Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
The Read Harder Challenge is back, and 2021 will be its seventh year! We’re excited to embark on this annual reading journey once more, and hope you find your way to some wonderful reads through Book Riot’s challenge. Once again, Read Harder has 24 tasks designed to help you break out of your reading bubble and expand your worldview through books. With new genres, new authors, and new points of view, the challenge will (hopefully) help you discover amazing books you wouldn’t have otherwise picked up.
We’ve rounded up another great mix of fun and serious tasks that ask you to consider some topics, forms, and parts of the world you might never have experienced in literature before. All will push your reading limits, and we hope you love them.
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.
Click here for a downloadable and editable PDF of the 2021 Read Harder Challenge tasks.
We’ll be publishing recommendations for each of the tasks in the coming weeks to help you complete this year’s Read Harder (links will be added to this post as the recommendations are posted).
- Read a book you’ve been intimidated to read
- Read a nonfiction book about anti-racism
- Read a non-European novel in translation
- Read an LGBTQ+ history book
- Read a genre novel by an Indigenous, First Nations, or Native American author
- Read a fanfic
- Read a fat-positive romance
- Read a romance by a trans or nonbinary author
- Read a middle grade mystery
- Read an SFF anthology edited by a person of color
- Read a food memoir by an author of color
- Read a work of investigative nonfiction by an author of color
- Read a book with a cover you don’t like
- Read a realistic YA book not set in the U.S., UK, or Canada
- Read a memoir by a Latinx author
- Read an own voices book about disability
- Read an own voices YA book with a Black main character that isn’t about Black pain
- Read a book by/about a non-Western world leader
- Read a historical fiction with a POC or LGBTQ+ protagonist
- Read a book of nature poems
- Read a children’s book that centers a disabled character but not their disability
- Read a book set in the Midwest
- Read a book that demystifies a common mental illness
- Read a book featuring a beloved pet where the pet doesn’t die
Finished your 2020 Challenge? Don’t forget to take a picture of your completed list, email it to email@example.com by December 31, and get 30% off one order at Out of Print! We’ll be offering the same prize to readers who complete the 2021 challenge. If you’re struggling for your last task or two, don’t forget you can search Book Riot for “Read Harder” and find help from our contributors for some of the trickier tasks.
Don’t just read…Read Harder!
Monday, December 7, 2020
JUST FOR FUN!
Saturday, December 5, 2020
- Challenge runs from January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
- You may sign-up to participate at any time during the challenge.
- You do not need to have a blog to participate. You can keep track of your reading on social media, Goodreads, etc. Just be sure to link back here any time you post about the challenge.
- All books read must be historical fiction written for children (including teens). Picture books do not count. Books must be at least 50 pages in length to qualify.
- Any genre counts as long as at least part of the book occurs in a real place at a real time in the past. For example, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis would count because at least part of the book is set in 1940s London. A book set entirely in a made-up country in 1855 would not count because although it is set in a real time, it's not set in a real place. Since the point of the challenge is to learn about real history, alternative history stories that occur in a real place in a real time where real history did not actually occur (say, a book set in space in 1702) will not count.
- For the purposes of this challenge, "historical" will refer to any time before the year 2000.
- Although the goal of this challenge is to celebrate children's historical fiction, expand our reading inside the genre, and have fun doing it, in order to be eligible for the prize, you must read books that fulfill 20 of the reading prompts. There are 25 prompts given to allow flexibility of choice, but only 20 need to be fulfilled in order to complete the challenge and be eligible for the prize.
- A prize of a new book of your choice (up to a $20 value) from Amazon or Book Depository is on offer. A winner will be chosen at random from among those who complete the challenge.
- I will post a review link-up each quarter as a way to check-in with challenge participants and share books read.
- Since I don't have a fancy widget, you can sign up by commenting below.
- Okay, I think that's it. Any questions or comments? Comment on this post or email me with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
About a war other than World War II
Takes place before 1800
Set in a country you do not live in
Main character travels on a ship, train, or covered wagon
Set in a decade you don’t usually choose to read about
A major holiday is celebrated
Takes place in a city or region where you have lived
Features time travel to the past
About a historical disaster, natural or otherwise
With a proper noun in the title
Features a real female hero from the past
Book that relates somehow to your own family history (the main character emigrates from the same country your ancestors did, the MC participates in a historical event your family member did, about someone you’re related to, etc.)
Written by a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) author
Features a main character with a different ethnicity, religion, or culture than your own
Has an animal on the cover
A ghost story
Features a castle or an old house
Set in South or Central America
Set in the decade that one of your parents was born in
Concerns an event of historical significance that happened during your lifetime (or your parents’ lifetimes if you were born after 2000)
Features a search for gold or other kinds of treasure
A person in period clothing on the cover
Based on a true story
A main character who is a Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian
The aim of the Nonfiction Reader Challenge is to encourage you to make nonfiction part of your reading experience during the year.
The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st 2021. Participants may join at any time up until December 1st 2021
Create a blog post committing to your participation in this challenge.
* If you don’t have a blog you are still welcome to sign up. You can create a shelf for the challenge at Goodreads or LibraryThing, post via Instagram, or Twitter. Just add your name and a link to your shelf/account in the sign-up.
ENTER YOUR LINK TO SIGN UP BELOW
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Select, read and review a book from the categories listed below during the year for a total of up to 12 books. A book may be in print, electronic or audio format.
CHOOSE A GOAL
Nonfiction Nipper : Read 3 books, from any category
Nonfiction Nibbler : Read 6 books, from any category
Nonfiction Know-It-All : Read 12 books, one for each category
* You can choose your books as you go or create a list in advance. You may combine this challenge with others if you wish. Use your best good faith judgement as to whether a book fits the category or not.
* Where a book is identified by more than one category, it may only count for one, not both.
* You can read your chosen titles in any order, at any pace, just complete the challenge by December 31st 2021
4. Essay Collection
8. Indigenous Cultures
10. Wartime Experiences
12. Published in 2021
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Each time you read and review a book as part of this challenge, make sure you identify it by adding either a direct statement and/or the challenge image badge to the post. Use the hashtag #2021ReadNonFic and/or tweet @bookdout
Share your review with other challenge participants by posting your name/blog name and title of the book with a direct link to your review in the Linky, below. Please take the time to visit a few links and leave a comment after adding yours!