In the interests of pushing my reading boundaries and whittling down my TBR piles in 2017, I’m going to play along with two reading challenges.

First, the Modern Mrs. Darcy “Reading for Growth” book club.

Here are my selections:

  1. A Newbery Award winner or Honor book: Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson (Powells | Amazon )
  2. *A book in translation: Smilla’s Sense of Snow, by Peter Høeg, Tiina Nunnally (Translator) (Powells | Amazon )
  3. *A book that’s more than 600 pages: Dangerous Women (anthology), George R.R. Martin (Powells | Amazon )
  4. *A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection: Upstream, by Mary Oliver (Powells | Amazon )
  5. A book of any genre that addresses current events: We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Powells | Amazon )
  6. An immigrant story: The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros (Powells | Amazon )
  7. A book published before you were born: The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin (Powells | Amazon )
  8. *Three books by the same author (V.E. Schwab):  A Conjuring of Light; The Near Witch; Vicious (Schwab’s Amazon Author Page)
  9. *A book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author: The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon (Powells | Amazon)
  10. A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4),  by Agatha Christie (Powells | Amazon )
  11. A book nominated for an award in 2017: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye, Edgar Nominee for Best Novel (Powells | Amazon )
  12. A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt, 2012 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction (Powells | Amazon )

I’m also going to try the Book Riot Read Harder 2017 List:

  1. Read a book about sports: Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer, by Lynne Cox (Powells | Amazon)
  2. Read a debut novel: We Love You, Charlie Freeman: A Novel, by Kaitlyn Greenidge (Powells | Amazon )
  3. *Read a book about books: Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott (Powells | Amazon )
  4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author:  The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende (Powells | Amazon )
  5. *Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative: The Mortifications, by Derek Palacio (Powells | Amazon )
  6. *Read an all-ages comic: Girl Genius Vol 1, by Phil and Kaja Foglio (Amazon)
  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950: Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston (Powells | Amazon )
  8. *Read a travel memoir: Tracks, by Robyn Davidson (Powells | Amazon )
  9. *Read a book you’ve read before: 1984, by George Orwell (Powells | Amazon )
  10. *Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location: English Creek, by Ivan Doig (Powells | Amazon )
  11. *Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location: A Gentleman In Moscow, by Amor Towles (Powells | Amazon )
  12. *Read a fantasy novel:  Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch Book 2), by Ann Leckie (Powells | Amazon )
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology:  Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, by Ashlee Vance (Powells | Amazon )
  14. *Read a book about war: Liar, Temptress, Soldier Spy, by Karen Abbott (Powells | Amazon )
  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+: The Huntress, by Malinda Lo (Powells | Amazon)
  16. *Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country: Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein, 1961 (Powells | Amazon )
  17. *Read a classic by an author of color: Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler (Powells | Amazon )
  18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead: Ms. Marvel ( Amazon )
  19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey: A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki (Powells | Amazon )
  20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel:  Fatal Shadows, by Josh Laynson ( Powells | Amazon)
  21. Read a book published by a micropress:  Asymmetrical Chapbook Vol 1, by Asymmetrical Press ( Amazon )
  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman: Changing Planes, by Ursula K. Le Guin  (Powells | Amazon )
  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love: A Map of Signs and Scents, by Amjad Nasser (Powells | Amazon )
  24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color: The Girl From Everywhere, by Heidi Heilig (Powells | Amazon )

A * indicates I already own this book, either in physical or digital format. Hooray for working through my TBR!

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