Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2015: Update III

Just about halfway through the year, a little more than halfway through the challenge. I'm really starting to see where my weaknesses are as a reader (who wants to challenge herself and diversify). I've completed all of the tasks that come easily, with no planning to suit the challenge, so the remaining categories are all things I wouldn't read without forethought. It is certainly giving me insight into my typical reading patterns.


2015 Challenge:


A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25


A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65


A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link


A book published by an indie press

Jane Austen: Cover to Cover by Margaret C. Sullivan (published by Quirk Books)


A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh


A book by a person whose gender is different from your own

A Few Words of Jane Austen by Stuart Tave


A book that takes place in Asia


A book by an author from Africa


A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)


A microhistory

The Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles


A YA novel

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block


A sci-fi novel

The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin


A romance novel


A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade


A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)

Uprooted by Naomi Novik (it doesn't retell a specific story, but is heavily influenced by Eastern European folklore, specifically Baba Jaga)


An audiobook

Doctor Who: A History by Alan Kistler


A collection of poetry


A book that someone else has recommended to you

Salsa Nocturna by Daniel Jose Older


A book that was originally published in another language


A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind

Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples


A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)

Adventure Time Volume 1 by Ryan North, Mike Holmes, Pendleton Ward, et al


A book published before 1850


A book published this year

Spinster by Kate Bolick


A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)

Tiny, Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed


(Original challenge post on Book Riot: