2023 Reading Challenges

I dedicate this post to help me keep track of the 2023 reading challenges I joined. Below is the official list of what is ongoing and what I plan to join as the year progresses. My aim is to stick to fairly broad reading challenges that facilitate my long-term goal of reading more from my backlist. Please feel free to take a peek and see if any of these interest you and, if so, obviously join in. The more, the merrier!

Nonfiction Reader Challenge

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge banner

Shelleyrae at Book’d Out is the host of this reading challenge. The ultimate goal of this reading challenge is to encourage readers to incorporate more nonfiction into their reading repertoire. To join, create a blog post stating your commitment to participate in this challenge. More details are located here, including a sign up link, how to link your review, and the challenge tiers.

Project Backlist

Reader Voracious Project Backlist participation badge

Kal at Reader Voracious is the host of the Project Backlist challenge. The singular, overarching goal of this challenge is to tackle your TBR. In my case, I decided to apply this to my physical backlist TBR. My Goodreads TBR is out of control since I use it mostly to bookmark books that look interesting. (I don’t realistically expect to get to all of them.) To assist me with this effort I downloaded and filled out Kal’s Ultimate Book Blogger/Reader Spreadsheet Template. It contains a tab where you can input all of the books you own. I opted to only add my physical books since digital books don’t take up space.

TBR Tackle Challenge

Ashlee at Books Are 42 cohosts this challenge with from.TBR.to.READtheartsy_bookworm88, and hplreads. As the name suggests, the goal is to read books you already own to “tackle” your TBR list. It started on Instagram, but the hosts’ goal for 2023 is to move away from Instagram and expand to other platforms like TwitterGoodreads, and Storygraph. Each month the challenge hosts post five prompts to help you decide what to choose from your TBR. I opted to participate via Storygraph. I thought this would be pretty easy to do since it aligns really well with the Project Backlist challenge above. The February TBR Tackle Challenge announcement is here.

Trope-ical Readathon

Jenny at JenJenReviews hosts Trope-ical Readathon. Last year there were two rounds. The next round starts on March 1. Participants can read anything they want and pages read contribute points to your team (1 point per page). Completion of a Common Challenge earns your team 50 points. Common Challenges are trope prompts; there is also an alternative prompt for each trope. Completion of a Team Challenge or Team Book earns your team 100 and 150 points, respectively. Trope-ical Readathon is less of a challenge and more of a competition. But its categories and ways to participate are so broad that I’m treating it more like a challenge.

On My Radar

There are several other challenges and/or bookish events I have my eye on. The first two I categorize more as bookish community events.

Did you join any 2023 reading challenges this year? If so, please share which 2023 reading challenges you decided to participate in. I’m always excited to know more about what’s going on in the reading community!

10 thoughts on “2023 Reading Challenges

  1. These are great challenges! I struggle with finding a lot of challenges that apply to me since I don’t really own a physical TBR (only 5 of my owned books are unread and that’s because they were sent by publishers) haha. I don’t buy books I haven’t read, loved, and want to read again. BUT I do like the nonfiction challenge as I struggle with adding that genre to my list – and the others on your radar pique my interest as well!

    1. I know, right! They’re all very broad and I feel like it’d be pretty easy to keep up with them. I’ve never done the Nonfiction challenge, but it definitely looks like a good one if you want some motivation to add more nonfiction to your reading. 🙂

  2. These are amazing, and I love the amount of thought and purpose that went into them!

    The only one I’m doing is the 2023 Scavenger Hunt (https://birdjayreads.wordpress.com/2022/12/01/the-first-ever-year-long-scavenger-hunt/), which I’m mostly using to force me to get back into reading things besides comics by only allowing myself to count one comic per month, but is also a fantastic reason to finally read a million of the books I’ve bought, said “I’ll read this when I’m finished with my current book!”, and then promptly forgotten about. What you’re up to is considerably meatier, and I hope you enjoy it!

    1. Oh yea, I saw Jordyn’s year-long scavenger hunt when she first posted about it. Ultimately I decided not to do it because I already knew I’d be doing Trope-ical Reads, which is another challenge where I have to be more cognizant of what I’m choosing to read (if I want to check off a prompt) rather than just going with the flow. As you can see most of the challenges I’m doing are very broad haha.

      Have fun with the Scavenger Hunt! 🙂 Challenges are a great way to help you get through that backlog.

    1. And thank *YOU* for putting together this challenge. I needed this kick in the rear! Good luck with your reading & reading challenges as well!

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