2019 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

2019 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

Reading List

Here is my reading list for the 2019 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. I’ll be linking reviews for each book as I read them. I look forward to seeing how many I read this year.

2019 Book Riot Read Harder Reading List

The Book Riot Read Harder List

  1. An epistolary novel or collection of letters – The Martian by Andy Weir OR The Habit of Being: The Letters of Flannery O’Connor OR The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows OR Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
  2. An alternate history novel – Age of Aztec by James Lovegrove OR Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale OR The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  3. A book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018 – The Art of Death by Edwidge Danicat or Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
  4. A humor book – The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish OR Forever, Erma by Erma Bombeck
  5. A book by a journalist or about journalism – Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young
  6. A book by an AOC set in or about space – Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space by Margot Lee Shetterly OR Binti by Nnedi Okorafor OR Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee OR The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu
  7. An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America – Blood of the Dawn by Claudia Salazar Jiménez, trans. by Elizabeth Bryer OR Leaving Tabasco by Carmen Boullosa
  8. An #ownvoices book set in Oceania – The Bone People by Keri Hulme OR The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera 
  9. A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads – The Diamond: A Novel by Julie Baumgold
  10. A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman – The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
  11. A book of manga – A Bride’s Story by Kaoru Mori OR The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki
  12. A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character – The 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith OR The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  13. A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse – The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  14. A cozy mystery – What Child is This?: An Ellie Kent Mystery by Alice K. Boatwright OR Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett
  15. A book of mythology or folklore – Circe by Madeline Miller OR The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
  16. A historical romance by an AOC – In The Midst of Winter by Isabella Allende OR The Beautiful Ones by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia
  17. A business book: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  18. A novel by a trans or nonbinary author – The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang
  19. A book of nonviolent true crime – Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury OR Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History by Ben Mezrich OR The Library Book by Susan Orlen
  20. A book written in prison – De Profundis, The Ballad of Reading Gaol & Other Writings by Oscar Wilde OR Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  21. A comic by an LGBTQIA creator – Strong Female Protagonist by Molly Ostertag OR Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxanne Gay OR Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  22. A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009 – Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, Vol 1 edited by Arigon Starr
  23. A self-published book – The Martian by Andy Weir
  24. A collection of poetry published since 2014 – Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith
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