Monday, December 13, 2021

2022 Reading Challenge


It's here, readers! The 2022 Reading Challenge is here! Tress and I both had an evening to sit down together and get the challenge finalized. We typically try and get this out around Thanksgiving, but my life is chaos right now. Sorry for the delay. If you are curious about how these challenges come to be, check out my post on creating this annual challenge here.

This is a very special challenge for Tress and me. This is our fifth year creating a challenge for our respective reading blogs! As a result, we tried to include a lot of special nods to our anniversary. Most of these involve incorporating the number 5. Two prompts use our blogs as a challenge. We also recycled some categories from earlier challenges as a throwback. You can find all of the challenges here: 2017201820202021. You can find Tress's blog here. Depending on how much time I can dedicate to it, I'll do a final update for the 2021 challenge either at the end of the month or in January.

As always, Tress created a fancy PDF which can be found here.

I just wanted to say thank you to all of my readers. It has been a good kind of overwhelming to see how many people have joined us in these challenges. I love seeing everyone's blogs and progress when they update me in various social media forms. Connecting with you all on this has been very humbling and amazing. If you want to follow me on Social Media, I created a new section on the side of the blog. It links Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and The Storygraph, which I just signed up for this week. As always, I love to hear from you in the comments. Let me know your thoughts or how you plan on tackling the challenge. If you post about the challenge on your own blog, feel free to link them in the comments. I try to answer everyone as I can. We designed this so that it is somewhat customizable. You can read it in order or pick and choose what you want to complete. Tress usually is very organized about it and plans it out. I go at it like I do everything - chaos. Complete as much as you want. Any format of reading is acceptable - physical, kindle, audio, etc.


Level 1: Book of the Month Club

1 Read a book under $5

2 Read a book that is under 350 pages

3 Read a book that was recommended to you

4 Read a newly published book (within a year)

5 Read a book that has a type of plant or flower in the title

6 Read a book because of the cover

7 Read a book about a mythical creature.

8 Read a book that takes place in the future

9 Read a book by an author that's new to you

10 Read a book from NPR's top 50 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of the past decade:

11 A book by an author whose first or last name has 5 letters

12 Free Space! (Pick any book)

Level 2: Casual Reader Club

13 Read a book published 5 years ago

14 Read a Speculative Fiction

15 Read the first book in a duology

16 Read the second book in a duology

17 A book that was published when you were 5 years old

18 Read a book by an author named Alex, Alexander, Alexandra (or variant)

19 Read a book about Zombies

20 Read a book with a black cover

21 Read a book from's list of 100 (fiction) books to read in a lifetime:

22 Read a book with the word City in the title

23 Read a book about a musician (non-fiction or fiction)

24 Free Space! (Pick any book)

Level 3: Dedicated Reader Club

25 A book with a title that has 5 letters

26 Read a book published by Macmillan (or subsidiary)

27 Read a book with a title that doesn't start with an article (A, An, The)

28 Read a book you recently acquired

29 Read a book that's been on your TBR for over a year

30 Read a Revenge Story

31 Read a book by Philippa Gregory

32 Read a book that takes place on an island

33 Read a book that does not have a person (or people) on the cover

34 A book that you intended to read on last year's challenge

35 Read a Psychological Thriller

36 Free Space! (Pick any book)

Level 4: Speed Reader Club

37 Read a book over 500 pages

38 Read a book that starts with the letter Z (or has Z in the title)

39 Read a book that takes place around your favorite holiday

40 A book with 5 objects on the cover

41 Read a book with the word Wisdom in the title

42 Read a Dystopian

43 Read a book by an author with the same name as one of your parents (Biological, Step, Adopted)

44 Read a book that a movie/show you've watched is based on but have yet to read (example: Watched The Hobbit, but never read the Hobbit)

45 Read a book about a Saint (non-Fiction or Fiction)

46 Read any book from the Men's Health most popular book list

47 Read a book published in a year that was important to you

48 Free Space! (Pick any book)

Level 5: Overachiever Club

49 Read the 5th book in a series or an author's 5th novel

50 Read a True Crime book

51 Read a book by Georges Simenon (or one of his Pen Names)

52 A book with the number 5 in the title

53 Read a book that takes place in Russia

54 Read a book by an author using initials as part of their name

55 Read a book that has a title in the form of a question

56 Read a banned book from this banned book list

57 A book with at least 5 prominent characters

58 Read a book that Linz read previously

59 Read a book that Tress read previously

60 Free Space! (Pick any book)


  1. Given their recent behavior towards libraries it is disappointing to see support of Macmillian

    1. Thank you for your comment. We chose Macmillian because it is a large publishing house with many smaller ones under it. It provide a variety of books for people to choose from. We have used other large publishing companies in the past and wanted to use a different one. Any controversy they may be involved in was not take into consideration.

      If you are against using them for the challenge, that is your choice to do so. This is just a challenge we created for fun as a way to expand our reading.

  2. Yay! I'm so excited that this is available! I can't wait to get it written down. I am most definitely participating in this one this year. (as well as all the others I missed from past years. Figured go big or go home)

    1. Excellent! Glad to have you joining in. Good luck on trying to complete them all, you'll have to let me know how it goes. I haven't even completed one year, and I co-wrote it!

  3. Super excited to be joining this challenge again it is one of my favorite ones! Can't wait to see how far I make it this year!

    1. Thank you for joining us again! Best of luck. Very awesome to hear that it is one of your favorites. <3

  4. My family and I enjoy your reading list every year. Though few of us finish it, we use it to expand our reading horizons. Passing it on to a new generation this year, as I'll be roping my elementary-aged son into the fun. (I might have to make some modifications for his list, if any of the "read from this list" don't have middle grade choices on them, but other than that, he'll enjoy having a challenge against the adults in our extended family.) Thank you so much for doing this!

    1. This is one of the coolest comments I've had on the challenges. Thank you for sharing and I'm excited to have you return to the challenge!

      The list for #10 does not have middle grade on it as far as I know, so here's an alternate list I found: specifically for your son.

      The list for #46 has everything, including Charlotte's Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Where the Wild Things are. So there should be something suitable.

      #56 has one series for sure on it that is middle grade, however here is an alternate list if needed.

      For my list, I've read a bunch of Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series that may be suitable. The main character is 11, and it follows a family of wizards.

      I double checked with Tress to see if she has any, and she said for her list The Witch the Lion and the Wardrobe may work.

      I hope this helps!

  5. Excited to try your challenge again this year. Thanks for taking the time to host

    1. Thank you for joining! I hope you have fun with the challenge.


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