When faced with a long weekend and one doesn't feel like doing the things one should be
reading doing, what does one do? Play with one's books, of course!
Today's book play consisted in going over the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge and finding books to fill the remaining challenges.
As of today, I have finished 11 of the 24 challenges. Officially, I am a little bit ahead of the game. There are a few of the challenges that I don't have any idea what I'm going to read to fulfill, but I'll worry about those later. I can get books from the library for those, but today's list consists of books I already own.
An epistolary novel or collection of letters. I did some research on epistolary novels, and this showed up on the list. Imagine my surprise to find a book I already owned and that actually sounds interesting!
An Alternate History novel. Dread Nation is about the Civil War being interrupted by a zombie apocalypse. As I was searching for this on my shelf, I realized I have a few more books that would count for this, too.
A Book by a Woman or AOC that won a literary award in 2018. Strange the Dreamer won a YALSA Top Ten Award in 2018. Lazlo Strange is a librarian called to investigate the newly rediscovered city of Weep, which he didn't think it existed.
A humor book. I don't know if this counts really, but the subtitle is A Funny Book About Horrible Things. Also, Jenny Lawson is hysterical. I love her!
A book published prior to January 1, 2019 with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads. For this, I'm going to read The Fempiror Chronicles: Hunt for the Razers by George Willson. George is my neighbor and the father of one of my daughter's oldest friends.
A book by or about someone who identifies as neurodiverse. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Huang features a main character with Asperger's and the author has identified as autistic. Interestingly enough, this is a romance novel.
A book of mythology or folklore. The subtitle of this book is The Myth of Cassandra. Close enough for me. My sister sent me this for my birthday or Christmas one year and now seems like the perfect time to read it.
A self-published book. I had planned to read this a few months ago, but I couldn't find it. I found it today in the place I looked 3 times back then. It's a book by a guy who was a night security guard at the Virginia state capital. Apparently it's haunted.
The remaining challenges I haven't settled on are:
An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America.
An #ownvoices book set in Oceania.
A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point of view character.
A Historical romance by an Author of Color.
A novel by a trans or non-binary author. - There is a YA book coming out this month that I would like to read if I can get it.
If you have any suggestions for these, I would be glad to hear it!