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Read Harder 2018 Challenge Part 1

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Our friends over at Book Riot have put out their annual Read Harder Challenge and we're going to help you find some books!

In this episode we offer some recommendations for the following challenge items:

  • A book published posthumously
  • True Crime
  • A book set in or about a BRICS country
  • Science fiction with a female protagonist written by a female author

Books Mentioned In This Episode

Ariel by Sylvia Plath
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

A False Report by T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Innocent Man by John Grisham
American Kingpin by Nick Bilton
Breaking Free by Rachel Jeffs
Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn
Shot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore
Ranger Games by Ben Blum

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
Captains of the sands by Jorge Amado
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Dry White Season by Andre Brink
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Provenance by Ann Leckie
Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Midnight Robber by Nala Hopkinson

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