This year’s Reading Challenge is our biggest and best yet!
We have two challenges this year; a total of 24 categories.
The first challenge is for BACK BURNERS, books you’ve had on your TBR pile (or a physical pile on your bookshelf / desk / wardrobe / garden shed) for years and never got round to starting (or finishing).
The second list is for FRONT RUNNERS, new discoveries to extend and expand your reading in directions you wouldn’t normally go.
Complete the challenges as you wish: read one book from each category, in order, reverse order, or no order at all; or try to read as many books as possible from a category that really takes your fancy.
If you follow both challenges, this could help you structure a routine of two books per month.
However you use the lists, good luck and happy reading in 2022!
- A book you’ve started but not finished – for whatever reason, it didn’t float your boat the first time… but this is the year of second chances!
- A lesser-known book by a well-known author
- A poetry collection – modern or traditional… or somewhere in between
- A story about reflection – interpret in whatever way you want
- A book set in a country you want to learn more about
- A book about finding something – or someone
- A book that looks good on your bedside table – a cover so beautiful it looks better closed!
- A first-person narrator of a different gender to you – read a different experience to your own
- A lit mag (or many!) – so many online and print mags to choose from!
- A book about technology – fiction or non-fiction, this might make you think differently about the future (and present)
- An “underdog” story – on the side of the little guy
- A book about an alternative reality – a parallel universe or a different experience to your own
- A book with a yellow spine – start 2022 with a splash of colour
- A book with an emotion in the title – are you feeling angry, happy, scared or bemused?
- Whichever you see first: WIN or LOSE – search a second-hand bookshop or library for a book with WIN or LOSE in the title; buy the first you find (within your budget)
- The smallest book you can find – track down the tiniest book
- A genre you don’t normally read – push outside your comfort zone
- Whichever you see first: STAY or GO – same as above… should you stay or should you go?
- An “ugly duckling” – the sort of book design that doesn’t normally entice you; the cover might be unappealing, but it’s what inside that counts!
- A book with a cardinal point in the title – will you choose to head north, east, south or west?
- A “random pick” – enter a second-hand bookshop, take three steps forward and pick the first book you see (try not to walk into any shelves or shoppers if you can help it!)
- A book with a river on the cover – where will it take you?
- An author with the same initials as you – the same… but different
- A book with an alliterative title – and an alliterative author for bonus points!
We hope you enjoy and benefit from this year’s challenges. Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter (@BrieflyWrite) to let us know what you think!