Reading Challenges 2023

2023 Popsugar Reading Challenge (more here)

  • A book you meant to read in 2022
  • A book you bought from an independent bookstore
  • A book about a vacation
  • A book by a first-time author
  • A book with mythical creatures
  • A book about a forbidden romance
  • A book with “Girl” in the title
  • A celebrity memoir
  • A book with a color in the title
  • A romance with a fat lead
  • A book about or set in Hollywood
  • A book published in spring 2023
  • A book published the year you were born
  • A modern retelling of a classic
  • A book with a song lyric as its title
  • A book where the main character’s name is in the title
  • A book with a love triangle
  • A book that’s been banned or challenged in any state in 2022
  • A book that fulfills your favorite prompt from a past challenge
  • A book becoming a TV series or movie in 2023
  • A book set in the decade you were born
  • A book with a queer lead
  • A book with a map
  • A book with a rabbit on the cover
  • A book with just text on the cover
  • The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list
  • A #BookTok recommendation
  • A book you bought secondhand
  • A book your friend recommended
  • A book that’s on a celebrity book-club list
  • A book about a family
  • A book that comes out in the second half of 2023
  • A book about an athlete/sport
  • A historical-fiction book
  • A book about divorce
  • A book you think your best friend would like
  • A book you should have read in high school
  • A book you read more than 10 years ago
  • A book you wish you could read for the first time again
  • A book by an author with the same initials as you


  • A book written during NaNoWriMo
  • A book based on a popular movie
  • A book that takes place entirely in one day
  • A book that was self-published
  • A book that started out as fan fiction
  • A book with a pet character
  • A book about a holiday that’s not Christmas
  • A book that features two languages
  • The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list
  • A book with alliteration in the title

Book Riot 2022 Reading Challenge (more here)

  1. Read a novel about a trans character written by a trans author.
  2. Read one of your favorite author’s favorite books.
  3. Read a book about activism.
  4. Read a book that’s been challenged recently in your school district/library OR read one of the most-challenged/banned books of the year by a queer and/or BIPOC author.
  5. Read a completed webcomic.
  6. Finish a book you’ve DNFed (did not finish).
  7. Listen to an audiobook performed by a person of color of a book written by an author of color.
  8. Read a graphic novel/comic/manga if you haven’t before; or read one that is a different genre than you normally read.
  9. Read an independently published book by a BIPOC author.
  10. Read a book you know nothing about based solely on the cover.
  11. Read a cookbook cover to cover.
  12. Read a nonfiction book about BIPOC and/or queer history.
  13. Read an author local to you.
  14. Read a book with under 500 Goodreads ratings.
  15. Read a historical fiction book set in an Eastern country.
  16. Read a romance with bisexual representation.
  17. Read a YA book by an Indigenous author.
  18. Read a comic or graphic novel that features disability representation.
  19. Read a nonfiction book about intersectional feminism.
  20. Read a book of poetry by a BIPOC or queer author.
  21. Read a book of short stories.
  22. Read any book from the Ignyte awards shortlist/longlist/winner list.
  23. Read a social horror, mystery, or thriller novel.
  24. Pick a challenge from any of the previous years’ challenges to repeat!

The Decades Reading Challenge

I realise that this challenge is to read books set during these years, but I think I would like to try my hand at books published during these decades. I’m setting an additional goal of reading books written by BIPOC and/or women.

In the original challenge, 2000s and 2010s are combined into one category, with the final category being “spanning decades”. That won’t work with my plan to fill the categories according to publication date, so I’m skipping that one.

1880s to 1890s:

1900s to 1910s:











Nonfiction Reader Challenge

Crime & Punishment
Social Media
The Arts
Published in 2023

Reading Across Asia (on Storygraph)

A bit ambitious this one, as I’m not sure if I can find books by from all the different countries. It depends greatly on whether my library stocks them! If books by authors from these countries can’t be found, I will (reluctantly) substitute it with books set in that country.

Afghan author:

Armenian author:

Azerbaijani author:

Bahraini author:

Bangladeshi author:

Bhutanese author:

Bruneiain author:

Burmese author:

Cambodian author:

Chinese author:

Cypriot author:

Georgian author:

Indian author:

Iranian author:

Indonesian author:

Iraqi author:

Israeli author:

Japanese author:

Jordanian author:

Kazakh author:

Kuwaiti author:

Kyrgyzstan author:

Laotian author:

Lebanese author:

Malaysian author:

Maldivian author:

Mongolian author:

Nepali author:

North Korean author:

Omani author:

Pakistani author:

Palestianian author:

Filipino author:

Qatari author:

Saudi Arabian author:

Singaporean author:

South Korean author:

Sri Lankan author:

Syrian author:

Tajikistani author:

Thai author:

Timor-Leste author:

Turkmenistan author:

Emirati author:

Uzbekistan author:

Vietnamese author:

Yemeni author: