Every year, I set a goal to complete Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge. It’s a fantastic way to discover new kinds of books, read outside my comfort zone, and connect with other bookish people. I’ve read many fantastic books in the past few years thanks to Read Harder.
Since this blog is all about sharing books I love, I’ve decided to track the best books I read for each task right here. I hope these books will inspire you to do the challenge, and even if reading challenges aren’t your thing, that you’ll find a new book here you might have otherwise overlooked.
I often end up reading more than one book for each task–there are so many fantastic books out there and it’s easy to get overexcited. As the year goes on, I’ll keep updating this page with my favorites.
Links go to my full reviews. If I haven’t written a review, I’ll do my best to write a short blurb here. Every book on this page is a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading and comes highly recommended.
A book published posthumously
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
- The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs
A book of true crime
A classic of genre fiction
A comic written and illustrated by the same person
- Sugar Town by Hazel Newlevant
- Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
- On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
- Abandon the Old in Tokyo by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
A book about nature
A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
- Bingo Love by Tee Franklin
This is a sweet and lovely story about queer grandmothers (re)falling in love! It’s heartwarming but also beautifully honest. I loved the art–so many fantastic drawings of older women enjoying life, loving each other, and taking risks. A quick, life-affirming and totally gorgeous read.
- American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
A romance novel by or about a person of color
A children’s classic published before 1980
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
A celebrity memoir
- Just Kids by Patti Smith
An Oprah Book Club selection
A book of social science
A one-sitting book
- Check Please! Year One by Ngozi Ukazu
What a delight. This adorable webcomic has all the best things: hockey bros who aren’t assholes, pies + sports, realistic college friendships, and one of the sweetest, funniest coming out scenes I’ve read in years.
- The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC or Image
A book of genre fiction in translation
A book with a cover you hate
- The Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian
A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ author
An essay anthology
- Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids edited by Meghan Daum
- Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines edited by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, Mai’a Williams
- Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times edited by Carolina De Robertis
A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
- Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk by Kathleen Rooney