Have You Tried a Reading Challenge?
by Ellen Bard
It’s that time of year. Time cleaning up after the old year. Time for planning the new. Why not start your 2020 with a reading challenge?
Many people count how many books they read but there’s no better way to improve your reading record than to keep a challenge list. It will keep you motivated to read and set some goals that may be outside your comfort zone. A good reading challenge can really help build your street cred as a reader.
For example, the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge sets a goal of 24 books– which doesn’t sound like a lot. The challenge is that each title meets a different specific criteria. The categories are the challenge and they are designed to help you “break out of your reading bubble and expand your worldview through books.” The individual challenges range from easy-peasy (read a graphic memoir; read a book about climate change) to really!? (read an audiobook of poetry; read a mystery where is victim(s) is not a woman). To help, we’ve got some suggestions for the first six categories. We’ll keep you posted with more throughout the year.
ya nonfiction book
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grimes
Shout: A Poetry Memoir by Laurie Halse Anderson
retelling of a classic canon, fairy tale or myth by an author of color
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
One Thousand and One Nights by Hanan Shaykh
Pride: a Pride and Prejudice Remix by Ibi Aanu Zoboi
mystery where the victim(s) is not a woman
A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman
The Other Americans by Laila Lalami
Secrets, Lies, and Crawfish Pies by Abby L. Vandiver
graphic novel memoir
Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir by Stan Lee
Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole J. Georges
Dumb: Living Without a Voice: A Graphic Memoir by Georgia Webber
Invisible Ink: My Mother’s Secret Love Affair With A Famous Cartoonist : A Graphic Memoir by Bill Griffith
about a natural disaster
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in A Storm-ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
Supervolcano: Eruption by Harry Turtledove
One Thousand Year Flood by David Welky
play by an author of color and or queer author
The Amen Corner: A Play by James Baldwin
Angels in America by Tony Kushner
The Mammary Plays: BookHow I Learned to Drive ; The Mineola Twins by Paula Vogel
Topdog/Underdog by Suzan Lori Parks