Read Harder Challenge Monthly Check In – January

Hey everyone! Today we’re looking at the second of my two challenges, my Read Harder challenge. I am also doing a monthly book club so I’ll be updating every month when I read that book as well (hopefully!) but it should just go straight in to my TBR.

So let’s look at how I’m doing in my Read Harder challenge. This month, as I said in my other post, I hadn’t planned my TBR around these challenges. Therefore I was able to squeeze in a few shorter books, but seeing as there’s less books in this challenge and less shorter books, I got less done.

  1. Read a book about sports: You will know me, Megan Abbott
  2. Read a debut novel: Relativity, Antonia Hayes
  3. Read a book about books: The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  4. A book set in Central/South America written by a Central/South American author: One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigrant narrative: Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
  6. Read an all-ages comic: Nimona, Noelle Stevenson
  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950: The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  8. Read a travel memoir: The Year of Living Danishly…, Helen Russell 
  9. Read a book you’ve read before: Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
  10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location: The Final Silence, Stuart Neville
  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location: The Three Body Problem, Lui Cixin
  12. Read a fantasy novel: Touch of Power, Maria V. Snyder
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology: I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59, Douglas Edwards
  14. Read a book about war: All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+: If I Was Your Girl, Meredith Russo
  16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country: Last exit to Brooklyn, Hubert Selby Jr
  17. Read a classic by an author of colour: Native Son, Richard Wright
  18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead: Ms Marvel, Vol 1: No Normal, G. Willow Wilson
  19. Read a book in which a character of colour goes on a spiritual journey: Life of Pi, Yann Martel 
  20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel: Carry On, Rainbow Rowell
  21. Read a book published by a micropress: The Secret to Not Drowning, Colette Snowden
  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman: What is Not Yours is Not Yours, Helen Oyeyemi
  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love: I am the beggar of the world, Ellen Ginswold
  24. Read a book wherein all point of view characters are people of colour: Here comes the sun, Nicola Y. Dennis-Benn


So as you can see, I’ve only read  2/24 books this month. But I’m not too worried, it is only January after all! Realistically to keep on pace with this challenge, I only need to be reading two a month.

And that’s us for today! I’ll see you with some more book reviews soon.


Love & Laughter

Cheryl xx

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