Read Harder 2018

2018 marks the fourth year that Book Riot has hosted "Reader Harder," a series of twenty-four challenges that encourage bibliophiles to read genres and authors they might otherwise overlook.  Below are this year's challenges and my progress towards completing them.


  1. A book published posthumously: The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
  2. A book of true crime: I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e., mystery, sci-fi/ fantasy, romance)
  4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
  6. A book about nature
  7. A western
  8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
  9. A book of colonial of postcolonial literature
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color
  11. A children's classic published before 1980
  12. A celebrity memoir
  13. An Oprah Book Club Selection
  14. A book of social science: Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard
  15. A one-sitting book: Pig the Star by Aaron Blabey
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle-grade series
  17. A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
  18. A comic that isn't published by Marvel, DC, or Image
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation
  20. A book with a cover you hate: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  21. A mystery book by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  22. An essay anthology
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

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