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Book Riot's 2019 Read Harder Challenge - May Update: The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared & In Cold Blood

How has May gone by so quickly?  Anyway, now that means that I've completed 10 out of 24 books of Book Riot's 2019 Read Harder Challenge!  The tasks I completed  this month required me to read a humor book and a book by a journalist or about journalism.  For the tasks, I selected The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson and In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.  Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for June:

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The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson is a quirky adventure. I liked getting to know Allan in the present day sections of the story involving the suitcase full of money, criminals, and an elephant, but my loved his flashbacks.  It's awesome to see all of the major world events he's seen and historical figures that he's met over the years. Of course, the sense of humor is great, but I can see where it wouldn't be for everyone. If you enjoy dark or off-beat comedy plus Forrest Gump, I have a feeling you'd get a kick out this novel. By the way, the movie adaptation of this book is pretty awesome - Robert Gustafsson does a fantastic job bringing Allan to life. I'm going to have read more from this author soon.

I read this novel on May 17, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.

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The first time I watched the film adaptation I didn't realize that it was based on a true story. When I realized that it was it really freaked me out just knowing that piece of information. Now that I've read the book, I can say it is an absolutely chilling experience. If you're at all interested in true crime, then you can't miss this classic.

I read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote from May 2 - 5, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Next Up For June:

A book by an AOC set in or about space

My choice: Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor - I loved reading Nnedi Okorafor's Who Fears Death the 2018 Read Harder Challenge and I'm looking forward to reading more from her in 2019.

An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America

My choice: North of Happy by Adi Alsaid - I was really impressed by Alsaid's Let's Get Lost and I'm glad this challenge is giving me a great reason to read more of his work.

Have you read any of these books?  Are you participating in the Read Harder Challenge this year, or have you in the past?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!


  1. In Cold Blood is considered the first "true crime" book.

  2. I've never even seen the movie of In Cold Blood, and now I want to watch it and read the book. Binti was really good, hope you enjoy it😁

  3. I've been meaning to read North of Happy forever. Hope you end up enjoying. In Cold Blood is so good. I read it years ago, but it left an impression on me.


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