Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge


For the second year, Book Riot has created a Read Harder Challenge.  I attempted to participate in the 2015 Challenge, but my effort was very meager.  This year, I plan to read all 24 challenges and would like to share my reading list.

  1. Read a horror book.  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  2. Read a non-fiction book about science.  What If? by Randall Munroe
  3. Read a collection of essays.  The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  4. Read a book out loud to someone else.  The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
  5. Read a middle grade novel.  The Absolute True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  6. Read a biography (not a memoir or an autobiography).  Billy Graham: A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist by W. Terry Whalin
  7. Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel.  Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  8. Read a book originally published in the decade you were born.  Stoner by John Williams
  9. Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award.  The Hiding Place (Radio Theater), Dave Arnold
  10. Read a book over 500 pages long.  A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  11. Read a book under 100 pages.  The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  12. Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender. Through the Door of Life by Joy Ladin
  13. Read a book that is set in the Middle East.  The Genizah at the House of Shepher by Tamar Yellin
  14. Read a book by an author from Southeast Asia.  The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Malaysia)
  15. Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900.  The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  16. Read the first book in a series by a person of color.  Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  17. Read a non-superhero comic that debuted within the last three years.  ODY-C by Matt Fraction
  18. Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie.  Debate which is better.  Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
  19. Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist issues.  I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  20. Read a book about religion (fiction or non-fiction).  Turbulent Souls by Stephen J. Dubner
  21. Read a book about politics in your country or another (fiction or non-fiction).  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  22. Read a food memoir.  Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl
  23. Read a play.  Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  24. Read a book with a main character who has a mental illness.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon

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