2018 read harder challenge

This challenge was originally hosted by Book Riot. They set 24 tasks to help you explore topics and genres you wouldn’t usually try. One of my *unofficial* bookish resolutions was to diversify my reading, so this was a perfect fit.

A book published posthumously
A book of true crime
A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci-fi/fantasy, romance)
A comic written and illustrated by the same person
A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
A book about nature
A western
A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
A romance novel by or about a person of color
A children’s classic published before 1980
A celebrity memoir
An Oprah Book Club selection
A book of social science
A one-sitting book
The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle-grade series
A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
A book of fiction in translation
A book with a cover you hate
A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
An essay anthology
A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

I’m not going to list all of my choices here because that would be long and tedious. So I’ve just picked a small selection that I am really excited to get to this year.

A book about nature


I read the synopsis of this affectionate record and fell in love.

Cows are as varied as people. They can be highly intelligent or slow to understand, vain, considerate, proud, shy or inventive.

Although much of a cow’s day is spent eating, they always find time for extra-curricular activities such as babysitting, playing hide and seek, blackberry-picking or fighting a tree.

How can you not want to read that?!

A book of fiction in translation


This is often described as a mysterious text, and a text that becomes ‘a brilliant psychogeography of grief, moving as it does between place, history, and memory’. Yes, please.

An essay anthology


Although this screams ‘university course required reading’, I’ve decided to pick a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while.

This anthology of essays takes time to explore the uniqueness of reading, and how books are completely necessary and truly timeless. I’m very excited to get stuck into this one.

That’s it for today folks. I’m going to create a shelf on Goodreads to house all of my picks for this challenge so if you were interested in seeing what else I’ve picked go and have a little browse. 

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