Book Riot’s “Read Harder” Challenge

Here is another challenge in which I will be participating over the coming year. I thought it would be a fun way to nudge me into some specific areas I might not otherwise drift with my reading. I will come back and update this as I check things off the list during 2015.

There are 24 tasks in the Read Harder Challenge (or roughly two per month). You can tackle them in any order, make any changes, do them all in a month or spread them out over the year. Make the challenge yours!

A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25 The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared

A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65   As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust  1/14/15

A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people) One More Thing: Stories and More Stories  3/8/15

A book published by an indie press  All the Dancing Birds  1/2/15

A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ  A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara 3/29/15

A book by a person whose gender is different from your own   The Lord of the Rings  1/10/15

A book that takes place in Asia  The Great Zoo of China  4/4/15

A book by an author from Africa  The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café by Alexander McCall Smith  1/22/15

A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)

A microhistory  Proof: The Science of Booze  4/21/15

A YA novel

A sci-fi novel   The Book of Strange New Things  1/3/15

A romance novel

A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade   The Narrow Road to the Deep North  2/9/15

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

An audiobook   Sheep-Pig  2/1/15

A collection of poetry

A book that someone else has recommended to you  Winter Garden  1/13/15

A book that was originally published in another language  A Doll’s House  1/23/15

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

A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)  Home of the Braised, by Julie Hyzy  1/25/15

A book published before 1850  The Inspector-General, by Nikolai Gogol 3/30/15

A book published this year  The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins 1/17/15

A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)

The original post on Book Riot can be found here

As of 4/21/15 I have completed 17 of the 24 assigned tasks.


5 Comments on “Book Riot’s “Read Harder” Challenge”

  1. […] taken much longer if I had listened to them. That was a good choice. I am counting this one in my Read Harder challenge as a book written by an African author. McCall Smith was born in what is now called […]

  2. […] will count toward my Read Harder Challenge as a book written by someone under the age of […]

  3. […] counting this one as my audiobook for the Read Harder […]

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  5. […] amusing, quick read and will meet not only the literary birthday challenge but another task in the Read Harder challenge as well as one in the Back to the Classics […]

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