Read Harder 2016

Book Riot is doing their Read Harder Challenge again this year and I am completely on board. I have compiled my list of books to read and everything. These aren’t set in stone; they are my ideals, but if I read other books that qualify for the categories I’ll use those instead. Here’s my list!

  • Horror: Sandman V.2 OR The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (cause I hate horror and this is as close as I’ll get)
  • Nonfiction Science: The Hunt for Vulcan by Thomas Levenson
  • Essays: In Defense of Sanity by G. K. Chesterton OR On Stories and Other Essays on Literature OR Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories by C. S. Lewis
  • Read Aloud Book: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer (We are almost done…)
  • Middle Grade Novel: The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker
  • Biography: Elizabeth, the Queen  by Sally Befell Smith OR Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
  • Dystopian: Dust by Hugh Howey
  • Book From Decade I Was Born (1990s): Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • Audie Award: LATW’s The Hound of Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Over 500 pages: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • Less than 100 pages: The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura OR Utopia by Sir Thomas More OR The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • Transgender Author: Disavowals by Claude Cahun
  • Set in Middle East: The Arabian Nights by Anonymous
  • Southeast Asian Author: The Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang
  • Set before 1900: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  • 1st in Series by a Person of Color: The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin
  • Non-Superhero Comic: Saga V.1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  • Book to Movie Adaptation: Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy OR Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling
  • Nonfiction Feminist: Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
  • Religion: Women in the Word by Jen Wilkin
  • Politics (fiction or nonfiction): The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro
  • Food Memoir: My Life in France by Julia Child OR The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques Pepin
  • A Play: Lysistrata by Aristophanes OR As You Like It by William Shakespeare
  • Main Character with Mental Illness: The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

The last one bothers me because I would consider mental illness to be a degrading disease like Alzheimer’s. But I know that many consider Asperger’s or other forms of autism an illness, and I don’t think it is. It’s a condition. I haven’t done enough research on the topic to argue the fact, but I didn’t want to read a book about mental illness either so that’s the book I picked.

And there you have it. I have some alternates and none of it is set in stone, which is the perfect challenge for me. Here’s to a new year of reading!


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