Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2015

As part of my 2015 Culture Goals (see my previous post if this is a bit mystifying)  I would like to complete 12 of the  Book Riot Read Harder Challenges for 2015. I am not sure why I decided on 12 – I was probably thinking something along the lines of one per month. That said I haven’t really looked that closely at the challenges so I thought I might write out the ones I would like to do and then I can compare at the end of the year what I actually did (and perhaps venture which books in my TBR might work with this as I am hoping to be able to draw the titles from the TBR rather than find new titles).



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1. A collection of short stories

So my TBR has several different options for this but two titles immediately jump to mind

The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF Edited by Mike Ashley

I am actually already three quarters of the way through this anthology so it is pushing a little to claim it as a 2015 completion but so far I have really enjoyed this SF collection and I am interested to see what the last quarter of short stories are. I have a theory that I much prefer SF in short story form and fantasy in novella/novel form.

Yellow Cake by Margo Lanagan

Not much more really needs to be said beyond Margo Lanagan. She is probably my favourite short story writer and her short story Singing my sister down is my all time favourite short story ever. So really it is a little embarrassing that I haven’t read this collection yet.

2. A book that is written by someone whose gender is different to your own.

The Wise Mans Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Both of these are on my tbr and keep getting recommended to me or buzzed about in various places so I must complete one of these in 2015 (and they both helpfully fit into a book riot category).

3. A YA novel

We were liars by E. Lockhart

Is on my kindle and I have been meaning to read it for ages.

4. An audiobook

– As I have an audible subscription this will not be difficult at all but let’s just say Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen which is the fourth book in The Royal Spyness Series. This story is a light and fluffy crime series about the rather sweet if naive Lady Georgiana in the pre-world war II upper class British society. Perfectly suited for listening to when I am doing data entry or exercise and need to occupy some but not all of my brain.

5. A romance novel

The King by JR Ward. The Black Dagger Brotherhood still qualifies as romance….. I think….. it is definitely a guilty pleasure series for me so if I decide against romance I can switch this to the guilty pleasure challenge.

6. A book written by someone over 65

Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James

Again I am already part way through this book but I started several years ago so imagine I will have to start at the beginning again. And then I can watch the tv series – finally.

7. A book that was originally published in another language

So I have technically completed this challenge with Superzelda by Tiziana Lo Porto but I want to use this title for my personal graphic novel challenge so I will hopefully read The Key by Junichiro Tanizaki. Which is a very slender volume from the Vintage Red Cover range.

8. A graphic novel, memoir or collection of comics

I have so already completed this Challenge! Ms Marvel Volume 1 by G Willow Wilson. Thank you Book Riot Quarterly #5.

I really enjoyed Ms Marvel – it was a nice fast paced read with an absorbing story. And I like Kamala Khan she is so easy to relate to. I am hoping to read more of this series.

9. A book published this year

– Prudence by Gail Carriger. The beginnings of a new series following the daughter of the heroine of the Parasol Protectorate, Alexia. I am hoping for lots of appearances of Lord Akeldama and lots of adventures. (Not yet actually on my tbr pile as it hasn’t been released yet but lets be honest I know that I will buying this so may as well accept it and make it work for me).

10. A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture

– The Swan Book by Alexis Wright. This book was shortlisted for the Stella prize in 2014 and I really want to read it. (I don’t actually own this yet but it has been on my radar enough of late that I can see it being a purchase that slips through).

11. A book set in Asia

The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki. Languishing on my tbr pile since late 2013/early 2014 this book really needs to be read. And then I can watch the review videos I have seen on booktube. (Also only on pulling this book off the tbr did I discover that it was written by the same authro as The Key).

12. A book that is a retelling of a classic story

– Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Phillip Pullman. So I think technically these are a new translation not a retelling so I may need to rethink this at some point.

I will be really interested to see how many of these titles will get completed in 2015 as I have found prescribing myself things to read has a high tendency to backfire. Though this does feel a little like an exercise for re-invigorating love for the titles in my tbr.

So who else is aiming to complete some of the 2015 Book Riot Read Harder Challenges? And which ones with what books?


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