Read Harder Challenge

Book Riot publishes a challenge to Read Harder. There are 24 books on the list that are designed to challenge you to read new genres, authors, and points of view.

January 1, 2021: The planned prompts have been updated to the 2021 list. Maybe this year will be better for reading. Harry Potter books listed in planned reading for 2020 has been moved to Complete Readings as I read the series twice in 2020. The remaining 2020 prompts were removed from the list.

Complete Readings 2020

Read a romance starring a single parent

  • Yours at Midnight by Robin Bielman – read 1/1/2020

Read a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling – read 2020

Read the LAST book in a series

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – read 2020

Completed Readings 2021

Read a book featuring a beloved pet where the pet doesn’t die

  • Walking Back to Happiness by Lucy Dillon – read 1/25/2021

Read a non-European novel in translation

  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel – read 4/2/2021

Read a book by/about a non-Western world leader

  • The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora by Stephanie Thornton – read 4/28/2021

Read a book that demystifies a common mental illness

  • Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen – read 5/2/2021

Read a fanfic

  • Not From Others by FloreatCastellum – read 5/6/2021

Planned Readings

Read a book you’ve been intimidated to read

Read a nonfiction book about anti-racism

Read an LGBTQ+ history book

Read a genre novel by an Indigenous, First Nations, or Native American author

Read a fat-positive romance

Read a romance by a trans or nonbinary author

Read a middle grade mystery

Read an SFF anthology edited by a person of color

Read a food memoir by an author of color

Read a work of investigative nonfiction by an author of color

Read a book with a cover you don’t like

Read a realistic YA book not set in the U.S., UK, or Canada

Read a memoir by a Latinx author

Read an own voices book about disability

Read an own voices YA book with a Black main character that isn’t about Black pain

Read a historical fiction with a POC or LGBTQ+ protagonist

Read a book of nature poems

Read a children’s book that centers a disabled character but not their disability

Read a book set in the Midwest

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