Another 2017 reading challenge is done! The folks at Book Riot came up with the Read Harder challenge, and I have to say it’s expanded my horizons considerably. 2016 was the first time I’ve completed it, and now my 2017 challenge is also in the books (pun intended!). Considering it’s just 24 books, that’s only a quarter of my total so far this year. Let me know if you’re interested in giving it a go!

I also finished my original Goodreads challenge amount (100 books) last week. That one will continue through year’s end. I wonder how many books I’ll actually finish in 2017. Hmmmm.

1. Read a book about sports. Going The Distance by George Thomas and Jeff Welsch

2. Read a debut novel. The Patriots by Sana Krasikov

3. Read a book about books. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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

5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative. The Patriots by Sana Krasikov

6. Read an all-ages comic. March: Book One by by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin (Co-writer), Nate Powell (Artist)

7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

8. Read a travel memoir. Tracks: One Woman’s Journey of 1,700 Miles Across the Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson

9. Read a book you’ve read before. March: Book One by by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin (Co-writer), Nate Powell (Artist)

10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location. Kindred by Octavia Butler

11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location. The Patriots by Sana Krasikov

12. Read a fantasy novel. Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore

13. Read a nonfiction book about technology. Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War by Fred Kaplan

14. Read a book about war. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach

15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

17. Read a classic by an author of color. Kindred by Octavia Butler

18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead. Wonder Woman: Earth One, Vol. 1 by Grant Morrison (Writer), Yanick Paquette (Artist), Nathan Fairbairn (Colourist), Todd Klein (Letterer)

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) The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley

20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean, author of ten bestselling historical romance novels) The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

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) Strong. Female. Character. by Rose McAleese

22. Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and the forthcoming Little Fires Everywhere) Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins

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) Unseen Hand by Adam Zagajewski, Clare Cavanagh (Translator)

24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of sci-fi novel Ascension) Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

I do love this challenge, and will miss it until I start again on the 2018 challenge. In the meantime, I’ll keep working on the TBR books on my shelves (both digital, audio, and physical) for Mount TBR. I also have another challenge from a fellow Litsy member, called the Litsy Reading Challenge. Still have one book to go there—what a wonderful reading year 2017 has been!