#ReadHarder in 2016

Earlier last month, I was poking around BookRiot and stumbled across the #ReadHarder Challenge. I’m normally rubbish at challenges. Put a book on a list and I pretty much lose all desire to read it.

But I started reading through the list of twenty-four prompts and realized that I had either already read or was in the middle of reading a book that counted towards six of those prompts. Twenty-five percent of the way there! So why not challenge myself to go for the full 100 percent?

2016 Read Harder Challenge List

  • Read a horror book — Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • Read a nonfiction book about science
  • Read a collection of essays
  • Read a book aloud to someone else
  • Read a middle grade novel
  • Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography) — The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • Read a dystopian and post-apocalyptic novel — Pure by Julianna Baggott
  • Read a book originally published in decade you were born
  • Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award
  • Read a book over 500 pages long
  • Read a book under 100 pages
  • Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender
  • Read a book that is set in the Middle East
  • Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia
  • Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900
  • Read the first book in a series by a person of color
  • Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years
  • Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie and discuss which is better — Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally (the movie is better)
  • Read a nonfiction about feminism or dealing with feminist themes — My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
  • Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction)
  • Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction)
  • Read a food memoir
  • Read a play
  • Read a book with a main character with a mental illness — Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Some of these topics won’t be a stretch for me as my reading is pretty focused on the Middle East, religion, and politics. But I would love suggestions for the other incomplete titles!

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