Read Harder 2017

I love the Read Harder Challenge!! So here are my plans for this year, let’s see if I can get through without any major modifications because I did have to change some stuff around  this year. My goal is to up my ratio of WOC authors to something like 50%  this year overall. I did about 30% last year

Read a book about sports: Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer – Lynne Cox,Martha Kaplan

Read a debut novel: The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy (finished 1/6, my review)

Read a book about books: Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi

Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author: I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala – Rigoberta Menchú,Elisabeth Burgos-Debray,Ann Wright

Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative: The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri

Read an all-ages comic: Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 – Chynna Clugston Flores,Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Read a book published between 1900 and 1950: Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse 

Read a travel memoir: The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure – Rachel Friedman

Read a book you’ve read before: A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location (I live in Laurel, MD): Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City – Natalie Hopkinson

Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location: This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Read a fantasy novel: Zodiac – Romina Russell

Read a nonfiction book about technology: Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars – Nathalia Holt

Read a book about war: Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield – Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+: The Archived – Victoria Schwab

Read a book that has been banned or frequency challenged in your country: The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls

Read a classic by an author of color: The Woman Warrior – Maxine Hong Kingston (amended due to my own error on my original choices not actually being a POC)

Read a superhero comic with a female lead: Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart Vol. 1 – Brian Michael Bendis,Stefano Caselli  (I’d normally also shoot for one written by a woman also, but I’ve read a bunch of those and am super excited for this one!)

Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey: So Far from God – Ana Castillo

Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel – Sara Farizan

Read a book published by a micropress: A Line of Cutting Women – Beverly Mcfarland

Read a collection of stories by a woman: Tales from Earthsea – Ursula K. Le Guin

Read a collection of poetry in translation on a  them other than love: Madwomen: The “Locas mujeres” Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition – Gabriela Mistral,Randall Couch

Read a book wherein all point of view characters all people of color: Dear Zari: Hidden Stories from Women in Afghanistan [Paperback] – Zarghuna Kargar

If you’d like to read along the feminist lines, most of these should fall into these categories and you can go see the Feminist Texican Reads for more suggestions!


  1. Good list, thank you! I’m finding this helpful as I’m trying to read all authors of color for the challenge.

    Just so you know—Harriet Beecher Stowe was a white abolitionist.

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