Book Riot Challenge – Read Harder

rhc_cover_pinterestIt’s been a while since I updated my Book Riot Challenge, so I decided it was time to let you all know how I’m doing. It looks like I’m about on schedule for the year, since we’re in May and I’ve completed 15/24 so far.

*1. Read a book about sports. Done! Psmith in the City, cricket. by P G Wodehouse.

*2. Read a debut novel. Done! Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

*3. Read a book about books. Done! End of Chapter, mystery about publishing company.

4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author. – still looking!

5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative. A Hope More Powerful than the Sea

6. Read an all-ages comic. American Born Chinese

*7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950. Done! Cakes and Ale, published 1930

8. Read a travel memoir. Three Single to Adventure, currently reading

*9. Read a book you’ve read before. Done! Murder Over Easy, read first in 2007

10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location. – Desert Solitaire, Utah

*11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location. Done! The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds, Malaysia/China

*12. Read a fantasy novel. Done! The Spirit Thief by Rachel Bach

13. Read a nonfiction book about technology. Unstoppable by Bill Nye

*14. Read a book about war. Done! Valiant Ambition, about American Revolution

*15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+. Done! Last Seen Leaving, by Caleb Roehrig

*16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.  Done! Animal Farm, by George Orwell

17. Read a classic by an author of color. – Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley or Native Son by Richard Wright

18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead. – either Spider Woman or Daughters of the Dragon

*19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey (From Daniel José Older)

*20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean) Done! Also Last Seen Leaving

*21. Read a book published by a micropress. (From Roxane Gay) Done! Future Worlds, A Science Fiction Anthology, published by Future World Publishing

*22. Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng)  Done! Miss Marple by Agatha Christie

23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. (From Ausma Zehanat Khan) Beowulf

*24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi) Done! Black Panther, Number 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

5 Authors I Should Have Read By Now

For today’s post, I wanted to highlight 5 authors that I really wish I had read before now. But I will get to them this year!

  1. Edward Abbey. Given that he’s from Utah, that he wrote about Utah, I really feel like I should have picked up something by him before. This year, I’ve got Desert Solitaire on my TBR list, picked for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, and I will start it soon.
  2. Margaret Atwood. She is everywhere this year, with The Handmaid’s Tale TV adaptation and the release of Hag-Seed. It’s the latter that caught my eye, with my fascination for all things Shakespeare.
  3. Octavia Butler. So many good reviews, so much to choose from, but I’ve never picked up any of her books. No good reason here, so it’s time to change this.
  4. Rachel Carson. I’ve only recently gotten in to nature writing, so it’s perhaps not surprising that I haven’t read any of her books before now, but with all the political changes, I think it’s time I got educated.
  5. C S Forester. I love me a good adventure at sea story, but Horatio Hornblower? Haven’t read him. Time to change that.

Really, this list could be a lot longer, but there’s a limit to what I actually think I can read this year. What about you? What authors have you always meant to pick up, but never actually tried?

Read Harder Book 1

Title: Future Worlds: A Science Fiction Anthology

Authors: Various, my favorite was Michael Darling

Read Harder Challenge Task #21: Read a book published by a micropress: Future World Publishing

This was a collection of several short stories that I got through Kickstarter, and I have to say I found it disappointing overall. The only story I really loved was by Michael Darling. It features a couple of performers traveling together on tour, when Harry meets an audience member who won’t play along.

The rest of the stories were a mixed bag, and while some of them were good, there were all basically commercials for full length series. Why did I pay so much for this when it was mostly advertising? I would recommend this one mostly for those who want to discover a new series without reading a whole book. I did find a couple I want to read more of.


Read Harder 2017!

Hey fellow readers! Have you started planning your reading for next year? I have a few books in mind, and we’ve got our book club picks, but I don’t really  have anything organized. Fortunately for me, the folks at BookRiot have, and they’ve got some new challenges for this year’s list.

There are 24 challenges, each designed to help you branch out a little in your reading. You can count a book in more than one category if you want, so it really comes down to 2 challenges a month, and maybe as little as 12 books in all.

Some of the challenges have been suggested by authors, including Celeste Ng, Roxane Gay, and others. I’m going to be taking part, and if you decide to do it also, be sure to post a link to your list. I’m anxious to see what  others read. I might need a few suggestions too.