Read Harder Challenge Monthly Check In – April

Hey everyone! As you may have seen from my wrap up, my reading slowed down quite a lot this month. I was in a reading slump for quite a bit, had a holiday away and was quite busy too. I was basically mood reading for the entire month, so I couldn’t make myself follow any sort of TBR. To be on pace, I need to have read 8/24 books, but I’m only currently on 5/24. I’m not majorly concerned, it doesn’t take long to catch up.

This month I read Fangirl, so now I’m able to make a start on Carry On when I want to. I also bought a couple more books on this list as I’m more of a physical book reader. I have Ms Marvel on hold in my library, I’m just currently in a queue. So progress will happen! Like I said, it’s exactly the same as last month, but here’s the list in case you’re interested.

  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

Hopefully next month I’ll have something more exciting to share! I’m really hoping to make some progress on these lists.

Love & Laughter

Cheryl xx

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