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2023 Book Reading Challenges

Here's a peek into some of the great reading challenges on the internet that I intend to participate in for 2023!

The Goal:     

JANUARY - A book that starts with the word "a" or "the".  (The Thief of Blackfriars Lane)

FEBRUARY - A book where the cover or spine is in a complementary color from your January book. (Use complementary color generator.)  (A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice)

MARCH - The title has to start with the next letter in the alphabet from your February book.  (Bridge of Gold)

APRIL - A book that is in a different genre than your March book.  (Every Little Win)

MAY - A book that is longer than your last one.  (Beneath His Silence)

JUNE - The title for your June book will have half as many letters as your May title.  (Storming)

JULY - This book needs to be set in a different country or world than your June book.  (The Golden One)

AUGUST - A book that is the same genre as your July book.  (Barking up the Wrong Tree)

SEPTEMBER - Turn to page 50 in your August book (or 49 or 51 if your page 50 is blank) and your September book has to have one of the words from that page in the title.  (Beautiful Little Fools)

OCTOBER - The title of your book will start with the first letter of the author’s last name from your September book.  (Currents)

NOVEMBER - Choose a book from a different time period from your October book.  (The Time of Jacob's Trouble)

DECEMBER - Has to be within 20 pages of your November book (so if your book had 300 pages your December book will need to be between 280 and 320 pages).  (Escaping Dreamland)

Note to self: Submit a book on the entry form every month & on Hey Reader. Books don't have to be read in the prompt month. An easy, laid-back challenge. Middle grade books acceptable.

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

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

January: Title starts with first letter of your name (The Thief of Blackfriars Lane) 

February: Strangers to lovers (The Fountains of Silence)

March: Title starts with M (Murder on the River Grey)

April: Library book (Every Little Win)

May: Memoir/Bio (From Atheism to Christianity)

June: Wedding in book (The Loch Ness Papers)

July: Summer in title (Sinister Summer)

August: Characters in book travel (When Breaks the Dawn)

September: A Series Book (Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd)


The Goal:

1. The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters
2. Storming by K.M. Weiland
3. Escaping Dreamland by Charlie Lovett
4. The Time of Jacob's Trouble by Donna Vanliere
5. A Christmas Beginning by Anne Perry 
6. Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery
7. The Loch Ness Papers by Paige Shelton
8. Mine for Keeps by Jean Little
9. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley
10. Box of Butterflies by Roma Downey
11. When Breaks the Dawn by Janette Oke
12. Death in Kew Gardens by Jennifer Ashley
Alternate 1. Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson
Alternate 2. Louisa and the Crystal Gazer by Anna Maclean
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. Monthly check-ins on the 15th of each month with surprise mini-challenges.

Giveaway: $100 of books (end of the year).

The Goal:  

  1. A book with a protagonist over 40. (The Golden One)
  2. A book considered a classic.  (Kilmeny of the Orchard)
  3. A graphic novel.
  4. A book that has been banned or challenged.
  5. A book set in a place on your bucket list. (Mine For Keeps)
  6. A book published before you were born. (The Red House Mystery)
  7. A book related to a goal you have for 2023. (Mind Games)
  8. A book by an author of color. (Chameleon Aura)
  9. A book with a clever title. (Barking up the Wrong Tree)
  10. A book by a famous author you’ve never read. (Box of Butterflies)
  11. A non-fiction book about a topic you love. (From Atheism to Christianity)
  12. A novella. (Bound By Murder)

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

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


The Goal: Library Addict - 48 books

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

Giveaway: Yearly only? Audiobook Challenge (May-June), the Library BINGO (July-Aug.), & an End Of Year Check-In (Dec. 15th)


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 2021 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 Goal   

Amateur Sleuth - 5-15 books

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

Giveaway:  End of the year.

Personal Challenge: Read as many Netgalley books as possible (coordinate with B.H. challenge).

2ndly: Read from Goodreads TBR.

3rdly: Read from Kindle library.

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

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