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2017 Read Harder Challenge (Book Riot): BSBL Resources for the Challenge

Book Riot 2017 Read Harder Challenge

The Book Riot 2017

Read Harder Reading Challenge



  1. Read a book about sports.

  2. Read a debut novel.

  3. Read a book about books.

  4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.

  5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.

  6. Read an all-ages comic.

  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.

  8. Read a travel memoir.

  9. Read a book you’ve read before.

  10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.

  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.

  12. Read a fantasy novel.

  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.

  14. Read a book about war.

  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.

  16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.

  17. Read a classic by an author of color.

  18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.

  19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey (From Daniel José Older, author of Salsa Nocturna, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, and YA novel Shadowshaper)

  20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean, author of ten bestselling historical romance novels)

  21. Read a book published by a micropress. (From Roxane Gay, bestselling author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, Marvel’s World of Wakanda, and the forthcoming Hunger and Difficult Women)

  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and the forthcoming Little Fires Everywhere)

  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. (From Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of the Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty mystery series, including The Unquiet Dead, The Language of Secrets, and the forthcoming Among the Ruins)

  24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of sci-fi novel Ascension)

(It's ok to use the same book for multiple categories)