In an attempt to jolt myself into reading more consistently and in a hope to hit my overall Goodreads challenge target of 18, I was inspired to throw together a list of mini challenges. In the same vein as Instagram photo challenges, with 30 days of prompts to take a photo of, these lists are created by lots of bookish sites and accounts and do the rounds every January and I missed out on them. Below is my challenge list, created in August, to see how well I can do in 4 months. It’s a bit of a mash up of other reading challenge lists I read through as well as some completely my own.
Core Challenges: 5 points each
- A book with ‘cat(s)’ in the title
- Set in space
- Set in Scandinavia
- Published this year (2019)
- Published before you were born
- A ghost story
- A story with dragons
- A non-fiction book
- A comic or graphic novel
- A translated book
- A book you know nothing about
- A book someone recommended to you personally
- Tagged LGBT on Goodreads
- A debut novel
- A sequel
- …with a two word title
- An audiobook
- …from an author from Asia, Africa or Latin America
- A book over 500 pages long
- …that is also (or shortly will be) a movie/TV Series
Bonus Challenges: 10 points each
- A multi-author book (translators don’t count)
- …in a genre you don’t normally choose
- Read more than one translated or International book during the year
- A book you’ve owned for more than 5 years (and haven’t read yet)
- A “book to read before you die”
Know Thy Enemy Ultra Challenge: 50 points
- Read a book by an author you actively dislike
Usually these challenges don’t involve a points system but I thought it’d add an extra dynamic based on how hard I thought each one would be for me.
I’ve already ticked some of these off – I think I’ve gathered maybe 50 points so far – and I’m working on another two actively at the moment. I’ll come back in December/January and post what books went with what challenges.
Anyone else have any cunning strategies for keeping yourself reading?