I’ve just closed down last year’s reading challenge, and already it’s time to plan ahead for the new year. With a lot of ideas in store for Pretty Purple Polka Dots, what better way to start than laying out a brand new reading challenge.
With last year’s challenge being such a success, I decided to come back again for more. I’d had thoughts to set my own challenge up, but I couldn’t think of enough prompts to get me through the year. So, once again, I’ve asked for help from some of my favourite book haunts.
This year, I’m going to extend my Goodreads challenge slightly and attempt 60 books. I went into 2016 thinking that number was completely unreachable, but I still came out the other side with 57 books under my belt (including two re-reads). This is just three away from the target for 2017, so who knows – it could be very much a possibility.
Modern Mrs Darcy Challenge
The Modern Mrs Darcy reading challenge, run by US based blogger Anne Bogel, has upped its game from last year. While 2016 presented us with 12 prompts, one a month, in 2017 there are an extra 12 challenges added on. The Reading for Fun prompts are perfect for someone who just wants to glide along with their reading this year. The Reading for Growth prompts aim to introduce readers to some more intense tomes. You can guess which ones I went for.
*Note: A book with an ambiguous or unreliable narrator appears in both challenges.
The Reading for Fun prompts
A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit
A book you’ve already read
A book in a genre you usually avoid
A book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read
A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet
A book about a topic or subject you already love
The Reading for Growth prompts
A Newbury Award winner or Honour Book
A book in translation
A book published before you were born
Three books by the same author
A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending
A book nominated for an award in 2017
A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner
PopSugar Reading Challenge
Not to be outdone, the Popsugar Challenge has really pushed the boat out this year. It’s paired a regular 40 book challenge with an advanced section, giving an extra 12 books to attempt. Well, I’ve never been one to back down, have I?
A book recommended by a librarian
A book of letters
A book written by a POC
A book with one of the four seasons in the title
A book with a story within a story
An espionage thriller
A book with a cat on the cover
A book by an author who uses a pseudonym
A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read
A book by or about a person who has a disability
A book involving a mythical creature
A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile
A book about food
A book with career advice
A book with a non human perspective
A steampunk novel
A book with a red spine
A book set in the wilderness
A book you loved as a child
A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
A book set during wartime
A book about an interesting woman
A book with a month or day of the week in the title
A book set in a hotel
A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017
A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
The first book in a series you haven’t read
Hardcore PopSugar Challenge
A bestseller from 2016
A book that takes place over a character’s life span
A book about an immigrant or refugee
A book from a genre/subgenre you’ve never heard of
A book that’s more than 800 pages
A book you got from used book sale
A book that’s been mentioned in another book
A book that’s based on mythology
Really, if I manage to read all of these books in this coming year, I deserve all the naps.
Do you know any books that might fit any of these prompts? Please let me know!