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My 2017 Reading Plan


I’m a big fan of reading challenges. If you do a little digging, you can find tons out there. One of my favorites is the 2017 Read Harder Challenge hosted by BookRiot. 2017 is the 3rd annual Read Harder Challenge. There are 24 tasks ranging from “read a classic by an author of color” to “read a book published by a micropress.” The link above will take you to the entire list. BookRiot also provides ideas if you’re coming up empty.

I’m really excited to start this challenge and see how far I get in 2017. I didn’t finish the previous Read Harder Challenges, but you know what? I’m OK with that. I still read things I probably otherwise wouldn’t have, so I consider that a win.  This year, I’m aiming to complete all 24 tasks. Below is the list of tasks and one book that I’m planning to read for each.

1. Read a book about sports: Running: A Love Story by Jen A. Miller
2. Read a debut novel: IQ by Joe Ide
3. Read a book about books: Books for Living by Will Schwalbe
4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author: All Yours by Claudia Pineiro
5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative: In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero
6. Read an all-ages comic: Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950: Native Son by Richard Wright
9. Read a book you’ve read before: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location: Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler (pub date: March 7)
11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
12. Read a fantasy novel: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country:  And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
17. Read a classic by an author of color: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead: The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey: The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel: Month of Sundays by Yolanda Wallace
21. Read a book published by a micropress: That’s When the Knives Come Down by Dolan Morgan
22. Read a collection of stories by a woman: Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love: Absolute Solitude: Selected Poems by Dulce María Loynaz
24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color: Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
What are your reading plans for the year?

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