The Start of Challenges


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Eleventh Stack are celebrating Black History Month by highlighting books, music and movies by African American Artists. We also have a ton of great events and programs for children, teens and adults. You can view all of our Black History Month posts here.

This is the first year I decided to participate in Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge. There are so many options for challenges throughout the year, but in my opinion, a good challenge is one that makes you explore new interests and read outside your comfort zone, to learn and appreciate something new. This is what Book Riot’s challenge seemed to do for me. (Although I have also found Pop Sugar’s Reading Challenge fun in the past. You’ll see that some of the challenge parts overlap.)

I started reading Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper for the challenge “read the first book in a series by a person of color.” The book is the first in the Hazelwood High trilogy.

tears of a tiger

As I’m writing this blog post, I haven’t completed reading the book, but I’m already drawn in and saddened by it. It is not an easy book to read. The main character, Andy, makes some bad choices, and the book is about how he chooses to deal with them. However, the book isn’t written from just his view point. The story includes family and friends’ view points as well and in a variety of formats, from school assignments to journal entries. So far, the book is fabulously written but heart wrenching, so pick it up with caution.

Do you have other series by a person of color that you’ve enjoyed?



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6 responses to “The Start of Challenges

  1. hey :) here’s one,
    secrets of a side bitch by Jessica N. Watkins.
    Sooo intrigued by the book challenge btw… i might as well try it. :)

  2. Reblogged this on Joyce Melisa Blogs :) and commented:
    I have always thought of books to be a way of escaping reality and all its crude regularities … to a more comforting place. Some where fun and peaceful; where we can experience what we want and evoke the emotions we so heartily desire. Idealistic much? … – yeah I know.
    It really does refresh our mindset. Giving us an alternative perspective. It can be soothing and therapeutic too :)
    Try out this “Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge” I just found out about. And work wonders, trust me its worth each ounce of your time.

    —full details of the challenge here—

  3. I just read “The Parable of the Sower” by Octavia Butler. I haven’t read the second book in the series yet (and does it count as a series if there are only two? I’m not entirely sure) but I’m hoping to get to it soon.

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