Hurrah! The Read Harder 2018 challenge from Book Riot is here! I absolutely love this challenge, I think the categories are always so innovative and it really does encourage you to expand your reading tastes. I’ve previously shocked myself by finding brilliant novels that were food memoirs, translated poetry and micropress publications, none of which I would have considered reading otherwise.
2018 will be the third time I’ve attempted the challenge and even though I’m still finishing off the 2017 challenge (half a book left) I’m currently sifting through my HUGE TBR to identify books that fit within the categories. I’ll fill the rest as I go, either with netgalley requests or just books that I’ve acquired along the way.
So without further ado, here’s the list:
1. A book published posthumously
2. A book of true crime
3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person
5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
6. A book about nature
7. A western
8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
10. A romance novel by or about a person of color
11. A children’s classic published before 1980
12. A celebrity memoir
13. An Oprah Book Club selection
14. A book of social science
15. A one-sitting book
16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
19. A book of genre fiction in translation
20. A book with a cover you hate
21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
22. An essay anthology
23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)
Oooh! I have thoughts about quite a lot of these categories, the only one that’s giving me any concern is about an assigned book that I hated – I think the last time I was assigned to read a book it would be a textbook for my degree – I’m definitely not reading Principals of Modern Accountancy!
Is anyone else doing #read harder next year? Does anyone have any recommendations for any of the categories? Let me know in the comments!