Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

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Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge # 10: Read a book set within 100 miles of your location

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers, and a complete list may be found here on the Book Riot Goodreads page. Today, I will address the tenth challenge, to read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location- so we'll be using D.C. as our base location.

The agony of Alice/ The Alice series, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Middle Grade/YA- Silver Spring, MD)

The Alice series focuses on the life of Alice McKinley, a young girl living in Silver Spring, MD. Alice is supposed to be starting sixth grade and about to become a teenager, but all she can feel is embarrassment. She's convinced she can turn her life around if she can get a good female role model - since her mother passed away when she was only five years old - and her embarrassment only grows as she realizes that she's stuck with Mrs. Plotkin as a teacher. Alice realizes that what's on the inside counts, and the series allows readers to watch her grow up, make friends, and make mistakes.

The book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez (Delaware)

After suffering a horrific accident, fifteen-year-old Maribel and her family decide to leave México and come to America. The adjustment is not easy, but the other residents of the Redwood Apartment complex off of the highway in Delaware - immigrants from different countries in Central and South America - find that they have more in common than they don't. Mayor Toro, a fifteen-year-old boy from Panamá connects with Mirabel and sees what others do not.

On such a full sea by Chang-Rae Lee (Baltimore)

Set in a dystopian America where cities as we know them cease to exist and instead become walled off labor settlements. In the colony of B-Mor (formerly known as Baltimore), Fan works as a fish-tank diver, capturing fish for the wealthy settlements surrounding her colony. When the person she loves goes missing, Fan goes on a journey to track him down, taking her outside of the settlement and into unchartered territories.

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Baltimore/ Maryland)

Henrietta Lacks is better known to the world by HeLa, the group of cells that continued to divide and thrive outside of the human body - but to her family, she was a mother, a tobacco farmer, and a woman who was trying to figure out what was wrong with her. Rebecca Skloot set out to put a face to cells that revolutionized modern medicine and to give much-needed closure to the Lacks family. As Skloot learns more about the person Henrietta Lacks was, she also investigates the moral quandry of the cells that were not given freely, but taken.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (YA- Virginia)

While Henrietta, Virginia, is not a real town, Maggie Stiefvater places it about an hour and a half south of D.C. so I am counting it. Henrietta is a small town in a lot of typical ways except for two things: it is home to the Aglionby Academy for Boys, an elite private school; and it is also a hotspot of psychic and paranormal activity. It's at this intersection where Blue, a daughter of a psychic and our 'raven boys' (because of the raven insignia on their coats): Adam, Gansey, Noah, and Rowan come together to try and track down a legendary king and a legendary treasure hidden in the forests of Henrietta.

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