This past year, I have been using bookriot’s read harder challenge, to challenge myself. It has turned out to be a great way to find new and interesting titles. With this idea in mind, a few colleges and I have come up with a list of our own to help you get out of your reading bubble and get a hold of some new titles. I wanted to post our list here, along with some book recommendations for each challenge.
1) Read a one sitting book
2) Read a notable book from Michigan.
For more titles Go to Michigan.gov/notablebooks
3) Read a book with a cover you hate.
This one is of course up to you a bit more, but here are some examples we found of great books with art WE hated:
If these covers are just not ugly enough for you, goodreads users have compiled a comprehensive list here.
4) Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged.
5) Read a book published the year you were born.
This one is different for everyone, so we can’t make recommendations, but here are some of the titles from years we were born:
For a title of a popular book from your birth year, check out this list
6) Read a book written from the point of view of animals.
7) Try a book that won an award.
8) Read a book that one of your friends is currently reading.
For this one, you’ll have to check with your friends so see what they are up to, but here is a list of what some of your friends working at the library have been reading recently:
9) Read a book published posthumously.
10) Try a Manga/Comic/Graphic Novel or book with sequential art.
11) Read a book set in or about a BRICS country (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa).
12) Try a book written as letters.
13) Read a book written in prison.
14) Try reading a children’s book.
15) Read a book of poetry
16) Read a book with a movie adaptation you have seen, but not read the book.
- The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
- Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- The Godfather by Mario Puzo
- Election by Tom Perrotta
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
- Braveheart by Randal Wallace
- Forest Gump by Winston Groom
- The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
17) Read a book written about or by a politician you would never vote for.
- The Vanishing American Adult- Ben Sasse
- Fascism: A Warning by Madeline Albright
- The Restless Wave by John McCain
- The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James
- The Brefing by Sean Spicer
18) Read a book by a Native American author.
- Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (Lagauna Pueblo)
- House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa)
- Pushing the Bear by Diane Glancy (Cherokee)
- The Round House by Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians)
- Rethinking Michigan Indian History by Patric Russel Lebeau (Cheyenne River Sioux of South Dakota)
- Shell Shaker by LeAnne Howe (Choctaw)
- The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota)
19) Try a book published in the 1940s.