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12 / 30 books. 40% done!

2024 Literary Escapes Challenge

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28 / 51 states. 55% done!

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23 / 50 books. 46% done!

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23 / 50 books. 46% done!

Booklist Queen's 2024 Reading Challenge

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48 / 50 books. 96% done!

2024 52 Club Reading Challenge

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40 / 52 books. 77% done!

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27 / 40 books. 68% done!

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15 / 40 books. 38% done!

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10 / 25 books. 40% done!

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12 / 26.2 miles. 46% done!

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26 / 100 books. 26% done!

2024 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge

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64 / 104 books. 62% done!

Around the Year in 52 Books Reading Challenge

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43 / 52 books. 83% done!

Disney Animated Movies Reading Challenge

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69 / 165 books. 42% done!
Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Announcing the Bookish Books Reading Challenge (Hosted By Yours Truly)

After my 2021 foray into the world of reading challenge hosting (at which I proved to be a right failure), I vowed never to host again. Famous last words! An idea for a reading challenge occurred to me while I was showering the other day and I decided why not? So, here goes...

I know I'm not the only bookaholic who loves to read books about my favorite hobby. Whether it's a swoony rom-com with a library meet-cute, a drama involving a book club of frenemies, a behind-the-scenes memoir by a bookstore owner, a biography of a favorite writer, or a tantalizing mystery that delves into the world of rare books, I'm there for it. Book stacks on the cover? I'm in! My eye will always be drawn to bookish books. I have hundreds of them on my various Goodreads TBR lists. One thing I've never seen in all my years of taking on reading challenges is one dedicated entirely to books about books. That is a downright travesty, my friends, so I made my own! 

This is a laidback challenge designed to encourage the reading of all those bookish books that are still lingering on our shelves and TBR lists. Any book counts as long as one of its main themes is books (reading them, writing them, hoarding them, stealing them, eating them, burning them, decorating with them, organizing them, sniffing them, selling them, etc.). Any book that is essentially bookish in nature counts. All formats are acceptable. Since this challenge isn't about pages read, length doesn't matter either. Picture books are totally fine.

Because it wouldn't be a challenge without a *little* bit of pushing, I created some levels just to make it more fun:

Toe in the Door: 1-10 books read
Picking and Perusing: 11-20 books read
Lost in the Stacks: 21-30 books read
Living in the Library: 30+ books read

I'm an overachiever, so I'm aiming for the Living in the Library level. 

Reviews aren't required, but they're always nice. I, for one, am perpetually on the lookout for more bookish books and reviews help me to know which are worth the read. So, I'll put a monthly linky up so we can all see what we're reading for the challenge. 

You don't have to have a blog to participate, but it's helpful to keep a list of books read for the challenge somewhere. Mine will be listed under the "Reading Challenges" tab here at BBB.

If you need ideas for the challenge, I've started a Goodreads list to help. I'm sure there are others there with a similar theme. 
The challenge will run from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023. You can sign up any time during the year, starting now. 

Challenges are more fun with friends, so please join me. Feel free to grab the challenge button, post about the challenge on your blog, and help me spread the word.

Please use the linky below to sign up for the challenge. Create a post on your blog or on social media announcing that you are participating in the challenge, then use that link to sign up using the linky widget below:



  1. I'm going to think about this one, Susan. I love a good bookish book. I plan to figure out my challenges soon.

    1. Me too. I've got tons of them on my TBR lists. It's time to get more of them read!

    2. I did it! I signed up, so now the counting begins!

  2. I'm not sure what reading challenges I want to participate in next year, but this one is on my radar. Thanks!

    1. I know! I'm still trying to decide how many I can handle and which ones I want to take on. As much as I want to do ALL of them, I know that's not really going to happen. Ha ha.

  3. This sounds fun! I'm not sure if I will be adding anything more to my 2023 reading challenge list, but if I do I'll keep this one in mind!

    1. I'd love it if you joined me, but I know there are tons of challenges out there and we can't do them all. Unfortunately!

  4. Ooh...I might have to do this one. It sounds like fun. And I was just looking at my list of bookshop/bookish books that I want to read next year and it's already at 12. :D

    1. Yes! I'd love to have you along. It'll be fun, I promise :)

  5. Oh boy! I said I wasn't going to do any challenges next year and you make the third person I "know" and follow faithfully that are now doing challenges I WANT to do, LOL! I will think about this and I went and added a few books to your Goodreads list ;)

    1. Ha ha. No pressure! It would be great if you joined up, but I understand not wanting to overwhelm yourself with too many reading challenges. I have that problem EVERY year :)

  6. This sounds like a lot of fun. I hadn't planned on doing any challenges next year, but I'll have to seriously consider this one. :)

    1. Great! I'm excited for it and the more people who join me, the better :)

  7. Looking forward to participating! I am going for the lowest level.

    1. Yay! Looking forward to see what you read for the challenge.

  8. I think I read 2 titles that had to do with books this year, so I'd be struggling to get my toe in the door haha.

    1. Ha ha. Well, even just your toe is welcome :)

  9. I hope this does well for you.

  10. I'm totally in - and yours makes 12 challenges for this year - okay, that just sounds nuts!!! But, I'm a glutton for punishment. No, a glutton for reading. I'll be looking for crossover books for sure!
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

    1. Ha ha. You're my people, Terrie! I'm doing 13 challenges this year. I can't resist them :)

  11. I have at least 4 books on my TBR that fall in this category so I will be joining in the challenge...once I get my challenges written out :)

    1. Woo hoo! I'm so thrilled you'll be joining us, Cindy.

    2. Me too and I finally remembered to link up :)

  12. This challenge sounds like a lot of fun. Count me in! Thank you for hosting, Susan!

  13. I originally planned to forgo challenges this year ... because I stress out too much about them. But I have definitely decided to do one or two, and I am strongly thinking about adding this one. I agree, a challenge with a focus on books about books is needed.

    1. I totally understand not wanting to overwhelm yourself. If it helps, this is a totally low-key challenge. No stress. Just fun! I would love to have you join, but no pressure, of cours :)

  14. I love reading books about books, but I never know which books are about books until I start reading them. I'm not sure how to find them! :S

    1. Ha ha. Well, any book where books/reading is the main theme counts for this challenge, so you could search for titles with words like "books," "library," "bookstore," etc. in them. You can also find lists of bookish books on Goodreads. I started one, which I linked to in this post, although it's not very lengthy yet.

  15. I'm in! I saw your original post but was so busy in the run-up to Christmas I didn't have time to do anything about it. Then Lark posted and I thought, 'Oh yes, I meant to to do that!' So here I am. LOL My post is here:

    1. Ha ha. I'm just so glad you're joining the challenge! It's going to be fun.

  16. I wasn't going to sign up for any challenges this year.... but I already have like 4 books from the library that would fit this!

    I'll get my post up at the weekend

    1. Perfect! If you're already planning to read bookish books then it's not really THAT much of a challenge, right? So glad you're joining us, Cassie!

  17. I just found out about this challenge from Cindy's Book Corner and am happily joining!

    1. Yay! I'm thrilled you're coming along for the ride, Miaismine. I can't wait to see what you read for the challenge.

  18. I just signed up for this. I'm aiming for Picking and Perusing 11-20 books. Thanks for hosting! :)

  19. Very late to the game but this sounds fun!


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