Indigenous author

 

A handful of us have participated the past few years and logged our progress, shared suggestions, and reviews in this thread. Feel free to join us! In the book riot site there are links to suggestions for each of the topics, you can also find lists in Goodreads as well typically. There aren't really any rules, just do the best you can.

 

HAPPY READING!

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I'll be participating! I already picked out a few... which of course may change by the end :) 

 

  1. Read a YA nonfiction book
  2. Read a retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color
  3. Read a mystery where the victim(s) is not a woman Unseen
  4. Read a graphic memoir Fun Home
  5. Read a book about a natural disaster
  6. Read a play by an author of color and/or queer author
  7. Read a historical fiction novel not set in WWII – The Empire of Gold
  8. Read an audiobook of poetry
  9. Read the LAST book in a series The Hero of Ages
  10. Read a book that takes place in a rural setting – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  11. Read a debut novel by a queer author Juliet Takes a Breath
  12. Read a memoir by someone from a religious tradition (or lack of religious tradition) that is not your own Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black, Muslim
  13. Read a food book about a cuisine you’ve never tried before
  14. Read a romance starring a single parent
  15. Read a book about climate change
  16. Read a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman The Good Daughter
  17. Read a sci-fi/fantasy novella (under 120 pages) How the Marquis Got His Coat Back
  18. Read a picture book with a human main character from a marginalized community
  19. Read a book by or about a refugee
  20. Read a middle grade book that doesn’t take place in the U.S. or the UK
  21. Read a book with a main character or protagonist with a disability (fiction or non) – Turtles All The Way Down
  22. Read a horror book published by an indie press
  23. Read an edition of a literary magazine (digital or physical)
  24. Read a book in any genre by a Native, First Nations, or Indigenous author
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3 hours ago, miss_marissa said:

ut this isn’t a test. No one is keeping score and there are no points to post.

I've realized that after doing this unsuccessfully (to me) for the last couple of years, that you are very right. It is NOT a challenge. It is something to do and potentially find new things to enjoy. I will absolutely be doing this again this year with a new mindset, and see where it goes!

 

25 minutes ago, NeverThatBored said:

Following! I'm trying to focus on reading books I already have so I might not hit a lot of these categories, but I'm interested in hearing what people end up reading! 

If only there were a way to access free books for a limited time, that you could then swap out for more new books.

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48 minutes ago, NeverThatBored said:

Following! I'm trying to focus on reading books I already have so I might not hit a lot of these categories, but I'm interested in hearing what people end up reading! 

AHH same here though! I'm certain that some of my existing books fall into these categories, so I'm going to attempt to categorize some over the weekend :) 

 

24 minutes ago, CourtnieMarie said:
  1. Read a graphic memoir Fun Home

Alison Bechdel is so GOOD!!!

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I'm definitely going to participate in this! I've wanted to broaden my reading for a long time, so this will probably help me choose what I can read to do this. I have already picked out my tbr for January and most of February, so there probably won't be a lot of books that'll fulfill any of the prompts during these months - however, I will see whether any of the books I've picked out fits into one of the categories.

 

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  1. Read a YA nonfiction book
  2. Read a retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color
  3. Read a mystery where the victim(s) is not a woman
  4. Read a graphic memoir
  5. Read a book about a natural disaster
  6. Read a play by an author of color and/or queer author
  7. Read a historical fiction novel not set in WWII
  8. Read an audiobook of poetry
  9. Read the LAST book in a series
  10. Read a book that takes place in a rural setting
  11. Read a debut novel by a queer author
  12. Read a memoir by someone from a religious tradition (or lack of religious tradition) that is not your own
  13. Read a food book about a cuisine you’ve never tried before
  14. Read a romance starring a single parent
  15. Read a book about climate change
  16. Read a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman - Krystalhjertet (Historien om Mira, #1-3) by Josefine Ottesen (published 2010, 650 pages)
  17. Read a sci-fi/fantasy novella (under 120 pages)
  18. Read a picture book with a human main character from a marginalized community
  19. Read a book by or about a refugee
  20. Read a middle grade book that doesn’t take place in the U.S. or the UK - Ildprøven (Vildheks #1) by Lene Kaaberbøl (set in Denmark)
  21. Read a book with a main character or protagonist with a disability (fiction or non)
  22. Read a horror book published by an indie press
  23. Read an edition of a literary magazine (digital or physical)
  24. Read a book in any genre by a Native, First Nations, or Indigenous author
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Following for book recommendations!

 

I won't be attempting the challenge this year as last year's attempt ended up in several DNRs, there are just some genres that I don't care for. But I loved getting book recommendations from authors/genres outside my default zone and try new things, so I'll do some cherry picking. ;) 

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I plan to participate, although I'm not sure how far I will get. I'm spending 2020 trying to focus on reading things I already own. So I may try to place some of those books into these discrete categories :) 

 

Code: Finished In process Prospective

  1. Read a YA nonfiction book
  2. Read a retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color
  3. Read a mystery where the victim(s) is not a woman
  4. Read a graphic memoir - I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib
  5. Read a book about a natural disaster
  6. Read a play by an author of color and/or queer author
  7. Read a historical fiction novel not set in WWII
  8. Read an audiobook of poetry
  9. Read the LAST book in a series
  10. Read a book that takes place in a rural setting - Middlewest
  11. Read a debut novel by a queer author
  12. Read a memoir by someone from a religious tradition (or lack of religious tradition) that is not your own
  13. Read a food book about a cuisine you’ve never tried before
  14. Read a romance starring a single parent
  15. Read a book about climate change - This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate or Drawdown... or A Terrible Thing to Waste
  16. Read a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman - Lilith's Brood or On a Sunbeam
  17. Read a sci-fi/fantasy novella (under 120 pages) - Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  18. Read a picture book with a human main character from a marginalized community
  19. Read a book by or about a refugee
  20. Read a middle grade book that doesn’t take place in the U.S. or the UK
  21. Read a book with a main character or protagonist with a disability (fiction or non)
  22. Read a horror book published by an indie press
  23. Read an edition of a literary magazine (digital or physical)
  24. Read a book in any genre by a Native, First Nations, or Indigenous author - Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
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5 hours ago, miss_marissa said:

 

I read Lilith's Brood last year, and I liked it! It was strange, but in a good way. A refreshing change from your standard scifi. I'd love to hear what you think when you get to it. 

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Code: Finished In process Prospective

  1. Read a YA nonfiction book
  2. Read a retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color
  3. Read a mystery where the victim(s) is not a woman
  4. Read a graphic memoir - I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib or Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
  5. Read a book about a natural disaster The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin
  6. Read a play by an author of color and/or queer author
  7. Read a historical fiction novel not set in WWII
  8. Read an audiobook of poetry
  9. Read the LAST book in a series - The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin
  10. Read a book that takes place in a rural setting - Middlewest
  11. Read a debut novel by a queer author
  12. Read a memoir by someone from a religious tradition (or lack of religious tradition) that is not your own
  13. Read a food book about a cuisine you’ve never tried before
  14. Read a romance starring a single parent
  15. Read a book about climate change - This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate or Drawdown... or A Terrible Thing to Waste
  16. Read a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman - Lilith's Brood or On a Sunbeam
  17. Read a sci-fi/fantasy novella (under 120 pages) - Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  18. Read a picture book with a human main character from a marginalized community
  19. Read a book by or about a refugee
  20. Read a middle grade book that doesn’t take place in the U.S. or the UK
  21. Read a book with a main character or protagonist with a disability (fiction or non)
  22. Read a horror book published by an indie press
  23. Read an edition of a literary magazine (digital or physical) - Scams by The Nib
  24. Read a book in any genre by a Native, First Nations, or Indigenous author - Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

I got lucky with the Broken Earth Trilogy, as I'm using the second book as #5 a book about a natural disaster and the third book as #9 last book in the series. 

HIGHLY recommend this series!

I also checked off a fantasy/scifi novella for #17. And though probably debatable as "literary" I read the scams issue of The Nib (political, current events, and non-fiction comics)

 

Puts me on good track for the year.

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Oh good! I bought the first of the Broken Earth series in a used bookstore last year. Maybe I'll be able to get to the second and check off #5 as well.

Not as far along as you but I have a good amount of these already acquired. I just have to finish what I'm currently reading... :D 

  1. Read a YA nonfiction book – Between the World and Me
  2. Read a retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color – Her Body and Other Parties
  3. Read a mystery where the victim(s) is not a woman – Unseen
  4. Read a graphic memoir – Fun Home
  5. Read a book about a natural disaster – Seveneves or The Obelisk Gate
  6. Read a play by an author of color and/or queer author – Last Summer at Bluefish Cove
  7. Read a historical fiction novel not set in WWII – The Empire of Gold
  8. Read an audiobook of poetry – Life of the Party
  9. Read the LAST book in a series – The Hero of Ages
  10. Read a book that takes place in a rural setting – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  11. Read a debut novel by a queer author – Juliet Takes a Breath
  12. Read a memoir by someone from a religious tradition (or lack of religious tradition) that is not your own – Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black, Muslim
  13. Read a food book about a cuisine you’ve never tried before – A Cook’s Tour
  14. Read a romance starring a single parent – Wait For It
  15. Read a book about climate change – On Fire: The Case for the Green New Deal
  16. Read a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman – Days of Blood and Starlight (Read)
  17. Read a sci-fi/fantasy novella (under 120 pages) – How the Marquis Got His Coat Back
  18. Read a picture book with a human main character from a marginalized community
  19. Read a book by or about a refugee
  20. Read a middle grade book that doesn’t take place in the U.S. or the UK
  21. Read a book with a main character or protagonist with a disability (fiction or non) – Turtles All The Way Down
  22. Read a horror book published by an indie press
  23. Read an edition of a literary magazine (digital or physical)
  24. Read a book in any genre by a Native, First Nations, or Indigenous author

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1. Read a YA nonfiction book – Between the World and Me (Read)

17. Read a sci-fi/fantasy novella (under 120 pages) – How the Marquis Got His Coat Back (Read)

 

I really enjoyed Between the World and Me and it's very short. It definitely pulled at all my feels and taught me some things I didn't know. highly recommend quick read. I listened to the BBC radioplay of Marquis which was cute. A good way to come down after the other one.

I'm currently reading Turtle All the Way Down which I didn't realize was YA, so it's got your typical high school romance aspects but I'm enjoying it so far. The descriptions of thoughts and thought processes in a highly anxious person are illuminating.

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This looks awesome! Thank you MadHatter for the reference and I'm totally in! No idea what my books will be and I'm starting late, but this will be fun!

 

Okay, I guess I know one book, 10. Read a book that takes place in a rural setting - My Ántonia I started it years ago, and I need to pick it back up and read it!

 

 

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