‘Tis the time of the year to consider personal resolutions. Eating better, exercising more and perhaps reading more diversely? I’ve made my fair share of reading resolutions in the past — mostly “read ‘X number’ of books this year.” But these resolutions have little to do with the content of what I’m reading. While I occasionally try a new author or genre, I tend to stick with my tried-and-true books. Book Riot, a bookish website, publishes a challenge each year designed to encourage readers to “explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try.”
Here’s a small sampling from the 2017 challenge: read an all-ages comic; read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country; and read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. The 2018 list hasn’t been published yet, so in case you’d like to see more examples, you can check out the 2016 and 2015 lists, too!
Update: The 2018 list is here! You can check it out over at Book Riot’s website.
The Columbia Public Library is hosting a year-long program around reading through the 2018 Read Harder Challenge. Throughout the year, there will be just a few in-person meet-ups to discuss and socialize with other readers who’ve taken on the challenge. For the time between the meet-ups, there’s an optional Facebook group in which folks can share their thoughts and their progress.
The next meeting is June 14 in the Friends Room of the Columbia Public Library. If you’re unable to make it, but want more information and want to subscribe to the newsletter for the challenge, you can give us your email address here.
There will also be prizes for those who complete the entire challenge.
Here are some helpful links to keep you reading harder in 2018: