Read Harder Challenge 2016

Book Riot is a great website for book reviews in print, podcasts, and video form, but one thing I really like about them is that they host a yearly book challenge called Read Harder. I posted about the first one  last year with book suggestions for each task, so I thought I’d do the same for this year’s list! I like their list because it challenges you to read widely, in a way that you may not have otherwise.

Read a horror book– The Damned by Tarn Richardson

Read a nonfiction book about science– Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-made World by Mark Miodownik

Read a collection of essaysThe Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Read a middle grade novelBlackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly


Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography)Maggie Smith: A Biography by Michael Coveney

Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novelAnthem by Ayn Rand

Read a book originally published in the decade you were bornAmerican Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (I was born in the 90s, but choose one from your own birth decade!)

Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie AwardThe Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey


Read a book over 500 pages longThe Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Read a book under 100 pagesEthan Frome by Edith Wharton

Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgenderSome Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews

Read a book that is set in the Middle EastGirls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea


Read a book that is by an author from Southeast AsiaIlustrado by Miguel Syjuco

Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral by Mary Doria Russell

Read the first book in a series by a person of colorThe Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three yearsThe New Deal by Jonathan Case


Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is betterThe Revenant by Michael Punke

Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themesHow to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction)The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path by Ethan Nichtern

Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction)World Order by Henry Kissinger


Read a food memoirVoracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books by Cara Nicoletti

Read a playNo Exit and Three Other Plays by Jean-Paul Sartre

Read a book with a main character that has a mental illnessThe Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought by David Adam


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