Book Riot’s Read Harder 2017 Challenge


1. A book published posthumously
2. A book of true crime
3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person – Tintin
5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
6. A book about nature
7. A western
8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of non-Western heritage
9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
10. A romance novel by or about a person of non-Western heritage
11. A children’s classic published before 1980- one of the William books
12. A celebrity memoir – The Fry Chronicles
13. An Oprah Book Club selection
14. A book of social science
15. A one-sitting book
16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series – Agatha Raisin
17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image – Unshelved
19. A book of genre fiction in translation
20. A book with a cover you hate
21. A mystery by a person of non-Western heritage or LGBTQ+ author
22. An essay anthology
23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished) – A Wrinkle in Time

1. Read a book about sports. The Curse of Lono – Hunter S Thompson & Ralph Stead
2. Read a debut novel. The Infernal – Kim Wilkins
3. Read a book about books. Banned Books in Australia – Stephanie Jaehrling
4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author. The General in His Labyrinth – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative. No Place to Lay One’s Head – Francoise Frenkel
6. Read an all-ages comic.
7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950. What Ho! The Best of Wodehouse – P.G. Wodehouse
8. Read a travel memoir. Pole to Pole with Michael Palin: North to South by Camel, River Raft, and Balloon
9. Read a book you’ve read before. Shattered – Dick Francis
10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles [160km] of your location. The Adventure of the Colonial Boy – Narrelle M Harris
11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles [8047km] from your location. Queen of the Night – J. A. Jance
12. Read a fantasy novel.
13. Read a nonfiction book about technology. The Hidden Web: Finding Quality Information on the Net
14. Read a book about war. No Place to Lay One’s Head – Francoise Frenkel
15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
Luna by Julie Anne Peters
16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country. Droll Tales
17. Read a classic by an author from the non-Western canon.
18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead. The Blood of Carthage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Comic #19 Buffy Season 4)
19. Read a book in which a character goes on a spiritual journey (non-Western canon) My Place – Sally Morgan
20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin
21. Read a book published by a micropress. The Adventure of the Colonial Boy – Narrelle M Harris
22. Read a collection of stories by a woman.
Close Range: Brokeback Mountain and Other Stories – Annie Proulx
23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. Cold Jackal Moment – Sami Nayal
24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are non-Western. Inspector Singh Investigates: A Curious Indian Cadaver – Sharmini Flint


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