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
retelling of a classic canon, fairy tale or myth by an author of color
mystery where the victim(s) is not a woman
graphic novel memoir
about a natural disaster
play by an author of color and or queer author