15 Reading Challenges To Up Your Reading Game

Hello, my fellow readers! How are you all doing? Are you ready to take up a reading challenge this year?

Before diving into this blog, I would love to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

In this blog, I’m bringing to you a list of fun and easy reading challenges that you can consider taking this year. To be honest, it really doesn’t matter if you read two or 200 books per year. The more important thing, in my opinion, is to read the books that we actually want to. However, it is important to diversify our reads by including books from all over the world encompassing a variety of topics and themes.

So, if you’re all set and ready for some challenging reading options, please read on and find your perfect fit. I promise that you’ll have plenty of fun in planning your reads, and choosing the books, and of course, *whispering in your ear* in buying them.

Here’s a list of extremely fun (I know because I’ve done a few of them myself) reading challenges, specially curated for you:

1. The Alphabet Challenge or The A to Z Challenge

I took up this challenge myself in 2020. To be honest, I just wanted to read more from my stacked up shelves overflowing with unread books. So, I picked the books starting with each letter of the alphabet and noted them down somewhere in my reading journal. For example, Animal Farm for A, Bridget Jones’ Diary for B, Candid Tales for C, and so on.

Note: Since a lot of books start with The Articles (A, An, The), you can skip the article to consider a book title. For example, you can easily consider (The) Witch of Portobello for W.

2. The Zero to Nine Digit in the Title Challenge

There are plenty of books with numbers or digits in their title. You can customize the challenge as per your will and choose book titles that start with each digit or books that have any number in their titles. Some recommendations for you to get started:
1. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
2. One of Us Is Lying
3. (The) Two Towers (LOTR Book 2)
4. Three Blind Mice
5. I Am Number Four
6. A Thousand Splendid Suns
7. 127 Hours
8. 1984
9. Around the world in 80 Days
10. Station Eleven

3. Twelve Reccommendations from Twelve Friends

This is the challenge I am taking up in 2022. I asked 12 friends and bookstagram buddies to recommend me a book of their choice. And I’ve assigned each of those books to each month of the year. It looks somewhat like this:

You can do the same if it sounds fun to you. Not only you’ll get to read your friend’s recommendations but maybe you’ll step out of your comfort zone and enjoy it too. Also, do I really have to explain how friendships grow in sharing your favourite reads with friends? Yeah, I think you know already!

4. All Books One Author Challenge

This is simply reading all the books written by a particular author in a year challenge. For instance, I planned on reading all books by John Green in 2021. Apart from 2, I ended up reading all his books and added one to my All-Time Favourite Reads. So, pick the author you want to read the most and read everything ever written by them.

5. One Book Every Genre Challenge

This one sounds particularly interesting if you want to diversify your reading experience. I, myself want to do this sometime in future. In case you want to do it, list down all the genres you want to read and start searching for a book. I’ll help you right here. Suppose you want to read 10 books from 10 different genres in a year. You can start creating your list as below:
1. Adventure – Life Of Pi
2. Bildungsroman – Great Expectations
3. Fantasy – The Night Circus
4. Romance – Me Before You
5. Horror – The Shining
6. Non-Fiction – Sapiens

… and so on.

6. Only Award Winning Books

As you are already aware, there are several Literary Awards in the whole world. Some of them are The Booker Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Sahitya Akademi Awards, etc. You can play around and either choose one book from a particular year under each Award or read all the books under that Award from the last 5 or 10 years.

7. Colour in the Title Challenge

Read books that have colours in their titles. Doesn’t this sound fun?

To get you started, here are some recommendations:
1. The Colour Purple
2. Anne of Green Gables
3. Half of a Yellow Sun
4. Beneath a Scarlet Sky
5. Black Beauty
6. Red, White and Royal Blue
7. The Priory of the Orange Tree

8. Books written by Indian Authors

If you want to read more by Indian authors, then this might be the best one for you. Just scourge the internet and find out the titles you find interesting and start reading them one by one.

9. One Book from Each Indian State Challenge

I’ve been wanting to do this challenge myself and track it somewhere on my socials. I’ve seen a few bookstagrammers doing this and it sounds extremely fun. Especially when you’re getting to know more about your country through its literature. All you need to do is find a book from each Indian state and start reading. I’ll probably share a list of book recommendations as I’ll prepare one for myself.

10. Books Reccommended by a Celebrity

There are so many celebrities who are voracious readers. In fact, Emma Watson and Reese Witherspoon have their own Book Clubs, Our Shared Shelf and Reese’s Book Club, respectively. And so did Sushant Singh Rajput. His was called Intoxillectual on Twitter and is now being run by his fans on Instagram. But the point is, this challenge is a good one to read what they recommend. You can select the celebrities you admire the most and read one or more books recommended by them.

11. Books in Every Medium Challenge

Well, as we all probably know that books are now available in more than just one format. We can now read books on our phones, tabs, laptops, E-reading devices and can also listen to audiobooks on a number of apps (Audible, Storytel, etc.). Hence, in case you want to read in more than one format and enhance your reading experience, then make yourself a challenge and read a book on each medium.

12. Name in the Title Challenge

Okay, this is quite simple and yet extremely fun to do. You have to read only those books which have a name in their title. For example, Lolita, An Abundance of Katherines, A House for Mr Biswas, David Copperfield, any Harry Potter book, and Percy Jackson books, Jane Eyre, Anne of Green Gables, and there are hundreds of them.

13. Country or Place Name in the Title Challenge

Okay, by now you might’ve noticed that most of my challenges are in the book titles. Well, that’s because titles are the first thing I notice about a book. If I find the title interesting, I’m going to read the book.

Anyways, for this challenge, you can choose books whose titles have names of places, cities or countries. For example, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A Passage to India, Looking for Alaska, The Calcutta Chromosome, and many more.

14. Reading Only Classics

This one seems pretty self-explanatory. A year of reading only classics. Or maybe you can pick out the number of classics you want to read and try to fulfil the challenge. I had planned to read at least six classics in 2021. But I failed. Did not read a single one. Sigh.

15. Books in One Genre Challenge

This is a good one if you want to explore more in one specific genre. You can go for Fantasy but diversify it by reading Fantasy from all around the world. You never know what gems you can find. Another genre recommendation, magical realism. There are so many but so rare books in this genre.

16. DIY Reading Challenge

This is nothing but a make your own reading challenge! Or if you want me to customize a reading challenge for you, send me an email or ping me on Instagram (I’m most active there). I’ll definitely help you customize your own reading challenge.

If you’re still reading this, I cannot thank you enough! I just hope you got what you were looking for and are ready to smash some reading challenges this year. I’m glad that you enjoyed reading this blog and have already subscribed to it by now? No? Well, do it now then!

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