Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2018

Here are the 24 prompts from the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge (BR RH) and the books I plan to read for each prompt.

When a book has been read, I will mark as Read and link to the review if I have one. The cover will be made black and white to be able to tell at a glance.  

RW = Reading Women Challenge . If you see RW next to the title, the book is also being used in the Reading Women Challenge 2018. 

Wish me luck!


READ: 10 / 24


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1. A book published posthumously:

When Breath Becomes Air

By Paul Kalanithi

Read | 

 
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2. A book of true crime:

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir (RW)

By Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich 

 
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3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance):

Kindred (RW)

By Octavia E. Butler

Read | Book Review

 
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4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person:

Persepolis

Persepolis #1-4

By Marjane Satrapi

Read | 

 
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5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa):

The Bear and the Nightingale (RW)

Winternight Trilogy #1

By Katherine Arden

 
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6. A book about nature:

Lab Girl (RW)

By Hope Jahren

 
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7. A western

News of the World

By Paulette Jiles

 
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8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color:

Monstress, Vol #1: Awakening

Monstress #1

By Marjorie M. Liu, Illustrated by Sana Takeda

Read | Book Review

 
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9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature:

The Round House

By Louise Erdich 

 
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10. A romance novel by or about a person of color:

An Extraordinary Union

The Loyal League #1

By Alyssa Cole

 
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11. A children’s classic published before 1980:

A Wind in the Door

Time Quintet #2

By Madeleine L'Engle

Read | Book Review

 
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12. A celebrity memoir:

The Anti-Cool Girl

By Rosie Waterland

 
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13. An Oprah Book Club selection:

The Bluest Eye (RW)

by Toni Morrison

 
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14. A book of social science:

Another Day in the Death of America

By Gary Younge

Read | 

 
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15. A one-sitting book:

Anything is Possible

By Elizabeth Strout

Read | Book Review

 
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16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series:

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Rise of the Empress #1

By Julie C. Dao

Read | Book Review

 
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17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author:

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Wayfarers #1

By Becky Chambers

 
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18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image: 

Fun Home (RW)

By Alison Bechdel

Read | 

 
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19. A book of genre fiction in translation

Kalpa Imperial

Kalpa Imperial #1-2

By Angélica Gorodischer; Translated by Ursula K. Le Guin 

 
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20. A book with a cover you hate

The Thirteenth Tale

By Diane Setterfield

Read | Book Review

 
bluebird, bluebird

21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author.

Bluebird, Bluebird

By Attica Locke

 

22. An essay anthology:

Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture (RW)

Edited by Roxane Gay

 

23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60:

Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk

By Kathleen Rooney

 

24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished):

The Catcher in the Rye

By J.D. Salinger


PROMPTS & PICKS

In case you aren't a visual person, here the complete list of prompts and my picks from above:

  1.  A book published posthumously: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi | READ

  2.  A book of true crime: The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (RW)

  3.  A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance): Kindred by Octavia Butler (RW) | READ

  4.  A comic written and illustrated by the same person: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi | READ

  5.  A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa): The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (RW)

  6.  A book about nature: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (RW)

  7.  A western:  News of the World by Paulette Jiles

  8.  A comic written or illustrated by a person of color: Monsteress by Marjorie M. Liu, Illustrated by Sana Takeda | READ

  9.  A book of colonial or postcolonial literature: The Round House by Louise Erdich

  10.  A romance novel by or about a person of color: An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

  11.  A children’s classic published before 1980: A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle | READ

  12.  A celebrity memoir: The Anti-Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland

  13.  An Oprah Book Club selection: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (RW)

  14.  A book of social science: Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge | READ

  15.  A one-sitting book: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout (RW) | READ

  16.  The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao | READ

  17.  A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author: Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

  18.  A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (RW) | READ

  19.  A book of genre fiction in translation: Kalpa Imperial by Angelica Gorodischer (RW)

  20.  A book with a cover you hate: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield | READ

  21.  A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

  22.  An essay anthology: Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture Edited Roxane Gay

  23.  A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60: Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

  24.  An assigned book you hated (or never finished): Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger


Book Riot Read Harder 2018 Challenge