Read Harder 2017 – My List

As I posted a few weeks ago, I’m planning to do the Book Riot 2017 Read Harder Challenge. I probably would have gotten a lot of the tasks checked off just in my own reading life anyway, but I wanted to make it official. I also like to make lists. I’m weird. Mostly I like to cross things off of lists. I am also lazy and I don’t want to have to think about things when it is time to make a decision. Having a list I already made ahead of time saves me from having to make a decision or do more research. I can just pick the book!

So I did a lottle research (which was really a lot but it was kinda fun because I’m a nerd, so it only felt like a little, thus a lottle) and came up with the below list for the 2017 task list.

I don’t feel stress about the list, either, because I reserve the right to change my mind about a book on the list. So there.

  1. Read a book about sports: Wild (Cheryl Strayed). Hiking is totally a sport in my world.
  2. Read a debut novel: Cinder (Marissa Meyer)
  3. Read a book about books: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (Katherine Howe)
  4. Read a book set in Central or S. America written by a Central or S. American author: House of Mist (Maria Luisa Bombal)
  5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative: Funny in Farsi (Firoozeh Dumas) or maybe Kabul Beauty School (Deborah Rodruguez)
  6. Read an all-ages comic: Phoebe and Her Unicorn – DONE
  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950: I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith); The Door in the Wall (Marguerite DiAngeli); And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie); 1984 (Orwell); House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
  8. Read a travel memoir: Gorge (Kara Richardson Whitely)
  9. Read a book you’ve read before: undecided. 2017 was going to be my year of rereads, so…
  10. Read a book set within 100 miles of your location: for me, one of these will do. I’ll probably pick a Kingsolver or maybe a Hillerman I’ve never read his stuff.
  11. Read a book set more than 5000 miles from your location: Flirting with French [Provence] (William Alexander); The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones [London] (Jack Wolf); The World We Found [Bombay] (Thrity Umrigar); Wave [Sri Lanka] (Sonali Deraniyagala); The Light Between Oceans [Western Australia] (ML Stedman)
  12. Read a fantasy novel: Miranda and Caliban (Jacqueline Carey) – DONE
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology: Innovating Women (Vivek Wadhwa); Rise of the Rocket Girls (Nathalia Holt); She’s Such a Geek! (Annalee Newitz); Dot Complicated (Randi Zuckerberg)
  14. Read a book about war: The House of Splendid Isolation (Edna O’Brien); One of the Guys (Tara McKelvey)
  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author of color who identifies as LGBTQ+: Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel (Sara Farizan)
  16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country: The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
  17. Read a classic by an author of color: Lakota Woman (Mary Crow Dog)
  18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead: Captain Marvel (Kelly Sue DeConnick)
  19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey: Ceremony (Leslie Marmon Silko)
  20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel: Tipping the Velvet (Sara Waters)
  21. Read a book published by a micropress: Deer Woman (Elizabeth LaPensee) – DONE
  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman: Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri)
  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love: Old Norse Women’s Poetry (Sandra Balif Stranbhaar)
  24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color: A Bollywood Affair (Sonali Dev); The Association of Small Bombs (Karan Mahajari); might be time to read another Amy Tan…

2 thoughts on “Read Harder 2017 – My List

  1. Great list! I will interject (and this is a hill I will die on, please forgive me) that TTV is sooooo not a romance. There is a love story, yes, but romances are supposed to make you happy when you’re done. I still want you to read it, cause it’s an amazing, amazing book. But (if I may) I’d suggest taking a wander through Riptide or Bold Strokes books to find a true romance you might like.


    • LOL, no worries, Jess. I think it was listed as a romance on a list I’d seen so I went with that. I’m totally open to other suggestions since romance is not generally my cup of tea.


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