It’s the start of a new year and we all love making new year’s resolutions we’re not going to keep. For a lot of readers the year starts out with setting an amount of books to read in the Goodreads Challenge in this year. We’ve written this challenge a handful of times, how frustrating it can be to not make it, but also about how it’s really just a number.

However, reading competitively, battling against others or just yourself, can also be a lot of fun. Besides the Goodreads Challenge, there are many other reading challenges roaming the web. I’ll highlight some of the most interesting, crazy or just fun ones I found to partake in for the coming year.

The Popsugar Reading Challenge is a nice and straightforward list that will definitely get you out of your comfort zone. Their challenge consists of 40 books and ranges from reading ‘a political memoir’ to ‘a book with a blue cover’. There’s plenty of room for you to read what you like, but also plenty of push to read something you wouldn’t normally pick up.


Book Riot is a big voice in the reading challenge arena. Last year they started with the Read Harder Challenge, aimed at reading things you normally wouldn’t try. This year they are continuing what they started. The Read Harder 2016 challenge doesn’t consists of a great amount of books, but Book Riot has a great community to share your progress with, which makes it very appealing. If you take part in their challenge, you get to read 24 books along the lines of like ‘reading a book by someone who identifies as a transgender’ and ‘reading a food memoir’. However there’s also ‘read a book out loud to someone else’, so you maybe try this one if you’re looking to Fangirl it up.


Bustle is also joining the Challenge game this year with #BustleReads, encouraging their readers to read diversely and focusing on authors of color and women. It’s not a very demanding challenge when it comes to sheer numbers though, as they ask you to read just 20 books, but a great challenge if you’re looking to delve deeper into feminism.


If you’re looking for a challenge when it comes to numbers, you might like this one. On the Goodreads forums you will find many challenges, but I liked the simplicity of Around the Year in 52 books. You read a book a week, based on one of the 52 tasks the group has come up with. They borrow from other reading challenges, like reading a book that’s on the Rory Gilmore Challenge, but also know how to appeal to book lovers with tasks like reading a book with a beautiful cover.

My Readers Block has come up with a challenge that will appeal to most book hoarders. We all have loads of books in our closets that we haven’t read, so if you’re looking to remedy that problem, you might want to be a part of the 2016 Mount TBR Challenge. The challenge consists of 8 levels, ranging from Pike’s Peak (reading 12 books of your TBR pile) to Mount Olympus (Mars), which means reading 150+ books of your TBR pile.  You can make this one as hard as you want and be sure the read the rules, before thinking how you can trick yourself into buying any more new books.

2016 Classics Challenge

Lastly, reading more classics is something most of us tell ourselves we’ll do at the start of every year. One day we’ll get to all those must-reads that we have standing in our closets untouched. Why not make it this year? Pretty Books started the 2016 Classics Challenge to make sure you read at least 12 of those books this year. Your task is to read one classic a month and to blog/vlog/gram/chat or whatever the cool kids do these days, about your experience.

These are some of the challenges I thought were interesting and challenging. Share any other challenge you think is worth mentioning and let us know what you’re reading challenge will be for this year!


Esmée de Heer is head honcho over at the Bored to Death book club website, writing the daily content and making sure the site stays up and running. She's one of the founding sisters of the book club and enjoys reading and giving unsolicited love advice.

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