Happy (almost) New Year! The beginning of the year is always my favorite time. It’s a time for resolutions, reflections, and setting new goals.
One of my biggest goals of the past few years has been to read outside my comfort zone. In particular, I’ve been trying to read more diverse books — not just books with protagonists of color, but books with characters who are differently abled than me, have different sexualities than I do.
Everyone at Riveted agrees, so this year, we decided to set a reading challenge for ourselves. Not just a number of books we want to read — but the types of books we want to read, ones we don’t always pick up.
Here are the 25 goals we’re setting for ourselves this year. Join us using the hashtag #ResolvedToRead — we want to see your shelfies, see your bookstagrams, and know what you’re reading to fulfill our challenges! If you’re having trouble finding a book, tweet us @SimonTeen, comment here, or check out the hashtag! We’ll be here to help you every step of the way.
Happy reading! And happy 2018!
- Read a book written in verse
- Read a fantasy or science fiction novel with explicitly queer characters
- Start a new series
- Read a sequel
- Read a YA nonfiction book
- Read a debut by an author of color
- Read a book (any genre) starring a queer character of color
- Read a book that’s been longlisted for a National Book Award (any year!)
- Read a book that’s over 500 pages long
- Read a science fiction book with a female protagonist
- Read a book that confronts or discusses sexism
- Read a book that confronts or discusses racism
- Read a book with a first-generation immigrant main character
- Read a work of historical fiction
- Read a sci-fi novel written by a woman
- Read a book featuring a dysfunctional family dynamic
- Judge a book by its cover! Read something exclusively based on how good the cover art looks.
- Read a book that has a person of color on the cover
- Read a romance (comedy or drama) with two PoC protagonists
- Read a YA anthology (fiction or nonfiction!)
- Read a book about a character who’s struggling with mental illness
- Read a book about toxic friendships
- Read a book based on a true story
- Read a book with an interracial relationship
- Read a book where a sport is a major focus/plot element