The challenge is complete!
50 books. 50 different prompts. 50 chances to read something new.
I had such a wonderful time completing the 2022 Book Challenge. I was inspired, I was challenged, and I read some books I probably wouldn’t have picked up otherwise.
So let’s get down to the recap of what I read!
Book Challenge 2022: Read 50 Books This Year!
Read a book…
- With a color in the name: House in the Cerulean Sea
- Set in a foreign country: The Fishermen
- Recommended by a friend: The Thursday Murder Club
- Part of a series: To Sail a Darkling Sea
- That you should have read in school: Pride and Prejudice
- On the New York Times Bestseller list: When Breath Becomes Air
- Already on your bookshelf: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- With an animal in the name: The Emperor’s Wolves
- From an author you already know: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
- About health and wellness: Why You Eat What You Eat
- With a pretty book cover: The Ballerinas
- More than 20 years old: Murder on the Orient Express
- Released in the year you were born: The Client
- Published this year: The Violin Conspiracy
- Translated from another language: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
- With a female protagonist: The Hawthorne School
- That’s a memoir: Yes, Chef
- With a one-word title: Piranesi
- That was made into a movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Over 500 pages long: A Discovery of Witches
- Under 100 pages long: Expect the Unexpected
- With a music or art theme: The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth
- Involving water: The Water Knife
- With a green book cover: A Dying Fall
- Set in the 1800s: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- With a magical element: Practical Magic
- That’s a one-hit wonder: Kismet
- About nature: Dreaming In Turtle
- With chapter titles: The Night Circus
- With an index: American Zoo
- With a map in the front: The City We Became
- That you heard about from a co-worker: Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot
- Bought from your local bookstore: Next
- That’s a Young Adult novel: Blood Countess
- Only published as an e-book: The Sacrifice of One
- About sports: Beartown
- That’s a murder mystery: ‘A’ is for Alibi
- Featuring the LGBTQ+ community: The Liar’s Dictionary
- By an author who shares your name: Remarkable Creatures
- On audiobook read by the author: The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World
- That’s a guilty pleasure: Deja Dead
- Written by 2 authors: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
- Of poetry: Taller When Prone
- About business: Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
- About current events: On Juneteeth
- Everyone is talking about: That Summer
- Based on a real person: Alone on the Wall
- That’s a coming of age story: All Systems Red
- About science: Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth
- That makes you smile: The Invisible Library
My hope is that this list will also act as a go-to place for readers to find something new. With 50 books to choose from, I hope there’s a little something for everyone.
Favorite Books of the Challenge (in no particular order):
“A” is for Alibi
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
21 Lessons for the 21st Century
2001: A Space Odyssey
Best Things About the Challenge:
- So many books! I loved reading this much and having the challenge inspired me to read more books than I did during the first 6 months of last year.
- New books! Only one book from this challenge was something I had read before. And that was for the ‘already on your bookshelf’ item.
- New genres! I’ve never been a huge fan of the classics or romance, but I gave those a try this year.
- I liked so many of my choices! There were only a few duds on my list, and even then, I’m sure there are readers out there that would truly enjoy them, they just weren’t my taste.
- I learned a lot! Some of these books were really educational on current events, science, history, or something else. I also learned more about my reading preferences.
- More motivation! I’m ready to read more and keep up this pace. So looks like I’m on track to read over 100 books in 2022.
Bad Things About the Challenge:
Thankfully, there aren’t many bad things about challenging yourself. However, I did find myself getting obsessed with finding books that fit this challenge. I passed over reading books because they didn’t meet any criteria from my list. Maybe next time, I’ll pace myself over the whole year. Find a few books here and there to work on a reading challenge, mixed in with books I want to read just because. I’m not a huge fan of TBR lists, so this was a bit restrictive.
There were also a few duds that I felt compelled to finish because they would help with the challenge. If it wasn’t for the list, I would have ditched a few and started on something more enjoyable. I enjoy some poetry on occasion, but I think I just picked the wrong author for this challenge.
The Break Down:
Sub-genres of note: science fiction, fantasy, crime/mystery
Sub-genres of note: memoir, science
Overall, I had a lot of fun doing this reading challenge. I read some really great books and I’m glad I committed to reading all 50!
I flew through the list in 6 months and I’m excited to keep up with my good reading habits through the rest of the year.
I knew I’d be reading a lot of sci-fi and fantasy, but my new interest in mystery/crime books took me by surprise.
I learned more about topics that interest me, and especially enjoyed learning about health and the human body.
See you guys in 2023 for the next challenge! If you can’t wait until then… try the 2022 Summer Reading Challenge from Spine & Leaf Books!
I’ve read 36 out of 50 so far (plus about 10 others that I couldn’t make fit into any of the categories). I’m stuck on #27 – a one hit wonder. Any suggestions?
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Gone With The Wind – only Book Margaret Mitchell wrote
It is the first time I have done a reading challenge, and I have really enjoyed this one. Just coming to the end now, will there be a similar one foe 2023? Being partially sighted, I have to read audiobooks, so had to be a bit ‘creative’ for some of the categories 🤣😂
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Thanks for joining the challenge Issy! I am planning to put out a new challenge for 2023, hopefully posted in the first week of December to give everyone a few weeks to prepare and get excited. I’m glad you stuck with the challenge and found some ways to be creative. This list is all about trying new things and broadening our reading horizons!