15 Reading Challenges That Will Encourage You to Read More, and Read Widely

February 17, 2016
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The new year is still fresh, but how about your reading resolutions? We’ve discovered fifteen challenges to keep you going, like a short story a week, books written by Nobel winners, and the banned books challenge. Check ’em out!

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  1. Around the World 2016

There are several variations on this challenge, but the idea is the same: read your way around the world. The main part of this challenge involves tracking your reading on a map, but there are several mini challenges as well. Hosted by: All About Books

  1. Deal Me In Short Stories Challenge

If a book a week sounds rather daunting, try this challenge that requires only a short story each week. If you’re interested but not sure where to begin, check out our New Voices section for some great stories! Hosted by: Bibliophilopolis

  1. Read Harder 2016

Run by Book Riot, this popular challenge consists of 26 tasks that encourage readers to read outside their comfort zone. It covers many different genres, and includes tasks like reading authors from a certain background, reading books about sensitive topics, and reading books that aren’t traditional novels. Hosted by: Book Riot

  1. Goodreads Awards Challenge

You don’t have to be a Goodreads member to take this challenge. Just pick a tier level for each category of the awards, or commit to read through all the nominees of a certain category, and read! Hosted by: Books of Amber

  1. Banned Books Challenge 2016

Banned Books week isn’t the only time to celebrate the freedom of the written word. Any banned or challenged books count toward your total, which determines whether you’re making waves or leading a revolution. Hosted by: Buckling Bookshelves

  1. Book to Movie Challenge 2016

Are you constantly debating whether the book was better than the movie? Join your fellow book nerds and movie buffs with monthly themes, lively discussions, and the chance to win some prizes! Hosted by: ebookclassics

  1. 2016 Alphabet Soup

This challenge isn’t about the content of the books, but the titles. 26 books, one for each letter of the alphabet. Hosted by: Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

  1. Read the Nobels 2016

The books for this challenge don’t have to be Nobel Prize winners, but they do need to be authored by Nobel Laureates. This challenge has the potential to cover both classic and modern literature—the choice is yours! Hosted by: Guiltless Reading

  1. 2016 Audiobook Challenge

Whether you’re an audio addict or you’ve been dying to spice up your daily commute, this challenge is for you. All you need to do is find audiobooks you love, and listen to them! Hosted by: Hot Listens & The Book Nympho

  1. Books in Translation Reading Challenge 2016 

Like many of the challenges on this list, the goal of the Books in Translation challenge is to step outside your comfort zone. These can be books translated into your first language from another, or, if you’re learning a second language, can be a way to test your linguistic prowess. Hosted by: The Introverted Reader 

  1. 2016 Mount TBR Reading Challenge

This challenge dares you to tackle your to-be-read list. It’s as simple as reading the books you already want to read! There are also several levels that allow you to tailor your commitment to your lifestyle. Hosted by: My Reader’s Block

  1. LGBTQIA 2016 Reading Challenge

For this challenge, readers commit to read a certain number of books about someone who belongs to the LGBTQ community. There will also be a giveaway at the end of the year! Hosted by: Pretty Deadly Reviews 

  1. 2016 Poetry Challenge

Unlike the other challenges on this list, each level of the Poetry Challenge contains specific reading requirements that encourage readers to read certain poets, both classic and contemporary. Hosted by: Savvy Verse & Wit

  1. 2016 Debut Author Challenge

This challenge encourages readers to catch up on the latest releases and focus on the newest talent. Only full length novels published in 2016 count, but the challenge extends into January 2017 to account for those mid-December releases. Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

  1. The Harry Potter Reread

When was the last time you read Harry Potter? If it’s been a while, or you first read it as a child, Tor wants you to try rereading this classic series from a new perspective. While not an official challenge, it’s still a fun experiment. Hosted by: Tor

by KM Bezner


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