Read Harder 2018

Read Harder 2018 Challenge Check In: July

Amanda Nelson

Staff Writer

Amanda Nelson is an Executive Director of Book Riot. She lives in Richmond, VA.

Read Harder 2018 is sponsored by Libby. The one-tap reading app from OverDrive.

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It’s hotter than the surface of the sun so it’s definitely summer in this hemisphere—time to talk about how you’re doing on your 2018 Read Harder Challenge!


If you’re new around here or haven’t heard of Read Harder, this is our annual reading challenge of 24 tasks (or about two per month), all designed to get you reading outside your comfort zone and digging into new authors, genres, and more. Click here to get the task list, here to join the Goodreads group and see how other readers are doing with the challenge (and get reading suggestions), and here to get a printable PDF of the tasks that you can stick in your bullet journal, hand out to library patrons, or whatever!


Don’t forget to take a picture of your completed list, email it to by Dec. 31st, and get a 30% discount at the Book Riot store!


So how are you doing so far? Are you on track to finish this year? Is there a favorite task or least favorite task you’ve encountered so far? And most importantly: what amazing books have you discovered in your Read Harder adventure? Leave your answers in the comments—and if you need more recs for a certain task, please ask and let our other readers tell you what they picked for whatever task it is! Read on, Rioters.