How would you like to read more books, discover new authors, and creatively track the books that you read during the upcoming year?
If this sounds like a worthy goal, I invite you to join me in officially becoming a Reading Challenge Addict!
A Reading Challenge Addict commits to entering and completing one or more Reading Challenges during the upcoming year. Since I love challenges, I’ve decided to go all out! This year, I’m participating in 25+ diverse Reading Challenges that will:
- Encourage you to read more
- Introduce you to new authors, genres and bloggers
- Stretch you intellectually and stimulate you creatively
- Entertain and edify you
- Reignite your passion for reading and your love of books
Intrigued? Come join the fun!
Check out the challenges I’ve shared! If you see a challenge you like, sign up on the hostess’s site, then leave a comment to let me know you’re participating! At the end of the article, you’ll find a Link-Up where can share the Reading Challenges you’ve joined or are hosting, as well as the books you have read for these challenges!
Which Reading Challenges are your favorites? Leave a comment!
I’ll post periodic updates throughout the year. To see the latest books I’ve read, visit Create With Joy – Book Reviews.
Challenges That Encourage You To Read More Books
The 2013 Read 52 Books In 52 Weeks Challenge encourages you to read one book a week or 52 books in a year. There are also a number of optional mini-challenges you can participate in to spice up the challenge, including a 5/5/5 challenge to read 5 books in 5 categories and/or 5 genres.
This is my second year of participation in the challenge. I will be participating in Two Mini Challenges: The Dusty Mini Challenge (limit buying new books for 1-4 months and read 4 to 12 or more books gathering dust on your shelves prior to 2013) and the Inspiration Mini Challenge.
The purpose of the Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge is for you to outdo yourself by reading more books than you did last year! This is my second year in participating in this challenge. Last year I outdid myself by reading 24 more books than the previous year! This year my goal is to get “out of breath” and read 6 to 10 more books.
TBR Challenges – Read What You Already Own
The Embarrassment Of Riches TBR Challenge 2013 encourages you to read books in your To Be Read (TBR) pile that you owned prior to January 1, 2013. I am joining this one at the Copper (6 Book) level.
The 2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge encourages you to read your TBR books with a 2012 or earlier release date! I’ll be joining at the A Firm Handshake (1-10 TBR Books) level.
Off The Shelf 2013 encourages you to read the books off your own shelves (2012 or earlier) that have gone unread for too long. You choose your challenge level (quantity) and can participate in additional challenges as well. I am joining at the “tempted to choose 5 books to read” level.
The Free Reads 2013 Challenge encourages you to read all of those books you have received for free but haven’t been able to get to. They include books you’ve received as presents, review requests, prizes, or just found in the streets. They do not include library books or other lending services. These must be books that have become part of your personal collection. Includes ARCs and new releases.
I am joining at the “For me? Choose 5 books to read” level.
The 2013 Mount TBR Reading Challenge is perfect for those of you who have HUGE stacks of unread books of your own that you need to start whittling down! I have to confess – this one intimidates me – but I will tackle Pike’s Peak (12 books) and see how high I climb!
Reading Challenges By Format & Publisher
The 2013 E-Book Challenge encourages readers to expand past just physical books to embrace e-books in all forms. This is my second year of participating in this challenge and I will be joining at the Floppy Disk (5 E-Books) level.
The 2013 Self-Published Challenge encourages readers to look beyond the traditional, and experience pure imagination. You can read any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is self-published by the author. This is my second year of participating in this challenge and I will be joining at the Sentence (5 book) level.
The 2013 Go Indie Reading Challenge encourages readers to give non-mainstream types of published works a chance. It includes both self-published books and books published by Independent Publishers. I’ll be entering at the Tentative (5 book) level).
Reading Challenges By Genre
If you love reading about food, the Foodies Read 2013 Challenge is for you! For this challenge, decide how many food books you would like to read during 2013. A food book is a book that is centered around food and/or drinks. This could be a cookbook, a food biography or memoir, or a non-fiction book focused around a specific food, wine, chef or restaurant. You can also include fictional stories in which food plays a major role.
I’ll be joining this challenge at the Pastry Chef level of 4 to 8 books.
The Nerdy Non-Fiction Challenge 2013 encourages participants to read more non-fiction this year. The challenge site contains a huge list of non-fiction categories, and you are encouraged to read a minimum number of books in at least 2 to 3 categories. I don’t consider myself a Nerd… but for the purposes of this challenge, I guess I’ll be proudly donning that label! My goal is to rock the Nerd category by reading 15+ books in at least 8 categories!
The Non-Fiction Non-Memoir Reading Challenge 2013 encourages you to read a variety of non-fiction books across a variety of topics, excluding memoirs, journals, autobiographies, and cookbooks, instruction manuals, how-to, self-help and travel books, individual essays and articles, children’s books, and any other types of books not meant to be read cover to cover. Sounds like a lot of exclusions, right? That’s part of the challenge!
I’m aiming for the PhD level – 25 books – in this challenge!
The Immigrant Stories Challenge encourages you to read books of any type that include an immigrant story. What a fabulous way to expand one’s horizons and learn more about one’s roots! I am going to start this at the entry level – Just Off The Boat, 1 to 3 Books – and see where this challenge takes me.
The purpose of the 2013 Women’s Challenge is to read more books by female authors. I thoroughly support that goal! I’ll be participating at Level 4, Reading 16+ female authors this year.
The New Year’s Resolution Challenge is a seasonal challenge that encourages you to take action on your New Year’s Resolutions by reading 1 to 4 books that will stimulate actions on your goals by January 31, 2013. I plan on reading at least 4 books in this category before the month is over.
Specialty Challenges – AKA The Fun Stuff!
The 2013 Book Bingo Reading Challenge is one of the coolest challenges I have come across. If you love Bingo and you love fun and games, you will want to participate in this challenge just for the thrill of filling out their very cool scorecard!
To participate in the challenge, you use their scorecard to complete rows the way you would in a game of Bingo. Each spot contains the specific reading challenge you must complete, such as:
- Reading books in your TBR pile
- Re-reading some books
- Reading some new books
- Reading books that everyone but you has read
- Reading books from a series that you have started & have been neglecting
Be sure to visit their site for the full details!
The A To Z Reading Challenge is self-explanatory. Read one book starting with every letter of the alphabet!
The What An Animal Challenge encourages you to read at least 6 books that meet any of the following requirements:
- There is an animal in the title of the book.
- There is an animal on the cover of the book.
- An animal plays a major role in the book.
- A main character is (or turns into) an animal.
The What’s In A Name 6 Challenge encourages you to read books in 6 categories with the following words (or their equivalent) in the titles:
- A book with up or down (or equivalent) in the title.
- A book with something you’d find in your kitchen in the title.
- A book with a party or celebration in the title.
- A book with fire (or equivalent) in the title.
- A book with an emotion in the title.
- A book with lost or found (or equivalent) in the title.
The 2013 Where Are You Reading Challenge invites you to travel via book across the entire United States during the course of the year – and, for bonus points, beyond! You receive points by completing books and identifying the state or country where most of the action in the book takes place (for fiction) – or, for non-fiction, identifying the locale the book is about! Visit the site for the complete details.
I don’t actually expect to journey to all 50 states during the year – but I do think it will be fun to see how many places I do visit during the course of the year!
The 2013 Postal Reading Challenge invites you to read and review books with a postal theme. You can choose non-fiction books about letter writing, collections of real letters, or epistolary fiction of any era. I’ll be joining this challenge at the Postcard Level, aiming to read 4 books with an epistolary theme!
Faith-Based Reading Challenges
The following challenges are a little different than the previous challenges in that they are offered more for your personal edification than for public tracking (although sign-ups are available!) But, after reviewing the resources and parameters of the challenges, I felt that they were too good not to share!
Operation Actually Read Bible is a Perpetual Challenge that encourages you to set your own Bible Reading goals – and your own timeline for completing them! Read the entire Bible in a year – or in five! Read portions of it in depth. Read the Bible any way you choose – just read it! Guidelines for Getting Started are provided if needed.
Operation Deepen Faith is a wonderful challenge that offers several options for deepening your faith! Again, there are no strict guidelines or commitments to make – choose what you like then delve in. This is an awesome challenge for anyone who is serious about growing in their faith!
The Cloud Of Witnesses Reading Challenges (based on Hebrews 12:1-2) encourages you to read Christian classics. The main criteria for this challenge is that the author is a deceased Christian. Suggestions are provided for those who need ideas.
I’ll be using these challenges for ideas and inspiration and as a means to help track my faith-based reading this year. I am starting my Bible Reading for the year in the Book of Ephesians.
Which Challenges Are Your Favorite?
As you can see, there is no shortage of Reading Challenges to choose from this year! Which challenges do you like the most? Please leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!
Reading Challenge Link-Up
Are you are hosting a Reading Challenge of your own? Are you participating in any Reading Challenges, including the ones listed in this article? If so, please feel free to share the direct links to your posts so that we can visit you, discover new challenges, and cheer you on!
Wow! Hats off to you for taking on those challenges. I love reading and so miss being able to do it on a regular basis – well, unless my 4 year old’s picture books count 🙂
I hope that you will be inspired to find a challenge that YOU can join (some of these challenges do not require a lot of books or commitment – YOU choose the levels you want to read at – and there is no one looking over your shoulder to actually see what you do or don’t accomplish!) I know that I read a lot more books last year as a result of joining a few than the previous year! 🙂
I’d also like to encourage you to join some Reading Challenges where you can spend quality time encouraging a love of books with your 4-year old! There are several out there that deal with Children’s books. Here are two that might be of particular interest to you (based on your child’s age):
2013 Kidlit Read And Review Challenge at http://imlostinbooks.blogspot.com/2013/01/introducing-kidlit-read-review-challenge.html – For this challenge, you read to your child and you get your child’s perspective on the book! Fabulous! 🙂
NonFiction Picture Book Challenge 2013 –
Have fun checking these out. There is truly a Reading Challenge for everyone! 🙂
Love the blogging world!!! I would have never thought to find a reading challenge for us to do together! So, now of course, I’ll have to find one for my other two to make this a family affair 🙂 Thanks so much for the information! You’re awesome!
I actually wanted to join that reading challenge because I love children’s books (and the beautiful illustrations!) but, when I first read it, I thought you HAD to have a child to read to in order to participate.
Now, on second reading of the challenge, it appears that is not the case – you can read the book independently if you do not have small children in your home – so I may actually add this challenge to my list! I know there are a lot of moms looking for great books for their kids as well as some children’s authors in our very midst… so I’m so glad you left your comment! 🙂
Welcome to the Foodies Read challenge! Looking forward to seeing the books you choose!
This is a wonderful resource. I’d love to have you link up to my linky party so my followers will have this information also. I have some avid readers… Thanks, Linda Pinning also.
Thanks for the invite Linda as well as the pin – just linked up! 🙂
I am glad you added the Immigrant Stories Challenge to your cadre of challenges and I look forward to seeing what you read! Thanks for joining!
Thanks for hosting such an awesome challenge Colleen! Really looking forward to reading some of the books on my shelves for this one!
Following you from blog hop-nice to meet you!
Delighted to meet you too Tess! Look forward to getting to know you!
I have seen these reading challenges before; in fact, my nephew participates in them. I on the other hand started another blog strictly for the books I read, but you have me thinking about joining a book challenge.
Stop by if you like, and take a look at my book shelf you may find some books you would like to read OR recommend a book.
Good luck with the challenge.
Have a great weekend.
Tina, that’s awesome! I stopped by and LOVE your new blog!
Please stay in touch and if you join some challenges, please link up and let me know! 🙂
Thank you! I will definitely let you know.
Have a great week.
WOW! That’s a lot of challenges! I have SO MANY books I need to get started on but I feel like all I do is cook, clean, raise kids and sleep. My husband can’t sleep with the light on and I just don’t like reading anywhere else. I need to stop making excuses and get to reading something more than blogs!
Sounds like the Foodies Read challenge would be a perfect place for you to start, Julie, since you’re already doing so much cooking! 🙂
Hope you find a way to tackle that TBR (To Be Read) pile – even if it’s just for a few minutes each day!
Thanks for stopping by at Show Off Friday!
Wow! Lots of challenges. Have fun and glad you decided to do 52 books again.
Great challenges! I need to find some good books and make time to read. It’s one of my favorite pastimes but I’ve been terrible about making time for it lately.
Thanks Randi! That’s one of the reasons I first got involved with the challenges last year. I realized that I had let one of my loves (reading) sort of slip away. I hope you consider giving one or two of them a try. You’ll also find some great book recommendations by going through my reviews and the reviews of other book bloggers! 🙂
Thanks for signing up for the Postal Reading Challenge and sharing it, too. You are very brave to take on so many challenges! I enjoy challenge reading and discovering what others who are doing the same are choosing to read…. but it just increases the number of books that I want to pick up 🙂
Thanks Melwyk – I’m really excited about this one (and may I say, I love your badge!)
I already have a few of my books picked out, but I probably won’t read them until later in the year –
Right now I am trying to catch up on reviews so that I can tackle TBR pile!
I pared down my challenges for this year – but focused onb reading what I already have (too many!)
You’ve got some great ones there.
I intended to take it easy too Bev – but as you can see that didn’t work out so well – lol!
I could spend the whole year doing nothing but a TBR challenge. I’m sure most book lovers could!
Which ones are you participating in? You said you pared down (which means you still have a few on your plate!)
Welcome to the Non-Fiction/Non-Memoir Reading Challenge! I’m looking forward to hearing about what you read.
Thanks Caitlin! I look forward to sharing and getting to know you in the upcoming year! 🙂
Wow, you are much more ambitious than I am with challenges this year. I’m challenging myself to read 100 books this year…and I’ve joined a couple of other challenges. I’m going to check out some of the ones you’ve posted though! Thanks 🙂
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All of these look so amazing! I am just trying to read the blogs I follow. That’s a challenge enough for me right now (The busy house has 4 cats, 2 dogs, and a precious newborn baby boy).
When I am ready for a book challenge I will have to take on the “read what you already own” Just because I didn’t have time to read books, doesn’t mean I didn’t grab them at 40% off!
I wish I was more of a reader. Right now I am stressing about meeting my one book per month goal. Ha!
I had to smile when I saw this post since I already read this, this morning. I love reading but don’t get much time to do it. I think I will pick the 2013 Ebook reading challenge and try to complete it this year with the DVD – 25 ebooks level. I average about 4 downloads a day of free Christian fiction thanks to another blogger posting kindle book deals, so now I have plenty to choose from.
Oh my gosh, that is SO impressive! My friend Tobin does a “Friday Reads” on his Twitter where he shares something (a quote, a thought, etc.) about the book he’s reading that week and he always chooses a different book every week – I thought THAT was impressive, but this is beyond it!
I think it’s incredible that you’re getting yourself to read so much this year! My goals as far as reading goes have been generally to just make sure I read SOMETHING for myself (which for me usually means something nonfiction, but I’m not super picky) for at least 10 minutes a day.
I know it seems small, but even accomplishing that can seem difficult sometimes. But I just love reading and want to make sure I never get “too busy” for it.
I am bookmarking this page =) I’m also signing up for the Gold: Read 36 TBR books between Jan 1 and Dec 31 2013. Me and a few of my friends are die hard book fans. I didn’t know any of these challenges existed. Looking forward to keeping tabs with you. Hopefully I can add some of these hundreds of ebooks I’ve downloaded over the past month to my reading list.
That is AWESOME Brandy!
In addition to the TBR challenge, did you see the E-Book one?
Since you’ve downloaded so many, you may want to add that one to your list as well! 🙂
Please DO keep us apprised of your progress! We’d love to cheer you on!
(There’s a linky at the bottom for updates!)
Admittedly, I am not a bookish person and wow, that is a lot of reading challenges in there. Last year, embarrassing as it may sounds, I only finished 2 fiction books.
Two books are better than none, Darwin! Who knows? This year, you might make it four! 🙂
I typically try to read 5 to 10 books a month. I have thousands downloaded on my Kindle and I’m always looking for new reads. I think you will do wonderful with your challenge!
You have quite the reading list. I’m amazed at those who read so often. As soon as I sit down to read a few minutes, my children assume I have nothing to do. Though I do read a few books a year, I applaud those who make reading a priority. Kudos! Keep it up!
Wow you are going to be busy lol. I so admire you taking this on and I think its a fab idea. I tend to stick to one area and I think something like this helps to open your eyes to other types of book. Thanks for sharing
This is so cool because I just signed up for some reading review sites so I really need to get on the ball this year and commit to a reading challenge. Excellent post, thank you for the information 🙂
Wow, that’s alot of challenges! I love the fact that you encourage reading books people already own…and I would love to try one of the Deepen Your Faith challenges. I think it would be the right boost to keep me accountable and follow through with my spiritual reading. Nice post! I like all the links!
That’s insane that there are so many reading challenges! I’d never thought about this and appreciate you sharing these links!
Believe it or not, Kirsten, this is just the tip of the iceberg!
There were actually more that I wanted to include but I had to stop or I never would have finished this post!
I may be adding challenges throughout the year, so if you’re interested, stay tuned! 🙂
Wow! What a great list. This year I definitely want to work on tackling the numerous books I’ve received for free on my kindle. It would probably take me more than a year to get through them all, though!
No worries there – what you don’t finish, just add to next year’s list!
Looks like there could be a LOT of people joining that e-book challenge!
Wow, I never realized there were that many reading challenges around. I read for pleasure all the time, and usually read on average 1-2 books a week at least. During the kids school breaks, I get a lot more reading done. I do a lot of reading for my book reviews for my blog, but I get a lot done for pleasure as well. Thanks to my Kindle Fire I’ve gained a lot more freedom reading as well. For some reason, my baby has no issue with me having that in my hands, but goes crazy when I have an actual book in my hands.
Thanks for sharing all of these challenges.
Believe it or not, Crystal, these challenges are just the tip of the iceberg!
I hope you can find some here that you like.
Would love to see what you’re reading throughout the year! 🙂
I’m not signing up to any challenges this year but totally admire those that do!
I like the A to Z challenge. I think I will make a worksheet for my oldest so she can do that one during library trips.
Isn’t that fun?
I think that would be especially fun for a child to do – fabulous way to get them involved!
Thanks for sharing that with us Jennifer!
Wow! I did resolve to read more this year, and this list is great. It is hard enough for me to keep up with my monthly book club, but I am aiming to read every book this year!
That’s awesome Jennifer!
Would love to hear what you are reading through your book club!
That is a great goal in and of itself! 🙂
I am thrilled to be exposed to this post through Blogelina. I love the idea of your blog as well as this particular challenge. I also love the idea of exposure to new authors but having an infant at home I worry about committing to a certain amount of books as I don’t really have control over my own schedule. Perhaps the Off the Shelf challenge is a more doable one. What do you think?
I am so glad you found us too! The Off The Shelf challenge is an awesome way to work through your current books so you don’t have to stress about deadlines – and you can do what you love – read more!
The nice thing about these challenges is that YOU are in control – YOU determine when and how much you do –
and, there is NO ONE looking over your shoulder to see what you do and don’t do –
at the end of the day, it’s about having fun and reading more! 🙂
I would love to take this challenge. Right now, I sit typing this comment, looking over at the stack of checked out library books I’ve yet to get to and wonder…do I have time for more??? However do you find time to participate?
I love reading and just have to visit these links. Thanks.
Welcome! 🙂 To be honest, I do what I can and I don’t stress it (well – not much – lol!)
My philosophy is that I will read more by participating and setting goals than if I don’t –
And the reward is in the doing (whether of not I meet my actual targets perfectly!)
Have fun visiting the links and if you decide to join a few – please stop back and let us know which ones you picked!
There is a link up at the bottom so that we can support one another in our progress! 🙂
Very nice! I set an annual reading goal each year at goodreads.com
If you visit my blog (www.onemomsguide.com) I have a link to the right with my 2013 reading challenge.
Last year, I read 16 books (my goal was 15) and this year I’ve bumped it up to 30. Of course, I also include audiobooks. That may or may not seem like much but I’m a single mother of 6, so that’s a reasonable goal for me.
So far, 4 of my six kiddos are avid readers. 🙂
Love your goals Gina – just visited and we share some similar reading interests! 🙂
Neat! Glad we share a similar taste in books. =)
I linked up (above) and hope to meet other readers.
Awesome Gina! Look forward to hearing about the books you read this year! 🙂
i would love to be able to start a reading program this year….
I mostly read blogs lately, but I have enjoyed getting into a good book in the past. Getting harder now with kids, but one thing I have resolved to do this year is read the Bible. I have a study Bible and I feel a stronger pull towards God these days which is going to help my resolve to actually delve into the Bible, instead of just saying I want to, which is typically what I have done in the past.
I know what you mean Joell! I am looking forward to working through some of those faith challenges at my own pace.
There are so many creative ideas there! I think one of the good things these challenges do, at least for me,
is to hold me accountable to myself as I try to track my progress through them! 🙂
I love to read! It’s definitely not a challenge to read, but it’s a challenge to diversify my reading interests. I read to create an alternate reality for myself – to help me escape my life and live another one through a book. Don’t get me wrong – I love my life and my family, but it’s nice to escape for a little while and take a break through a book.
I know what you mean Jennifer! That’s one of the joys of reading!
Oh, Wow! So many great choices. I do need to read something other than gardening, real food, and farming!
I think this is an awesome idea. One of my goals is to read 15 minutes per day, in addition to my bible reading. So far I am on track. I am almost done with my first book, I need to come up with another one.
Congrats on setting such a fabulous goal! This is a GREAT place to find new books to read! By visitng my reviews, the other bloggers who link up and share their books, and the hostesses who are offering challenges and reviewing books, you will have a steady supply of new offerings to choose from (and a wonderful world of new bloggers to meet in the process!)
What a cool concept! I have bookmarked your page to come back to when I have a bit more time (and when I can decide which to participate in!). I do have a question– what are books that just sit around and haven’t been read yet? 🙂 I am joking but I rarely have books that have not been read- as I am an avid reader!
I just got a kindle for christmas and am loving all the free books I have been able to find– what a great way to read as much as I want!
You gals are going to have to start sharing your Kindle finds with me.
I just got one and I need to fill it up with some good e-books! 🙂
Wow, that is alot of reading options! I am going to check out Operation Actually Read Bible and Operation Deepen Your Faith. Looks like they might be a big encouragement to grow.
Thanks for sharing!
Awesome Becca – you’ll enjoy the way they are structured! 🙂
Whao..there are so many different reading challenges around. My main challenge is to finish up all the books from last yr that I have yet to review.
So many reading challenges.
I really need to get all the outstanding book reviews from last year done. That’s my reading challenge.
Wow — you have some great challenges listed here! I wish you luck with them all! Thanks for joining the Book Bingo challenge. 🙂
Thanks so much for hosting Kristilyn!
I haven’t joined any reading challenges, though I did make a list of books I want to read this year. I purposefully chose more books than I know I will read because it gives me room to decided I don’t like a book, not in the mood for a certain one, etc. Here’s my book list for this year:
I would say the best challenge for me would be the New Years Challenge. I have quite a collection of book I have gotten for free in my Kindle and they are sitting there waiting for me to read them. So this year I decided to read at least 10 of them with two other books I already have for this new year. I know 12 doesn’t sound like very many but I also do a hour or two of read a loud time with my kids for our homeschool. So I wanted to make my goal something I felt I could attain so I would not get discouraged. I am hoping to be able to read much more than just those books in this new year.
This post is a great resource thanks for sharing.
Awesome Shelly – I hope you jump in! I’ve gotten to know the hostess Joy and she is awesome! 🙂