2021 Read Harder Challenge

Book Riot's 2021 Read Harder Challenge

16/24 prompts completed 
 111 books read 
as of October 17

One book can be counted for multiple prompts!

1. Read a book you've been intimidated to read
*The Adolescence of Zhenya Luvers by Boris Pasternak 
I had no idea what to expect and assumed the poetic use of language might make it a difficult read.
January 16 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*The Secret History by Donna Tartt
I feared I would not enjoy it much!
April 2 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
The title initially sounded rather ominous to me.
April 19 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
I just had no idea what to expect...
May 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
May 23 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruisie
May 27 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross #1) by James Patterson
Uncertain just how grisly it might be...
June 13 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross #2) by James Patterson
Uncertain how grisly it might be, and it was a bit too much so for me...
July 24 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Force of Nature (Aaron Falk #2) by Jane Harper
I wasn't sure this mightn't be too scary for me...
August 9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas
August 14 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Fat Like the Sun by Anna Swir, translated by Frazyna Baran & Margaret Marshment
August 22 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Jack & Jill (Alex Cross #3) by James Patterson
I felt brave tackling the third installment after the second one!
September 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Love Story (Love Story #1) by Erich Segal
I wasn't sure this would hold up for me 50 years later!
September 11 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I didn't think I would find this to be super enjoyable...
September 13 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*City of Silver by Annamaria Alfieri
Just wasn't sure what to expect!
October 17 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
Simply because it is quite long and I'm sure it is jam-packed with valuable information, so will not be a "fast read" for me! 

2. Read a nonfiction book about anti-racism
August 12 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

3. Read a non-European novel in translation
*Inspector Imanishi Investigates by Seicho Matsumoto
Movie Adaptation = Castle of Sand (Criterion Channel)
*Dean Man's Share by Yasmina Khadra
The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past #1) by Cixin Liu, translator Ken Liu

4. Read an LGBTQ+ history book
*We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation by Leighton Brown and Matthew L. Riemer

5. Read a genre novel by an Indigenous, First Nations, or Native American author
*Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
May 23 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
August 22 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat
October 9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich
*Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
Winter Counts by David Heska and Wanbli Weiden
Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog and Richard Erdoes
Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson
Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction by Joshua Whitehead (editor)

6. Read a fanfic
*Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

7. Read a fat-positive romance
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
Love Is a Revolution by Renee Watson

8. Read a romance by a trans or nonbinary author
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callendar

9. Read a middle grade mystery
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (Theodore Boone #1) by John Grisham
March 25 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Ali Cross (Ali Cross #1) by James Patterson
*Down the Rabbit Hole (Echo Falls #1) by Peter Abrahams

10. Read an SFF anthology edited by a person of color
*A Universe of Wishes edited by Dhonielle Clayton
August 18 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora by Sheree Thomas (editor)

11. Read a food memoir by an author of color
September 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen
*Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson
Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home by Marcus Samuelsson
The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook by Marcus Samuelsson
The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa by Marcus Samuelsson, Heidi Sacko Walters, Desmond Tutu (foreword)
New American Table by Marcus Samuelsson
Notes from A Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi
The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael Twitty

12. Read a work of investigative nonfiction by an author of color
August 12 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

13. Read a book with a cover you don’t like
*The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
January 18 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*The Islander by Cynthia Rylant
March 29 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Death of a Gossip (Hamish Macbeth #1) by M.C. Beaton
April 6 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall
I hate the heads cut off!
April 10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
April 18 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers
May 16 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Fat Like the Sun by Anna Swir, translated by Frazyna Baran & Margaret Marshment
August 22 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Xenocide (Ender's Saga #3) by Orson Scott Card
August 29 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Cat & Mouse by James Patterson
October 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*City of Silver by Annamaria Alfieri
October 17 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

14. Read a realistic YA book not set in the U.S., UK, or Canada
*Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
Pakistan
May 30 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

15. Read a memoir by a Latinx author
*Ordinary Girls by Jacquira Diaz

16. Read an own voices book about disability (or an unrecognized extraordinary ability!)
*Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin
September 7 

17. Read an own voices YA book with a Black main character that isn’t about Black pain
February 21 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*P.S. Be Eleven (Gaither Sisters #2) by Rita Williams-Garcia
September 19 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Tristan String Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
Love Is a Revolution by Renee Watson
Daughters of Nri (The Return of the Earth Mother #1) by Reni K. Amayo
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite

18. Read a book by/about a non-Western world leader
*Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

19. Read a historical fiction book with a POC or LGBTQ+ protagonist
*Inside out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
May 9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
July 17 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
August 22 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*P.S. Be Eleven (Gaither Sisters #2) by Rita Williams-Garcia
September 19 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat
October 9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Life Mask by Emma Donoghue
*The Huntress by Kate Quinn
*Things Fall Apart (African Trilogy #1) by Chinua Achebe

20. Read a book of nature poems
*Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary by Harryette Mullen
Nature Poem by Tommy Pico
Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry by Camille Dungy (editor)
Sharks in the Rivers by Ada Limon

21. Read a children’s book centered on a disabled character but not their disability
*Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
July 3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

22. Read a book set in the Midwestern U.S.
*All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
January 11 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
February 21 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
March 7 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Memories of Summer by Ruth White
March 30 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
*We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson

23. Read a book that demystifies a common mental illness
*Memories of Summer by Ruth White
March 30 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
April 27 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
May 26 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*The Bookshop at Water's End by Patti Callahan Henry
Anxiety
May 30 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker 

24. Read a book featuring a beloved pet where the pet doesn’t die
February 17 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Beauty by Susan Wilson
March 26 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Saving Shiloh (Shiloh #3) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
March 28 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*A Shiloh Christmas (Shiloh #4) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
March 29 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*The Islander by Cynthia Rylant
March 29 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Death of a Gossip (Hamish Macbeth #1) by M.C. Beaton
April 6 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Yoko Tanaka
April 7 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall
Wendell's lamb
April 10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
April 25 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
May 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
May 26 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruisie
May 27 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*The Black Stallion (Black Stallion #1) by Walter Farley
May 29 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
May 30 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
Nabil's adopted stray cat.
May 30 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Monogamy by Sue Miller
Sam!
June 6 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Skyward (Skyward #1) by Brandon Sanderson
Doomslug
June 20 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Moonflower Murders (Susan Ryeland #2) by Anthony Horowitz
June 29 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Precious and Grace (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #17) by Alexander McCall Smith
August 7 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Jack & Jill (Alex Cross #3) by James Patterson
September 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Cat & Mouse by James Patterson
October 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Pax by Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (illlustrator)
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel (translator)

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