The beginning of the year posts are always my favorite posts to do. I love picking new challenges to participate in every year and setting TBRs for them. Because I’m behind I am going to do what I did last year and just share all of them in one post. Some of these challenges are ones I am joining and some are ones that I have made for myself. Also the TBRs that I pick now aren’t set in stone. If I’m not in the mood for a book when the time comes to read it I will just switch it out for another book that fits the prompt. Let’s jump in shall we.
1.) Goodreads/The StoryGraph Reading Challenge
This is one challenge just done on 2 different sites. I’ve been setting my reading goal for 100 books for the past 3 years and this year is no different. If I don’t reach that goal, it’s no big deal it’s just fun trying.
2.) What’s In A Name Reading Challenge hosted by Andrea from Carolina Book Nook
I participated in this challenge for the first-time last year and decided I wanted to participate again this year because it’s such an easy and quick challenge to do with only 6 prompts.
In 2022, choose 6 books that have titles that contain a:
(Click on the links for examples and info)
- Compound word: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
- Speed: I thought for sure I would have a book for this but I don’t so any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!!
- Person and their description: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
- Mythical being: Her Alien Savior by Elle Thorne
- Season: Winter by Marissa Meyer
- Color: Black Water Sister by Zen Cho
3.) Bookbloggers 2022 Fiction Reading Challenge created by Lynne from Fictionophile
This is another one that I participated in for the first-time last year and enjoyed it so much that I have decided to participate again this year and once again it’s another easy and quick one with only 6 prompts.
- Title contains a reference to temperature: Getting Hot with the Scot by Melonie Johnson
- Title contains a reference to precipitation: Praying for Rain by BB Easton
- Title contains a word associated with royalty: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
- A collection of short stories: Different Seasons by Stephen King
- Title contains words good or evil: Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert
- Title contains numerals: How to Choose a Guy in 10 Days by Lila Monroe
4.) Husband Picks 5
I don’t know why I keep attempting this because I always fail but I guess I like to torture myself. I had my husband pick 5 books again this year. Last year I only read 1 of the 5 hopefully this year I can do better than that. If I manage the 5, I will have him pick 5 more and so on but who really thinks I will get through the first 5 at this point?
- King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
- What Remains by Inked in Gray
- Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
- Scream All Night by Derek Milman
- The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
5.) Buzzwordathon Reading Challenge created by Kayla from BooksandLala
Last year Kayla decided to choose the words for every month ahead of time and you participate however and whenever you want. She is doing that again this year. I have decided to treat it as a reading challenge and read one book each month for each of the prompts. There are of course 12 prompts, and my goal is to read 12 books. If you are interested in joining this year long readathon/challenge, check out Kayla’s video where she goes over everything you need to know and gives recommendations for each of the prompts. Here are the prompts and my initial choices but some of them are subject to change.
- January (who, what, when, where, why or how) – How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan
- February (me, you, she, her, he, him, we, their, etc.) – Her Alien Savior by Elle Thorne
- March (locations: city, state, country, attractions, etc.) – Love in the Capitol by B. Ivy Woods
- April (size: big, little, small, large, etc.) – Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
- May (directions: north, south, east, west, up, left, etc.) – Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
- June (the word “ALL”) All Night with a Rogue by Alexandra Hawkins
- July (book related words) The Bookish life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
- August (items/objects) – Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen
- September (light or dark) – Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts
- October (creatures or animals) – Sparrow by L.J. Shen
- November (words that end in “ING”) – Kissing books by Cat Johnson
- December (numbers) – First Love by James Patterson
6.) The Swoon Sisters Book Club hosted by Nicole from Who Picked This Book? & Daijah from Daijah’s Book World
The Swoon Sisters Book Club is a book club dedicated to reading romance. This is the second year this book club is happening and while I’m not sure if I will be able to participate as much as I did last year I still want to try because I love reading romance. They pick the books every quarter, so I only know the books for the first 3 months.
- January – The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
- February – Flock by Kate Stewart
- March – The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori
7.) Lost in Romance Book Club hosted by myself and Michelle
This is the reason I am not sure how much I will be able to participate in the Swoon Sisters Book Club. I’ve started my own book club this year with Michelle, and I really want to make that a priority and make sure I read those books. As you can tell by the title it is a romance book club because we love romance. If you want to join, just click the first link it will take you to the Goodreads group. We will be reading one book a month and so far, we only have January’s book picked.
- January – Indigo Ridge by Devney Perry
8.) 2022 Audiobook Challenge hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer and That’s What I’m Talking About
I’ve participated in this challenge before but for some reason I didn’t in 2021. I decided to participate this year because I have gotten into audiobooks more and more over the years and I already keep track of how many audiobooks I read so why not make it a challenge.
Challenge Levels: I’ve decided to go for Marathoner because in 2021 I listened to 55 audiobooks so I feel like that will be a good number to shoot for again.
- Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
- Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
- Stenographer (can listen while multitasking) 10-15
- Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
- Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
- My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
- Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+
- Over-Achiever (Power Listener) 75+
- The 100 Club (Audiobook Addict) 100+
9.) 2022 “Support Book Bloggers” Challenge created by Briana from Pages Unbound
This is a new to me challenge and a new challenge in general. I always like blog posts and I share some and comment on some, but I would like to do more and when I saw Briana’s post where she has prompts for each month of different ways to support book bloggers, I thought it was a great idea and it was a way to push me to do a little more, hopefully. Some of these will be posts and some of these will just be me doing more of what I already do but I am really looking forward to doing this.
1. FIND 10 BOOK BLOGGERS YOU’VE ENJOYED READING IN THE PAST AND GIVE THEM A SHOUT OUT
- The shout out can be as a blog post on your blog, a list on Twitter, or any other ways you want to show them support.
2. FIND 10 NEW-TO-YOU BOOK BLOGGERS TO FOLLOW
- Follow 10 new book blogs. They don’t need to be new blogs, just new-to-you. Optional: write a post, create a Twitter thread, etc. sharing their URLs with others.
3. LEAVE COMMENTS ON 10 BOOK BLOGS
4. WRITE A POST SUPPORTING BOOK BLOGGERS
- A round-up of blog links you enjoyed reading in the past week or month
- A post about why you enjoy reading book blogs in general
- A post about how other people can support book blogs
- A list of bloggers with affiliate links or ko-fi accounts that people can support
6. RESPOND TO 5 COMMENTS OTHER PEOPLE HAVE LEFT ON A BLOG
- Instead of leaving a comment replying to the blog posts, try starting a discussion by replying to a comment someone else has left on another blog.
7. WRITE A POST ABOUT BOOKS YOU’VE READ BECAUSE OF OTHER BLOGGERS
- Your list can be specific (I read X book because Y blogger recommended it), or it can be more general (I read these books because they seem popular with bloggers in general).
8. FOLLOW 5 NEW BOOK BLOGGERS (LESS THAN 1 YEAR OLD)
- Optional: write a post, Twitter thread, etc. sharing their URLs with others.
9. WRITE A GUEST POST FOR A BLOG OR FEATURE A GUEST POST ON YOUR BLOG
- Guests posts seem to have declined in popularity on book blogs in the past couple years, but they can be a fun way to increase your reach and introduce readers to new bloggers.
10. READ 10 BLOG POSTS AND “LIKE” THEM
- This is the simplest way to support book blogs — read them! — but sometimes we get busy, and this falls by the wayside. So take the time to read 10 posts and leave a “like” is possible. Bonus: comment on them, as well.
- Creating a round-up of interesting links from other blogs
- Writing a discussion post inspired by someone else’s and linking back
- Linking to other bloggers’ reviews at the end of your reviews
- Linking to another blogger’s post in a discussion post to support a point
- Including quotes from other bloggers and linking back to them in one of your posts
- Repetitive? Maybe. But bloggers love when other people share their posts, and they get more traffic!
10.) 12 Challenge created by Shadowbooker on Instagram
I saw this challenge making the rounds on Instagram at the end of December and of course I jumped on board. I thought it would be a great way to get some recommendations and maybe read a little bit out of my comfort zone. This challenge is very simple you read 12 books over 12 months recommended by 12 friends. I got my recommendations from people on Instagram and Twitter, and I am really looking forward to all of these. Some I’ve heard of and already wanted to read and some I haven’t heard of and like I said above may be a little out of my comfort zone.
- Sadie by Courtney Summers (recommended by momsbookcollection)
- Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi (recommended by ashley.reads88)
- The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig (recommended by jess_reads_books)
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (recommended by bookcoffeehappy)
- Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (recommended by theresajsnyder)
- The Guncle by Steven Rowley (recommended by gemma_bmr)
- The Cove by L.J. Ross (recommended by ClareJanetMason)
- To Love and Be Loved by Amanda Prowse (recommended by jamescudney4)
- Tokyo Ueno Station by Miri Yu (recommended by BookishLuna)
- The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (recommended by storytimesleeve)
- A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (recommended by bulliesandbooks)
- Heroine by Mindy McGinnis (recommended by dezzztructive)
11.) 20 Books of Summer created by Cathy from 746Books
I also hope to participate in this challenge again this year. I think it runs from June 1st through September 1st. If I do join in I will pick the books closer to the start day and share an announcement post/TBR post then.
That’s all of the challenges I want to participate in this year. At least for now. I might come across more as time passes. There are 11 challenges here which is one more than last year, but I love participating in challenges. I think they are so much fun even if I don’t complete them. Are you participating in any of these challenges? Are you participating in something I haven’t mentioned? I would love to hear about it in the comments.