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3 Interesting Reading Challenges for Book Bloggers

On Monday we talked about Bookish Memes and listed out 7 interesting memes bookish people would love. 🙂 But memes are just one part of the diversity of activities and opportunities in the book world. So, getting diverse ourselves :D, today we’re talking about challenges.

Book Challenges come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and more, but at a basic level it is a time bound challenge with a specific objective. It has a clear aim, goal and purpose that will enrich your reading experience and enhance your library.

There are a lot of challenges out there (and we’ll talk about them in the coming weeks) but for now, here are three offbeat Book Challenges to jump into before the end of this year.


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Diversity on the Shelf

Inspired by the POC Reading Challenge this challenge aims to add more color to your reading list. In the words of Alysia @My Little Pocketbook who hosts the challenge –

“The aim of Diversity on the Shelf 2014 Challenge is add diversity to you bookshelf by reading books by authors of color and/or about a main character of color.The goal is to encourage readers have a more diverse reading experience and to support diversity in the publishing industry by reading and reviewing books by or about person of color.”

Books you read can be in any format – eBooks, audio or print. Novellas, Graphic novels/manga, Children Books and all other genres are allowed.

To be a part of the challenge just grab the button, make a post with it on your blog and link back to the challenge page. Pick a level for the challenge but keep in mind that you can only go up levels, you cannot reduce the level or number of books promised. Sign up on the Diversity on the Shelf 2014 challenge page so other participants can find you and your challenge shelf.

Looking for books to read for this challenge? Alysia has some great resources you can check out on her Links and Resources page to get you started!




The Foodies Read 2014 Challenge

If you are someone who’s into food, this challenge is for you. Vicki @I’d Rather Be At The Beach hosts this challenge that gets my stomach rumbling and my mouth watering. Here’s how she explains food books –

“A food book is a book which is centered around food and/or drinks. That could be a cookbook, a food biography or memoir, a non-fiction book focused around a specific food, wine, chef or restaurant, or a fictional story in which food plays a major role.”

To be a part of this challenge you have to choose your reading level based on the number of books you aim to read, then write a post on your blog and include the challenge button so everyone knows you are participating in the Foodies Read 2014 Challenge. (Don’t forget to link to your post on the challenge page.)

With that out of the way it’s time to eat and read. 😀 But remember to come back to the Foodies Read 2014 Challenge page to your books in the challenge after you’ve read them. There are four categories for you to choose from – Cookbooks, Memoirs/Biographies, Fiction, and Nonfiction. Apart from this there is also a section for your Challenge Wrap-Up post.




Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge

The goal of this challenge is to simply travel the world in books and visits as many places and countries as you can. All books set in or written by authors from a country other than yours are eligible.

Tanya @Mom’s Small Victories, Becca @I’m Lost in Books and Savvy Working Gal host this challenge with rules intending to make the challenge like they say “a no-stress, no-worries, kind of challenge”. All you need to do is determine length of time, how many countries, method of tracking and your book list or genre to get started. This is all open to change though.

Once you have this is place sign up with a post that you can add to the Sign-up page and start reading. The team has created linkies for each continent to make it easier for you to share and find new books. So what you waiting for, it’s time for take off! 🙂


Do you have any other interesting challenges we should know about? What challenges are you participating in this year? Any repeats from last year? Which ones are your favorite challenges?