Spice Up Your Reading Life in the New Year with These Creative Reading Challenges

Spice Up Your Reading Life in the New Year with These Creative Reading Challenges

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Reading challenges are a great way to set goals and stay motivated in your reading life. They can help you discover new authors and genres, and can also be a lot of fun. In this article, we'll be sharing some funny and lighthearted reading challenge ideas for the new year. From the 20x20 Challenge, which involves reading 20 books by 20 black woman authors, to the Mystery Book Challenge, which involves wrapping up your TBR list and opening it up randomly each month, these challenges are sure to keep you entertained and engaged  throughout the year. So if you're ready to add some excitement to your reading life, pick one of these challenges to spice up your reading life!

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1 - “The 20x20 Challenge”

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The goal is simple: read 20 books by 20 black woman authors. Not only will you be supporting and uplifting marginalized voices, but you'll also get to discover some amazing new writers.


2 - “The Library Books Only Challenge”: For this challenge, you're only allowed to check out books from the library for the entire year. It's a great way to save some money and discover new books that you might not have otherwise picked up. Hack: Use Libby!

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3 - “The Uncomfortable Reads Challenge”: Feeling brave? This challenge involves stepping out of your comfort zone and tackling those books that you've been avoiding because they make you feel uncomfortable or vulnerable. It might be tough, but it'll be worth it in the end.

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4 - “The Classic Book Challenge”: For the literary snobs out there, this one's for you. Set a goal to read a certain number of classic books in the year. Whether it's novels, poems, or plays, this challenge is a great way to brush up on your classics.

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5 - “The Mystery Book Challenge”:

Credit: Haley Pham on Youtube for this one! 

Simply wrap up your TBR (To Be Read) list in gift wrapping, and then randomly select a book to read each month. It's like a reading-themed Advent calendar!

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6 - “The No New Books Until You Finish Your TBR List Challenge”: If you're the type of person who always has a never-ending TBR list, this one's for you. The goal is simple: no new books until you finish everything on your current TBR list. It might be tough, but it'll be worth it in the end when you finally get to start fresh with a brand new TBR list.


No matter which challenge you choose, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process of reading. Remember, these challenges are just for fun, so don't worry about whether you'll be able to complete them or if you're reading the "right" books. Just choose something that interests you and start reading! And if you're feeling stuck or uninspired, don't be afraid to switch things up and try a different challenge. The new year is a time for new beginnings, so make the most of it and have fun exploring new worlds through the pages of a book. Happy new year, and happy reading!



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