The 2018 Read Harder Challenge


Book Riot has an annual challenge for readers to expand their horizons and read books that may be out of their comfort zone or preferred genre. I have listed all 24 items on the list below, and once completed I will list the books next to them with the month completed.

  • 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 illustrated 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 comic written or illustrated by a person of color
  • A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
  • A romance novel by or about a person of color
  • A children’s classic published before 1980
  • A celebrity memoir
  • An Oprah Book Club selection
  • 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
  • A book with a cover you hate
  • A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  • An essay anthology
  • A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  • An assigned book you hated (or never finished)