I found this Read Harder Challenge at the beginning of the year and decided I'd try it. There are types of books on the list I either don't read at all any more or that I have never been much attracted to. I thought the challenge might encourage me to branch out some. Wherever possible, I chose works available online. Here are links to the books I read for this challenge:
A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25:
Queen Mab, by Percy Bysshe Shelley
A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65:
The Marienbad Elegy, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people):
The Garden Party and Other Stories, by Katherine Mansfield
A book published by an indie press
I've found this a horribly perverse category. When I look for indie publishers, they are mixed in with other publishers. Finding a book I want to read that also is published by an indie publisher took more effort than I was willing to devote to the task. I have yet to find a usable list, much less a consistent list across sources. I decided to count The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Shadow, from TokyoPop.
A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
Vathek, by William Beckford
A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
Kiss of the Spider Woman, by Manuel Puig
A book that takes place in Asia
The Silent Cry, by Kenzaburo Oe
A book by an author from Africa
The Tale of the Two Brothers
A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
The Life of Joaquin Marieta
I didn't read a microhistory
A YA novel
Waverley, by Sir Walter Scott
A sci-fi novel
Probability Moon, by Nancy Kress
A romance novel
The Black Moth, by Georgette Heyer
A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
I didn't read any this year that were from the last decade.
A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
I've read such things and do not care for them. I love the originals. Let people get their own ideas.
I listened to some stories and poems but not many. I don't care for audiobooks.
A collection of poetry
The Children of the Night: A Book of Poems by Edwin Arlington Robinson
A book that someone else has recommended to you
I have so many books I haven't read that are on my shelf waiting that I tend to ignore other people's recommendations.
A book that was originally published in another language
Fountain and Tomb
A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?)
A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)
I don't understand the concept of "guilty pleasure" where books are concerned.
A book published before 1850
Tirant Io Blanc
A book published this year
I don't remember having read anything published during 2015. That's odd, because last year I read a few published in 2014. I was surprised at not having accomplished this.
A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying