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This guide contains information about Penn Valley Library's Read Harder Challenge

2024 Read Harder Challenge

Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge is back to excite you with new ways to read outside the lines, read differently, and read more. We're excited to bring this challenge to the Penn Valley campus again in 2024, for the fourth year. There are 24 reading tasks designed to get you out of your reading comfort zone and expand your worldview. Read as much or as little as you'd like, and don't forget books can overlap on reading tasks!

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How to Participate


Download a List- Register here, then keep track of your reading using this PDF.

Read Amazing Books- We've created a list of books we have available at Penn Valley Library. There is a bit of everything- E-Books, E-Audio Books, PV Books, and PV Books on CD! This list will grow throughout the year, so be sure and check back from time to time.

Win Prizes- Read as much or as little as you'd like. Once you're finished, email your list to and you'll receive a prize! (Prizes are for Penn Valley participants only.)



We'd love to solicit some books recommendations this year! Are you reading something we don't have on our list? Use this form and let us know. If we're able to, we'll purchase a copy and add it to our collection. If we're not able to, we'll link to a requestable copy in Mobius.

The Tasks

  1. Read a cozy fantasy book.
  2. Read a YA book by a trans author.
  3. Read a middle grade horror novel.
  4. Read a history book by a BIPOC author.
  5. Read a sci-fi novella.
  6. Read a middle grade book with an LGBTQIA main character.
  7. Read an indie published collection of poetry by a BIPOC or queer author.
  8. Read a book in translation from a country you’ve never visited.
  9. Read a book recommended by a librarian.
  10. Read a historical fiction book by an Indigenous author.
  11. Read a picture book published in the last five years.
  12. Read a genre book (SFF, horror, mystery, romance) by a disabled author.
  13. Read a comic that has been banned.
  14. Read a book by an author with an upcoming event (virtual or in person) and then attend the event.
  15. Read a YA nonfiction book.
  16. Read a book based solely on the title.
  17. Read a book about media literacy.
  18. Read a book about drag or queer artistry.
  19. Read a romance with neurodivergent characters.
  20. Read a book about books (fiction or nonfiction).
  21. Read a book that went under the radar in 2023.
  22. Read a manga or manhwa.
  23. Read a “howdunit” or “whydunit” mystery.
  24. Pick a challenge from any of the previous years’ challenges to repeat!