Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

It’s been quiet on this blog lately. We’ve had so many snow days and delayed school openings that my family’s routine has been seriously thrown off. Juggling working from home while entertaining the kids is wearing me down. I have read several good books over the last few weeks, but I have not yet had time to really think and come up with something to say about them. To break the silence, I decided to post about my progress with Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge (details here).

209101571. An Audiobook: Yes Please by Amy Poehler—I don’t watch much TV and pay little attention to celebrities. So I really had no particular reason to pick this book, other than the fact that I like her voice and thought it would be easy to listen to while doing chores around the house. I was right about that. I liked the stories about her childhood and that she seems to still be grounded in reality. I give her kudos for doing a rap on Saturday Night Live while being 9 months pregnant. I like her suggestion that working moms adopt the phrase “good for you, not for me.” It was an entertaining book, but overall, it didn’t do much for me. It’s just not my type of book, regardless of who the author is.

87473082. A Collection of Poetry: She Walks in Beauty, selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy—Kid #1 gave me this book as a present last fall. I know she picked it because of the cover, but the inside of the book is as beautiful as the cover. The subtitle is “A Woman’s Journey Through Poems,” and the collection covers falling in love, breaking up, getting married, becoming a mother, making friends, and growing old, among others. I have loved reading the poems, and I know I will browse the book for years to come.

226042823. A Romance Novel: A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare—Honestly, I picked this book because it was the only romance novel available at the digital library. It was a quick and entertaining read. The characters were better developed than I had expected. But overall, I think I am too cynical to appreciate this type of book.

I’m not sure if I will complete all 24 tasks on the list, but it’s a fun way to track my reading. I’ve started to read Ghettoside: A Story of Murder in America for the Microhistory task and Boy, Snow, Bird for the Retelling of a Classic Story task, so at the moment I am feeling pretty good about this challenge.




  1. I know the feeling! I have stepped into Sci-Fi and Crime Ficton!
    You are entering into some zones that I hesitate to tred: poetry. I have never learned to apprecitate it on a level in which I could review a poem. I usually like or not like.
    Romance novel: big step for me
    Audio books: I listen but feel I cannot retain anything….like poring water through a sieve.
    I will follow your progress!

    • I find poetry much too personal to actually review it. Like you, I just like to read a poem and know instantly whether I like it or not. And I am not a big audiobook fan either. I am so particular when it comes to the voice of the narrator, and if the book really grabs me, I abandon the audio and go for the real thing.

  2. Snow days can really mess things up! It sounds like you’re getting a great variety of books with this challenge. I have a romance novel I picked up to at least try, but I have a sense I’ll have similar feelings. We’ll see!

  3. I can relate on the snow days. It’s time for spring, I think!
    Looks like a fun challenge! It’s good to be challenged to read stuff we might not normally pick up. Have fun with it!

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