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Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge, Part I

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Like most book nerds, we love the website Book Riot and their annual Read Harder Challenge. But sometimes it's hard to know where to find titles that fit the categories if they are a little outside of your reading comfort zone so we decided to offer some suggestions throughout the year.

First up, we are tackling the LGBTQ+ Romance, Collection of Stories by a Woman, Books Written by an Immigrant or with an Immigration Theme, Sports, and Travel Memoir.

Bonus: We have a new email address ([email protected]) AND you can find us directly on Twitter at @ProBookNerds so if there are specific categories on the list you'd like help with, please reach out to us!

Read an LGBTQ+ Romance

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin by Colette Moody

Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

Roller Girl by Vanessa North

Read a Collection of Stories by a Woman

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Self-Help by Lorrie Moore

Willful Creatures by Aimee Bender

No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

That Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Berman

Read a Book by an Immigrant or with a Central Immigration Narrative

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adicie

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Consequences of Love by Sulaiman Addonia

The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu

Read a Book About Sports

The Whore of Akron by Scott Raab

You're Welcome, Cleveland by Scott Raab

Living Out Loud by Craig Sager

Every Day I Fight by Stuart Scott

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

The End of the Perfect 10 by Dvora Meyers

The Games by David Goldblatt

Courage to Soar by Simone Biles

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Booked by Kwame Alexander

Travel Memoir

Anything by Bill Bryson

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Shark Drunk by Morten Stroksnes

Carsick by John Waters

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