Here's What I Read for Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge

by - Sunday, December 23, 2018

Sometime last year, my coworker Ashley and I were talking about books, and she introduced me to Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge.


The last time I did a reading challenge was probably when I was in middle school when the BookIt program existed at the public library. Did anyone else have BookIt? I was obsessed with earning the rewards for reading books in the summer. We ate a lot of those PizzaHut personal pan pizzas when I did BookIt.

Anyway, the idea behind the Book Riot challenge is to encourage you to read books outside of what you typically gravitate toward.

I started the book challenge in the spring when I learned about it, and was able to cross out several categories right away with books I'd already finished in 2018.

This is everything I read this year as part of the challenge. All the reviews of these books are on my Goodreads. Some I loved, some I hated. (I will never enjoy Pride and Prejudice no matter how hard I try). Some are books I would have read even without the challenge, but some definitely are not.

  1. A book published posthumously -- I'll Be Gone in the Dark
  2. A book of true crime -- American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance) -- A Wrinkle in Time*
  4. A comic written and drawn by the same person -- Pashimina*
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa) -- Lion: A Long Way Home
  6. A book about nature -- The Great Alone
  7. A western -- Vengeance Road*
  8. A comic written or drawn by a person of color -- Pashmina
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature -- Pachinko
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color -- A Princess in Theory
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980 -- A Wrinkle in Time
  12. A celebrity memoir -- The Last Black Unicorn
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection -- An American Marriage
  14. A book of social science -- A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America
  15. A one-sitting book -- Maybe Someday
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series -- Ruby Red*
  17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author -- A Wrinkle in Time
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image -- Pashmina
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation -- Ruby Red
  20. A book with a cover you hate -- Vengeance Road
  21.  A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author -- Tall Tail
  22. An essay anthology -- Double Bind
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60 -- Bloodstains with Bronte
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished) -- Pride and Prejudice
* There's apparently a big debate in the book world about whether or not you should "double-dip" and use the same book to qualify for several different categories. I read a lot so I'm all for it. Any book with an asterisk next to it, I used to count for multiple categories. 

Coming up soon my favorite books of 2018!

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