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Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2017

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I’m pursuing 2 reading challenges, which is a fantastic thing to decide to start to do on the last day of April… but, I think I’ve already ticked off quite a few of the requirements on both lists, so hopefully this won’t be too challenging. This will be the second year I’ve done the BookRiot challenge and this year’s is way harder than last year’s! I mean, read a book from a micropress! and read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey! Those seem hard- especially the micropress! That was a Roxanne Gay’s pick though, so I feel obligated to put a check in that box. I’ll try to keep the list updated as I go with different recommendations! Here’s the list:

  1. read a book about sports (ick!)
  2. read a debut novel- Spaceman of Bohemia
  3. read a book about books- The Land of Laughs
  4. read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author- (In the Time of the Butterflies or Heretics)
  5. read a book about an immigrant or with a central immigrant narrative- Exit West
  6. read an all- ages comic-
  7. read a book published between 1900- 1950
  8. read a travel memoir- A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
  9. read a book you’ve read before- (The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia)
  10. read a book set within 100 miles of your location- (Beloved)
  11. read a fantasy novel- (Ancillary Justice)
  12. read a nonfiction book about technology- Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
  13. read a book about war- Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich
  14. read a YA, middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+
  15. read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country- (George, Alex Gino) ALA list of most banned books
  16. read a book with all POV are people of color- The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives
  17. read a classic by an author of color- (James Baldwin)
  18. read a superhero comic with a female lead- (Gwenpool, Vol. 1)
  19. read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey
  20. read an LGBTQ+ romance novel
  21. read a book by a micropress
  22. read a collection of stories by a woman- (Runaway, Alice Munro)
  23. read poetry in translation on a theme other than love

Okay, what the hell is a micropress? Well, it’s not the same as small or indie presses, because a micropress publishes far less copies of their books. Also, there are like one or two people running the whole enterprise. You may have a micropress where you live, so give that a good google search. Unfortunately, I live in an uber conservative area, and the only local publishing that’s done in my home town is the stuff your grumpy, eighty- year- old grandpa would want to read. So I’ve had to look elsewhere. BookRiot, luckily, has a pretty good guide on their website. Roxanne Gay publishes, which surprised me, and I’m surprised, after looking at the website that it’s listed as micropress… but, this is a hard category, so let’s not get too picky I guess. After some other quick searches: Etsy! Which is awesome. They also have some pretty cool zines that I’ve always admired from afar. SadHausPress is one of those Etsy stores, although they only have zines, which I don’t think would count? Maybe if you read a lot of them? If you know more about micropresses, please share with me!

This is a work in progress, so check back for updates!