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Read Harder 2018: First Edition

Read Harder 2018: First Edition

Now that I've finally finished my list of Read Harder 2017 books (I read 20 out of 24, which I will beat this year), I can list my progress so far for the Read Harder 2018 challenge. Apparently there was criticism last year for how difficult some of the challenges were to complete (I read a micropress book online in a web browser, so maybe you just need to have been raised by a research librarian), and I think this year's challenge reflects those complaints. I'm excited to tackle a few of these challenges (I don't think I've ever read a western) and I'll begrudgingly complete others (I already gave up on one book with a cover I hate because I hated the inside as well!). 

Fun fact about my progress so far: Nimona and The Westing Game are the only books that I've read specifically for this reading challenge. Everything else was something I had on my personal to-be-read list and then realized it could fulfill a task for the challenge. (This is how I end up getting so many checked off in a short time.) 


4. A comic written and drawn by the same person: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

I love Noelle Stevenson, and I've recommended her work before (If you haven't read Lumberjanes, correct that immediately). Stevenson started Nimona as a webcomic while in art school and when it was published it also doubled as her senior thesis. Now it's being turned into a feature at Fox. You never know where your side project is going to take you. 


10. A romance novel by or about a person of color: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

I went to an event for The Wedding Date and got to hear Jasmine Guillory talk about the book and her journey to becoming a writer. I read this novel in one day, not even intending to - it was just so enjoyable and fun. I highly recommend it if you want to read a book that feels like a realistic romcom. Also, if you have a long flight coming up, GET THIS BOOK. That trip will fly by (pun not originally intended, but it is now). 


11. A children’s classic published before 1980: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

I read The Westing Game when I was in elementary school. I only vaguely remember it, but I did remember that I liked it a lot, so when I saw that it came out before 1980 I chose it for this challenge. Let me tell you: It totally holds up. I'm now in my 30s and not only did I really enjoy The Westing Game, but I liked it as a book, not as a children's book. If you've never read it (I have a friend who'd never even heard of it!) or you haven't read it in 20 years, pick up The Westing Game, you'll have a blast. 


14. A book of social science: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

I have been looking forward to reading So You Want to Talk About Race for months, and I got my copy on its release day and read it immediately. My mom is a university librarian and asked me what books I'd recommend she buy for their collection and I replied thusly: 


So yeah, I'm a big fan. 


16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

I had a hold on Akata Witch since some time in 2017, and it finally came through in January of this year. I liked it so much I put a hold on the next book in the series, Akata Warrior when I was about 50 pages into Akata Witch


24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished): Sex and Rage by Eve Babitz

Sex and Rage was assigned in the sense that it was a book my book club was reading. I would have stopped reading it, if I didn't decide that I was going to use it for this particular challenge. Eve Babitz is an interesting woman, and I'd recommend you look into her and maybe read one of her memoirs, but I cannot, with a clear conscience, recommend that you read this book. 

Wear, Watch, Want #62: The Stainless Swedish Transport Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #62: The Stainless Swedish Transport Edition

Read Harder 2017 Wrap-Up

Read Harder 2017 Wrap-Up