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My Progress:

11 / 30 books. 37% done!

2024 Literary Escapes Challenge

- Alabama (1)
- Alaska
- Arizona (1)
- Arkansas
- California (3)
- Colorado (1)
- Connecticut
- Delaware
- Florida
- Georgia (1)
- Hawaii
- Idaho (2)
- Illinois (1)
- Indiana
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- Louisiana (1)
- Maine (1)
- Maryland
- Massachusetts (2)
- Michigan
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- New Hampshire
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- New York (2)
- North Carolina (3)
- North Dakota
- Ohio (1)
- Oklahoma (1)
- Oregon (2)
- Pennsylvania
- Rhode Island (1)
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Tennessee (1)
- Texas (2)
- Utah
- Vermont (2)
- Virginia (1)
- Washington (2)
- West Virginia
- Wisconsin
- Wyoming
- Washington, D.C.* (1)

- Australia (1)
- Canada (1)
- England (8)
- France (1)
- Indonesia (1)
- Ireland (2)
- Italy (1)
- Scotland (2)
- The Netherlands (1)

My Progress:

23 / 51 states. 45% done!

2024 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

My Progress:

16 / 50 books. 32% done!

2024 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

21 / 50 books. 42% done!

Booklist Queen's 2024 Reading Challenge

My Progress:

43 / 50 books. 86% done!

2024 52 Club Reading Challenge

My Progress:

38 / 52 books. 73% done!

2024 Build Your Library Reading Challenge

My Progress:

25 / 40 books. 63% done!

2024 Pioneer Book Reading Challenge

15 / 40 books. 38% done!

2024 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

My Progress:

9 / 25 books. 36% done!

2024 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

2024 Mystery Marathon Reading Challenge

My Progress

6 / 26.2 miles (second lap). 23% done!

Mount TBR Reading Challenge

My Progress

21 / 100 books. 21% done!

2024 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge

My Progress:

58 / 104 books. 56% done!

Around the Year in 52 Books Reading Challenge

My Progress

42 / 52 books. 81% done!

Disney Animated Movies Reading Challenge

My Progress

59 / 165 books. 36% done!
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Ready for a Reading Challenge? Ready for a Reading Challenge!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Ours was busy but also relaxed. It was nice to have all four of my kids together for a few days. Now that it's over, we're in full Christmas mode. We have lights on the outside of the house, all of our decorations are out of the garage waiting to be put up, I've ordered my Christmas cards, I'm attending my book club's yearly lunch/book exchange this afternoon, and we'll be doing our annual decorating of a neighborhood tree tonight. Our usual tree was cut down in the middle of the night a couple years ago—the vandal disappeared with not only the tree but also all of our decorations! Good thing they were mostly bought at Goodwill. Hopefully, the thieving Grinch doesn't appear this year so everyone can enjoy the festive tree as they're driving past. 

Today's TTT prompt—Top Ten Bookish Memories—is a great one. Unfortunately, although I've been a reader all my life, I can't think of any really interesting memories to share. So, I'm going to go rogue once again and talk about something else today. 

Most of you know I love reading challenges. Historically, I've been awesome about signing up for a bunch of them and awful about actually completing them! I happen to be rocking my challenges this year, so I'm getting excited about which I want to take on in 2022. Last year, when my favorite reading challenge blog went dark, I even decided to create my own so that there would be a central place to find the many new challenges that are posted every year. Apparently, I have been a little too enthusiastic, as I copied and pasted challenge posts into my blog. I got two cease and desist emails from two separate bloggers accusing me of plagiarism over the weekend! Oops. Since my posts were clearly marked with links to the blogs that had made the posts and it was obvious I was not hosting all of the challenges, I figured it was all good. Wrong! If I "plagiarized" your challenge post, I am so sorry. I didn't intend to do anything offensive and certainly not anything illegal. The posts from this year have all been rewritten in my own word (I'm leaving the posts from last year as is since I got no complaints on them, the year is almost over, and it would be a big pain to do so). So, if you're interested in reading challenges for 2022, take a look at Ready for a Reading Challenge. I'll be updating it constantly as I come across more challenges, so keep checking back. If you're hosting a reading challenge in 2022, let me know. I'd love to advertise it for you (in my own words, with clear links to your post, of course). I haven't entirely decided which challenges I will be doing in the new year, but I've listed ten I'm either planning on or considering. 

Before we get to that, though, I encourage you to join in the TTT fun. It's a good time, I promise! All you have to do is click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl, scan a few quick instructions, make your own list, and spend some happy hours visiting other fantastic blogs. What's not to love?

Top Ten Reading Challenges I'm Signing Up For And/Or Considering for 2022 

1.  2022 Literary Escapes Challenge (hosted by Lori/Dollycas @Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book)—This challenge involves reading a book set in all of the 50 U.S. states. You get points for every country as well. It's my favorite reading challenge, so I do it every year. Naturally.

2.  2022 Reading Challenge (hosted by Goodreads)—I like to set a personal reading goal at Goodreads every year as well. It's been 200 books read for the past few years and this year, for the first time, it looks like I will not just reach that goal but actually surpass it. Only 16 more to go! I'm going to go for 200 again in 2022.

3.  2022 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge (hosted by POPSUGAR)—This annual prompt-based challenge is always a fun one. I don't think I've ever actually finished it, but I'm getting close this year with only 13 prompts left. The 2022 prompt list hasn't been released yet (which is why I'm using last year's logo). I'm excited to see what will be on it.

4.  Booklist Queen's 2022 Reading Challenge (hosted by Rachael @Booklist Queen)—I love prompt-based challenges and I've been having fun with this one this year (only 11 more to go), so I've signed up to do it again next year. Also, props to Rachael—although she did send me a cease and desist email, she was extremely nice about it!

5.  2022 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge (hosted by Rick Mills @The Mystillery)—This challenge involves counting up the corpses in the mystery books you read. Sure, it's a little morbid, but it's also a lot of fun. Rick is a great challenge host and always has several running at a time. Check them all out since you can do several of them concurrently. The 2022 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge officially opens on January 1, so stay tuned. You can get a feel for what the challenge is all about by checking out this year's challenge page. Be sure to note who's in 11th place :)

6.  2022 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge (hosted by Lori/Dollycas @Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book)—I enjoy a good cozy, so I've been doing this fun challenge this year. I've only read 11 cozies so far, fewer than I thought I would, but that's okay. I'll read more in the new year with this challenge. I'm signing up for the "Peckish" level.

7.  2022 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge (hosted by Marg @Intrepid Reader and Baker)—I love hist-fic, so this one is a no-brainer. You simply read as much in the genre as you can and post links to your review on the challenge site. Easy peasy. The 2022 challenge hasn't been officially announced yet (which is why I'm using the 2021 logo), but Marg says it will be up this week, so watch her blog for more info.

8.  The 52 Club's 2022 Reading Challenge (hosted by The 52 Club)—As its name indicates, this challenge involves a prompt for every week of the year. 52 prompts is a lot, but I've been enjoying this challenge as well (only 5 more to go). I'll probably sign up for it again in 2022. We'll see.

9.  The Nerdy Bookworm 50 Books a Year Reading Challenge 2022 (hosted by Emily @)Emily the Book Nerd)—I've probably overdone it with the prompt-based challenges already, but it seems like everyone is hosted one in 2022 and I do love them. This challenge *only* has 50 prompts, so I'm definitely considering it.

10.  2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge (hosted by Shelleyrae @Book'd Out)—I didn't read a ton of non-fiction this year, but I enjoyed all the ones I did read, so I'm interested in expanding my NF horizons in 2022. This challenge would be a good way to motivate myself.

So, there you go. I'm definitely going to do 1-7. We'll see about the rest. I'm also still looking for a fun challenge that is not prompt-based. Any recommendations? What about you? Are you a reading challenge addict? Which ones have you done this year? Which are you planning to conquer in 2022? I'd truly love to know. Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!


  1. Wow, this post is super helpful. I want to do some challenges next year and now I have a nice list! thank you!!

    1. Oh, good! Now you know where to look :) I'll keep updating the reading challenges blog until I stop seeing new challenges being published.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Wendy!

  2. I always do Literary Escapes and Goodreads. I did Pop Sugar once, and it was really challenging, but I found a lot of the prompts pointing to books I didn't want to read. That 52 one looks great though. I am feeling the prompts.

    1. The PopSugar challenge really is a CHALLENGE for me, which is probably why I've never actually finished it before! I like that it stretches me a bit. I also don't take it all that seriously. If I don't finish it, I don't finish it. No biggie.

      I've enjoyed the 52 Club one this year. The prompts fit pretty well with things I was already reading, although I still have a bunch to go.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

  3. I don't do reading challenges - that involves actual reading. I don't read enough to complete any challenge.

    I think reading challenges are great for people but not for me. My one and only reading challenge is to read one book a month, so far, it's been a little challenging since I keep starting a book and not finish it.

    Good luck with all your reading challenges.

    Have a lovely day.

    1. Well, yes, reading challenges do require reading! Ha ha. I think they're good for making reading more fun and motivating people to read things they might not otherwise. I enjoy them :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lissa!

  4. Oh boy, I have TOTALLY plagiarized my two posts for the two reading challenges I plan to do...I might need to go redo them, although neither one has come back yet to say anything...but I did link them as well and it is OBVIOUSLY their work. I always do the Goodreads Challenge, the past 2 years I have set it at 150 and passed it, so will be setting it for 200 in 2022, or maybe I should do 222 LOL. I have heard a lot about the Popsugar challenge but never seen the prompts. I am doing the Nerdy Bookworm's challenge, and the Mount TBR challenge, and still trying to figure out the rest! Here is my link so you can see the Mount TBR one:

    1. So, what I did was copy and paste the challenge's ENTIRE welcome post. Since there were clear links to the host's blog, I figured it was obvious it has been written by them. Apparently, that's a no-no for several reasons. I think these bloggers must use some kind of automated plagiarism-detection site because the emails came quickly and the cease and desist letters were the same. I didn't realize what I was doing was considered plagiarizing! So, I apologized and rewrote the posts in my own words with an additional link to the hosting blog.

      Good luck on that 200! It's going to be a close one for me, but I think I'll make it there this year. I only need 15 1/2 more books, which should be doable.

      Thanks for the link. I need to check out the Mount TBR one. I've considered doing it in the past and just never have.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cindy!

  5. Well, I am in the same boat as you, as I just copy and paste, indicating who is hosting the challenge. Thankfully, the only one I am doing next year is my annual Goodreads challenge. It has been years since I've actually completed one, other than my Goodreads goal, and since next year will be crazy with work, I am not pushing myself.

    Congratulations on your challenge progress this year, and good luck in 2022.

    Thanks for visiting my blog today.

    1. Like I explained above, the problem wasn't in posting links or challenge logos, it was in copying and pasting the entire welcome post. I just thought it would make things easier to have all the information there so people could decide if it was the kind of thing they wanted to do. Just posting links isn't a problem. You should be fine!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cheryl!

  6. Whoa, that's a lot of challenges! I usually just do the Goodreads challenge, but this year I actually came across a Hanukkah readathon, so I'm doing that one as well. I'm thrilled because it's the first time I've ever seen one of those.

    1. Right? I may be in over my head before I even start. Ha ha.

      A Hanukkah challenge sounds awesome! I thought about hosting a Mormon-themed one, but I don't think there would be much interest. A Jewish-themed one, though? I'd be up for that, if you ever wanted to create one. Or if you know of anyone else hosting one.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leah!

  7. I’m thinking about giving a non-fiction challenge a go. Next year will be my first full year on the blog, so I’m trying to decide now what I should commit to.

    Happy TTT!

    1. Yeah? I thought you hated non-fiction! Historically, it has not been my favorite either, but I've read some good NF this year. That has encouraged me to want to read more and a challenge would be a good way to motivate me.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lori!

  8. Hang on, hang on, go back a second, who cuts down a decorated tree?? who...why...WHAT. That feels like, local news channel worthy weirdness. I'm going to have to believe it was some poor parent -- figuratively and literally poor -- who had no holiday decorations and wanted to surprise their kids with a Christmas miracle. That's the only acceptable answer.

    Personally I like to stick to just one reading challenge* -- Mount TBR. Love community solidarity encouraging me to READ THE BOOKS I ALREADY HAVE (the literary equivalent of "we have food at home" while my brain is yelling "McDonald's! McDonald's!" Or in this case, "The library! The liiibrary!"). But I'm impressed by the breadth of your challenges!

    *Two if I'm brave enough to take on a genuine challenge: read ONLY 52 books (at most) and try to enrich my reading experience for each one -- write an actual journal entry w/ personal reflection beyond the review, look up author interview, carefully choose books I think will be 4 if not 5 stars in the first place, etc. I dunno if I ever WILL...but it's a fun thought.

    1. Right? It's totally weird because this wasn't a small tree. It was a big, dead one, so we figure someone must have cut it down for firewood. Since it was technically on private property, I think they did it at night and as fast as they could, so taking the decorations was easier than not. Honestly, that's the ONLY reason I can think of. It was very bizarre! The nice thing was that our community was pretty outraged. We hadn't realized before that people cared that much about it.

      You're smart to go for the quality over quantity reading experience. Some day, I'm going to evolve to that level! Right now, I'm sort of obsessed with how many I can read, even if I encounter more mediocre reads than great ones.

      You're the second person to mention the Mount TBR challenge. I need to take a closer look at that one.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, RS!

  9. Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving! I haven't done challenges the last few years but I've been thinking about getting back into. I'm kind of interested in the Nonfiction and Cozy ones...

    1. The cozies one is fun because it's very easy. You can read one or you can read one hundred—it's all up to you. I'm definitely liking the idea of the NF one too. I'm leaning more and more toward doing it.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Greg!

  10. I love that you went rogue with the topic! I never realized there were so many reading challenges out there. Some of these look super interesting, thanks for sharing!

    1. I seem to go rogue more than I stick with the topics these days! Ha ha.

      There used to be more challenges out there, but there are still quite a lot. If you're looking for one, definitely check out Ready for a Reading Challenge!

      Thanks for stopping in, Shanna!

  11. What a huge amount of challenges--200 books in a year is a great achievement, keep it up!

    1. I'll be very proud of myself if I manage to get to 200. I think it's doable, but life always gets crazier this time of year, so we'll see how I do. Wish me luck!

      Thanks for coming by, FangirlFlax!

  12. Sorry to hear you ran into trouble, not that I have any clue what you were doing wrong, you might've thought people would be pleased with the free advert!

    I'm still trying to decide on the two or three challenges I'll do next year. I'm thinking of going back to the European and maybe trying a classics one if I can find one that suits. So I'll be keeping an eye on your challenge blog!

    1. Right? Well, I get why copying and pasting an entire post could rub people the wrong way. It wouldn't bother me personally, as long as it was linked to me, which is why I figured it wouldn't bug others. I was wrong. You live and learn, right?

      I did see a European one out there. That would be fun. I *should* read more classics, but I just don't...

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cath!

  13. That's a lot of good challenges to pick from. I will do Goodreads because I always do, but I'm not sure I'll do any others.

    1. Right? I always want to do ALL THE CHALLENGES, but I have to limit myself or I'll never come close to finishing any of them. I do love the simplicity of the GR challenge.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deanna!

  14. I've never done a reading challenge! Thanks for visiting Long and Short Reviews!

    1. Never? They can be really fun, especially if you don't them too seriously.

      Thanks for popping in, Poinsettia!

  15. The only reading challenge I've stuck with this year is the Reading Christie 2021 challenge from the official Agatha Christie website. They haven't announced the prompts for next year, but I will be doing it again. It's a great way to work my way through her collection without feeling overwhelmed.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    1. An Agatha Christie challenge sounds fun for fans. I'm not really one (although I do love AND THEN THERE WERE NONE), but if I was? I would TOTALLY do this one! Have fun with it.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Pam!

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  17. I haven't decided if I'm going to do any reading challenges in 2022 yet but will definitely look into all of these because they sound like fun ones.

    1. That's why it's so hard for me to limit myself! They all sound fun. Help!

      Thanks, as always for coming by and commenting, Suzanne!

  18. Fantastic list of challenges, Susan. I see my resolution not to do any new challenges next year dissolving in smoke. LOL

    Thanks for visiting my TTT.

    1. Ha ha. Good luck with your resolution :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Marianne!

  19. Whoa! Those are a lot of reading challenges. They each sound fun in their own way. I might pick up a couple more challenges next year. I don't know. I sometimes feel overwhelmed when I sign up for too many.

    1. Same, but that never seems to stop me! Ha ha. I never take the challenges too seriously. If I finish them, great. If I don't, oh well. It's just a fun way to add to my reading life.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Kami!

  20. I am going to do Literary Escapes, Nonfiction, and Popsugar as well. I think I'll add in one promt-oriented challenge as well.

    1. Literary Escapes is always a fun one. Popsugar is one that always challenges me to explore new genres. I'm really leaning hard toward the NF one as well. I always take on a lot, but I have fun with them.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Helen!

  21. My usual annual routine - get excited about the reading challenges I read about (like I am feeling right now regarding a few here, well, all here), sigh up for them enthusiastically and announce that this will be the year I complete them.. And then, well, I read a lot of books but completely forget about the challenges :-) Maybe I do actually read books that will help me complete them but I never know for I stop tracking..
    Maybe this year will be the magic year..
    My Most Wonderful Bookish Memories

    1. LOL. I feel you on this! That's been my usual routine in the past as well. I've actually been excellent about recording everything in the past couple years and I've finished and gotten close to finishing most of my challenges, so I'm going to keep at it since it's fun for me.

      Thanks for popping in, Lady in Read!

  22. Thanks for visiting my Top Ten Tuesday list this week.

    Your post is so helpful! I usually complete the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, but next year I want to try something a bit different.

  23. Wow, that is a lot of challenges, Susan. I usually do a prompt based challenge each year. This year I did the 52 week Bookclub, but think I will take a break this year. Good luck with whichever ones you go with this year.


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