Reading Challenges

We all have that never-ending TBR that we have every intention of whittling down each year. How do you tackle your TBR? Do you participate in a reading challenge? What’s your favorite challenge to do?

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I have participated in a reading challenge for the last several years. I enjoy them because they’re as challenging as you want to make them, but they also help me try new genres and authors. I said I was not going to participate in a challenge in 2022 because I have a mountain of books waiting to be read. I would only set a reading goal. Then I saw The 52 Book Club’s 2022 Reading Challenge. Lucky for me I can use my shelves for a big chunk of the challenge!

This challenge is filled with fantastic prompts that are a great blend of my comfort zone reads and challenging reads. The 52 Book Club has wonderful graphics for your social media posts and free printables to help track your progress. They also have a helpful Reading Challenge Guide that provides more information about the prompt along with reading suggestions.

Below are some possible books that I have picked from my shelves. Some prompts are missing books because I need to do more research to see if I have something that fits, or they may need be a spur of the moment read. Some books may be duplicated, but I will only use them for one prompt.

  1. A second-person narrative
  2. Featuring a library or bookstore
    • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  3. Title starting with the letter “E”
    • Edge of Evil by J.A. Jance
    • Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff
    • The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
    • The Eye of Darkness by Dean Koontz
  4. Title starting with the letter “F”
    • Fairest of All by Serena Valentino
    • Fairy Tales from Around the World by Andrew Lang
    • Fall, or Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson
    • Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
  5. Chapters have titles
    • The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
    • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
    • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  6. Household object on the cover
    • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  7. A non-fiction bestseller
  8. Involving the art world
  9. A book that sparks joy
  10. A book based on a real person
    • Fast Girls by Elise Hooper
  11. A book with less than 2022 Goodreads ratings
    • The Girl in the Tree by Sebnem Isiguzel
    • The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace
    • Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece by Gustav Schwab
    • Saving Ben by Ashley Farley
    • Scarlet Odyssey by C.T. Rwizi
  12. Set on at least two continents
    • The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
    • The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
  13. Includes a club
    • Cemetery Road by Greg Iles
    • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  14. A character with superhuman ability
    • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  15. A five-syllable title
    • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
    • House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
    • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
    • The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia
  16. A book you’ve seen someone reading in a public place
  17. A book picked based on its spine
  18. Jane Austen-inspired
  19. A book that has an alternate title
  20. Related to the word “gold”
    • Gilded by Marissa Meyer
  21. Published by Simon & Schuster
  22. An unlikely detective
    • City of Villains by Estelle Laure
    • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
    • Bridgerton Collection: Volume One by Julia Quinn
    • The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett
  23. Author with an X, Y, or Z in their name
    • Dean Koontz
    • Mary Higgins Clark
    • Life by Lu Yao
    • Frankly in Love by David Yoon
    • Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
    • A Single Swallow by Ling Zhang
  24. Addresses a specific topic
  25. A wealthy character
    • Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict
  26. Has an “Author’s Note”
  27. Includes a map
    • Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff
    • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  28. Award-winning book from your country
    • Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  29. Over 500 pages long
    • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
    • Medieval Folklore by Carl Lindahl
    • The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
    • The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
    • Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  30. Audiobook is narrated by the author
    • The Sandman Omnibus Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman
  31. Technology-themed
  32. A book that intimidates you
    • The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  33. A bilingual character
    • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  34. An author’s photo on the back cover
  35. From the villain’s perspective
    • The Beast Within by Serena Valentino
    • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    • My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
  36. Recommended by a favorite author
  37. Set in a rural area
    • Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
    • A Painted House by John Grisham
  38. Don’t judge a book by its cover!
  39. A middle-grade novel
  40. A book with photographs inside
  41. Involves a second chance
  42. An indie read
  43. Author who’s published in more than one genre
    • Year One by Nora Roberts
  44. An anthology
    • Once Upon a Curse
    • Once Upon a Happy Ending
  45. A book with illustrated people on cover
    • The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang
    • The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
    • The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund
    • A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
    • Here be Dragons by Shannon Kay Penman
    • Super Sushi Ramen Express by Michael Booth
  46. A job title in the title
    • 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton
  47. Read during the month of November
  48. Re-do one of this year’s prompts but with a different genre
  49. Book title starts with the same letter as your first name
    • Star Mother by Charlie N. Holmberg
    • Seize the Night by Dean Koontz
    • The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
    • Silent Hearts by Gwen Florio
    • Someone by Alice McDermott
  50. A person of color as the main character
    • Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
  51. The word “game” in the title
    • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  52. Published in 2022

My final picks and progress will be posted on my 2022 Reading Goals & Challenges page. Comment below with your favorite reading challenge or any book recs!

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