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Reading Challenges for 2018

Welcome to the New Year! ‘Tis the season to set your New Years’ Resolutions. Why not make one of them about books? The internet is full of Reading Challenges, from simple to insanely complex, all aiming to motivate people to read more throughout the year. Here are some of the most unusual and interesting challenges currently floating around the interwebs:

PopSugar’s 2018 Challenge gives a checklist of random prompts that can apply to many genres such as “a book by two authors” or “Nordic noir,” encouraging readers to check off as many books as they can.

The Cozy Mystery Challenge is, of course, focused around mystery books, providing prompts for different sub-genres (such as “animal related,” “paranormal,” and “historical”) that readers are encouraged to include.

Roll-Your-Own-Reading Challenge: is a huge database of speculative fiction (fantasy, sci fi, horror, etc) reading challenges based on anything from award winning books to free choice to reading through an author’s entire body of work.

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge: Read one book for each letter of the Alphabet (the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title).

Diverse Reading Challenge: Set yourself a number of diverse (i.e. non white male authored) titles to read and use some of the resources here to read outside of your comfort zone.

Goodreads Annual Reading Challenge: If you make yourself a Goodreads account, you can set yourself a number of books you want to read by the end of the year. The website helps you track what you’ve read for the year and even gives you a lovely summary of what you read at the end of each year.

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A sample of part of the yearly Goodreads summary.


None of these tickles your fancy? There are even more challenges available on Pinterest or Tumblr. Or, better yet, you could craft your own. Consider teaming up with a friend and making prompts for each other, or even just creating a list of prompts you want to use to motivate yourself to read more. There’s no such thing as a bad Reading Challenge.


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