2020 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.

Complete Readings

Read a romance starring a single parent

Planned Readings

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 the LAST book in a series

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

Incomplete Prompts

Read a book by or about a refugee

Read a YA nonfiction book

Read a retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color

Read a mystery where the victim(s) is not a woman

Read a graphic memoir

Read a book about a natural disaster

Read a play by an author of color and/or queer author

Read a historical fiction novel not set in WWII

Read an audiobook of poetry

Read a book that takes place in a rural setting

Read a debut novel by a queer author

Read a memoir by someone from a religious tradition (or lack of religious tradition) that is not your own

Read a food book about a cuisine you’ve never tried before

Read a book about climate change

Read a sci-fi/fantasy novella (under 120 pages)

Read a picture book with a human main character from a marginalized community

Read a middle grade book that doesn’t take place in the U.S. or the UK

Read a book with a main character or protagonist with a disability (fiction or non)

Read a horror book published by an indie press

Read an edition of a literary magazine (digital or physical)

Read a book in any genre by a Native, First Nations, or Indigenous author

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