I believe that it is due time for an update about my book challenges and reading for this year. As I said in New Year, New Book Challenges, I decided to take on both the 2017 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge and the 2017 Better World Books Reading Challenge. Given the enormity of both challenges, there will be some books that I may count for multiple categories or, if the challenges happen to have similar categories (such as that of "read a banned book"), I'll definitely be using the same books for those, unless I somehow come across a different book later in the year.

Anyways, let's take a look at the criteria for each challenge and which categories that I've completed thus far.

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge
  • Read a book about sports

  • Read a debut novel

  • Read a book about books

  • Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author

  • Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative

  • Read an all-ages comic

    Gotham Academy, Vol. 1 - Welcome to Gotham Academy - Becky Cloonan

  • Read a book published between 1900 and 1950

  • Read a travel memoir

  • Read a book you’ve read before

  • Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location

  • Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location

  • Read a fantasy novel

    American Gods - Neil Gaiman

  • Read a nonfiction book about technology

  • Read a book about war.

    DC Comics: Bombshells, Vol. 1 - Enlisted - Marguerite Bennett

  • Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+

  • Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country

  • Read a classic by an author of color

  • Read a superhero comic with a female lead

    Captain Marvel, Vol. 2: Civil War II - Christos Gage

  • Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey

  • Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel

  • Read a book published by a micropress

  • Read a collection of stories by a woman

  • Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love

  • Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color

Better World Books Reading Challenge
  • A food memoir

  • A collection of short stories

  • A YA Novel

  • A book with a color in the title

    A Study in Emerald - Neil Gaiman

  • A book that's more than 100 years old

  • A book you picked based on the cover

    DC Comics: Bombshells, Vol. 1: Enlisted - Marguerite Bennett

  • A book set in a place you want to visit

  • A book based on fairytales

    The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman

  • A National Book Award Winner

  • A book that takes place in a forest

  • A romance that takes place during travel

  • A book under 200 pages

    Adulthood is a Myth -Sarah Anderson

  • A book over 400 pages

  • A banned book

  • A nonfiction book about nature

  • A fantasy novel

    American Gods - Neil Gaiman

  • A book by a person of color

  • A book by a female writer

    A-Force, Vol. 1: Hypertime - Kelly Thompson

  • A book of poetry

  • A book set in Asia

  • A book about immigrants

  • A book about a historical event

    Love is Love - IDW Publishing

  • A book with a child narrator

  • A book translated from another language

  • A book that's been adapted into a movie

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Ian Fleming

That's the entirety of what I've read that seems to fit within the challenge. It's not too late for you to join in. There are some Goodreads groups for both challenges with great suggestions of books for each challenge, as well as recommendations on each site.

On another note, I am proud to say that I've reached the halfway point of my 52 books goal for the year and we're only six days into March. If you're interested in following what I read, you can follow me on Goodreads. Just click through the widget below.

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Mandie has read 26 books toward her goal of 52 books.

Current Books in Progress:
America's First Daughter - Stephanie Dray
Erin's Daughters in America: Irish Immigrant Women in the Nineteenth Century - Hasia R. Diner
Under the Never Sky - Veronica Rossi

Current Comics/TPBs in Progress:
Captain America: Steve Rogers, Vol 2: The Trial of Maria Hill - Nick Spencer
The Mighty Captain Marvel, Vol 1 - Margaret Stohl
The Ultimates 2, Vol 2: Troubleshooters - Al Ewing
Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears, Volume 3: Scare Tactics - Dennis Hopeless
Thunderbolts, Volume 2: No Going Back - Jim Zub
Battlestar Galactica: Gods and Monsters - Karl Kesel