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:
- Read blog posts by our resident Ravenous Readers, usually covering two challenge topics at a time over the course of a year
- Check out lists created by library staff featuring potential reading ideas under each topic
- Keep track of your own Read Harder efforts by tagging your completed books "read harder 2019" or maintain your own list
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
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
An #ownvoices book set in Oceania
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
A book of manga
A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character
A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse
A cozy mystery
A book of mythology or folklore
An historical romance by an AOC
A business book
A novel by a trans or nonbinary author
A book of nonviolent true crime
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
A self-published book
A collection of poetry published since 2014
So what are you going to read this year?