I am seriously behind on my Goodreads Challenge. I blame working on my novel. But since I made the first post about Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge, I fulfilled a major dream and became a Book Riot Contributor! And yet, that gives me less time to read. Ha!

Anyway, here’s an update on my Read Harder progress.


  1. Read a book about sports. – Lord of Misrule by Jaime Gordon
  2. Read a debut novel. – Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  3. Read a book about books. – The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass (This totally counts imo!)
  4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author. – I have several on my TBR.
  5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
  6. Read an all-ages comic.
  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
  8. Read a travel memoir.
  9. Read a book you’ve read before. – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location. – UGH this one is hard. Their Eyes Were Watching God would count. So would Paper Towns. But I’ve read those, and I don’t like rereading!
  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location. – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  12. Read a fantasy novel. – Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.
  14. Read a book about war.
  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
  16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
  17. Read a classic by an author of color.
  18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
  19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey
  20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel – I need a rec for this, please!
  21. Read a book published by a micropress. – This weird thing.
  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman.
  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.
  24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. – The Sellout by Paul Beatty


So I may need some recommendations… I have ideas for about half of them.

7 Responses

  1. For an LGBTQ+ romance novel, I would recommend Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan! It’s very LGBTQ+ friendly and super interesting!

  2. 4. Dostoevsky’s Last Night – Cristina Peri Rossi
    7. The Sun Also Rises – Hemingway
    14. The War – Marguerite Duras
    16. Howl and Other Poems – Allen Ginsberg
    18. Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Harley Quinn

  3. Another LQBTQ+ romance to check out is The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters.

    I like this “Read Harder” challenge. I’m working on a “book bucket list,” but so many on the list end of being classics by white men. A list like this adds some much-needed diversity to my reading list.

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