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.
Read a horror book– Afraid by Jack Kilborn (15/02/16)
- Read a non-fiction book about science –
Read a collection of essays– Jack the Ripper: The Suspects by The Whitechapel Society (19/11/16) Read a book out loud to someone else– In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway read aloud to seminar group! (28/09/16) Read a middle-grade novel– The Giver by Lois Lowry (09/04/16) 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) Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel– Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick (02/04/16) Read a book originally published in the decade you were born– Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett (published the year I was born, 1989.) (13/08/16) 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) Read a book over 500 pages long– City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments Book 6) by Cassandra Clare (725 pages) (08/03/16) Read a book under 100 pages– Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by Michael Rosen (40 pages) (03/01/16)
- Read a book by or about a person who identifies as transgender –
Read a book that is set in the Middle East– The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (28/08/16)
- Read a book that is by an author from South East Asia –
Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900– The Fire at Netherfield Park by Renatta McMann (14/08/16)
- Read the first book in a series by a person of colour –
Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last 3 years– The Wicked + The Divine (debut 2014) (20/03/16) 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. Read a non-fiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes– Moranthology by Caitlin Moran (02/09/16) 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) Read a food memoir– Serve To Win: The 14-Day Gluten-free Plan for Physical and Mental Excellence by Novak Djokovic (03/06/16) Read a play– Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany et al. (16/02/16) Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness– Girl 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!