The website Book Riot created the Read Harder Challenge in 2015 to help readers “discover genres, authors, and titles [they] otherwise wouldn’t have picked up.” For the 2016 Challenge, they’ve issued a new list of 24 tasks, such as “read a play” and “read a book under 100 pages,” designed to push you out of your reading comfort zone.
In describing the Challenge, Book Riot stresses that “this isn’t a test. No one is keeping score and there are no points to post.” However, if you get through all 24 tasks—and it’s fine to use the same book for more than one—you can email a picture of your completed list to firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 31, 2016 to get a 30% discount on t-shirts, totes, and other fun bookish paraphernalia from Book Riot’s online store.
Here at the Lincolnwood Public Library, we’re stepping up to the Read Harder Challenge with displays and lists covering different tasks throughout the year. Stop by for a copy of the list that you can use to track your progress, and/or some great reading recommendations.
If you can’t make it to the library, you can download the list from Book Riot and get book recommendations from the Read Harder Group on Goodreads. There, you’ll find an active discussion board with threads for each and every task. You can also visit in-person Read Harder book groups, the closest of which meets on the third Thursday of every month at Roscoe Books in Chicago.
Let us know if you choose to participate—we’d love to hear how (and help) you Read Harder in 2016.