Read Harder: Read a Classic of Genre Fiction

Welcome to the third Read Harder challenge, which asks you to read a classic genre fiction novel. For the purposes of this post, we’re focusing on mysteries, romances, science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels as our specific genres, but there’s a lot of flexibility depending on what you’re interested in reading. You can also visit our collection of online book lists and click on the Read Harder 2018 tab on the left side for expanded lists of reading suggestions for each challenge. Click on a cover or a title to place a hold!

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

“Featuring a new introduction, The Illustrated Man presents 18 startling visions of humankind’s destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin. The images, ideas, sounds and scents that abound in this phantasmagoric sideshow are provocative and powerful. Here living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets.”



Fledgling by Octavia Butler

Shori is a 52-year-old Ina, a race of genetically modified beings with many of the powers of classic vampires, but she has no memory of her past. And now she must determine who wanted – and still wants – her destroyed.







The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

Sam Spade is hired by the fragrant Miss Wonderley to track down her sister, who has eloped with a louse called Floyd Thursby. But Miss Wonderley is in fact the beautiful and treacherous Brigid O’Shaughnessy, and when Spade’s partner Miles Archer is shot while on Thursby’s trail, Spade finds himself both hunter and hunted: can he track down the jewel-encrusted bird, a treasure worth killing for, before the Fat Man finds him?”




Carrie by Stephen King

“A sixteen-year-old misfit, denied everything by her fanatical mother and abused by her classmates, unleashes her terrifying telekinetic powers on an entire town.”






The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

“1814 promises to be another eventful season, but not for Anthony Bridgerton, London’s most elusive bachelor, who has shown no indication that he plans to marry. And in all truth, why should he? When it comes to playing the consummate rake, nobody does it better. But this time the gossip columnists have it wrong. Anthony Bridgerton hasn’t just decided to marry — he’s even chosen a wife The only obstacle is his intended’s older sister, Kate Sheffield — the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate’s the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams.”



Happy reading!

—Katie, Adult Reference