2015 Read Harder Challenge

Book Riot's Read Harder challenge is all about reading... well, harder. Better. Bigger. Beyond.

I'll update this page throughout the year with strikethroughs on categories completed (and the title that completed the category), with links to reviews where available.

With that in mind, the categories:

1. A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
      Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley; cross-listed with my Classics Club challenge

2. A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
      The Heart Goes Last, by Margaret Atwood

3. A collection of short stories
      Trigger Warning, by Neil Gaiman

4. A book published by an indie press
      Whisper Hollow, by Chris Cander

5. A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
      No House to Call My Home, by Ryan Berg

6. A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
      Did You Ever Have a Family, by Bill Clegg

7. A book that takes place in Asia
      Factory Girls, by Leslie T. Chang

8. A book by an author from Africa
      Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie

9. A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans,Aboriginals, etc.)

10. A microhistory
      At Home: A Short History of Private Life, by Bill Bryson (currently reading)

11. A YA novel
      The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson

12. A sci-fi novel
      Zeroes, by Chuck Wendig

13. A romance novel
      When the Marquess Met His Match, by Lauren Lee Guhrke

14. A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
      Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward

15. A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
      Re Jane, by Patricia Park

16. An audiobook
      Geek Love, by Katherine Dunn

17. A collection of poetry
      The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis, selected by Caroline
      Kennedy

18. A book that someone else has recommended to you
      In the Woods, by Tana French (recommended by two friends, my stepmom,
      and my sister)

19. A book that was originally published in another language
20. A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind
      Sex Criminals, Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction, illustrated by Chip Zdarsky

21. A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)
      Wicked Intentions, by Elizabeth Hoyt

22. A book published before 1850
      A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (currently reading)

23. A book published this year
      Find Me, by Laura Van Den Berg

24. A self-improvement book
      Getting Things Done, by David Allen; cross-listed with my 2015 TBR Challenge

1 comment

  1. Good luck with this. I would do it if it could be achieved withiut buying any new books but I'd have to get around 10 and my book shelf won't cope

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