I combined the reading lists from each year’s Book Riot Read Harder Challenge and then changed a few tasks to better suit me and deleted some tasks altogether if I did’t want to read that kind of book.
I love to expand my reading horizons and this seems like the perfect way to start. I haven’t given myself a deadline, but will work through the tasks at my own pace.
Finished tasks on the list are in bold. They have a checkmark to the left and the title and author of the chosen book to the right. If I write a blog post about the book, I’ll add the hyperlink.
I decided not to count the same book twice, even if it would qualify for more than one task. I will, however, read more than one book for a single task.
Here’s the list:
• A book published posthumously
• A book of true crime
• A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
• A comic written and drawn by the same person
• A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
• A book about nature
• A western
• A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
• A children’s classic published before 1980
• A celebrity memoir
• A book of social science
• A one-sitting book
• The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
• A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
• A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
• A book of genre fiction in translation
• An essay anthology
• Read a book about sports.
• Read a debut novel.
• Read a book about books.
• Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
• Read read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
✓ Read an all ages comic – Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Petersen
• Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
• Read a travel memoir.
• Read a book you’ve read before.
• Read a book set within 100 miles of your location.
• Read a book more than 5000 miles from your location.
• Read a fantasy novel.
• Read a nonfiction book about technology.
• Read a book about war.
• Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
• Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.
• Read a horror book.
✓ Read a nonfiction book about science. – The Science of Cooking by Stuart Farrimond
• Read a collection of essays.
✓ Read a book out loud to someone else. – Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
• 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 year 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. – Maria Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Adventurer by Sarah B. Pomeroy and Jeyaraney Kathirithamby
• 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 a non-superhero comic.
• 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. – We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
• 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 written by someone when they were under the age of 25.
• Read a book written by someone when they were over the age of 65.
• Read a collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people).
• Read a book that takes place in Asia.
• Read a book by an author from Africa.
• Read a book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.).
• Read a microhistory.
✓ Read a YA novel. – Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
• Read a sci-fi novel.
✓ Read a romance novel. – The Captive Imposter by Dawn Crandall
• Read a National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade.
• Read a book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.).
• Listen to an audiobook.
• Read a collection of poetry.
• Read a book that someone else has recommended to you.
✓ Read a book that was originally published in another language. – The Little Red Wolf by Amelie Flechais
✓ Read a graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind. – Fairy Tale Comics edited by Chris Duffy
–The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury by Bill Watterson
• Read a book published before 1850.
✓ Read a book published this year
2017 –Blessed Are the Misfits by Brant Hansen
2018 – Less: A Visual Guide to Minimalism by Rachel Aust
✓ Read a self-improvement book. – Hello Mornings: How to Build a Grace-Filled, Life-Giving Morning Routine by Kat Lee