I haven't been doing my best at following my 2015 reading challenges (other than the # of books I had challenged myself to read) so hopefully 2016 will be better. With that being said, I found out there is a 2016 NYPL Read Harder Challenge.
I'm going to make it easier for myself and pick out the books I want to read so I can simply pick it up later rather than going back at the end of 2016 and wondering which ones did I complete.
Here are the challenges:
1) Read a horror book.
- Saint Odd by Dean Koontz (this is actually book 7 of a series and I haven't read the other books so either I will read all of the books before reaching this one or doing the second option below)
- Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn
2) Read a nonfiction book about science.
- Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About It by Marc Goodman (picking two options here since nonfiction is my weakness and it's science-related to boot)
- Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari
3) Read a collection of essays.
4) Read a book out loud to someone else.
- Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire (this is hard since I don't exactly have someone to read it too...)
5) Read a middle grade novel.
6) Read a biography (not a memoir or an autobiography).
- Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Sense of Courage, Defiance and Hope by Wendy Holden
7) Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel.
- End of Days by Susan Ee (actually the third book of a trilogy so I hope to finish all three books)
8) Read a book that was originally published in the decade you were born.
9) Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award.
10) Read a book over 500 pages long.
- Written In My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon (I'm rereading the rest of this series but this is the one book that came out after I read the other books the first time)
11) Read a book under 100 pages.
12) Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender.
- Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (actually not so sure if this is a trans book but it has been shelved as trans on Goodreads...)
13) Read a book that is set in the Middle East.
14) Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia.
- The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (I actually don't think she's from Southeast Asia but her other book was on the list that BookRiot shared so I figured her other books should be included)
15) Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900.
- The Minister's Daughter by Julie Hearn (not a fan of historical fiction so I have a second pick just in case)
- Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers (a series so I will also attempt to read the rest of them)
16) Read the first book in a series by a person of color.
17) Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years.
18) Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better.
19) Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes.
20) Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction).
21) Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction).
- The Crucible by Arthur Miller (picking two because I really don't know which one I can actually finish lol)
- The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar
24) Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness.
- Life is But A Dream by Brian James (couldn't decide which one because apparently I have a lot of TBR in this genre)
- OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
- Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
I'm pretty optimistic about my choices - here's hoping I actually get to finish this challenge. It was a lot longer than I had expected.
Let me know in the comments if you'll also be participating or if you have any other good challenges to share.