Book Riot Read Harder 2017 2017-11-10T17:16:51+00:00

Don’t just read… Read Harder! CHALLENGE HERE!

Who doesn’t love booklists?

Read a book about sports.


Read a debut novel.
Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves (2017) REVIEW TO COME

Read a book about books.
Louise Erdrich’s Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country (2003)

Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
Julio Cortazár’s Blow-Up and Other Stories (1963)

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


Read an all-ages comic.
Noelle and Grace Ellis Stevenson’s Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy (2015)

Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
Zora Neale Hurston’s Dust Tracks on the Road (1942)

Read a travel memoir.


Read a book you’ve read before.
Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) REVIEW TO COME

Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
Suzette Mayr’s Doctor Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall (2017)

Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
Yewande Omotoso’s The Woman Next Door (2017)

More lists

Read a fantasy novel.
Naomi Novik’s Her Majesty’s Dragon (2006)

Read a nonfiction book about technology.
Leslie T. Chang’s Factory Girls (2008) NOW READING

Read a book about war.
Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Dreams in a Kind of War (2010)

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


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


Read a classic by an author of color.
Toni Cade Bambara’s Gorilla, My Love (1972)

Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga (2010-2017)

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)
Eden Robinson’s Son of a Trickster (2017)

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


Read a book published by a micropress.
(From Roxane Gay, bestselling author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, Marvel’s World of WakandaHunger and Difficult
Women)
Len Gasparini’s Death and the Maiden (2016)

Read a collection of stories by a woman.
(From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and the forthcoming Little Fires Everywhere)
Edwidge Danticat’s Krik? Krak! (1996)

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 DeadThe Language of Secrets, and the forthcoming Among the Ruins)


Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color.
(From Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of sci-fi novel Ascension)
Karen Lord’s Redemption in Indigo (2010)