In the last couple of years, I have become quite an avid fan of them. They are fantastic for discovering new-to-you authors or genres you’ve never tried before. The thing I really love about them is seeing which of the books in my towers and piles will work for each category.
I’ve finally decided to design my very first reading challenge, and you’re the first to learn the categories here on Writing to Inspire.
This reading challenge will be for the second half of 2017, and since autumn is smack in the middle of these months, I’ve titled it “Autumn 2017 Reading Challenge.” Because summer’s also in there, I’ve created levels with a beach theme. This challenge is active from July through December of this year.
To keep track of who’s participating and how many books they sign up for, I’ll be editing this article to include the participants’ names and number of books they’re aiming for (I’m going ahead and marking myself down to give you an example of what this will look like). To get your name on the list, leave me a comment letting me know that you’re in and how many books you’re striving to read for this challenge.
Once the challenge gets going, make sure to leave another comment once a month or so to update me on how many books you’ve read toward the challenge, that way I can update your entry in the reading challenge.
There are four different levels for this challenge:
Testing the Water – 6 books (1 per month)
Wading In – 12 books (2 per month)
Swimming to the Buoy – 18 books (3 per month)
Open-Water Swimming – 24 books (4 per month)
For the first three levels, you can choose any of the categories to reach your number of books. For the largest level, all the categories must be completed.
Here are the twenty-four categories for the
Autumn 2017 Reading Challenge:
1. A book that was turned into a movie
2. A book set in Germany
3. A book that’s over 400 pages
4. A book with only two colors on the cover
5. A book whose cover has the author’s name in larger print than the title
6. A book featuring a road trip
7. A book that takes place on a boat
8. A book about brothers
9. A borrowed book
10. A book with a quilt on the cover
11. A book with “daughter” in the title
12. A book with jewelry on the cover
13. A book that made you laugh out loud
14. A book with a wedding dress on the cover
15. A book that takes place in two or more time periods
16. A book with yellow lettering on the cover
17. A book with a POV character with a diverse cultural background
18. A book with stars on the cover
19. A book written by a new-to-you author
20. A book with an eccentric character
21. A book with a theme of “trust”
22. A book with a two-word title
23. A book written by one of your favorite authors
24. A book you read without first reading the back cover
Here’s a picture version of the categories. Feel free to save it to your computer for future reference. I’ll also have it on my Reading Challenges Pinterest board if you want to share it with your friends.
Which level are you in for?
Which categories are the most intriguing to you?
Have you ever before participated in a reading challenge?
You can also find it in the right-hand sidebar of my website for the rest of the year.