Book Riot #ReadHarder Challenge 2016 Progress Post and Suggestions

My progress and suggestions
My progress and suggestions

I’m using this post to track my progress on the Book Riot Read Harder challenge. I’ll update this page as I finish books and write reviews, as well as using it to track what books I’m planning on reading for each of the categories. I found some suggestions from this article as well as the Goodreads group for the challenge.

I set forth a couple additional stipulations for myself, they were:

  • no double-dipping – I will not be using any books to fill more than one category.
  • no white cis-men – All of the books I read for the challenge will be by women and minorities. In the case of multiple authors, one must be a woman or minority.

Without further ado, here is the list of the books I’m planning on reading plus some alternates.


Read a horror book
stranger (planned) The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Goodreads | Amazon

Other possibilities:
Alice by Christina Henry
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Read a nonfiction book about science
code (planned) The Code Book by Simon Singh
Goodreads | Amazon

Other possibilities:
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine

Read a collection of essays
men Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Goodreads | Amazon
Finished Jan. 12

Read a book out loud to someone else
venusVoyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems by Robin Coste Lewis
Goodreads | Amazon
Finished Jan. 19

Read a middle grade novel
fairylandThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherine Valente
Goodreads | Amazon
Finished Feb. 15

Other possibilities:
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography)
lacks (planned) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Goodreads | Amazon

Other possibilities:
Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel
oryx (planned) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Goodreads | Amazon

Other possibilities:
Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

Read a book originally published in the decade you were born (1990s)
bird (planned) The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Goodreads | Amazon

Other possibilities:
The Poisonbook Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award
assassination The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel
Goodreads | Amazon
Finished Jan. 16

Read a book over 500 pages long
golemThe Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker
Goodreads | Amazon
Finished Feb. 6

Other possibilities:
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

Read a book under 100 pages
feminists(planned) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Goodreads | Amazon

Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender
nicole(planned) Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
Goodreads | Amazon

Read a book that is set in the Middle East
mountains (planned) And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Goodreads | Amazon

Other possibilities:
The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad
The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak
Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War by Svetlana Alexievich

Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia
sympathizer (planned) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Goodreads | Amazon

Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900
beloved (planned) Beloved by Toni Morrison
Goodreads | Amazon

Read the first book in a series by a person of color
marchMarch: Book One by John Robert Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
Goodreads | Amazon
Finished Jan. 24

Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years
planet Bitch Planet #1 by Kelly DeConnick and Valentine De Landro
Goodreads | Amazon
Finished Jan. 17

Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better
wildWild by Cheryl Strayed
Goodreads | Amazon
Finished Jan. 17, watched movie Jan. 18

Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes
everybody(planned) Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
Goodreads | Amazon

Other possibilities:
Spinster by Kate Bolick
The Beauty Myth by Noami Wolf
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti

Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction)
grace_eventuallyGrace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott
Goodreads
Finished Feb. 15

Other possibilities:
Witches of America by Alex Mar
Sinners Welcome by Mary Karr

Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction)
ghettoside(planned) Ghettoside by Jill Leovy
Goodreads | Amazon

Other possibilities:
Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt
Degrees of Inequality by Suzanne Mettler

Read a food memoir
delancey(planned) Delancey by Molly Wiezenberg
Goodreads | Amazon

Read a play
raisin(planned) A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Goodreads | Amazon

Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness
bernadette(planned) Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Goodreads | Amazon

Other possibilities:
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

Progress: 9/24

You can also track my reading progress in this challenge and in general on my Goodreads page. I’ll link to my Goodread reviews in this superpost as I write them, and possibly also cross-post them to the blog.
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