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Reading Challenges: Read Harder Challenge 2022

Reading Challenges

From the Read Harder Challenge creators, BookRiot

Just as in years past, the 24 tasks (an average of two per month) will encourage you to explore settings, characters, formats, genres, and perspectives you might not otherwise have tried. You may read one book per task, or do some multi-tasking by counting one book for multiple tasks. It’s all fine! The point of the challenge is to push yourself to expand your horizons and break out of your comfortable reading bubble. Hold yourself accountable, share your insights, and of course: enjoy the discovery of some rad reads!

But wait! There’s more! If you want to join a community of fellow challenge participants, share your challenge progress, and get even more suggestions for tasks, check out the Read Harder Challenge Goodreads group. It’s a great place to hang out, discuss the challenge, and exchange recs and reviews for titles that fit the tasks. You can also use the #ReadHarder hashtag all over social media and join in on the discussion there.


Read a biography of an author you admire

Read a book set in a bookstore

Read an anthology featuring diverse voices

Read a book with an asexual and/or aromantic main character

Read a new-to-you literary magazine (print or digital)

Check out our student arts magazine, SandScript!

You can also check out our art and literary magazine for PCC faculty and staff, Cababi!

Read a history about a period you know little about

Read any book from the Women’s Prize shortlist/longlist/winner list

Read a book whose movie or TV adaptation you’ve seen (but haven’t read the book)

Read a political thriller by a marginalized author (BIPOC, or LGBTQIA+)

Read a memoir written by someone who is trans or nonbinary

Read a horror novel by a BIPOC author

Read a book by a disabled author

Read an adventure story by a BIPOC author

Read a queer retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, folklore, or myth

Read an award-winning book from the year you were born

Read a book in any genre by a POC that’s about joy and not trauma

Read a classic written by a POC

Read a romance where at least one of the protagonists is over 40

Read a nonfiction YA comic

Read an entire poetry collection.

Read a “Best _ Writing of the year” book for a topic and year of your choice