After doing Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge in 2015 and loving it, I’ve decided to take on the Challenge again this year. The tasks are new, so I expect to broaden my reading horizons even more, and I can’t wait to begin sharing my selections with you! This year I will be covering multiple tasks with each book, so I’m hoping to complete it earlier in the year in less than 24 books.
If you’d like to join in the Read Harder Challenge this year, here are the tasks:
- Read a horror book
- Read a nonfiction book about science
- Read a collection of essays
- Read a book out loud to someone else
- Read a middle grade novel
- Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography)
- Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel
- Read a book originally published in the decade you were born
- Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award
- Read a book over 500 pages long
- Read a book under 100 pages
- Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender
- Read a book that is set in the Middle East
- Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia
- Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900
- Read the first book in a series by a person of color
- Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years
- Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better
- Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes
- Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction)
- Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction)
- Read a food memoir
- Read a play
- Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness
Here’s to a fabulous literary year!
12 thoughts on “Reading Harder (Again)”
Let me know if you need/want any suggestions in any of these categories. Looks like a fun year!
Mind if I make some recommendations?
I seem to remember having a brief discussion with you about Frankenstein. Did you read it in the end? I would class it closer to sci-fi than horror, but I don’t really need an excuse to recommend it again ;)
Richard Dawkins. The Greatest Show on Earth is a fantastic all-encompassing book about evolution.
Brave New World. I prefer it to 1984.
If you are new to this genre, then there is nothing better (for me) than the Falco series written by Lindsey Davis. She is a phenomenal writer, and her stuff is as educational about ancient Rome as it is funny, and also a gripping crime thriller in its own right.
I never did read Frankenstein, but I think you’re right that it’s closer to sci-fi. I didn’t much like 1984 but I’ve been wanting to read Brave New World. Thanks for the recommendations!
Wait I do these like all the time.
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