book riot’s reader harder 2018…

Another day. Another reading challenge. First time attempting Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge, and I’m really looking forward to it.

This year’s category’s and my lists of potential reads for each:

A book published posthumously.

  • Lady Susan by Jane Austen
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson

A book of true crime. *completed*

  • The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale
  • The Family by Ed Sanders
  • Zodiac by Robert Graysmith
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

A classic of genre fiction.

  •  Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy Sayers
  • It by Stephen King
  • Fledgling by Octavia Butler
  • The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

A comic written and illustrated by the same person. *completed*

A book set in or about one of the BRICS countries.

  • Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
  • Five Past Midnight in Bhopal by Dominique Lapierre and Javier Moro
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  • A Human Being Died that Night by Pumla Gobodo-Maidikizela

A book about nature.

  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Notes from the Shore by Jennifer Ackerman
  • Birdology by Sy Montgomery
  • Mycophilia by Eugenia Bone

A western.

  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  • The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman
  • Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

A comic written or illustrated by a person of color. *completed*

A book of colonial or postcolonial literature.

  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
  • Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo

A romance novel by or about a person of color. *completed*

A children’s classic published before 1980.

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgkin Burnett
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

A celebrity memoir.

  • You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

An Oprah Book Club Selection. *completed*

A book of Social Science. *completed*

A one sitting book.

  • A Mercy by Toni Morrison
  • I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Young-Ha Kim
  • The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
  • Murder in the Dark by A.S. Byatt

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

  • Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  • Once by Morris Gleitzman
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author. *completed*

A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image. *completed*

  • Koko Be Good by Jen Wang
  • Primates by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks
  • Che: A Graphic Biography by Spain Rodriguez
  • Epileptic by David B.

A book of genre fiction in translation.  *completed*

A book with a cover you hate.

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie

A mystery by an author of color or an lgbtq+ author. *completed*

  • Tell No Tales by Eleanor Taylor Bland
  • The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee
  • Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint
  • Pleasantville by Attica Locke
  • The Lavender House Murder by Nikki Baker
  • Hallowed Murder by Ellen Hart

An essay anthology. 

  • Revolutionary Mothering edited by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, and Mai’a Williams
  • Yes Means Yes! edited by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti
  • Nasty Women Project edited by Erin Parsons

A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60.

  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
  • The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

An assigned book you hated or never finished. *completed* (I suppose it could be said that I will be cheating on this one. But I actually read the books I was assigned, or at least cannot remember any that I didn’t finish. And the only one I can remember hating was Babbitt, and I am not reading it again. So instead I’m going to read a book that I assigned to either Annie or Gray for homeschooling that I never got finished myself. I guess it goes against the spirit of the category though, because I was very much liking each of these choices.)


One thought on “book riot’s reader harder 2018…

  1. I tried this last year and failed miserably. Actually, I probably didn’t fail. I just did not keep track of the books I read that would fit into each category.

    Good luck on this challenge!


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