Here’s how we’ve done in the first half of 2021:
From the Read Harder Challenge:
- Read a book you’ve been intimidated to read.
I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing by Maya Angelou
- Read a non-European novel in translation.
- Read a memoir by a Latinx author.
- Read a historical fiction with a POC or LGBTQ+ protagonist.
From the Reading Women Challenge:
- Read a cookbook or foodie memoir by a woman of color.
- Read a book by a neurodivergent author.
Your Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
- Read a book with a biracial protagonist.
- Read a book with a female protagonist over 50.
Gray Hair Don’t Care by Karen Booth. (The heroine is 47 at the beginning, but over 50 within the novel.)
- Read a book by Leila Aboulela.
From the RAD Reading Challenge:
- Read a book of poetry.
- Read a book with a one word title.
Majesty by Katherine McGee
Jett by Sawyer Bennett
- Read a backlist book from a fav author.
From the Beyond the Bookends Reading Challenge:
- Read an #OWNVoices book.
- Read a story set in a location you’d like to travel to.
- Read a story with an unreliable narrator.
- Read a book by an author with F at the beginning of their first or last name.
The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon
- Read a book by an author with Q at the beginning of their first or last name.
- Read a book by an author with Z at the beginning of their first or last name.
From the Book Voyage Reading Challenge:
- Read a book set in India or by an Indian author.
Dead Money by Srinath Adiga
- Read a book set in China or by a Chinese author.
- Read a book set in Africa or by an African author.
- Read a book set in Australia or by an Australian author.
- Read a book set in New Zealand or by a Kiwi author.
The Last Guard by Nalini Singh
- Read a book set in Hawaii or by a Hawaiian author.
From the Award Reading Challenge:
- Read a National Book Award winning book.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward AND The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisnero
- Read a Pulitzer or Nobel Prize Award winning book.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
From the Epistolary Reading Challenge:
- Read a book written in the form of letters, emails, diaries, blogs, etc.
From the Pretty Mess Reading Challenge:
- Read a book by a debut author.
- Read a book in a genre you don’t normally read.
- Read a book on a controversial topic.
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
- Read a Goodreads 2020 award winner.
From the Back to the Classics Challenge:
- Read a classic by an author you haven’t read before
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
- Read a classic you have always wanted to read
From the Color Coded Challenge:
- Read a book where the color of the cover (or the color mentioned in the title) is purple
The Hate Project by Kris Ripper
- Read a book where the color of the cover (or the color mentioned in the title) is green
The Auction by Tiffany Reisz
From the New (to you) Narrator Challenge:
- Listen to a book where the narrator is one you haven’t encountered before.
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, narrated by Steven Crossley
From Linda’s imagination:
- Brandee should read a book set in either Norway or Switzerland – or a book written by either a Swiss or a Norwegian author.
- Linda should read a book set in either Colorado or Texas – or a book written by either a Texas-based or a Denver-based author (that she hasn’t read before).
- Buddy-read one book each month of 2021
Do you have any excellent reading challenges we should add to our adventure? We’re always open to suggestions, and challenges are always fun!