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2023 Reading Challenge

I’ve done many different types of reading challenges as a lifetime reader. I’ve done category challenges, book number challenges, time challenges, and my personal favorite readathons. I once read 12 books in a month for a library readathon, and they weren’t short books either! In 2023, I challenged myself to read 60 books, about 5 per month. And those 5 books each month had to come from the following collections: one adult fiction, one young adult fiction, one children’s fiction (more specifically a middle reader), one graphic novel, and one non-fiction. I don’t have to stick to that order, but I can’t repeat a book for the same collection until I’ve completed a five book cycle.

In the last few years, I’ve set a lofty goal of 100 books on GoodReads. I’ve only hit it twice. I often find myself getting stuck in a rut, reading a string of one level of book. I have a feeling this 5 book rotation will keep me out of reading ruts. A lower goal will also allow me to take breaks where I don’t have a book going every day of the year. I can take a bookless break now and then and still be ok with my goal. I’ll keep track of the book cycles on this page, and I’m also using a “Current Five” and “Next Five” reading shelf on Goodreads.

Blog posts about reading…

  • Top Ten Books of 2022
    I made it easy on myself this year. I went through my Goodreads reading challenge for the year and found all the five-star ratings. Conveniently there were 10 books that I gave 5 stars. 1. The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune2. Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid3. The Winners by … Continue reading Top Ten Books of 2022

2023 Book Cycles

Cycle 1

  • The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson
  • Nine Liars by Maureen Johnson
  • Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton
  • ADHD 2.0 by Edward M. Hallowell
  • The Patron Thief of Bread by Lindsay Eagar

Cycle 3

  • Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Button Pusher by Tyler Page
  • After Life by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Good for a Girl: A Woman Running in a Man’s World by Lauren Fleshman
  • The Last Great Adventure of the PB&J Society by Janet Sumner Johnson

Cycle 5 – In Progress

Cycle 2

  • Spare by Prince Harry
  • The Villa by Rachel Hawkins
  • Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare
  • My Aunt is a Monster by Reimena Yee
  • The Vanderbeekers on the Road by Karina Yan Glaser

Cycle 4

  • Mansion on a Hill: The Story of the Willows Maternity Sanitarium and the Adoption Hub of America by KelLee Parr
  • The Swifts: A Dictionary of Scoundrels by Beth Lincoln
  • In Limbo by Deborah Jung-Jin Lee
  • After Death by Melissa de la Cruz
  • An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten