Welcome to the Spine & Leaf Books 2022 Book Challenge!
How Do I Do the 2022 Book Challenge?
This book challenge will help you read 50 books in the next year! Choose a book from the list every week to complete the list in a calendar year. You get 2 weeks off for when life gets a little crazy… or you get stuck on #20.
Check off each number as you read a book that fits that description. You can complete this list in any order, but you cannot use one book to mark off more than one number.
Feel free to read more than one book per week if you have extra time and don’t feel bad if you get a bit behind at some point. The challenge is to complete 50 books in 2022, so you have all year!
You can use this list as a way to create your own book journal for the year by writing the title and author next to each item on this list. Check out my full post on starting a book journal here.
Why Do a Book Challenge?
Why do a book challenge this year? Well, reading has been proven to have some incredible benefits. If you’re looking to set up a New Year’s resolution to improve your health or increase your knowledge, then reading is for you!
Reading books can:
- Reduce stress
- Improve your vocabulary skills
- Increase dopamine
- Make you kinder
- Increase your knowledge
- Improve your memory and concentration
On top of all of these benefits, starting a book challenge can broaden your reading horizons. People like to read certain genres and topics because they find them the most enjoyable, but I think we can all agree that occasionally branching out has some positive effects. It’ll help you learn and grow and maybe even find a new favorite.
Some of you are probably worried about the number of books in this book challenge and that’s ok. You’re right, 50 books in just 365 days is a lot of reading.
I’d like to encourage everyone to give this their best shot because you never know, you might just surprise yourself. Also, if you only get 10 books read from this challenge that’s still 10 books that you will read this year and that’s amazing!
For my avid bibliophiles- here’s an extra challenge that only the biggest readers will accomplish:
-Complete this list twice to reach 100 books in 2022 by choosing 2 different books per number!
This is an excellent way to compare books and authors. Plus, you’ll get some fun out of reading 2 books in the same series for #4 and expanding your knowledge in particular subjects, like #28 and #36.
Book Challenge 2022: Read 50 Books This Year!
Read a book…
- With a color in the name
- Set in a foreign country
- Recommended by a friend
- Part of a series
- That you should have read in school
- On the New York Times Bestseller list
- Already on your bookshelf
- With an animal in the name
- From an author you already know
- About health and wellness
- With a pretty book cover
- More than 20 years old
- Released in the year you were born
- Published this year
- Translated from another language
- With a female protagonist
- That’s a memoir
- With a one-word title
- That was made into a movie
- Over 500 pages long
- Under 100 pages long
- With a music or art theme
- Involving water
- With a green book cover
- Set in the 1800s
- With a magical element
- That’s a one-hit wonder
- About nature
- With chapter titles
- With an index
- With a map in the front
- That you heard about from a co-worker
- Bought from your local bookstore
- That’s a Young Adult novel
- Only published as an e-book
- About sports
- That’s a murder mystery
- Featuring the LGBTQ+ community
- By an author who shares your name
- On audiobook read by the author
- That’s a guilty pleasure
- Written by 2 authors
- Of poetry
- About business
- About current events
- Everyone is talking about
- Based on a real person
- That’s a coming of age story
- About science
- That makes you smile
Can you think of a book for each of these ideas? Post below what books you used to complete the list!
Good luck and happy reading!