The book challenge that I am most excited about this year is Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge. I only heard about this challenge recently, but luckily just in time to make plans for 2018! I am super stoked. Here is my challenge list so far:

1) A book published posthumously Meditations by Marcus Aurelius or The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov or The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories by Denis Johnson (publishing in 2018)

2) A book of true crime The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer by Skip Hollandsworth

3) A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
Something by Georgette Heyer

4) A comic written and illustrated by the same person Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

5) A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa) The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

6) A book about nature Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them by Paige Embry

7) A western The Haunted Mesa by Louis L’Amour

8) A comic written or illustrated by a person of color March: Book One by John Lewis

9) A book of colonial or postcolonial literature–
Troubles by J.G. Farrell or Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

10) A romance novel by or about a person of color–Something by Courtney Milan or Alyssa Cole

11) A children’s classic published before 1980 Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

12) A celebrity memoir This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe

13) An Oprah Book Club selection Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

14) A book of social science Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard or So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

15) A one-sitting book The Regional Office Is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales

16) The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

17) A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author Crosstalk by Connie Willis or Earthrise by M.C.A. Hogarth

18) A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image Saga: Book Two by Brian K. Vaughan

19) A book of genre fiction in translation Misterioso by Arne Dahl (which was also published under the title The Blinded Man)

20) A book with a cover you hate Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

21) A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes

22) An essay anthology Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace or The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race Edited by Jesmyn Ward

23) A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60 The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

24) An assigned book you hated (or never finished) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith or The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawhorne– neither of these was ever assigned to me but I feel like I missed out.


The good news is that I already own a lot of these books, so I can get started right away! I’ve been on a bit of a reading-avoidance jag lately, except for audiobooks. I can’t really say why. Unfortunately that means I need to do some message-sending on Netgalley to get my bookshelf back on track! *hides under covers* Does anyone else have this problem? True story: I thought I had really forgotten how to load books onto my Kindle Fire from Netgalley but it turns out one of my kids seems to have ejected the SD card from the dang thing?? UGH. Honestly I should probably start only taking books that are available on Kindle that I can read on my regular ol’ Kindle or my phone.  I actually went out and bought a couple of the books for this challenge…. IN PAPERBACK. I get so distracted when I’m reading on my phone, and I hate trucking the Kindle around for some reason so…. back to analog reading? We’ll see how that goes.

2017 was a good reading year for me, I reviewed 53 books on Goodreads. I’ll say I finished 46 though, since 7 of those were either cookbooks or picture books. My 2018 goal is 50 books, that is to say 50 “real” books. Though I will still be reading lots of picture books and cookbooks, obviously. I can’t get through my everyday life without those!

Happy New Year to everyone!

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