My goal in 2017 is to read 30 books. 

(Secretly I want to read 50 books, don't tell anyone, but I'm not sure I will get there so I'm weenie-ing out by setting an attainable goal.)

In 2017, I am also participating in the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. I'll be documenting the challenge here, in addition to my usual spots (my annual book list and Goodreads), so that I can keep track of how I fulfill each prompt and so you can follow along if you please.

Feel free to join me! Check out the 2017 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge Goodreads page for ideas and prompts and good people reading good stuff. I've included their list with some of their suggestions below, and am adding my own commentary as I go along and tag books to read. 

A book may cover multiple categories/challenges, as you will see. 

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1. Read a book about sports.

2. Read a debut novel.

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi. Very excited for this.

3. Read a book about books.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is on tap for this. 

Fahrenheit 451 is also on my 2017 list, and fills this spot.

4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.

I majored in Spanish and minored in both History and LLACS (Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies). I have read a lot of books that fit in this category, but too few of them lately. I've long wanted to read 100 Years of Solitude.

Maybe Motorcycle Diaries.

5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi. Very excited for this.

6. Read an all-ages comic.

7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.

I'm always after reading the classics, and I make a point to read at least one each year. Maybe Brave New World for this one.

I've never read Little House in the Big Woods, either!

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.

Island of the Blue Dolphins was one of my favorite books as a kid. Imagine my adult surprise when I learned it is set about 140 miles from San Diego, on San Nicolas Island. I bought the Kindle edition several years ago when it was a dollar or two, and I haven't yet read it. If I don't get to another book that fits this prompt (something set in L.A., maybe), Imma call this one good.

Likewise, Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line might work. It's been on my list because I love the TV show and the movie, and they were filmed in San Diego and take place in a fictional southern California town. I mean, I think that counts. Right?

11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.

January 2017: I'm reading In the Garden of Beasts, which is set in 1930s Berlin. Google tells me that Berlin is 5,834 miles from San Diego. I began reading this book in December 2016, but I got a very slow start, and I count the date I finish the book, so this was a happy coincidence. 

12. Read a fantasy novel.

Maybe it's finally time to read Outlander.

13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.

14. Read a book about war.

January 2017: I'm reading In the Garden of Beasts, which is set in 1930s Berlin. It's about the lead-up to WW2. I may count this, but I will likely scratch another book off my list later this year.

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.

Fahrenheit 451. I've been wanting to read it.

17. Read a classic by an author of color.

I make a point to read a classic every year. This year it will be The Color Purple.

18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.

I'll be honest: I am not thrilled about this. Comic books are not my jam. At least I don't think they are. I guess I'll find out. Oh HEY LOOK, I'm being challenged by my challenge.

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)

The Color Purple? (Didn't intend to use it for so many but if it fits the bill...)

Maybe Motorcycle Diaries.

20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean, author of ten bestselling historical romance novels)

The Color Purple?

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) 

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi.

The Color Purple.