Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

I have decided to do a few reading challenges this year. I’ve done some in the past; the Jane Austen Challenge was the sole reason for starting this blog six years ago (CRAZY right?!). However, I haven’t done one in a while (I’m not including Bout of Books, because that’s a read-a-thon, not a challenge), so I’m doing Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge. I like it because it stretches you to read things you might not have. Here are the books to read:

A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25 (Frankenstein by Mary Shelley)

A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65

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

A book published by an indie press (Heartache by Annie Bellet)

A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ

A book by a person whose gender is different from your own (The Pixar Touch by David A Price)

A book that takes place in Asia

A book by an author from Africa

A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native AmericansAboriginals, etc.)

microhistory (Words to Eat By by Ina Lipkowitz)

YA novel (The Heir by Kiera Cass)

sci-fi novel

romance novel (The Prince Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins)

National Book AwardMan Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade

A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.) (Scarlet by Marissa Meyer)

An audiobook (As You Wish by Cary Elwes)

A collection of poetry

A book that someone else has recommended to you (The Body Book by Cameron Diaz. Recommended by Meredith Frank)

A book that was originally published in another language

A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?) (Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi)

A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over) (Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts)

A book published before 1850

A book published this year (First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen)

self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”) (A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman)

I’ve already done a few of them…at least one. The audiobook is easy. I’m working my way through a few more. I’m excited to complete this challenge this year. I want to do them all and find new exciting things to read. Huzzah!


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