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: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
  • A book of true crime: Lady Killers by Tori Telfer
  • A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci-fi/fantasy, romance): Dune by Frank Herbert
  • A comic written and illustrated by the same person: Sweet Tooth Vol. 1: Out of the Deep Woods
  • A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa): Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu
  • A book about nature: Wicked Plants by Amy Stuart
  • A western
  • A comic written or illustrated by a person of color: Han Solo by Marjorie M.Liu
  • A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
  • A romance novel by or about a person of color
  • A children’s classic published before 1980: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • A celebrity memoir
  • An Oprah Book Club selection
  • A book of social science
  • A one-sitting book: A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa
  • The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle-grade series: Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades
  • A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  • A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image: Lumberjanes Vol. 6: Sink or Swim
  • A book of genre fiction in translation: Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu
  • A book with a cover you hate: The Dark Fae by Terry Speare
  • 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): All the Birds in the Sky by Chrlie Jane Anders (book club pick)