In case I am not the last person in the Bellevue University community to hear about Book Riot, it is the first topic of this blog. A brief introduction is at this link: https://bookriot.com/about/. If you don’t click on unfamiliar links as a rule, here is something that may change your mind. Three of the nine beliefs that Book Riot lists in this link are:

We always  prefer the book to the movie.

We miss our subway stop cause the book is that good.

We believe in family (bookshelves and cats count).

       Do I have your attention yet? Read on for more…

One way that the good people at Book Riot have encouraged readers to expand horizons is to sponsor a Read Harder Challenge each calendar year since 2015. The Read Harder Challenge 2018 is the second topic of this blog. For those who make New Year’s resolutions each year, look at it that way. For those who have not ever made a resolution, think of it as a way to expand your mental capacity.

Each Read Harder Challenge offers 24 scenarios that participants have a year to accomplish. It is possible for one book to satisfy more than one scenario. Five samples from the 2018 list are:

A children’s classic published before 1980.

A book with a cover you hate.

A book set in or about one of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa).

A celebrity memoir.

A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image.

If this sample intrigues you, look at the complete list for 2018 at https://bookriot.com/2017/12/15/book-riots-2018-read-harder-challenge/

Are you a reader? Would you like to become a more well-rounded reader in the coming year? Why not print off the 2018 suggestions, come see us at the Library, and get started? If there are titles that we don’t own, we will order them for you through interlibrary loan. Best wishes for a fulfilling year of thought-provoking reading!

24/7 Librarian