Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2016

  1. Read a horror book – The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux 
  2. Read a nonfiction book about science – Patient H.M by Luck Dittrich
  3. Read a collection of essays – Let Me Clear My Throat by Elena Passarello
  4. Read a book out loud to someone else – D.W. Saves the Day by Marc Brown
  5. Read a middle grade novel – Mockingbird by Katherine Erskine
  6. Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography) – Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon
  7. Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel – Fahrenheit 451  by Ray Bradbury 
  8. Read a book originally published in the decade you were born – Actual Air by David Berman
  9. Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award – Yes, Please by Amy Poehler*
  10. Read a book over 500 pages long – City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
  11. Read a book under 100 pages – A Coney Island of the Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  12. Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender – ??????????
  13. Read a book that is set in the Middle East – I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai**
  14. Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia -Man – Kim Thuy
  15. Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900 – Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
  16. Read the first book in a series by a person of color – March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Ayden
  17. Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years – Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast***
  18. Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better – The Martian by Andy Weir****
  19. Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes – Lactivism by Courtney Jung
  20. Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction) – The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
  21. Read a book about politics in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction) – Then Comes Marriage by Roberta A. Kaplan
  22. Read a food memoir – Relish by Lucy Knisley
  23. Read a play – Angels in America by Tony Kushner 
  24. Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness – Lit by Mary Karr


*I cheated an read it in book form. I figured that if you can listen to the other ones on the list on audio and still count them, you should be able to read the audiobook one and still count it. I don’t know. I’m a bad person.

**Pakistan is not technically the Middle East. I cheated again. But it is considered the Greater Middle East, and the whole thing’s about the Taliban. So there.

***I know that it’s a graphic novel, but I’m pretty sure the March Trilogy is technically a comic, so this category would be filled anyway. I’m just finding an excuse to read more graphic novels. I’m a really bad person.

****I didn’t watch the movie. Meh. I will eventually.


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