Book Riot 2016 Read Harder Challenge

Though I didn’t do so well with the 2015 challenge, I decided to participate in the 2016 challenge anyway because I want to. If I do better this time, I’m sure to pick up a book that is outside my comfort zone. For Book Riot’s announcement of the challenge and to print a downloadable list, click here.

Book Riot is offering a 30% discount for its store to those who send in a completed list, with qualifying titles for each task filled in, by December 31. It’s okay to use the same book for multiple tasks.

The tasks:

Read a horror book

Book read: ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

A horror novel about a town in Maine that’s set upon by an ancient evil.

Read a nonfiction book about science

Book read: Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future by Lauren Redniss

An illustrated nonfiction book about the weather.

Read a collection of essays

Book read: When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History’s Unknown Chapters by Giles Milton

A nonfiction book about unknown, or unpopular, historical facts.

Read a book out loud to someone else

Book read: Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

The first in an epic fantasy series about a family of sea merchants. I read aloud to myself for part of it.

Read a middle grade novel

Book read: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale

A fantasy novel about a boy who discovers he’s a famous wizard.

Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography)

Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel

Book read: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

A literary post-apocalyptic novel that hops between the present and the future. The story is about how people readjust after the majority of humanity is wiped out by a flu.

Read a book originally published in the decade you were born

Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award

Book listened to: You by Caroline Kepnes (I don’t know if it won the Audie. If it didn’t, it should have.)

A thriller about a guy stalking a girl.

Read a book over 500 pages long

Book read: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (652 pages)

A reread of book six in the popular young-adult, fantasy series about a boy chosen to save his magical world.

Read a book under 100 pages

Book read: The Sound of All Things by Myron Uhlberg, illus. by Ted Papoulas

An illustrated children’s book about a boy describing the sound of things to his deaf father. It’s about 36-pages long.

Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender

Read a book that is set in the Middle East

Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia

Book read: Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

A paranormal novel about a family of witches who must deal with the repercussions of using their magic.

Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900

Read the first book in a series by a person of color

Book read: Monstress, Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda

A fantasy comic about a girl with a mysterious power.

Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years

Comic read: Monstress, #1 by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda

A fantasy comic about a girl with a mysterious power.

Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better.

Book read: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

I like the movies better.

Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes

Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction)

Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction)

Read a food memoir

Read a play

Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness