8 Books on My Read Harder Winter Reading List

December 13, 2016

So, in my last post, I pledged that I was going to push myself to finish the 2016 Book Riot Read Harder challenge. Like the big nerd I am, I sat down with the checklist and went through each category to see where I still needed to fill in the blanks. (I had to give myself some leeway on this. My original plan was to do all books by or about POC for the challenge, but since I’m in a time crunch, I have to admit that some of the books I read do not fit that bill but do fit the challenge. Maybe next year on that.)

Anyway, I have seven (okay, eight–one is “read a book aloud to someone” and that requires my daughter’s cooperation) slots left to fill, so here are the books I’m planning to read to fill them.

1. Read a horror book: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

2. Read a nonfiction book about science: Dignifying Science: Stories about Women Scientists by Jim Ottaviani

3. Read a collection of essays: I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi (via audiobook)

4. Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender: I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings

5. Read a book that is set in the Middle East: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

6. Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew

7. Read a book about politics in your country or another: The Arrival by Shaun Tan

8. Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel: Either Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 1 by Kiiru Yumi or Lazarus, Vol. 1: Family by Greg Rucka

I think you will notice what all of these books (save the Flynn and Ajayi) have in common. Ahem. Like I said in that other post, I have a little over two weeks to get this done, and I refuse to let this challenge beat me. I REFUSE.

A Month of Faves 2016



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  1. Jenny @ Reading the End

    Wonderful books! And if you don’t manage to finish before the end of 2016 (cause this is a lot of books and December is a hectic month), you will still be a blogging and reading rock star with many wonderful books ahead of you. <3

  2. Sharlene

    I’m so excited that you’re doing this, and especially with Sonny Liew’s book! You can do it!

  3. Zezee

    Good luck on that. I gave up on my challenge. I was doing it the wrong way which was reading whatever I want and then looking for a category the book would fit afterward.
    By the way, The Arrival is great. Loved the story and the art. And Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant was fun.

    • Akilah

      Reading whatever I want did work out really well for me for some of the categories. Too bad about the rest, though, sigh. I am still annoyed that I matched all the categories from this year during my reading last year. I was just ahead of my time, I guess.

      Glad to know that about the books. I started Delilah Dirk today, and it is fun so far.



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