Book Riot: Read Harder Challenge 2015
I recently came across Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge, and I thought that I would share it with all of you who book nerds like I am. The challenge is to read 24 different books over the course of 2015, each from a different corner of the literary world. For example, a book published by an author younger than 25. I really support this challenge for two reasons. A deadline or a scedule can really encourage more reading. I know that when I set limits and deadlines for myself, I get a lot more done. I think that this challenge will encourage me to read a lot more this year. Second, I support it because it pushes people to read books that they might not have otherwise. Though I try to be an adventurous reader, it's easy to fall into a rhythm where I choose similar books, and I know a lot of others who have the same problem. Maybe you prefer YA books, or you only read bestsellers, or you avoid nonfiction. Regardless of the preference, I think that restricting your reading to a small pool of options is stifling and causes you to miss out on valuable stories. Though a lot of people complain about the reading they had to do in school, I know many who found their favorite books that way. When you're forced outside your comfort zone, there is always a chance that you'll be disappointed, but there's also a chance that you'll be pleasantly surprised. You'll might learn about something new, or find a new genre or style that appeals to you. It might help you connect with people or situations you didn't understand before.
Here is a link to their page, and here is a list of all the categories:
- A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
- A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
- A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
- A book published by an indie press
- A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
- A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
- A book that takes place in Asia
- A book by an author from Africa
- A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals , etc.)
- A microhistory
- A YA novel
- A sci-fi novel
- A romance novel
- A National Book Award , Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
- A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
- An audiobook
- A collection of poetry
- A book that someone else has recommended to you
- A book that was originally published in another language
- A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind
- A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)
- A book published before 1850
- A book published this year
- A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)
Though I was a little late in finding out about it, it's still early enough in the year that I think I can manage it. I'm also encouraging everyone I know to try it. There are over ten months left in the year, and I think that's entirely doable.
That being said, I understand that not everyone reads as quickly or is able to read as much as I do. I came across an interesting adaptation of the challenge for those who are interested in participating, but don't think they can manage 24 books.
Read Harder Bingo:
This allows you to participate, but with far fewer books.
Whether or not you choose to participate in the Read Harder Challenge, I think that everyone should still consider the point behind it. Push yourself when you read. Whether it's content, reading level or length, find ways to challenge yourself. Really, this applies to everything, and not just books. Wherever you're at in life, you should never stop learning, never stop pushing yourself. You should keep growing and exploring.
So, go out and read a book! And if it's snowy wherever you are, stay safe!