Read Harder 2019: Keeping it Going

It's a new year, which means a new Read Harder challenge!

If you're unfamiliar, Read Harder is an initiative created by Book Riot, a website dedicated to all things bookish. Every year, they produce a list of 24 reading tasks. Each task features one (or more) books based on a certain theme or author identity. We've been joining in on the fun for a few years now, and we don't see any reason to stop. You can follow along by doing any of the following:

Here's the complete list of tasks, with a potential book to try (look at our lists for more options). What are you going to read for each of them? 

An epistolary novel or collection of letters

Might be a good time to finally read Dangerous Liaisons

An alternate history novel


A book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018


A humor book

Everything's Trash, but It's Okay

A book by a journalist or about journalism


A book by an AOC set in or about space


An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America

Certain Dark Things

An #ownvoices book set in Oceania

Whale Rider

A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads

This is cutting it close, but as of January 9,Drum Roll, Please only had 96!

A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman

The Odyssey

A book of manga

Ouran High School Host Club

A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character

The Wonder That Was Ours

A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse

The Kiss Quotient

A cozy mystery

Murder With Fried Chicken and Waffles

A book of mythology or folklore

Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky

An historical romance by an AOC


A business book

Creativity, Inc

A novel by a trans or nonbinary author

An Unkindness of Ghosts

A book of nonviolent true crime

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

A book written in prison


A comic by an LGBTQIA creator


A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009

One Crazy Summer

A self-published book

Trade Me

A collection of poetry published since 2014

Don't Call Us Dead

So what are you going to read this year?