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Read Harder Challenge 4

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On today's episode we're once again helping you tackle your 2018 Read Harder Challenge. Book Riot has one of the best yearly reading challenges but how do you find books to match each task? We've got your back. To find additional challenge book ideas check out episodes #192, #217, and #245.

A comic written or drawn by a person of color

Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu

Monstress by Marjorie Liu

Malice in Ovenland by Micheline Hess

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Today's task recommendations:

The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

The Belles by Dhionelle Clayton

Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

The all the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Speakers of the Dead by J. Aaron Sanders

Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

The Monkey's Mask by Dorothy Porter

A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60

FYI - Any Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie will work

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Lillian Boxfish Take a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J Gaines

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