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2023 Challenges

My goodness - there are SO many challenge options out there and I want to try them all! I love a good challenge. But, here's what you should know about me. I join challenges to encourage me to find new books or work on my TBR list, etc. I don't worry about completing it perfectly - because who cares but me? If I do, excellent! If I don't, well, there's always next year, right? I also definitely use books to crossover challenges where I can because that's a whole different kind of mental challenge.

Last year I took a bit of a break and only had one, then added COYER toward the end of the year. During the year I came across so many new-to-me or old favorite challenges, that I feel compelled/excited to join some. So, here's my sign up page for challenges I'm going to join this year. Wish me luck!

If you're looking for a pretty complete list of options, try this list at Ready for a Reading Challenge? or GirlXOXO or Reading Challenge Addict - they're sure to get your reading juices flowing.

Click the image to go to the sign up page and join in! Most are open for joining in any time.

Tracking books set in all 50 states plus District of Columbia - wherever most of the book takes place. Bonus "points" for each country outside the US. I love traveling on the page, so I'm looking forward to this one.

Hosted by Lori @ Escape With Dollycas

A challenge to help clear my TBR - only non-owned books, added at any time but ON MY TBR. With 8 levels to choose from, I choose Mount Crumpit: 24 books from my TBR. Monthly linky provided to share reviews or progress if you want.

Hosted by My Reader's Block

Mount TBR is also hosted by My Reader's Block and is meant only for books you already own, either on your shelf or e-reader. I know I don't read a lot from my shelves so I'm setting a low goal - the lowest mountain to climb is Pike's Peak for 12 books. That's only one per month - I should be able to do that, right?

Choose the level you'd like to complete - I'll be a Special Agent reading between 36-55 mystery/thriller/suspense/crime books. Monthly linky to share your progress.

Hosted by Carol at Carol's Notebook

Storygraph Mystery and Thriller Challenge (tracked on the Storygraph site) with 26 prompts. You list the books you intend to fit the challenge and when you mark that book as read on Storygraph, it automatically tracks your results. Pretty slick.

To help me improve my reading of nonfiction, I'm committing to Nonfiction Nibbler (6 books) for the year. The Nosher is 12 books and I'll probably end up somewhere in between.....

Hosted by Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

I'm joining the Historical Fiction reading challenge again this year - I'm choosing level Medieval which is 15 books. The next level up is 25 books and I'm not sure I can make that..... Visit Marg at The Intrepid Reader to sign up and enjoy historical reading in 2023.

Pick your level and there are prompts provided if you want an extra level of difficulty. I'm aiming for Bilingual, 7-9 books. Hosted by Jen at Introverted Reader.

The hosts are dividing the year into three "chapters", the first being Jan-April. It's the easiest challenge of all - there are no rules: any format, any cost, any genre. Just read and post a link to your review (there's a prize drawing at the end). May 1 will start a new chapter with new rules.

Info can be found at Because Reading.

POPSUGAR 2023 - 40 prompts + 10 bonus ones meant to challenge your reading and maybe nudge you out of your comfort zone. Goodreads and Storygraph both have tracking and suggestions for the prompts. (I anticipate this will be the hardest.)

Hosted by Anne at Books of My Heart and Angel's Guilty Pleasures, this is another super easy challenge. It's created to encourage using your library. Anything received from the library is eligible - audio, books, ebooks, etc. Link reviews using the linky for quarterly giveaways. Of the various levels, I'm registering for Library Card on Fire, 60+ books (this year I had over 80, so I should be able to reach this goal).

Susan at Bloggin' 'bout Books is starting a new challenge this year: read books about books, any format, any size, any bookish connection as long as a book(s) plays a major part in the story. I'm committing to the lowest level to get my Toe in the Door, 1-10 books.

Rose City Reader is hosting the 11th annual European Reading challenge and I'm here for it - read a book authored by or set in any of the 50 countries in the European block. (She provides a list of the 50 qualifying countries.) Read anything between 1 and 5 books in any format and you're a success! I'm going to arbitrarily set my goal at 10 and see what happens.

Yikes! that's 12 (+1 late add for 13) challenges - the most I've ever attempted. I tried to choose ones that can overlap - like a mystery in translation; or a nonfiction book off my own shelves, etc. The ones that have prompts are the hard ones....I haven't read through all the prompts to find overlaps yet, but I will.

I'll be tracking all the challenges in the Challenge tab at the top of the page. Let the reading begin!

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