2016 Read Harder Challenge


Book Riot is back again this year with another round of the Read Harder challenge... and I'm in! The 2015 Read Harder Challenge was one of the first challenges I've ever--ever!--actually completed in my entire time as a book blogger, and I loved the diversity of the tasks. This year's list is, of course, no disappointment.

I'll be keeping track of my progress here throughout the year, with updates for each category as listed below:



1. Read a horror book 
      The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson (also part of The Classics Club)

2. Read a nonfiction book about science (currently reading)
      The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (also part of #readmyowndamnbooks)

3. Read a collection of essays
      I'll Tell You in Person, by Chloe Caldwell

4. Read a book out loud to someone else

5. Read a middle grade novel
      Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan

6. Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography)
      Hamilton, by Ron Chernow (currently reading and probably will be forever)

7. Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel 

8. Read a book originally published in the decade you were born
      Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1981) 

9. Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award 
      Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins (2016 winner)

10. Read a book over 500 pages long 
      The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood (also part of #readmyowndamnbooks)

11. Read a book under 100 pages 
     Poverty Creek Journal, by Thomas Gardner

12. Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender 
     George, by Alex Gino

13. Read a book that is set in the Middle East 

14. Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia 

15. Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900
      The Ornatrix, by Kate Howard

16. Read the first book in a series by a person of color 

17. Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years
      Bitch Planet Vol 1, by Kelly Sue DeConnick (also part of #readmyowndamnbooks)

18. Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better.
      Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail, by Cheryl Strayed (also part
       of #readmyowndamnbooks)

19. Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes 
      Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear... and Why, by Sady Doyle

20. Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction) 

21. Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction)
      The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, by
      Michael Eric Dyson

22. Read a food memoir 

23. Read a play 

24. Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness
      Dear Fang, with Love by Rufi Thorpe

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