General Reading Challenges
The Goodreads Reading Challenge is one I have always participated in, as it is simply just setting a number of books to read. My goal is always five books a week or 260 books total.
The Alphabet Soup Challenge is to read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet. There is a little wiggle room with the more difficult letters (Q, X, Z), but otherwise, just 26 books – one for each letter of the alphabet.
Pop Sugar Reading Challenge
The Pop Sugar Reading Challenge entails finding a book that fits one of the 40 descriptions. This was a little time consuming, but I really enjoyed the hunt for the appropriate book. I added the extra level to the challenge, in that most of my books must be owned or borrowed (library, Overdrive, Hoopla). My list is shown below, but as with most things in life, it is subject to change.
- A book recommended by a librarian: Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls
- A book that's been on your TBR list for way too long: Unraveled
- A book of letters: Roomies
- An audiobook: United
- A book by a person of color: Seven Ways We Lie
- A book with one of the four seasons in the title: The Girl from Summer Hill
- A book that is a story within a story: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
- A book with multiple authors: Violent Ends
- An espionage thriller: Grave Mercy
- A book with a cat on the cover: The Secret Diary of Adrian Cat
- A book by an author who uses a pseudonym: Shopaholic to the Rescue
- A bestseller from a genre you don't normally read: The Sword of Summer
- A book by or about a person who has a disability: Love and First Sight
- A book involving travel: Wanderlost
- A book with a subtitle: Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice
- A book that's published in 2017: Windwitch
- A book involving a mythical creature: The Sea of Monsters
- A book you've read before that never fails to make you smile: Windfall
- A book about food: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
- A book with career advice: The Devil Wears Prada
- A book from a nonhuman perspective: The Romantics
- A steampunk novel: Waistcoats & Weaponry
- A book with a red spine: Love, Lucy
- A book seet in the wilderness: Wildlife
- A book you loved as a child: Anne of Green Gables
- A book by an author from a country you've never visited: Nevernight
- A book with a title that's a character's name: Racing Savannah
- A novel set during wartime: A Court of Wings and Ruin
- A book with an unreliable narrator: Made You Up
- A book with pictures: You Were Here
- A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you: Born Confused
- A book about an interesting woman: The Other Einstein
- A book set in two different time periods: Until We Meet Again
- A book with a month or day of the week in the title: Sundays at Tiffany’s
- A book set in a hotel: Staying at Daisy’s
- A book written by someone you admire: Bossypants
- A book that's becoming a movie in 2017: An Ember in the Ashes
- A book set around a holiday other than Christmas: Bridget Jones's Diary
- The first book in a series you haven't read before: Camp Boyfriend
- A book you bought on a trip : The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Monthly Motif Reading Challenge
The last challenge I signed up for is Monthly Motif Reading Challenge. This challenge is similar to Pop Sugar in that you are given a theme to guide your book choice, but it differs, as you have to follow the specific theme for each month. There is some overlap with Pop Sugar, therefore, I may use one title to fulfill both challenges, but my objective is to have a unique book for each if possible. The themes are shown below, and I have not selected all the books, since I may have more books to select from as we approach that particular month.
JANUARY – Diversify Your ReadingKick the reading year off right and shake things up. Read a book with a character (or written by an author) of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own.
FEBRUARY – Undercover Thriller
Read a book involving spies, detectives, private investigators, or a character in disguise
MARCH – Time Traveler
Read a book set in a different dimension, a book in which time travel is involved or a dystopian or science fiction book where reality looks very different than what we’re used to.
APRIL – Award Winners
Read a book that has won a literary award or a book written by an author who has been recognized in the bookish community.
MAY – Book to Movie or Audio
Read a book that has a movie based off of it. For an extra challenge, see the movie or listen to the audio book as well.
JUNE – Destination Unknown
Read a book in which the character(s) take a trip, travel somewhere, go on a quest, or find themselves on a journey toward something.
JULY – Believe the Unbelievable
This month it’s all about fantasy. Epic fantasy, urban fantasy, fairytales, magic, etc.
AUGUST – Seasons, Elements, & Weather
Read a book in which the season, the elements, or the weather plays a role in the story.
SEPTEMBER – Creepy, Chilling, & Frightful
Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal hauntings, murder mysteries, weird and scary creatures- it’s up to you!
OCTOBER– Games, Challenges, & ContestsRead a book that involves a game of some sort. Video games, war games, psychological mess-with-your-mind games, characters who participate in a contest, or a story in which the character takes on a challenge.
NOVEMBER – Last ChanceRead a book you’ve been meaning to get to all year but haven’t yet or read the last book in a series you started.
DECEMBER – Picking FavoritesRead a book by one of your favorite authors or read a book that Girlxoxo has recommended this year.
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books for my challenges?
books for my challenges?
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