June 2017: A Read Harder Challenge Update

It’s been a few months! I just wanted to do a quick check-in, since I’ve been making some (admittedly slow) progress but not always with the titles I’d planned to read.

Finished tasks have been crossed out, and the titles that were actually read are bolded and in italics. Over the next few weeks, I’ll post thoughts on some of the books I’ve finished so far.

  1. Read a book about sports.
    Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

  2. Read a debut novel
    White Teeth by Zadie Smith
    The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

  3. Read a book about books.
    The Novel: A Biography by Michael Schmidt
    When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning

  4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
    The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas by Machado de Assis

  5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
    The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

  6. Read an all-ages comic.
    Princeless, Vol. 1: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley
    Does Giant Days from Boom Studios count?

  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

  8. Read a travel memoir.
    Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler

  9. Read a book you’ve read before.
    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    1984 by George Orwell

  10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
    Desaparesidos by Lualhati Bautista

  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
    Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

12. Read a fantasy novel.
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Gunpowder Alchemy by Jeannie Lin

  1. Read a nonfiction book about technology.
    The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld by Jamie Bartlett
    Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software by Charles Petzsold

14. Read a book about war.
The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell
The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

  1. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
    George by Alex Gino
    Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

  2. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
    Noli Me Tángere by Jose Rizal
    El Filibusterismo by Jose Rizal

17. Read a classic by an author of color.
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North
She-Hulk, Volume 1: Law and Disorder by Charles Soule
Supergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki, Joëlle Jones, and Sandu Florea

  1. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey
    Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

  2. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel
    The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

  3. Read a book published by a micropress.
    Islamic Far East: Ethnogenesis of Philippine Islam by Isaac Donoso

  4. Read a collection of stories by a woman.
    The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector

  5. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.
    Li Po and Tu Fu: Poems

24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
Gunpowder Alchemy by Jeannie Lin