Book Riot’s 2015 Read Harder Challenge

Finished on November 23, 2015!

✔  A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25:
Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh (age 25 in 1928)

✔  A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65:
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison (age 83 in 2014)

✔  A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people):
After the Gazebo by Jen Knox

✔  A book published by an indie press:
Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie (published by Flux)

✔  A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ:
The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

✔  A book by a person whose gender is different from your own:
Red Rising by Pierce Brown

✔  A book that takes place in Asia:
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco (part of it takes place in Japan)

✔  A book by an author from Africa:
No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe (born in Nigeria)

✔  A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals):
The Round House by Louise Erdrich (Erdrich is part Native American, and this story is about Native Americans)

✔  A microhistory:
Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky

✔  A YA novel:
The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer

✔  A sci-fi novel:
Authority (Southern Reach #2) by Jeff VanderMeer

✔  A romance novel:
Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk #1) by Bee McMaster (I believe this book can be classified as paranormal romance)

✔  A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (not sure if this category is the previous decade or within the last decade, but this book won the 2015 Pulitzer prize for fiction)

✔  A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel):
Railsea by China Miéville (retelling of Moby-Dick)

✔  An audio book:
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

✔  A collection of poetry:
The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop

✔  A book that someone else has recommended to you:
War Dances by Sherman Alexie (recommended to me by Jennifer Brinkmeyer)

✔  A book that was originally published in another language:
Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (originally published in Spanish)

✔  A graphic novel, a graphic memoir, or a collection of comics of any kind:
The Amazing Screw-On Head by Mike Mignola (graphic novel)

✔  A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (read and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over):
Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich

✔  A book published before 1850:
A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (first published in 1722)

✔  A book published this year:
Shutter by Courtney Alameda (2015)

✔  A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered self-improvement):
Sit Like a Buddha by Rinzler Lodro