Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

2019 Reading Goals

I mentioned this during my 2019 goals post, but this year I’m deciding to use the Book Riot Read Harder challenge as a sort of springboard for ideas on diverse reading and books outside of my comfort zone. I did a lot of reading in 2018, way more than I have in a single year in years, but a lot of it was comfortable stuff, things I knew I’d like or genres I was familiar with. With 2019, I want to branch out and incorporate more fiction and nonfiction that includes different topics, or comes from different places, and this challenge is one way to help me do that.

Here’s the pitch from the Book Riot site:

Book Riot’s annual challenge gets bigger every year with more and more of you discovering this reading adventure. Once again, Read Harder has 24 tasks designed to help you break out of your reading bubble and expand your worldview through books. With new genres, new authors, and new points of view, the challenge will (hopefully) help you discover amazing books you wouldn’t have otherwise picked up.

Here’s the list, copied from their site for tracking purposes here:

1. An epistolary novel or collection of letters
2. An alternate history novel
3. A book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018
4. A humor book
5. A book by a journalist or about journalism
6. A book by an AOC set in or about space
7. An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America
8. An #ownvoices book set in Oceania
9. A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads
10. A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman
11. A book of manga
12. A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character
13. A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse
14. A cozy mystery
15. A book of mythology or folklore
16. An historical romance by an AOC
17. A business book
18. A novel by a trans or nonbinary author
19. A book of nonviolent true crime
20. A book written in prison
21. A comic by an LGBTQIA creator
22. A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009
23. A self-published book
24. A collection of poetry published since 2014

I’ll be updating this post with books I read for each category as I read them, and linking back to this post in those reviews. Until then, have a look at the challenge and let me know if you’ll be participating, too!

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