Reading Challenges

Read Harder Challenge 2019

  1. An epistolary novel or collection of letters Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson
  2. An alternate history novel American Hippo by Sarah Gailey
  3. A book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018 The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  4. A humor book Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
  5. A book by a journalist or about journalism Taking on the Trust by Steve Weinberg
  6. A book by an AOC set in or about space Toxic by Lydia Kang
  7. An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
  8. An #ownvoices book set in Oceania The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
  9. A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads Guidebook to Relative Strangers by Camille Dungy
  10. A tr­­­anslated book written by and/or translated by a woman An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten
  11. A book of manga Millennium Snow, Vol. 1 by Bisco Hatori
  12. A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann
  13. A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman
  14. A cozy mystery The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  15. A book of mythology or folklore Celtic Tales collected and illustrated by Kate Forrester
  16. An historical romance by an AOC An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
  17. A business book Console Wars by Blake Harris
  18. A novel by a trans or nonbinary author All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  19. A book of nonviolent true crime The Feather Thief by Kirk Johnson
  20. A book written in prison Astragal by Albertine Sarrazin
  21. A comic by an LGBTQIA creator Spell on Wheels by Kate Leth
  22. A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009 Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  23. A self-published book
  24. A collection of poetry published since 2014 When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen

Professional Book Nerds Challenge 2019

  1. Book set on a continent other than your own The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  2. Book written by two or more authors Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar
  3. Book with a cover you hate The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
  4. Listen to an audiobook Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  5. Retelling of a classic book, fairy tale, or play The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
  6. Classic book you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t yet This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. Children’s book you’ve never read A Little Princess by Frances Hodges Burnett
  8. Book by an author of a different race, ethnicity, or religion than your own Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington
  9. Book whose movie or television adaptation comes out in 2019 Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  10. Book that has appeared on ALA’s Frequently Challenged Book List Saga, Vol.1 by Brian K. Vaugh and Fiona Staples
  11. Book published the year you were born Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  12. Audiobook of a memoir or autobiography read by the author Creative Quest by Ahmir Questlove Thompson

Read Harder Challenge 2018

  1. A book published posthumously The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
  2. A book of true crime Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance) The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  4. A comic written and drawn by the same person Relish by Lucy Knisley
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa) The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
  6. A book about nature The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
  7. A western The Iron Marshall by Louis L’Amour
  8. A comic written or drawn by a person of color Monstress, Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980 The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  12. A celebrity memoir Let’s Just Say it Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  14. A book of social science Originals by Adam Grant
  15. A one-sitting book Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne Valente
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author Warcross by Marie Lu
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image Valerian and Laureline, Vol. 1 by Pierre Christin
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
  20. A book with a cover you hate Bossypants by Tina Fey
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
  22. An essay anthology Scratch Edited by Manjula Martin
  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 Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne