Read Harder Challenge 2018

Here are the 24 prompts from the Read Harder Challenge (RH) created by Rachel Manwill, inspiring readers to be mindful about what they read.

Here are the books I plan to read for each prompt.

When a book has been read, I will mark as Read on the list below and link to the review if I have one. The cover will be made gray on the visual below 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: 24 / 24

Books I want to read for each of the prompts:

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Books I HAVE READ (in gray):

Books I read for Read Harder 2018


  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) | READ

  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): Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien | READ

  6.  A book about nature: Storyland by Catherine McKinnon (RW) | READ

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

  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: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys | READ

  10.  A romance novel by or about a person of color: Take the Lead by Alexis Daria | READ

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

  12.  A celebrity memoir: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day | READ

  13.  An Oprah Book Club selection: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones | READ

  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 | READ

  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) | READ

  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: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey | READ

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

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

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

Book Riot Read Harder 2018 Challenge