Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder Challenge
1. Read a book about sports.
- Read a debut novel. “The Most Dangerous Place on Earth” by Lindsey Lee Johnson
Read a book about books.
Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author. “The Things we Lost in the Fire” by Mariana Enriquez
Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative. “The Refugees” by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Read an all-ages comic.
Read a book published between 1900 and 1950. “A Farewell To Arms” by Ernest Hemingway
Read a travel memoir.
Read a book you’ve read before.
Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location. “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley” by Hannah Tinti
Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location. “The Association of Small Bombs” by Karan Mahajan
Read a fantasy novel.
Read a nonfiction book about technology.
Read a book about war. “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway
Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country. “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemmingway
Read a classic by an author of color.
Read a superhero comic with a female lead. “The Legend of Wonder Woman, Volume 1: Origins” by De Liz, Renae and Dillon, Ray
Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey (From Daniel José Older, author of Salsa Nocturna, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, and YA novel Shadowshaper)
Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean, author of ten bestselling historical romance novels)
Read a book published by a micropress. (From Roxane Gay, bestselling author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, Marvel’s World of Wakanda, and the forthcoming Hunger and Difficult Women)
Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and the forthcoming Little Fires Everywhere) The Things we Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez
Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. (From Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of the Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty mystery series, including The Unquiet Dead, The Language of Secrets, and the forthcoming Among the Ruins)
Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of sci-fi novel Ascension)
D De Liz, Renae “The Legends of Wonder Woman, Volume 1: Origins”
H Hemingway, Ernest “A Farewell to Arms”
L Lepucki, Edan “Woman No. 17”
R Reid, Taylor Jenkins “Maybe in Another Life”
T Tinti, Hannah “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley”
V Vance, J.D. “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis”
Read a horror book “High Rise” by J. G. Ballard
Read a nonfiction book about science. “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory” by Caitlin Doughty
Read a collection of essays. “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah
Read a book out loud to someone else. Too Many Moose! by Lisa Baros
Read a middle grade novel. “The Magician’s Nephew” by C. S. Lewis
Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography). “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family” By Amy Ellis Nutt
Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
Read a book originally published in the decade you were born. “High Rise” by J. G. Ballard
Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award. “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman
Read a book over 500 pages long. “Eligible” by Curtis Sittenfeld
Read a book under 100 pages. “Pedro, First Grade Hero” by Fran Manushkin
Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender. “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family” By Amy Ellis Nutt
Read a book that is set in the Middle East. “The Temporary Bride” by Jennifer Klinec
Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia. “Sorcerer to the Crown” by Zen Cho
Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900. “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
Read the first book in a series by a person of color. “Sorcerer to the Crown” by Zen Cho
Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years. “Girl Over Paris” by Gwenda Bond
Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie.
Debate which is better. “High Rise” by J. G. Ballard
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). “The Magician’s Nephew” by C. S. Lewis
Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction). The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
Read a food memoir. “The Temporary Bride” by Jennifer Klinec
Read a play. “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare
Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff