A new reading year has started and the bookish community is busy with setting reading challenges for themselves. We’ve been sharing some of our favorite crazy reading challenges for several years now and it’s getting harder to find ones we haven’t seen before. This year we’re not including the big challenges from Book Riot, Popsugar, Hebban and the likes, but are only delving into ones that sparked our joy in one way or another.


The Bad Boys of Romance Challenge hosted by Delighted Reader is perfect for lovers of romance novels or people who hate-read 50 Shades of Grey. Read 15 books with bad boy heroes and take them to the altar.

What books were popular when you were born? You’re sure to find out with the Birth Year Reading Challenge during which you can only read books from your birth year. Let’s hope you were born in a good year…


Looking to read more short stories? You can read 52 in a year with the Deal Me In challenge, which is just one story a week. This seems totally doable and a really good way to get to know new writers!

For the YA and fantasy junkies among us, this A Series A Month Challenge might just be the thing. For this reading challenge, you vow to read an entire series every month and they have to be entirely new to you. There’s even a point system for reading novella’s, long books, extra long series and reading more than twelve of them in a year.

All About the Trope Challenge is about picking a trope from literature and reading as many books that contain that trope as possible. I think the real challenge here is to pick the worst trope you can find, like Implausible Fencing Powers or Appease the Volcano God (really, TV Tropes is your friend here) and get really creative with the books you’ll read. I just got inspired to actually make a challenge of this, so that might be online soon.

Just like Monopoly, Bookopoly sounds fun, frustrating and complicated. The rules can be found here, which involve all your Monopoly favorites like Free Parking, Chance and even buying property. Even after reading how it works, I’m not sure I completely understand the rules, but we’ve all been playing Monopoly wrong for years as well so we shouldn’t let that stop us.

Besides these reading challenges, there are many more out there. Let us know which one you’re joining this year in the comments!


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.


    • mm
      Bored to Death book club Reply

      I had the same! 52 stories is very easy and it sounds fun as well!

  1. Thanks for including the Deal Me In Challenge in this post! You hit the nail on the head when you say it’s a really good way to meet new authors – that’s one of my favorite aspects of the challenge. Hope you join us this year!

    • mm
      Bored to Death book club Reply

      It’s such a good idea for a challenge! I definitely think I’ll join you this year!

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