Read Harder Book Challenge: Where I’m at in July

I knew that I wanted to a bit more of a reading challenge this year. I’ve been reading 50, 75, sometimes as many as 100 books a year, but was still feeling unsuccessful as a reader. I was so focused on quantity and trying to read the titles that everyone was talking about that I wasn’t diversifying my reads and never went back to read some quality titles that I had passed by years ago.

Thankfully I came across the Read Harder Challenge by Book Riot. It has given me some direction in my title choices without being over-bearing. The challenge contains only 24 tasks- 2 a month and gives me plenty of time to supplement with other titles.

Below is a break down of what I’ve already read, what I’m planning to read a plea for suggestions. If you’re also participating in the challenge or have any feedback on the titles or categories I’d love to hear your ideas!

Cheers and Happy Reading!

A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25.

Read 2/15  White Teeth by Zadie Smith

A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65. Read Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates

A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)

Read Harder 

A book published by an indie press. First Man by Simon Schwartz

-A book by or about someone that identifies as LGTBQ.

 Every Day by David Levithan

-A book by a person whose gender is different from your own. Paris by Edward Rutherfurd

-A book that takes place in Asia. Any Suggestions?

-A book by an author from Africa.  Any Suggestions?

-A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous cultures (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)

Read The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

A microhistory.  The F-Word by Jessie Shieldflower

A YA novel. Finding Paris by Joy Preble 

A sci-fi novel. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

-A romance novel.  A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

-A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize Winner from

the last decade. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollingsworth

-A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel,
etc.) The Great Night by Chris Adrian

An audio-book. Listened to:  Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibraham

-A collection of poetry. Any Suggestions?

 -A book that someone else has recommended to you. When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman or

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

(not sure which one to read yet…)

-A book that was originally published in another language. The Cave by Jose Saramago

-A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind. Read Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan.

-A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over) Read 1/15  Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

A book published before 1850. Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

-A book published this year. Read 1/15 Vanessa & Her Sister   by Parmar Priya

-A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)

 The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

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