Read Harder: Vol. 12

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This is the final entry in my continuing adventures with Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge.

At the beginning of the year, I decided to tackle a proper reading challenge. I wanted to push myself a little and try a few things, particularly genres, that I don’t typically approach when I’m looking for something to read. I’m pretty proud of what I tried and how many of the boxes I was able to check off. Here are a few of the categories I didn’t quite get around to this year, but I’m hoping to carry over into 2017.

Read a horror book

book cover for A Head Full of Ghosts

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay: Fifteen years ago, Merry’s older sister’s acute schizophrenia put her family at the center of a popular reality television show. Now in her early 20s, Merry is forced to face the painful memories when a bestselling writer wants to do an interview. I’m a big horror wimp, however this sounds like a solid supernatural and psychological puzzle.

Read a book out loud to someone else

book cover for Cat Knit

Cat Knit by Jacob Grant: Cat has a great relationship with his friend Yarn. They understand each other. But one day Yarn is taken away and comes back completely different. What’s a cat to do? I can’t wait to read this one to my niece and nephew.

Read a book originally published in the decade you were born 

book cover for The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: This dystopian classic is just two years younger than I am, but the themes of oppression are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago. After a totalitarian theocracy overthrows the government, women are left without any rights — even reading. This is a mainstay of feminist literature, and I know it’s one I need to read.

Book Riot doesn’t have their 2017 challenge up yet, but you can start building a list for yourself with the help of books like Read This Next: 500 of the Best Books You’ll Ever Read, by checking out our Twitter feed for the hashtag #mynextread and of course, by asking a staff member at any CLP location for ideas!

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Jess is the Clerical Specialist at the Woods Run branch on the North Side. She’s your girl for YA lit, romance novels and knitting.