The Ultimate Reading Challenge Round Up

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Editor’s Note: Unless you think me a heartless cad, please know that I’m aware and incredibly saddened to hear about Penny Jordan’s death. Please visit I Heart Presents or the Harlequin.com Community where we’ve posted a couple of in memoriams. I’ll also be posting something here tomorrow so look out for it then.

Monday’s post on resolutions made me think about the other side of the coin: book challenges! They’re fun ways to inspire you to read more, or to branch out and read things that you wouldn’t normally. A couple of years ago I did a graphic novel book challenge that expanded my horizons indefinitely. I didn’t know I liked Spider-man as much as I did!

I thought I would round up some of the plethora of challenges that exist online for this year. Now, I entitled this the Ultimate Reading Challenge Round Up, but it really doesn’t scratch the surface of what exists out there. However, it does highlight the breadth and depth of just how many challenges exist and really, choosing a couple from this list alone will probably satisfy you for the whole year. For me, the goal isn’t to finish the challenge, but to discover new and exciting books to read that you may not have been exposed to previously. Are there any challenges on this list that you’ve joined? Or would like to join? Have you started a challenge yourself? Leave it in the comments!

Generic Book Challenges

50 Book Challenge
Books Won Challenge
ARC Reading Challenge
100 Books in a Year Challenge
New Authors Reading Challenge
Tea & Books Reading Challenge (For books over 700 pages.)
Off the Shelf 2012
Read Your Name Challenge
Mammoth Book Reading Challenge (For books over 450 pages.)
Books I Started But Didn’t Finish Reading Challenge

List Specific Challenges

BBC Book Challenge
Adoption Reading Challenge (Books about Adoption)
1001 Book You Must Read Before You Die Challenge
All the Books of Pern Challenge
The Dark Tower (Stephen King) Reading Challenge
Rizzoli and Isles Reading Challenge (Terri Gerritsen)
Women’s Murder Club Reading Challenge (James Patterson)
Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Carnival

Genre Specific Challenges

Romance Reading Challenge
Sports Romance Reading Challenge
Operation Deepen Faith (Religion and Faith-centric books)
Witches and Witchcraft Reading Challenge
Clocks, Cogs and Mechanisms Reading Challenge (Steampunk)
What Would Jane Do Reading Challenge (Jane Austen and Austen inspired reads)
Mystery and Suspense Reading Challenge
Zombie Challenge 2012
Horror and Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge
Speculative Romance Challenge
Time Travel Reading Challenge
Dystopia 2012 Challenge
Short Story Reading Challenge
Immigrant Stories Reading Challenge
Fairy Tales Retold Reading Challenge

Country-Specific Challenges

Six Book Challenge (UK)
Nordic Book Challenge
I Love Italy Reading Challenge
Global Reading Challenge
Where are You Reading Challenge

Time Specific Challenges
(Dates are listed in italics and brackets beside each challenge)

A Winter’s Respite Read-a-Thon (January 23 – January 29, 2012)
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (a book a week, that sounds hard!)

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3 Responses to The Ultimate Reading Challenge Round Up

  1. Susan Frank

    I’m really looking forward to this one:
    The 2012 Men in Uniform Reading Challenge

    http://www.thebookvixen.com/2011/10/sign-up-2012-men-in-uniform-reading.html

    And I’ve joined the Goodreads challenge again this year.

    http://www.goodreads.com/challenges/207-2012-reading-challenge

  2. Hi, we at GatheringBooks are actually hosting an Award-Winning-Books Reading Challenge which you might want to check out here:
    http://main.gatheringbooks.org/?page_id=191

    Hope you join us too! :)

  3. Thanks so much for including the Immigrant Stories Challenge!

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