Challenge Accepted!


Suit up fellow angels! 2017 is about to crash down around us like a Steinway falling from a moving company crane and I am trying my hardest to find things to look forward to and to engage in that will help me survive what is coming.

In that spirit I present the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. Located on Goodreads, it encourages readers to diversify their reading habits to include a variety of books. This year’s challenge looks like this:

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 Salsa Nocturna, 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)

There are 24 challenges and 12 months, with a more than reasonable two books per month. I’m gonna give it the good old college try, why don’t you join me?

Remember I’m on Goodreads as Angry Seraph, on Twitter as @angryangelbooks, and now on Facebook! I’m working on making my Instagram something more than just “Here’s a pic of the book I just read!” but I’ve discovered I basically suck at Instagram so it’s a work in process.

Just two more reviews this year and then my inaugural Top 5 Angriest Books of 2016!