2019 Reading Challenges

Read Harder:

  1. An epistolary novel or collection of letters (The Bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett)
  2. An alternate history novel (The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal)
  3. A book by a woman and/or AOC that won a literary award in 2018 (The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo)
  4. A humour book
  5. A book by a journalist or about journalism (Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales)
  6. A book by an AOC set in or about space (The Old Lie by Claire Coleman)
  7. An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America (When it Rains: Tohono O’odham and Pima Poetry ed Ofelia Zepeda)
  8. An #ownvoices book set in Oceania (Wraith by Shane Smithers)
  9. A book published prior to January 1, 2019 with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads (My Mother, A Serial Killer by Hazel Baron)
  10. A translated book written by or translated by a woman (Celestial Bodies by Johanna Alharthi Translated by Marilyn Booth)
  11. A book of manga (Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori)
  12. A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character
  13. A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse
  14. A cozy mystery (A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas)
  15. A book of mythology or folklore (Heroes by Stephen Fry)
  16. An historical romance by an AOC
  17. A business book
  18. A novel by a trans or nonbinary author (Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi)
  19. A book of nonviolent true crime (Bad Blood by John Carreyrou)
  20. A book written in prison
  21. A comic by an LGBTQIA creator (On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden)
  22. A children’s or middle grade book that has won a diversity award since 2009
  23. A self published book (Outer Shell by Paige Krystal Wilcox)
  24. A collection of poetry published since 2014 (Iep Jaltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner)

Aussies Rule:

  1. An Aussie book about politics or social science (Bewitched and Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years ed Samantha Trenoweth)
  2. An Aussie play (Black is the New White by Nakkia Liu)
  3. Some Aussie speculative fiction (After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson)
  4. Some Aussie true crime that doesn’t focus on violence against women
    (My Mother, A Serial Killer by Hazel Baron)
  5. A book by an ATSI (Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander) person (Songs that Sound Like Blood by Jared Thomas)
  6. A book by a Miles Franklin winner (Thea Astley – Coda)
  7. A book by a winner of the Black and Write! Prize (The Old Lie by Claire Coleman)
  8. A winner of the Australian/Vogel literary award (Belinda Castles Bluebottle)
  9. A book short listed for the Prime Ministers Literary Awards (Blakwork by Alison Whittaker)
  10. A book about an immigration or refugee experience (Always Another Country by Sisonke Msimang)
  11. New Zealanders also rule – a book by an Maori author
  12. A memoir by an ATSI person published in the last 10 years (A Long Way from No Go by Tjanara Goreng Goreng)
  13. A book about ATSI history (Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre ed Jane Lydon)
  14. A book from Dr Anita Heiss’ Black Book Challenge (Finding Eliza by Larissa Behrendt)
  15. An Aussie graphic novel (Villawood by Safari Ahmed)
  16. A book by an Aussie LGBTQ+ author (If I Tell You by Alicia Tuckerman)
  17. An Aussie book recommended by an Aussie author (The Yield by Tara June Winch)
  18. An Aussie book recommended by an Aussie booktuber, bookstagrammer or blogger (Dyschronia by Jennifer Mills)
  19. A debut YA book (Ida by Alison Evans)
  20. An Aussie book you loved as a child or that is highly recommended for children. (WeirDo 5 by Ahn Do)
  21. An Aussie book recommended or promoted by your local book store (Boy Swallow Universe by Trent Dalton)
  22. An Aussie book about feminism and/or gender (Witches: What Women Do Together by Sam George-Allen)
  23. A book by a new to you Aussie author (The Bridge by Enza Gandolfo)
  24. A book by or about a disabled Aussie. (Say Hello by Carly Findlay)

FOLD Reading Challenge:

  1. Translated book by a francophone Canadian
  2. Nonfiction by a woman of colour
  3. Book of science fiction
  4. Book of poetry by an Indigenous writer (A Really Good Brown Girl by Marilyn Dumont)
  5. Fold 2019 author
  6. Book featuring a queer love story
  7. Play by a Canadian playwright from a marginalised community
  8. Book by an east coast Canadian
  9. YA novel by an AOC
  10. Book by an African writer (Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi)
  11. Book featuring a character addressing their mental health
  12. Author published after age 50
  13. Canadian comic book or graphic novel