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Reading Challenges: Read Harder Challenge 2023

Reading Challenges

From the Read Harder Challenge creators, BookRiot

The 2023 challenge once again consists of 24 tasks (an average of two per month) that invite readers to explore settings, characters, formats, genres, and perspectives that might be outside of their reading norms. How you approach Read Harder is up to you: you might choose to read one book per task, or feed a few birds with one scone and count one book for multiple tasks. The point of the challenge isn’t to do the thing one specific way, but rather to to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. We hope you’ll hold yourself accountable, share your insights, and discover some fantastic reads you might not have otherwise chosen for yourself. And remember: have fun with it! No one from Book Riot is going to show up at your door and check your work, promise.

But wait! There’s more! Looking for recommendations? Sign up for the Read Harder newsletter. 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 novel about a trans character written by a trans author

Listen to an audiobook performed by a person of color of a book written by an author of color

Read an author local to you

Read a YA book by an Indigenous author

Read one of the most-challenged/banned books of the year by a queer and/or BIPOC author

Read a book about activism

Read a nonfiction book about BIPOC and/or queer history

Read a memoir written by someone who is trans or nonbinary

Read a book you know nothing about based solely on the cover

Read a historical fiction book set in an Eastern Country

Read any book from the Ignyte Awards shortlist/longlist/winner list

Read a completed webcomic

Read a cookbook cover to cover

Read a social horror, mystery, or thriller novel

Read a romance with bisexual representation