Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2016

This year I decided to take part in the Read Harder Challenge from Book Riot.  It is about reading more widely and trying things you may not normally try.


  1. Read a horror bookAfraid by Jack Kilborn (15/02/16)
  2. Read a non-fiction book about science –
  3. Read a collection of essaysJack the Ripper: The Suspects by The Whitechapel Society (19/11/16)
  4. Read a book out loud to someone elseIn Our Time by Ernest Hemingway read aloud to seminar group! (28/09/16)
  5. Read a middle-grade novelThe Giver by Lois Lowry (09/04/16)
  6. Read a biography (not a memoir or autobiography) Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by  Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik (31/01/16)
  7. Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick (02/04/16)
  8. Read a book originally published in the decade you were bornGuards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett (published the year I was born, 1989.) (13/08/16)
  9. Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award – Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys by Billy Crystal (28/04/16)
  10. Read a book over 500 pages long City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments Book 6) by Cassandra Clare (725 pages) (08/03/16)
  11. Read a book under 100 pages Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by Michael Rosen (40 pages) (03/01/16)
  12. Read a book by or about a person who identifies as transgender –
  13. Read a book that is set in the Middle East The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (28/08/16)
  14. Read a book that is by an author from South East Asia –
  15. Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900 The Fire at Netherfield Park by Renatta McMann (14/08/16)
  16. Read the first book in a series by a person of colour –
  17. Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last 3 yearsThe Wicked + The Divine (debut 2014) (20/03/16)
  18. Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the move. Debate which was better.  – Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes (09/01/16) – Book is marginally better than the movie but both are terrible.
  19. Read a non-fiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes Moranthology by Caitlin Moran (02/09/16)
  20. Read a book about religion (fiction or non-fiction)Buying and Selling the Souls of our Children: A Closer Look at Pokemon by John Paul Jackson (28/08/16)
  21. Read a food memoir – Serve To Win: The 14-Day Gluten-free Plan for Physical and Mental Excellence by Novak Djokovic (03/06/16)
  22. Read a playHarry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany et al. (16/02/16)
  23. Read a book with a main character that has a mental illnessGirl Interrupted by Susanna Kayson (20/08/16)


I missed out on 4 of the tasks, but considering that I didn’t go out of my way to complete the challenge and things I read conveniently fell into the categories of this challenge, I did pretty well!



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