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It’s no secret that reading completes us. Studies have shown that reading fiction increases our capacity for empathy, reduces stress levels, and might just help us live a little longer. For 2018, we’re challenging you to reach outside your reading comfort zone – and we’ve come up with a few ideas to get you started. Think of us as your bookish guides on this literary quest.


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1. Read a book with a plot centered on immigration to the United States. Challenge yourself to choose a book written by an immigrant author or the child of immigrants.

2. Read a book written by someone who lives in your state.

3. Read a classic by an author of color.

4. Read a book that centers on a religion you’re unfamiliar with.


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5. Read a non-fiction book that explores a political party opposite your own.

6. Read a book that’s unapologetically feminist.

7. Read a young adult book with a protagonist who’s a person of color. Extra points if it’s a romantic comedy.

8. Read a collection of poetry by a living poet.


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9. Read something by our incredible Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith.

10. Read a comic with a hero who’s a person of color.

11. Read a novel about a trans protagonist, written by a trans author.

12. Read a book about something you know nothing about.


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13. Read a book where all point of view characters are people of color.

14. Read a debut novel.

15. Read a romance novel about an interracial relationship.

16. Read a collection of essays or short stories by a debut author.


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17. Reread your favorite book from last year.

18. Read a book about sports. Extra points the book is written by a female sportswriter.

19. Read a book in translation.

20. Read a book recommended by your best friend.

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Danielle Mohlman

Danielle Mohlman is a playwright, bookworm, and library connoisseur. You can find her on Twitter and Tumblr. (She has a lot to say.) And on Instagram. (She never foodstagrams.) When she grows up, she wants to be Leslie Knope.