Read Harder

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. Every book on this page is a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading and comes highly recommended. Links go to my full reviews.


A book published posthumously


A book of true crime


A classic of genre fiction


A comic written and  illustrated by the same person


A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)


A book about nature


A western


A comic written or illustrated by a person of color


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


An Oprah Book Club selection

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

A book of social science


A one-sitting book


The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series


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


A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60


An assinged book you hated (or never finished)

I didn’t hate it the first time around (when I was in high school), but I certainly did not appreciate it for the masterpiece it is.

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