This year has been a great year for me when it comes to reading. All of those long nights nursing all night (at least it felt like all night) turned into 38 books read for the year 2016 and I might be able to squeeze a few more in to end the year at a nice, even 40. This is the first year that I have 1. not over-estimated my reading time, and 2. met my Goodreads reading goal.

Right now, I’m in a bit of a dark place with the books that I’m reading. I just finished an evil, vampire-filled romancy-type novel. It was okay, but predictable, so I’m not sure if I’m going to finish the series. I’m about a quarter of the way into The Witch House of Persimmon Point by Suzanne Palmieri, which as her novels always are, has been delightful, but also dark. I have loved and read all of Palmieri’s novels, and I think this one is the most well-written that she has.

The other two books that I’m working on are Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham (of the Gilmore Girls and Parenthood fame). I’ve picked this book up several times in the store and felt like it would be a (hopefully) lighter follow-up to the darkness of late. I’m also listening to Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. I’ve read all of these books, but I’m excited to revisit the world of these novels.

As the year is coming to a close, I’m beginning to think about and plan my next reading challenge. I think that this year it will be two fold. The first is to read 40 books, which is five more than my goal from last year. I think that 40 is a stretch for me, but not an unreachable stretch, obviously. The second, will be to broaden my literary horizons. I think I’m going to participate in Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder Challenge. 

  1. Read a book about sports.
  2. Read a debut novel.
  3. Read a book about books.
  4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
  5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
  6. Read an all-ages comic.
  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
  8. Read a travel memoir.
  9. Read a book you’ve read before.
  10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
  12. Read a fantasy novel.
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.
  14. Read a book about war.
  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
  16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
  17. Read a classic by an author of color.
  18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
  19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey (From Daniel José Older, author of Salsa Nocturna, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, and YA novel Shadowshaper)
  20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean, author of ten bestselling historical romance novels)
  21. Read a book published by a micropress. (From Roxane Gay, bestselling author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, Marvel’s World of Wakanda, and the forthcoming Hunger and Difficult Women)
  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and the forthcoming Little Fires Everywhere)
  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. (From Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of the Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty mystery series, including The Unquiet Dead, The Language of Secrets, and the forthcoming Among the Ruins)
  24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of sci-fi novel Ascension)


If you go to the link, Book Riot has linked to potential reads in all of those categories. What do you guys think? Something new and fresh for the year 2017?

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