Read Harder Challenge 2017: ACCOMPLISHED!

The site Book Riot is fabulous. Whether you’re a reader of serious literature or pop literature or someone who dabbles in both as pretty much all of us are, the site is nearly always a superb resource on titles new and old.

For the past few years, Book Riot has offered up a Read Harder challenge. I decided to fold this challenge into my annual Goodreads goal of 365 books read in a year. Between my freelance book reviewing and personal reading, this has been a very productive year.

I’m glad to say, I’ve completed the challenge. For every task, I read a unique book so there’s no double-dipping. A mixture of print and digital titles made this easier as did getting ARCs to review, freelance gigs, winning Goodreads giveaways, and finally making use of my NetGalley account.



Read a book about sports.

The Football Manager’s Guide to Football Management by Iain Macintosh


Read a debut novel.

The Exo Project by Andrew DeYoung

One of the best Sci-Fi and Young Adult novels published in 2017.


Read a book about books.

Book Production Guide by Anna Faktorovich


Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.

Matria by Alexandra Regalado


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

How to Be a Muslim by Haroon Moghul


Read an all-ages comic.

Star Wars, Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes by Jason Aaron, John Cassaday, Laura Martin


Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.

The Lost Continent by Edgar Rice Burroughs


Read a travel memoir.

Leaving Whittier: Bicycling Across America in the Summer of Nixon’s Discontent by Ronald Colman, David Colman


Read a book you’ve read before.

Life Supports: New and Collected Poems by William Bronk


Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.

Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky by David Connerly Nahm


Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.

Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game by Karl Ove Knausgård, Fredrik Ekelund


Read a fantasy novel.

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

Not just one of the best, most original Sci-Fi novels published this year, but also a superb literary achievement.


Read a nonfiction book about technology.

Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal 


Read a book about war.

God’s Wolf: The Life of the Most Notorious of All Crusaders: Reynald de Chatillon by Jeffrey Lee


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

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

A stunning novella rivaling anything Neil Gaiman has ever written.


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

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie



Read a classic by an author of color.

Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis


Read a superhero comic with a female lead.

Pretty Deadly, Vol. 2: The Bear by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Ríos


Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

This was, hands down, the best novel of 2017. It is a profoundly good work of literary fiction.


Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel

Pantomime by Laura Lam


Read a book published by a micropress.

Nevertheless, #ShePersisted by Barbara Jane Reyes (Editor)


Read a collection of stories by a woman.

Middle-Aged Boys & Girls by Diane Bracuk


Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.

Mural by Mahmoud Darwish


Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color.

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo 


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