2018 Read Harder Challenge


And now it’s time for Book Riot’s 2018 Read Harder Challenge!

Just like last year, I’ll be going in with a plan, but I fully expect my results to be quite different. In addition to this challenge, I’ve also made it a goal to read 110 books this year.

  1. A book published posthumously.
    The Rogue Crew by Brian Jacques
  2. A book of true crime.
    Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Brian Stevenson
  3. A classic of genre fiction.
    The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
  4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person.
    Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries.
    The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  6. A book about nature.
    The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben
  7. A western.
    One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
  8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color.
    Black Panther: Long Live the King by Nnedi
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature.
    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color.
    An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980.
    A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  12. A celebrity memoir.
    Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection.
    Night by Elie Wiesel
  14. A book of social science.
    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  15. A one-sitting book.
    The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle-grade series.
    Everless by Sara Holland
  17. A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author.
    The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image.
    Lumberjanes: To The Max Edition, Vol. 2 by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Brooke Allen
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation.
    Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
  20. A book with a cover you hate.
    1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author.
    A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
  22. An essay anthology.
    Essays and Poems (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60.
    Still Water Saints by Alex Espinoza
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished).
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë