Amanda and Jenn recommend books for the Read Harder and other book challenges!
Need a book recommendation? Fill out the form at the bottom of the post, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help!
I am going to try to do the BookRiot Read Harder Challenge this year, and one category that I’m super interested in, but do not know where to start, is feminist non-fiction. I have read Bad Feminist, and loved it, but I don’t know where to go next.
2. Hey gals! First of all I love this podcast and I look forward to it every week! I am doing the read harder challenge (and even get a chance to participate in the group in LA) , but I was wondering if you know of any books where the main character or supporting character has to deal with the mental illness of being bipolar, bonus points for bipolar II. If not than maybe characters who have have to deal with rage issues. These are things I struggle with myself. The characters don’t have to be ladies, but since i am one, that would be extra cool. Thanks again ladies, you are the best, hope to see you live in New York in November if finances allow it!
3. I’m a huge fan of the show and have received so many great recommendations from listening! I’m doing the 2016 read harder challenge and could really use some suggestions for the book about politics. I’m open to either fiction or non-fiction and have a very definite preference for something progressive (not that I think you would try to sell me on Ann Coulter or her ilk).
Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated!
4. Hi guys! I’m doing an Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge (overlapping with the Read Harder Challenge, I’m trying to finish a book a week or close to it.) One item is to read a book about an anti-hero, and I was hoping for some recommendations? I love the Dresden Files, which is the major one I’ve read that fits the prompt (although I love the trope in general). Some of my other favorite books are Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Frankenstein, Good Omens, Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, The Poisonwood Bible, and classic mysteries (Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Dashiell Hammett, etc.) In general I like most genres: fantasy, literary fiction, sci-fi, historical fiction, mystery…and I’m willing to try anything! Bonus points for things available/good on audio, I’m an art education student and knock out a lot of books while I’m painting/making stuff (although not a necessity)
5. Hi Jenn and Amanda,
I just discovered the Popsugar reading challenge, which seems like a fun complement to the Read Harder! challenge. I think I’ve mapped out what I want to read for all of the challenges, except for one: read a romance set in the future. I’m a total novice when it comes to romance novels–the only one I’ve really read is The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev, which I loved–so I’m not really sure where to start with finding a book (or books!) for this challenge. Any suggestions?
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
A House of My Own by Sandra Cisneros
Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Marbles by Ellen Forney
Rat Girl by Kristin Hersh
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee
The Second Amendment: A Biography by Michael Waldman
The Son by Philipp Meyer
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Stoner by John Williams
The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky
Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole
Ascension (Tangled Axon #1) by Jacqueline Koyanagi