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Reading Challenges: Read Harder Challenge 2021

Reading Challenges


Read Harder Challenge 2021

From the Read Harder Challenge creators, BookRiot

Just as in years past, there are 24 tasks, averaging two per month over the course of the next 12 months. You may count one book for multiple tasks or read one book per task. The point of the challenge is to push yourself to expand your horizons and break out of set reading habits; the hope is that you’ll discover voices, settings, characters, formats, and more you may not have encountered without that nudge. Be accountable to yourself, share what you learned along the way, and enjoy the experience!

If you want to join a community of fellow challenge-goers, share your challenge progress, and get suggestions for tasks, check out the Read Harder Challenge Goodreads group. It’s a great place to hang out and discover books to fit your tasks and discuss the challenge. You can also use the #ReadHarder hashtag all over social media and join Book Riot Insiders for access to an exclusive Read Harder podcast where the hosts will offer suggestions and discuss a new task each episode.


Read a book you’ve been intimidated to read

Read an LGBTQ+ history book

Read a fat-positive romance

Read an SFF anthology edited by a person of color

Read a memoir by a Latinx author

Read a book by/about a non-Western world leader

Read a book that demystifies a common mental illness

Read a nonfiction book about anti-racism

Read a genre novel by an Indigenous, First Nations, or Native American author

Read a romance by a trans or nonbinary author

Read a food memoir by an author of color

Read a book with a cover you don’t like

Read an own voices book about disability

Read a historical fiction with a POC or LGBTQ+ protagonist

Read a book set in the Midwest

Read a book featuring a beloved pet where the pet doesn’t die

Read a non-European novel in translation

Read a middle grade mystery

Read a work of investigative nonfiction by an author of color

Read a realistic YA book not set in the U.S., UK, or Canada

Read a book of nature poems

Read an own voices YA book with a Black main character that isn’t about Black pain