Challenges

Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder Challenge
1. Read a book about sports.  Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

  1. Read a debut novel.  The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson 

  2. Read a book about books.  The Changeling by Victor LaValle

  3. 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

  4. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.  The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

  5. Read an all-ages comic.  Owly by Andy Runton

  6. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.  A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway

  7. Read a travel memoir.  The Drive by Teresa Bruce

  8. Read a book you’ve read before. Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

  9. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location. “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley” by Hannah Tinti

  10. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location. The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

  11. Read a fantasy novel.  The Changeling by Victor LaValle

  12. Read a nonfiction book about technology.

  13. Read a book about war.  A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

  14. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.  Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

  15. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.  A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

  16. Read a classic by an author of color.

  17. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.  The Legend of Wonder Woman, Volume 1: Origins by DeLiz, Renae and Dillon, Ray

  18. 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)

  19. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean, author of ten bestselling historical romance novels)

  20. 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) “Practicing Normal” by Cara Sue Achterberg

  21. 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

  22. 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). Tales of a Severed Head by Rachida Madani

  23. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of sci-fi novel Ascension). Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez

The Book Vipers Blockbuster A-Z Challenge

A  Achterberg, Cara Sue  Practicing Normal

B  Bruce, Teresa  The Drive

C  Chaon, Dan Ill Will

DeLiz, Renae and Dillon, Ray   The Legend of Wonder Woman, Volume 1: Origins

E  Enriquez, Mariana The Things we Lost in the Fire

F Falconer, Ian Olivia

G  Greenwood, Bryn  All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

H  Hemingway, Ernest A Farewell to Arms

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J   Johnson, Lindsey Lee The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

K  Kaner, Etta Animals Do Too!:  How They Behave Just Like You!

L  Lepucki, Edan Woman No. 17

M   Mackintosh, Clare  I Let You Go

N   Nguyen, Viet Thanh The Refugees

O O’Connor, Jane Fancy Nancy

P Pinborough, Sarah Behind Her Eyes

Q

R  Reid, Taylor Jenkins Maybe in Another Life

S  Shapiro, Marc  Trump This!

T  Tinti, Hannah The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

U

V  Vance, J.D. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis

W  Whitaker, Kayla Rae  The Animators

X

Y  Yolan, Jane  Beneath the Ghost Moon

Z  Zhang, Jenny Sour Heart

 

Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge

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

 

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