Books to Challenge your Thinking in 2016 aka #BustleReads2016

Something I'd like to do in 2016 is complete Bustle's #BustleReads challenge, which has different types of book to read in 2016 to expand your literary horizons and encourage more open thinking. I just finished The Lowland by fellow Barnard lady, Jhumpa Lahiri and I plan on reading a book from a genre on this list as my next one!

1. Read a Book Written by a Woman under 25

I plan on reading White Teeth by Zadie Smith, who wrote it in her last year at Cambridge.  

2. Read a Book on Non-Western History

I haven't picked a book for this category, but if you have any suggestions, please throw them my way! 

3. Read a Book of Essays

I'd SO HIGHLY recommend Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. I've talked about how much I love this book in my Summer Faves video. It's really a wonderful book and it's such good insight to have on feminism in general and what it can mean to you. Since I've already read this book, I'm going to try my hand at Lena Dunham's book Not That Kind of Girl, even though I've been avoiding reading this book for a while. 

4. Read a Book about an Indigenous Culture

I also haven't picked out a book for this category either so any suggestions are welcome!

5. Read a Book before You See the Movie

I plan on reading The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff before I see the movie. 

6. Read a YA Book by an Author of Color

I also haven't picked out a book for this category either so any suggestions are welcome!  My sister is really good at coming up with YA book ideas so I'll make sure to ask her. 

7. Read a Book Set in the Middle East

I plan on reading Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, which has been sitting on my bookshelf for a few years. 

8. Read a Book about Women in War

I haven't picked out a book for this category yet so any suggestions are welcome! 

9. Read a Graphic Novel Written by a Woman

I also haven't picked out a book for this category either so any suggestions are welcome!

10. Read a Book about an Immigrant or Refugee to the U.S.

I plan on reading Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake, since I would like to read all of her books in 2016.

11. Read a Children's Book Aloud

I have lots of younger cousins, so I'm looking forward to reading to them if/when I babysit!

12. Reread Your Favorite Book from Childhood

I'm going to re-read my all time favorite children's book, which is The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews (yes, THAT Julie Andrews!). 

13. Read a Memoir from Someone Who Identifies as LGBTQIA

I'd really like to read C. Kellam Scott's My Life in Hetero: An Ace in the Closet. If you need more suggestions, I'd look here first. 

14. Read a Work of Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Written by a Woman

I plan on picking a book off this list, and Find Me by Laura Van Der Berg looks really interesting!

15. Read a Feminist Sci-Fi Novel

I also haven't picked out a book for this category either so any and all suggestions are welcome!

16. Read the First Book in a Series You've Never Read

Does anyone have any series they would recommend? 

17. Read a Book Set in Africa, by an Author from Africa

I plan on reading any and every book I can get my hands on by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 

18. Read a Book in Translation

I'm a huge fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but I've only read his short stories, so I'd really like to finally read a novel of his- probably Love in the Time of Cholera. I've also never read any of Haruki Murakami's books and I've only heard great things!

19. Read a Contemporary Collection of Poetry

I also haven't picked out a book for this category either so any suggestions are welcome!

20. Read a Book by a Modernist Woman Writer

I plan on FINALLY reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. 

 

I know my mom and sister plan on completing this challenge as well, so if anyone wants some friends to read alongside, my family volunteers! 

 

Good luck y'all and let me know what you end up reading!