The 2016 Geek Initiative Reading Challenge

Welcome to 2016, TGI community! We’ve put together a reading challenge for 2016. We’ve come up with a list for comic book and graphic novel fans and for readers of fiction and nonfiction. Are you ready for the challenge? Try one part of the list or both!

Try it out and let us know how you do. You can also print out a checklist here.

Comic Books and Graphic Novels

(For suggestions, check out our comic books section.)

  • An issue #1 published by a small press or indie publisher
  • An issue #1 published by Marvel
  • Ms. Marvel
    Ms. Marvel

    An issue #1 published by DC

  • A comic book or graphic novel funded by Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or another crowdfunding platform
  • A new webcomic
  • A graphic novel written and illustrated by people of color
  • A graphic novel written and illustrated by women
  • A comic book or graphic novel about a woman whose religion differs from your own
  • Comic books or graphic novels about five different female protagonists
  • A comic from a villain’s perspective
  • A selection recommended to you by a Valkyrie (a woman who works at a comic book store)
  • Bonus: Crowdfund a comic book or graphic novel project
  • Bonus: Write a review about an indie comic book or graphic novel for The Geek Initiative

Fiction and Nonfiction

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    An author who lives in a different culture than you

  • An author from each inhabited continent, including your own
  • A work in epistolary form (letter correspondence)
  • An author under 20
  • An author over 60
  • An LGBTQIA+ author
  • An author who is a woman of color
  • A work examining race and gender
  • An author whose outspoken political perspectives differ significantly from your own
  • A biography of a woman in politics
  • An author from your own background or heritage
  • Reread a book you enjoyed as a child
  • A work taking place in a war (historical fiction, dystopian, memoir, or otherwise)
  • Bonus: Read a book written by a NaNoWriMo winner
  • Bonus: If you usually read e-books, pick up a print book. If you usually read print books, try an e-book.

What have you been reading to complete the challenge? What reads to you recommend? Let us know about it in the comments!

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About Tara M. Clapper 288 Articles
Tara is a lifelong geek and the founder and publisher of The Geek Initiative. Her interests were forged in an early appreciation for "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Jurassic Park," and many historical fiction and fantasy novels. Tara is a game designer, LARPer, and frequent convention attendee. The author of over 1,000 individual blogs, her content has been featured on HelloGiggles,,, and The Billfold. She holds a B.A. in English from McDaniel College and has attended many events as press (including New York Comic Con). Tara has a professional background in marketing and publishing. She lives in the Philadelphia area. A Marvel fan, her favorite superhero is undoubtedly Thor. View her portfolio at:

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