Read Harder 2016 – Completed Book List

On this last Thursday before 2017, I have officially completed the Book Riot Read Harder 2016 challenge! There were 24 tasks and I really wanted to read a different book for each tasks, instead of using one book to knock out multiple tasks. I didn’t manage my tasks very well throughout the year, so I scrambled a little in the last 2 months to catch up, but I did complete it and thought I would share my completed book list with you!


Read a horror book: 
Pet Semetary by Stephen King

Read a nonfiction book about science: 
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach

Read a collection of essays: 
Things No One Tells Fat Girls by Jes Baker

Read a book out loud to someone else: 
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park (I worked for half of the year at an after school program, so I had a plethora of books to choose from for this task. This one is the book I read the most)

Read a middle grade novel: 
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Read a biography (not a memoir or autobiography): 
Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga by Pamela Newkirk

Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel: 
The Heart Goes Last by Margart Atwood

Read a book originally published in the decade you were born: 
The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion (published 1996)

Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award: 
Yes Please by Amy Poehler (2015 winner in Humor)

Read a book over 500 pages long: 
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Read a book under 100 pages: 
A Brief History of Portable Literature by Enrique Vila-Matas

Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender: 
Holding Still For As Long As Possible by Zoe Whittall

Read a book that is set in the Middle East: 
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia: 
Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900: 
The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead (some may argue this is not historical fiction, because of the literal underground railroad, but there are so many historical pieces to the story that I am going to count it)

Read the first book in a series by a person of color: 
Devil in a Blue Dress
by Walter Mosley [Easy Rawlins #1]

Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years: 
Lumberjanes: Friendship to the Max
by Noelle Stevenson et al

Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie:
Jurassic Park
by Michael Crichton (movie was definitely better)

Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes: 
Sex Object by Jessica Valenti

Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction): 
The Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism by Ralph Hood et al

Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction): 
Taft 2012 by Jason Heller

Read a food memoir: 
Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi

Read a play:
Our Town
by Thornton Wilder

Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness: 
Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

So there you have it! Those are the 24 books I read over the last year to complete the Read Harder 2016 Challenge. I would love to hear if you did the Read Harder 2016 challenge and what you read, or what you think about any of the books on my list. Leave a comment down below or tweet me @GameandRead!

I will be starting the Read Harder 2017 Challenge in January, and you can do it too! Check that out over at Book Riot. If you want to keep up with everything I’ll read in 2017, and all our other Game & Read posts, videos, and blogs, you are at the right place! Follow us on Youtube, TwitterInstagram, and Litsy, and keep up with all of our shenanigans by listening to the Game & Read podcast.

Until next time, happy reading!


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