So, I’ve long been a devotee of the “All the Books” podcast from Book Riot (Rebecca and Liberty’s book reviews are EVERYTHING), and when they mentioned the 2018 Read Harder challenge, I knew I had to check it out!
In short: do 24 reading tasks over the course of the year. Books may count for multiple tasks, or you can read one book per task. I don’t know how I’ll do, but I’m eager to try it out – and I’m already on my way!
How about you – any good reading challenges you’ve set for this year?
(My other personal goal is to try and get back to reading 140+ books read a year – I’ve been slacking the last couple of years….)
A book published posthumously(I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara) A book of true crime(I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara)
- A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
A comic written and drawn by the same person(Space Battle Lunchtime by Natalie Riess) A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)(I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon) A book about nature(The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams)
- A western
A comic written or illustrated by a person of color(Bingo Love by Tee Franklin) A book of colonial or postcolonial literature(Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys) A romance novel by or about a person of color(Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai) A children’s classic published before 1980(Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak) A celebrity memoir(We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union)
- An Oprah Book Club selection
A book of social science(The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking) A one-sitting book(Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson)
- The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
- A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image(Space Battle Lunchtime by Natalie Riess) A book of genre fiction in translation(The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani) A book with a cover you hate(Tangerine by Christine Mangan) A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author(Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan)
- An essay anthology
A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60(The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein) An assigned book you hated (or never finished)(Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward)