In the Bookcase


2022 Book Reading Challenges

Personal Challenge: Read as many Netgalley books as possible.

2ndly: Read as many Goodreads TBR books as possible.

3rdly: Read as many Kindle ebooks as possible.

4thly: After finishing other book challenges, return to finish all B.H. categories

Misc. titles to read: Endurance (the ship)


BOOK H... Challenge: Submit bonus challenge each month. (check)

DONE: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, July, Aug, Sept

2022 Read Your Bookshelf Challenge - a year long reading challenge with reading prompts for every month of the year plus two giveaways!

The Goal:

JANUARY - quiet (Kathleen's Unforgettable Winter)
FEBRUARY - love/lover/loving in the title (I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You)
MARCH - growth/grow/flowers/coming-of-age (The Orchard House)
APRIL - your initials in the title (The Gray Chamber)
MAY - a new-to-you author (The Library Book)
JUNE - a book on the cover (The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek)
JULY - one you've been avoiding (Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs)
AUGUST - a body part in the title [rec Left Handed Lady] (Lost Books and Old Bones)
SEPTEMBER - a collection (The Inimitable Jeeves)
OCTOBER - secret/secrets in the title [rec Secrets of Winterhouse] (A Christmas Secret)
NOVEMBER - cozy or nostalgic (Barking Up the Wrong Tree?)
DECEMBER - a mostly white cover (London Curiosities)

Note to self: Submit a book on the entry form every month & on Hey Reader. An easy, laid-back challenge. Middle grade books acceptable.

Giveaway: $100 gift card (end of the year).


 Uncorked Reading Challenge 2022 with bottle of wine, passport, blue old fashioned camera, and maps 

The Goal:

January – Time Travel Books (The Drosten's Curse)
Bonus: Books we love but critics don’t

February – Books set in or about South Africa
Bonus: Books from your hometown, state, country, or where your ancestors are from (Frontier Follies)

March – Wine Books Or Books Set On A Vineyard
Bonus: Books with your favorite color in the title (Sister Eve and the Blue Nun)

April – Books set in or about the Baltics (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia)
Bonus: Books with your favorite foods (Last Dinner on the Titanic)

May – Books About Hiking
Bonus: Books by an author you think you don’t like but have never actually read (The Library Book)

June – Books set in or about Mexico (Mexican Gothic)
Bonus: Books by Indigenous authors from a continent other than your own

July – Dark Academia Books (Books Set At A Prestigious Boarding School or University) (The Case for Jamie, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children)
Bonus: Books where you next want to travel (Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs)

August – Books set in or about Australia
Bonus: Books that have been sitting in your TBR (to be read) pile for ages (The Big Four)

September – Books About Road Trips
Bonus: Books published in the decade or year you were born (Forbidden Secrets)

October – Haunted House Books/set somewhere haunted (The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus)
Bonus: Books from a nearby Free Little Library, library sale, or you received as a gift (A Song Unheard)

November – Books set in or about Thailand
Bonus: Book about an inspiring career change that interests you (Cherry Ames Army Nurse)

December – Books set in or about Ecuador (Becoming Elisabeth Elliot)
Bonus: Books set in an environment you’ve never experienced (i.e. jungle, desert, mountain, deserted island, volcanic area)


Note to self: If a theme isn’t for you, skip it, twist it, or participate in a bonus challenge. An easy, laid-back challenge. Submit booklist at end of year.

Giveaway: Book cart prize or book prize (end of the year).


The Goal

1. The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters
2. Frontier Follies by Ree Drummond
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
4. Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
5. Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
6. Cherry Ames, Army Nurse by Helen Wells (--read in November)
7. Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton
8. A Christmas Secret by Anne Perry (--read in October)
9. The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain by Charles Dickens
10. Last Dinner on the Titanic by Rick Archbold & Dana McCauley
11. Sister Eve and the Blue Nun by Lynne Hinton
12. The Drosten's Curse by A.L. Kennedy
Alternate 1. The Gray Chamber by Grace Hitchcock
Alternate 2. Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Note to self: Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. There are monthly check-ins on the 15th of each month.

Giveaway: $50 gift card (end of the year).

The Goal:

  1.     A book with a question in the title. (Whose Body?)
  2.     A book of non-violent true crime. (The Library Book)
  3.     A book with a cover you don’t like. (Murder on the Yellow Brick Road)
  4.     A historical fiction novel not set in Europe. (The Orchard House)
  5.     A book with a character’s name in the title. (Jane Eyre)
  6.     A book featuring paranormal activity, fiction or non. (Long Lost)
  7.     A book with a number in the title. (The Big Four)
  8.     A food related memoir. (Frontier Follies)
  9.     A book that’s won an award. (Mexican Gothic)
  10.     A middle grade novel. (Nessie Quest)
  11.     A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign. (The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain by Charles Dickens) ---- [Dickens, Woolf, Byron, Carroll, Verne, Lee Strobel, Judy Blume, Zane Grey, Meg Cabot, Janette Oke, Dwight L. Moody, Eleanor Farjeon]
  12.     A book that’s a combination of genres.

Note to self: When finished, send in final booklist.

Giveaway: Amazon gift card (end of the year).


The Goal

1. A 19th century classic.   (The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain by Charles Dickens)

2. A 20th century classic.  
(Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar by Edgar Rice Burroughs)
3. A classic by a woman author.   (Cherry Ames, Army Nurse by Helen Wells --November)

*4. A classic in translation.  Any book first published in a language that is not your primary language. You may read it in translation or in its original language, if you prefer. 

*5. A classic by BIPOC author. Any book published by a non-white author.

 Mystery/Detective/Crime Classic.   (The Big Four by Agatha 

7. A Classic Short Story Collection.   (The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse)

*8. Pre-1800 Classic. Anything written before 1800. Plays and epic poems, such as the Odyssey, are acceptable in this category. 

*9. A Nonfiction Classic. Travel, memoirs, and biographies are great choices for this category.

10. Classic That's Been on Your TBR List the Longest.   (Agatha Christie?)

11. Classic Set in a Place You'd Like to Visit.   (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte)

12. Wild Card Classic.   (Whose Body)


Note to self: Books must be published no later than 1972. Finish 6, 9, or 12 categories.

Giveaway: $30 Amazon gift card (end of the year).


The Goal: 30+ audiobooks "My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted)"

Note to self: Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. The first update will be July 2, 2022, and the last update will take place on December 30, 2022.


The Goal

  1. Read 100 books (all formats combined) for the year.
  2. Choose at least one novel that is 500+ pages long.
  3. Listen to at least 40 audio books.
  4. Get my Netgalley percentage up to 70%.
  5. Review every single book I read this year. 
  6. Read at least 2 non-fiction titles. (!!) 😂
  7. Try 20 new-to-me authors.
  8. Read a book together with an IRL friend.


The Goal: Library Addict - 48 books

Note to self: Link up on review linky as I finish each book.

Giveaway: Quarterly, plus surprises. (Especially interested in 1st & 4th quarters.)


The Backlist Reader Challenge 2020

The Goal: Read older books that have been piling up in my TBR pile/list [I'll try for 60+ books!].

Note to self: Books must be published in 2020 or before & already be in my TBR pile/list.
Link up on review linky as I finish each book.
Wrap-up linky will be available.

Giveaway: $15 Amazon gift card (end of the year). Each book review submitted to the link-up will be entered into a drawing.

The GoalAmateur Sleuth - 5-15 books

Note to self: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Crime genres, 100+ pages.
Monthly linky. (Linked up in: [])

Giveaway:  2 prizes (half-way & end of the year).

COYER Winter: January - March

The GoalRead nearly free ebooks (<$2) and audiobooks (<$5).

Note to self: Link up on review linky as I finish each book. 

Add entries to Rafflecopter.

Giveaway: $5 Amazon gift card (end of season).

The Goal: 

Read a book for each of the 12 categories

Note to self: Email in final list when finished.


  1. I'm impressed with how many challenges you are taking on! And welcome to The Backlist Reader Challenge 2022!

  2. Good luck with all of your challenges! I'm also joining 2022 Bookish Resolutions, Library Love, and Backlist Reader. :)

    My 2022 Bookish Resolutions
    Angie @ Pinkadot Pages

  3. This looks great!

  4. I admire your optimism so many challenges , you will make me discover lots of books . i wish you to succeed