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ReadHarder Challenge 2018 – Review!

I succeeded!!!

Just. I finished the last book on New Year’s Eve. Phew!

ReadHarder challenge is created every year by BookRiot to widen our minds and ensnare our senses 😉 I did a plan for the challenge earlier this year.

As always, it contains 24 tasks where one book can cover one or more tasks. I challenged myself to try and not combine challenges in any book and to keep them separate.

Below is a summary of the task and my completed reading.

Links in the book title will lead you to their GoodReads page.


ReadHarder 2018

1. A book published posthumously

Northanger Abby by Jane Austen

As planned – 4⭐️


2. A book of true crime

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – full review here

As planned – 5⭐️


3. A classic of genre fiction (I.e. mystery, sci-fi/fantasy, romance)

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

As planned – 4⭐️


4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

As planned – 4⭐️


5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden (South Africa)

Unplanned – 4⭐️


6. A book about nature

Beastly Brain by Nancy F Castaldo

As planned – 3⭐️


7. A western

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

As planned – 4⭐️


8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of colour

Monsteress by Marjorie Liu

As planned – 4⭐️


9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

As planned – 4⭐️


10. A romance novel by or about a person of colour

When Dimple Meet Rishi by Sandhya Menon

As planned – 4.5⭐️


11. A children’s classic published before 1980

Dr Doolittle by Hugh Lofting

As planned – 4⭐️


12. A celebrity memoir

An Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane

As planned – 5⭐️


So, Anyway by John Cleese

Unplanned – 4⭐️


You Can’t Make This Up; Life Lesson by Kevin Hart

Unplanned – 4⭐️


13. An Oprah Book Club selection

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

As planned – 4⭐️


14. A book of social science

Fight Like A Girl by Clementine Ford

Unplanned – 5⭐️


15. A one-sitting book

A Quick and Easy Guide to They Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson

Unplanned – 5 ⭐️

a quick guide to they:them pronouns

16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle-grade series

There was a lot! this is just a selection of first in a series books I read this year

17. A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Unplanned – 4⭐️


18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC or Image

Lighter Than My Shadows by Katie Green

Unplanned – 4⭐️


19. A book of genre fiction in translation

The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

As planned – 4⭐️


20. A book with a cover you hate

The Night Fogs by Frances Hay

Unplanned – 4⭐️


Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan

Unplanned – 4⭐️


21. A mystery by a person of colour or LGBTQ+ author

Inspector Singh Investigates: A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree by Shamini Flint – Full review here.

As planned – 4⭐️


22. An essay anthology

Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed: 16 writers on their decision not to have children. Edited by Meghan Daum.

As planned – 3.5⭐️


23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60

The Body In The Library by Agatha Christie

As planned – 4⭐️


Etta, Otto, Russel and James by Emma Hooper

Unplanned – 3⭐️


24. An assigned book you hated or never finished

Hunger by Knut Hamsun

As planned – 3.5⭐️


Did you do the Read Harder Challenge this year? How did you do?


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