Reading Harder (Again)

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.

announcement postIf you’d like to join in the Read Harder Challenge this year, here are the tasks:

  1. Read a horror book
  2. Read a nonfiction book about science
  3. Read a collection of essays
  4. Read a book out loud to someone else
  5. Read a middle grade novel
  6. Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography)
  7. Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel
  8. Read a book originally published in the decade you were born
  9. Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award
  10. Read a book over 500 pages long
  11. Read a book under 100 pages
  12. Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender
  13. Read a book that is set in the Middle East
  14. Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia
  15. Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900
  16. Read the first book in a series by a person of color
  17. Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years
  18. Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better
  19. Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes
  20. Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction)
  21. Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction)
  22. Read a food memoir
  23. Read a play
  24. 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)

  1. Mind if I make some recommendations?

    Read a horror book

    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 ;)

    Read a nonfiction book about science

    Richard Dawkins. The Greatest Show on Earth is a fantastic all-encompassing book about evolution.

    Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel

    Brave New World. I prefer it to 1984.

    Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900

    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!


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