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My Progress:

12 / 30 books. 40% done!

2024 Literary Escapes Challenge

- Alabama (1)
- Alaska
- Arizona (1)
- Arkansas
- California (3)
- Colorado (1)
- Connecticut
- Delaware
- Florida
- Georgia (1)
- Hawaii
- Idaho (2)
- Illinois (2)
- Indiana (1)
- Iowa
- Kansas
- Kentucky (1)
- Louisiana (1)
- Maine (1)
- Maryland
- Massachusetts (2)
- Michigan
- Minnesota
- Mississippi
- Missouri
- Montana
- Nebraska (1)
- Nevada (1)
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York (5)
- North Carolina (4)
- North Dakota
- Ohio (1)
- Oklahoma (1)
- Oregon (2)
- Pennsylvania (1)
- Rhode Island (1)
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Tennessee (1)
- Texas (3)
- Utah (1)
- Vermont (2)
- Virginia (2)
- Washington (2)
- West Virginia
- Wisconsin (1)
- Wyoming
- Washington, D.C.* (1)

- Australia (1)
- Canada (2)
- England (10)
- France (1)
- Indonesia (1)
- Ireland (4)
- Italy (1)
- Scotland (2)
- The Netherlands (1)

My Progress:

29 / 51 states. 57% done!

2024 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

My Progress:

26 / 50 books. 52% done!

2024 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

23 / 50 books. 46% done!

Booklist Queen's 2024 Reading Challenge

My Progress:

48 / 50 books. 96% done!

2024 52 Club Reading Challenge

My Progress:

41 / 52 books. 79% done!

2024 Build Your Library Reading Challenge

My Progress:

27 / 40 books. 68% done!

2024 Pioneer Book Reading Challenge

15 / 40 books. 38% done!

2024 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

My Progress:

10 / 25 books. 40% done!

2024 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

2024 Mystery Marathon Reading Challenge

My Progress

13 / 26.2 miles. 50% done!

Mount TBR Reading Challenge

My Progress

26 / 100 books. 26% done!

2024 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge

My Progress:

68 / 104 books. 65% done!

Around the Year in 52 Books Reading Challenge

My Progress

44 / 52 books. 85% done!

Disney Animated Movies Reading Challenge

My Progress

74 / 165 books. 45% done!
Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday: A Challenging 2024

Even as I busily try to finish up my 2023 reading for challenges, book awards judging, and reviews (ha ha), I'm already thinking ahead to what I want to read in the new year. One of my favorite ways to add fun and variety to my reading is through reading challenges. I'll do a wrap-up of my reading challenge progress for 2023 in a few weeks, but here's a spoiler alert for you: I have finished all of them (even the one with 109 prompts) except for one. Huzzah! I don't take reading challenges super seriously, but I'm still proud of myself for this accomplishment. Go, me. 

Since I've rocked my challenges so hard this year, I'm going to do another dozen in 2024. Since today's Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, I figure it's the perfect time to tell you all about them. First, though, click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl and give our TTT host, Jana, some love. 

Top Ten (Okay, Twelve) Reading Challenges I'm Going to Tackle in 2024

Update: I totally forgot about the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I do this one every year and my goal is always 200 books. I've already surpassed it for this year, but I'm still going to keep the goal of 200 for 2024. 

1. Bookish Books Reading Challenge (hosted by Yours Truly)—This is a no-brainer since I'm the host! It's a fun, laidback challenge that focuses on reading books about books. Join me, won't you? I'm going for the "Living at the Library" level, which requires reading 30+ bookish books. I've read 33 so far in 2023, so it shouldn't be a problem to reach that goal again next year.

2. Literary Escapes Reading Challenge (hosted by Dollycas @Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book)—I do this one every year. You "travel" to each of the 50 states in the U.S., plus Washington, D.C., by reading a book that is set there. You also get bonus points for each country you "visit" in your reading.

3. POPSUGAR Reading Challenge—This annual challenge can be tough. In fact, this is the first year I've completed all the prompts. We'll see if I have continued success with the 2024 version.

4. The 52 Club's Reading Challenge—Prompt challenges are my favorite kind, so I love this yearly challenge. It has 52 (natch) reading prompts to complete.

5. Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge (hosted by Dollycas @Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book)—This is the only one of my reading challenges that I haven't yet completed for 2023. I'm close, but it's highly unlikely that I'll get there by December 31. Oh well, I'll try again next year! In this one, you read cozy mysteries. I'll be joining at the Peckish level, which requires reading 1-25 cozies. I should be able to handle that.

6. Booklist Queen Reading Challenge—Another prompt-based challenge, this is one I have fun with every year. This one also has 52 prompts.

7. Historical Fiction Reading Challenge (hosted by Marg @The Intrepid Reader and Baker)—This one really isn't a challenge since I already read a ton of historical novels, but it's still fun to link up with other hist-fic lovers. I signed up at the Ancient History level (25 books) this year; I think I'll go for broke and do the Prehistoric level (50+ books) in 2024.

8. Medical Examiner Mystery Reading Challenge (hosted by Rick Mills)—Even though it's a little macabre, I enjoy doing this challenge every year. You read mystery novels and count up the dead bodies you find in their pages. I'm in 12th place at the moment. We'll see how many more toe tags I can tie before the year ends!

9. Mystery Marathon Reading Challenge (hosted by Rick Mills)—This is a new challenge that Rick came up with for 2024. Thankfully, it involves no actual physical exertion! You are "running" a reading marathon where each mystery you read counts as one mile and the number of pages in the book equals the number of steps taken to reach that mile. When you hit 26.2 miles, you're at the finish line. I read a ton of mysteries every year, so this one's another no-brainer.

10. 13 Moons Reading Challenge (hosted by Read N Buried)—I've never done this one before, but it's (yet) another prompt-based challenge. There are 13 prompts in each of 13 categories. You can join at different levels that require completing a certain amount of categories or you can go for the "Total Lunar Eclipse" level and do all the prompts, which is what I'm planning to do.

11. Build Your Library Reading Challenge—I enjoyed doing this challenge in 2023 even though its theme (nature) was a little outside of my reading interests. This year's theme is Reading Through History, which is much more to my liking. The challenge consists of 40 prompts, all of which have something to do with history (at least loosely).

12. Don't Get Fined! A Library Adventure Game (Goodreads)—Thanks to Bev, I just got introduced to Goodreads reading challenges. I didn't realize these were a thing, so I went down a very long, dark rabbit hole checking them out. I resisted the urge to join ALL the challenges and just went with this one since it sounded fun. It's a perpetual challenge with no end date—you're done when you reach the end of the "gameboard." You roll a dice after each book you read, which determines which space you land on, which then gives you a reading "task," which tells you what kind of book to read next. I started the game a few days ago and am currently on my second task.

As you may or may not know, I started a blog a few years ago where I kept a running list of reading challenges. I did it because the one I usually relied on went dark and I didn't know about any others. I've since discovered three blogs with this same goal. There's no reason to duplicate other people's efforts, so I will be deleting mine. If you're looking for reading challenges to join, look no further:

What are your thoughts on reading challenges? Do you love them? Hate them? Which are your favorites? Which ones are you planning to join in 2024? 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!

Announcing the Bookish Books Reading Challenge 2024

Thank you so much to everyone who helped to make the first year of my Bookish Books Reading Challenge a rousing success! It's been fun to talk bookish books with you throughout 2023. I definitely want to keep the party going in 2024. Hopefully, you do too! You can officially join the challenge by using the linky at the bottom of this post. 

Here's everything you need to know:

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 again this year. 

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, 2024 to December 31, 2024. 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:
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