Book Riot’s 2024 Read Harder Challenge
Last year was my first year doing reading challenges, and it was a huge success for me. I didn’t complete every single prompt, but they helped me read a lot more backlist titles than I would have gotten to on my own. I’m committing to the Read Harder Challenge again this year.
So far, I’ve completed 5 out of 24 prompts.
12. Read a genre book by a disabled author.
Conditions of a Heart by Bethany Mangle
My thoughts: I wasn’t familiar with Ehlers Danlos syndrome, but this book communicated Brynn’s experience, showing what it might be like for someone with this disability. I loved how she grew throughout the book and how her relationships with her friends and family members changed as she updated how she thought of herself and her life.
Published February 20, 2024 | Review to Come
13. Read a comic that’s been banned.
Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
My thoughts: I’ve seen this graphic memoir on book ban lists a lot in the last few years, so I wanted to check it out. I think the author writes with so much courage and desperately needed frankness. These are topics that a lot of people have questions about and aren’t sure how to get answers. I really appreciated having a roadmap through someone’s personal experience that can help orient me as an ally to what those experiences might be like.
Published May 28, 2019 | Review to Come
15. Read a YA nonfiction book.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: a Remix of Stamped From the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
My thoughts: I listened to this one as an audiobook, read by Jason Reynolds. It felt like having someone sit with you over coffee and explain the history of racism and how it has impacted American life and politics. It made me realize how little I’ve read of important Black writers like bell hooks and how little I know about the lives of people like Malcolm X and Angela Davis. Something I’d like to change.
Published March 10, 2020 | Review to Come
23. Read a “howdunit” or “whydunit” mystery.
The Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher
My thoughts: I’m not 100% sure I understand the prompt, but there was some “whydunit” energy in this novel. This is such a fun middle grade fantasy story. I think fans of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON will enjoy the quirky voice of the narrator and the playfulness of the tale. This is the first book I’ve read by T. Kingfisher, and it’s an absolute win for me.
Published July 21, 2020 | Review to Come
24. Pick a past challenge to repeat: read a completed webcomic.
2024 Read Harder Challenge Prompts
- Read a cozy fantasy book.
- Read a YA book by a trans author.
- Read a middle grade horror novel.
- Read a history book by a BIPOC author.
- Read a sci-fi novella.
- Read a middle grade book with a queer main character.
- Read an indie collection of poetry with a BIPOC/queer author.
- Read a book translated from a country you’ve never visited.
- Read a book recommended by a librarian.
- Read a historical novel by an indigenous author.
- Read a picture book published in the last five years.
- Read a genre book by a disabled author.
- Read a comic that has been banned.
- Read a book by an author with an upcoming event (IRL or virtual) and then attend the event.
- Read a YA nonfiction book.
- Read a book based solely on the title.
- Read a book about media literacy.
- Read a book about drag or queer artistry.
- Read a romance with neurodivergent characters.
- Read a book about books (fiction or nonfiction).
- Read a book that went under the radar in 2023.
- Read a manga or manhwa.
- Read a “howdunit” or “whydunit” mystery.
- Pick a past challenge to repeat: read a completed webcomic.