Tovah's Book Challenge

Okay. Here we go. I hopped on Goodreads and I set my goal for 52 books. That means that I need to read a book a week (or more if I have an of week.) This time around though I would like this challenge to be purposeful. Not just that time I went to the library and picked a bunch of easy reads and read 5 books in a week.

There are a lot of book challenges out there. A lot of really good and fun ones. I’ve landed on the one below. (Thanks for all the suggestions!) This book list is just enough outside the box that I feel like I will be pushing myself but it also has some fun options. In addition to this list I am going to work on reading more women and more authors of color. Bonus points for reading more women of color.

The list of 39 books I have to read below are books already on my shelf or with easy access to. I would really love to read all of these books plus any books needed to satisfy the reading challenge. Many of the books below and books sitting on my shelves unread but not listed below will also fulfill the challenge.

We will see how it goes. I still need to leave flexibility to read the newest fun book that pops up.

52 books with a focus on reading books I already have and hitting this Read Harder Challenge. Once again I want a year of no book buying, or minimum book buying. Library here I come!

What do you think? Any book suggestions for the Read Harder Challenge? What are your reading goals?

Book Riot’s 2019 Read Harder Challenge

  1. A book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018

  2. A humor book

  3. An alterrnate history novel

  4. An epistolary novel or collection of letter

  5. A book by a journalist or about journalism

  6. A book by an AOC set in or about space

  7. An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America

  8. An #ownvoices book set in Oceadnia

  9. A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads

  10. A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman

  11. A book of manga

  12. A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character

  13. A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse

  14. A cozy mystery

  15. A book of mythology or folklore

  16. An historical romance by an AOC

  17. A business book

  18. A novel by a trans or nonbinary author

  19. A book of nonviolent true crime

  20. A book written in prison

  21. A comic by an LGBTQIA creator

  22. A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009

  23. A self-published book

  24. A collection of poetry published since 2014

Parenting books

  1. The Whole Brain Child

  2. No-Drama Discipline

  3. The Gift of Failure

  4. Simplicity Parenting

  5. Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings

  6. How to talk so your children will listen and listen so your children will talk

Audible Clean Up

  1. The Audacity of Hope

  2. The Speed of Trust

  3. Steve Jobs Biography

  4. Slaughterhouse- Five

  5. A Life in Paris

  6. Ahead of the Curve

  7. Daring Greatly

  8. A Year of Biblical Womanhood

  9. High Performance Habits

  10. A Selfish Plan to Save the World

  11. Your Brain at Work

  12. The Vanity Fair Diaries

  13. The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama

  14. The Underground Railroad

  15. The Untethered Soul

  16. The Haunting of Hill House

  17. War on Peace

  18. The Four Tendencies

  19. Cry the Beloved Country

  20. Call the Midwife

  21. The Good Earth

  22. T is for Transformation

  23. The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work

  24. Becoming

  25. Beloved


  1. The Universe Has Your Back

  2. The 5 Second Rule

  3. Failing Forward

  4. The Go-Giver

Off the Shelf

  1. Judgment Detox

  2. The Alchemist

  3. Passage to India

  4. Cutting through Stone

  5. High Loyalty by Jim Comey