Read Harder Horror

Book Riot put out its 2016 Read Harder Challenge just before the start of the new year. I did last year’s challenge and found it great for expanding my reading. While the point of the challenge is to read widely, I’m offering a tailored version for the horror aficionado.

Read a horror book
Blood Kin by Steve Rasnic Tem

Read a nonfiction book about science
The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence by Gavin de Becker

Read a collection of essays
Lovecraft and a World in Transition: Collected Essays on H.P. Lovecraft by S.T. Joshi

Read a book out loud to someone else
Good Night Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex

Read a middle grade novel
Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

Read a biography (not a memoir or autobiography)
Wes Craven: The Man and His Nightmares by John Wooley

Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

Read a book originally published in the decade you were born
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1960s), The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty (1970s), The Red Dragon by Thomas Harris (1980s), Blindness by Jose Saramago (1990s), or The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2000s)

Listen to an audio book that has won an Audie Award
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Read a book over 500 pages long
The Shining by Stephen King (honestly, most SK would work for this)

Read a book under 100 pages
October Roses by Mark Allan Gunnells

Read a book by or about a person who identifies as transgender
Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite

Read a book that is set in the Middle East
Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials by Riza Negarestani

Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia
Vampire Junction by S.P. Somtow

Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900
The Terror by Dan Simmons

Read the first book in a series by a person of color
Minion by L.A. Banks

Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years
Bad Blood by Jonathan Maberry

Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie (debate which is better)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by  Charlotte Gordon

Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction)
The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales by H.P. Lovecraft

Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Read a food memoir
The Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White and James Steen

Read a play
William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead by John Heimbuch

Read a book about a main character who has a mental illness
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Anyone else out there doing the Book Riot challenge? Other title ideas to add to this list?


  • James H
    January 17, 2016

    I had the chance to explore the book riot website and found it very helpful and I signed up for the newsletter, so that I don’t miss anything. Also appreciate the links

  • Ruthie
    January 19, 2016

    Great list! I was wondering which audio book to pick, and The Graveyard Book is already on my to-read list. Yay!

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