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March #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks and Read Harder Challenge Updates

First, just a few titles for #readmyowndamnbooks this month…

Paper books:

  • Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale, reviewed here.
  • On Writing by Stephen King. It’s wonderful, but you don’t need me to tell you that… It’s also the first Stephen King I’ve ever read or watched, but I’m going to try a novel or two now.

Ebooks:

  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by Hartley & Hewson, an e-audiobook, reviewed here.
  • The Gods Among Us by D.C. Belton, a YA fantasy which didn’t interest me greatly and which I didn’t finish.

2017 total: 6 paper books, 6 ebooks

Second, I promised to do quarterly updates on the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge! I got a little carried away and read a lot more than my allotted two books a month… Here’s the list of challenges with the books I’ve read so far:

  1. Read a book about sports:
  2. Read a debut novel: A Chosen World by Carl Corley, a pulp writer on whom I am basing my capstone project.
  3. Read a book about books:
  4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author:
  5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show and immigrant from South Africa:
  6. Read an all-ages comic: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 by Ryan North, would recommend.
  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950:
  8. Read a travel memoir: Plane Insanity by Elliott Hester. Unremarkable.
  9. Read a book you’ve read before: The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson on audio. If you haven’t heard it, get it!
  10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location: Foster’s Store by Wayne Lankford, a book of 1960s memories from alumni of my school.
  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location:
  12. Read a fantasy novelWicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale, reviewed here (and mentioned above).
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology:
  14. Read a book about war:
  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+:
  16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country:
  17. Read a classic by an author of color:
  18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead: Wonder Woman Earth One by Grant Morrison, discussed here.
  19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey:
  20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel: Brute by Kim Fielding, reviewed here.
  21. Read a book published by a micropress:
  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter.
  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love:
  24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color: Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection, a high-quality anthology of comics by Native creators in a variety of genres.
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