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Care to join me in the 2017 Read Harder Challenge?

This year, I have one goal for myself that I am very excited about: to read 40 books.

That's an entire seven more than my highest count of 33 in 2014, ever since I started keeping track in 2013. It's a tall order, but I think if I just keep that TV off, I can do it. 

To aid me in this literary quest, I've decided to take part in Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder Challenge. The challenge is really just a list of 24 "tasks" that aim to get out of your reading comfort zone and open up new topics, authors and subject matters that you might not otherwise pick up on your own. This post has everything you need about the challenge itself, including links to previous articles suggesting which books to try, a downloadable (and editable) PDF of the tasks, and a link to the Goodreads group I've already joined.  

If 24 tasks seems daunting, the article says it best: 

We encourage you to push yourself, to take advantage of this challenge as a way to explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try. But this isn’t a test. No one is keeping score and there are no points to post. We like books because they allow us to see the world from a new perspective, and sometimes we all need help to even know which perspectives to try out. That’s what this is – a perspective shift – but one for which you’ll only be accountable to yourself.

If you complete the list and send in a picture at the end of the year, you'll be rewarded with 30% off anything in the Book Riot store, but your real reward will be having the satisfaction of being disgustingly well-read. 

So, who's in??