Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2020

Hey y’all,

If you have been with me since the start of this blog, you may remember that I took on the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge of 2019. You may have also noticed that I read about two books on that list and then it fell by the wayside. This has been my pattern with this challenge but I’m going to try yet again next year because even if I just read one book from these lists I am expanding my reading experience more than if I didn’t try.

You may have also noticed that I created a full syllabus for the Reading Embrace and ended up reading maybe a handful on there. But I am still going to do it again! Because I love making lists and that list still came in handy!

With all of that being said, here are the categories and my (tentative and open to editing) selections for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2020

  1. Read a YA nonfiction book: Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer
  2. Read a retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color: The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
  3. Read a mystery where the victim(s) is not a woman: Goldie Vance by Hope Larson
  4. Read a graphic memoir: Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel
  5. Read a book about a natural disaster: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
  6. Read a play by an author of color and/or queer author: How I Learned To Drive by Paula Vogel
  7. Read a historical fiction novel not set in WWII: Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
  8. Read an audiobook of poetry: Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
  9. Read the LAST book in a series: That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert
  10. Read a book that takes place in a rural setting: The Lost Man by Jane Harper
  11. Read a debut novel by a queer author: Texts From Jane Eyre by Daniel Mallory Ortberg
  12. Read a memoir by someone from a religious tradition (or lack of religious tradition) that is not your own: Casting Lots by Susan Silverman
  13. Read a food book about a cuisine you’ve never tried before: Israeli Soul by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook
  14. Read a romance starring a single parent: The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
  15. Read a book about climate change: As the World Burns by Derrick Jensen & Stephanie McMillan
  16. Read a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman: The Lake House by Kate Morton
  17. Read a sci-fi/fantasy novella (under 120 pages): Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  18. Read a picture book with a human main character from a marginalized community: The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
  19. Read a book by or about a refugee: The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nyugen
  20. Read a middle grade book that doesn’t take place in the U.S. or the UK: Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr, Trans. Guy Puzey
  21. Read a book with a main character or protagonist with a disability (fiction or non): The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley
  22. Read a horror book published by an indie press: Tomorrow’s Journal by Dominick Cancella (Cemetary Dance Publications)
  23. Read an edition of a literary magazine (digital or physical): Ploughshares
  24. Read a book in any genre by a Native, First Nations, or Indigenous author: New Poets of Native Nations edited by Heid E. Erdrich

Heaving Bosoms Reading Embrace 2020

The categories for the Heaving Bosoms Reading Embrace 2020 came out and I had to immediately make a syllabus which I will absolutely stray from by the end of January but I’m still going to post it here!

The categories for the embrace are based on inside jokes from the podcast and the most important thing to remember is that there is no wrong or right way to embrace. You can choose the most random association to make a book fit a category. It actually ends up being more fun if you make an additional challenge to try and fit odd pairings to categories but I’m far too type A for that so here is my mostly literal take on the embrace!

Abs, Abs, Abs, Dick! – Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Competency Boner – Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

Dueling Bring it Back – More Than a Mistress by Mary Balogh

Fae Is Bae – Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Franch Doors/Boastful Floors – The Corrupt Comte by Edie Harris

Frogs – Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

HB Author – A Kiss For Solstice by Elizabeth Allyn-Dean

Herbs, Herbs, Herbs – A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

I’m a Waitress! – His Naughty Waitress by Bella Love-Wins

Intellectualism in 2020 – Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger

Keep Being a Badass – A Duke By Default by Alyssa Cole

Lady Love – A Man of Character by Margaret Locke

Octopus Tentacles – Taken by Tentacles by Jessie Snow

One True Chris – A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert

Pleasure Barge – Floats Her Boat by Nicolette Dane

Queen Bird – The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

Smokeshow – Smoke and Mirrors by Sabrina Wagner

Tits Out – Drowning in Rapture by Megan D. Martin

Traditional Highlander Fingerbanging – Plaid to the Bone by Mia Marlowe

Your Faves are Problematic – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Heaving Bosoms Reading Embrace 2019

My favorite podcast, reading related or otherwise, is Heaving Bosoms where two friends banter and discuss romance novels. It’s like belonging to a long distance book club where I practically never do the reading. It is magical. This year they introduced their own reading embrace and I am all in and urge you to join us! I’m a fairly new romance reader and this embrace really gives you an opportunity to revisit old favorites and branch out and explore new facets of the genre.

Heaving Bosoms Reading Embrace 2019 Syllabus

America Times: Tempest, Beverly Jenkins

Because Witches: Witches of East End, Melissa de la Cruz

Consent Boner: The Countess Conspiracy, Courtney Milan

Cousin Stuff: Mastersons, Lisa Lang Blakely

Do They Got Reasons: Guilty Pleasures, Laurell K. Hamilton

England Times: The Duchess Deal, Tessa Dare

Herbs, Herbs, Herbs: Outlander, Diana Gabaldon

Highlander Times: The Highlander’s Bride, Amanda Forrester

Hufflepuff + Slytherin Love: Duke With Benefits, Manda Collins

Keep Being A Badass: When All The Girls Have Gone, Jayne Ann Krentz

Lady Love: Fried Green Tomatoes, Fannie Flagg

Medieval Times: Temptress, Lisa Jackson

Pirate Times: The Notorious Lady Anne, Sharon Cullen

Reindeer Mafia: Ruthless People, J.J. McAvoy

Sherlock Holmes Times: A Curious Beginning, Deanna Raybourn

Sportsball: Time out, Jill Shalvis

Virgin Duke: The Naked Duke, Sally MacKenzie

Werves: The Last Werewolf, Glen Duncan

Western Times: Big Sky Mountain, Linda Lael Miller

#Problematic: I Thee Wed, Amanda Quick

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2019

BRRHC 2019 Syllabus

An epistolary novel or collection of letters – Dear Committee Members, Julie Schumacher

An alternate history novel – The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead

A book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018 – Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, James Forman Jr.

A humor book – Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks, Annie Spence

A book by a journalist or about journalism – A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America, T. Christian Miller

A book by an AOC set in or about space – Nigerians in Space, Deji Bryce Olukotun

An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America – The Book of Unknown Americans, Cristina Henriquez

An #ownvoices book set in Oceania – A Long Way Home: A Memoir, Saroo Brierley

A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads – No Job For A Lady, Carol McCleary

A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman – Antigone by Sophokles, translated by Anne Carson

A book of manga – Vampire Hunter D, Hideyuki Kikuchi

A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a POV character – The Final Solution, Michael Chabon

A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse – The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism, Naoki Higashida

A cozy mystery – Wicked Appetite, Janet Evanovich

A book of mythology or folklore – The Door in the Hedge, Robin McKinley

An historical romance by an AOC – Let Us Dream, Alyssa Cole

A business book – Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell

A novel by a trans or nonbinary author – Peter Darling, Austin Chant

A book of nonviolent true crime – Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger, Lee Israel

A book written in prison – De Profundis, Oscar Wilde

A comic by an LGBTQIA creator – Nimona, Noelle Stevenson

A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009 – Malala’s Magic Pencil, Malala Yousafzai

A self-published book – Frostfire, Amanda Hocking

A collection of poetry published since 2014 – Monument, Natasha Trethewey