Book Riot Read Harder

If you want to play along with your own book choices, see Book Riot here.  The goals of this challenge are to read more diversely and push yourself to read things you may not naturally have picked up otherwise.  At 24 tasks, it averages out to 2 books per month.  Several of these challenges I know I would complete without even thinking about it, but some others would require more intent.  This is just for fun, and like I said in my 2015 Bookish Goals post, and just practice for what I think next year’s project will be like.

13/24 challenges complete to date!


1. A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25.

The Shore   The Shoreby Sara Taylor


2. A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65.

3. A collection of short stories.

Almost Famous Women: Stories   Almost Famous Women, by Megan Mayhew Bergman


4. A book published by an indie press.

5. A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ.

The Paying Guests   The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters


6. A book by a person whose gender is different than your own.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane   The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman


7. A book that takes place in Asia.

8. A book by an author from Africa.

Purple Hibiscus   Purple Hibiscusby Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


9. A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture.

10. A microhistory.

11. A YA novel.

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)  The Divinersby Libba Bray


12. A sci-fi novel.

13. A romance novel.

14. A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade.

Redeployment   Redeployment, by Phil Klay


15. A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearean play, classic novel, etc).

16. An audiobook.

The Miniaturist  The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton


17. A collection of poetry.

Brown Girl Dreaming   Brown Girl Dreamingby Jacqueline Woodson


18. A book that someone else has recommended to you.

The Rosie Project The Rosie Projectby Graeme Simsion


19. A book that was originally published in another language.

The Dinner   The Dinner, by Herman Koch


20. A graphic novel, a graphic memoir, or a collection of comics of any kind.

Saga #1  Saga, by Brian K. Vaughn (writer) & Fiona Staples (artist)


21. A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over).

22. A book published before 1850.

23. A book published this year.

Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars #2)   Mr. Kiss and Tell, by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham


24. A self-improvement book.



3 thoughts on “Book Riot Read Harder

  1. I’m doing the Read Harder Challenge as well, but I’ve only completed 4 of them so far. I agree that some categories will be easy to fill, and it’s been fun finding books that are out of my usual reading zone. Good luck with this!


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