I love joining reading challenges, but I’m usually not very good about finishing them. However, I’ve discovered that keeping track of them on Storygraph makes it easier. So I’m joining a few and let’s see how I do over the year. I’ve picked a few challenges that will help me diversify my reading.
- Conversationalist level (4-6 books)
The Stranger by Albert Camus (translated from the French)
Schoolgirl by Osamu Dazai (translated from the Japanese)
Earthlings by Sayaka Murata (translated from the Japanese)
1. A 19th century classic: any book first published from 1800 to 18992.
A 20th century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971 – The Stranger by Albert Camus
3. A classic by a woman author.
4. A classic in translation.
5. A classic by BIPOC author; that is, a non-white author.
6. A classic by a new-to-you author.
7. New-to-you classic by a favorite author. Judith by Noel Streatfeild
8. A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title. The animal can be real or metaphorical. (i.e., To Kill a Mockingbird). One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
9. A children’s classic. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
10. A humorous or satirical classic.
11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction).
12. A classic play.
- Read a book you’ve been intimidated to read (The Stranger by Albert Camus)
- Read a nonfiction book about anti-racism
- Read a non-European novel in translation (Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi)
- Read an LGBTQ+ history book
- Read a genre novel by an Indigenous, First Nations, or Native American author
- Read a fanfic
- Read a fat-positive romance (One to Watch – Kate Stayman-London)
- Read a romance by a trans or nonbinary author
- Read a middle grade mystery
- Read an SFF anthology edited by a person of color
- Read a food memoir by an author of color
- Read a work of investigative nonfiction by an author of color
- Read a book with a cover you don’t like
- Read a realistic YA book not set in the U.S., UK, or Canada
- Read a memoir by a Latinx author
- Read an own voices book about disability
- Read an own voices YA book with a Black main character that isn’t about Black pain (Felix Ever After – Kacen Callender)
- Read a book by/about a non-Western world leader
- Read a historical fiction with a POC or LGBTQ+ protagonist
- Read a book of nature poems
- Read a children’s book that centers a disabled character but not their disability
- Read a book set in the Midwest
- Read a book that demystifies a common mental illness
- Read a book featuring a beloved pet where the pet doesn’t die
A Book Longlisted for the JCB Prize (Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup)
An Author from Eastern Europe
A Book About Incarceration (Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam)
A Cookbook by a Woman of Color
A Book with a Protagonist Older than 50 (Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton)
A Book by a South American Author in Translation
Reread a Favorite Book
A Memoir by an Indigenous, First Nations, Native, or Aboriginal Woman
A Book by a Neurodivergent Author
A Crime Novel or Thriller in Translation
A Book About the Natural World
A Young Adult Novel by a Latinx Author
A Poetry Collection by a Black Woman
A Book with a Biracial Protagonist
A Muslim Middle Grade Novel
A Book Featuring a Queer Love Story
About a Woman in Politics
A Book with a Rural Setting (Earthlings by Sayaka Murata)
A Book with a Cover Designed by a Woman (Gimme Everything You Got – Iva-Marie Palmer)
A Book by an Arab Author in Translation
A Book by a Trans Author (Felix Ever After – Kacen Callender)
A Fantasy Novel by an Asian Author
A Nonfiction Book Focused on Social Justice
A Short Story Collection by a Caribbean Author
- A Book by Alexis Wright
- A Book by Tsitsi Dangarembga
- A Book by Leila Aboulela
- A Book by Yoko Ogawa