Join in a reading challenge with me!

Reflecting on my reading habits, I felt as if I had become stuck in a comfort reading rut.  There are so many fabulous books being published all the time aren’t there! as well as books available from back catalogues.  But I’ve had a tendency to stick to the same genre with the odd foray into fantasy or YA novels.  To shake myself up and help me step out of that rut I’ve created a reading challenge.

Anyone can join in with me!  I do hope to be able to cross them all off by the end of the year.

Reading Challenge


Reading Challenge

Download the Reading Challenge as a PDF

Add your own in, change my ideas.  It’s important that a challenge is something you can achieve so be realistic.

Let me know how the reading challenge works out and if you’ve set yourself any reading goals.

I’d love for you to share recommendations and ideas.

Here’s my challenge:

(update – I decided to add more than one book to a category thinking this will give me a clearer picture of my reading habits!).

Reading Challenge


A biography/memoir:


A book based on a true story:

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

A non-fiction book:

Colour Psychology Today

A book based on a fairytale:

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

A Young Adult book:

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

See you in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

A science-fiction book:


A crime/thriller book:

The Disciple by Stephen Lloyd Jones (also science fiction!)

The Orphans by AnneMarie Neary

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

Behind the Lie by Amanda James

A book of Poetry:


A book someone tells you ‘changed my life’:


A book someone recommended in your network:


A book chosen for you:

As Weekends Go by Jan Bridgen

A book with one word in the title:

Sea by Sarah Driver

A book with a colour in the title:


A book with a number in the title:

The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams

The Thousand Lights Hotel by Emylia Hall

A book with a predominantly green cover:

The Last Day I Saw Her by Lucy Lawrie

The Last Piece of my Heart by Paige Toon

A book set in a country that is not your birth country:

Christmas Under The Stars by Karen Swan

The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life by Sharon Pywell

Under a Sardinian Sky by Sara Alexander

A book translated to English:


A book that became a movie:


A book you own but haven’t read:


A book from the library:


A book of short stories:


An audiobook:

Meeting Lydia by Linda MacDonald

A book from an author you’ve never read before:

The Buttonmaker’s Daughter by Merryn Allingham

A bestseller from a genre you don’t usually read:


If the majority of books you read are female authors, a book from a male author and vice versa:

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

A book with a dual timeline:

The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox

A book set in the past during a time of turmoil:

Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies

A book with an unreliable narrator:

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

A trilogy or series of books:

The Kingmaker Trilogy by Amanda Bouchet (A Promise of Fire)

The Kingmaker Trilogy by Amanda Bouchet (Breath of Fire)

A novella:


Happy Reading!