Was your 2016 reading list a little ho-hum?

It's okay. We all need a shake-up or two now and then.

readerIf, like me, you're looking to expand your literary horizons in the new year, consider taking a swing at Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge! 2017's includes additions from authors Daniel José Older, Sarah MacLean, Roxane Gay, Celeste Ng, Ausma Zehanat Khan, and Jacqueline Koyanagi. Following is the 24-item list (plus a pretty supplementary PDF version here):

  1. Read a book about sports.
  2. Read a debut novel.
  3. Read a book about books.
  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.
  6. Read an all-ages comic.
  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
  8. Read a travel memoir.
  9. Read a book you’ve read before.
  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.
  12. Read a fantasy novel.
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.
  14. Read a book about war.
  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
  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 the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series and YA novel Shadowshaper)
  20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel. (From Sarah MacLean, author of ten bestselling historical romance novels)
  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)

Purists may disagree, but in my experience, some overlap is allowed -- for example, you could read a classic by an author of color (#17) that is also a book you've read before (#9). But perhaps it would be more fun to seek out a discrete title for each point... It's up to you!

Click on Book Riot's links (scattered throughout), browse NPR's Book Concierge, or stop by any SLPL location to start building your colorful new 2017 TBR list!

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