#ReadTheFestival — The 2017 Festival Reading Challenge

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To inspire you to diversify and broaden the breadth of your reading in 2017, we bring you the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book Reading Challenge! This reading challenge is meant to provide prompts to challenge you to read widely and perhaps even outside of your usual comfort zone leading up to the Festival.

Share your progress and experiences with the challenge with us and other participants on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ReadTheFestival! We’d love to hear about what you’re reading.

Below each challenge, we’ve listed suggestions from the 2017 Festival to get you started. Read as much or as little as you want. The important thing is to read and to have fun doing it!

1. #MakeASplash: Read a book by a debut author

Suggestions:
After Disasters by Viet Dinh
Shelter by Jung Yun
Monsters: A Love Story by Liz Kay
Another Place You’ve Never Been by Rebecca Kauffman

2. #DiversePerspectives: Read a book about an immigrant experience

Suggestions:
Echoes of Tattered Tongues: Memory Unfolded by John Guzlowski
Never Look an American in the Eye by Okey Ndibe
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso

3. #ChillLit: Read a book on the topic of mindfulness and/or mental health

Suggestions:
The Here-and-Now Habit by Hugh Byrne
A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold
The Power of Meaning
by Emily Esfahani Smith
Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder
by Claudia Kalb

4. #OdeToTheFestival: Read a book of poetry

Suggestions:
Great Bear by Cathryn Hankla
Wedding Pulls by J.K. Daniels
Guzzle by Temple Cone
Exit, Pursued By a Bear
by Joseph Mills
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker

5. #RippedFromTheHeadlines: Read a book related to current affairs

Suggestions:
The Great Divide by Joseph Stiglitz
Ask More by Frank Sesno
Trump Revealed by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher
Love Wins by Jim Obergeffell

6. #TastyPageTurners: Read a cookbook and try a recipe** from it

Suggestions:
Victuals by Ronni Lundy
Poole’s by Ashley Christensen
Far Afield by Shane Mitchell
Rhubarb by Sheri Castle

**Bonus points if you post a photo of the delicious results!

Don’t forget to share your page-by-page progress with us through the hashtag #ReadTheFestival!