Reading Challenges

You know I got ideas
swirling ’round and ’round.
Can’t stop thinking.
Reading helps me calm down.

These challenges were year long challenges. Decide your pace and timeline. There’s nothing wrong with reading at your own speed.


  1. A book with more than 500 pages
  2. A book you can finish in one day
  3. A book with more than 100k words
  4. A book with less than 30k words
  5. A book with antonyms in the title
  6. A book with redundancy in the title
  7. A book meant to be read out loud to someone else (bonus if you read it out loud to someone else)
  8. A book published this year
  9. A book without reviews (bonus if you write one)
  10. A book with bad reviews (less than 4 stars overall)
  11. A book that became a movie
  12. A book based on or turned into a TV show
  13. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  14. A book that came out the year you were born
  15. A book with a number in the title
  16. A book with a color in the title
  17. A book written by someone under 30 years old
  18. A book written by someone over 65 years old
  19. A trilogy
  20. A book without human characters
  21. A book from your childhood
  22. A book with a love triangle
  23. A book by a female author
  24. A book by a male author
  25. A book set in high school
  26. A book with a one-word title
  27. A book of short stories
  28. A book set in a different country
  29. A popular author’s first book
  30. A book that made(makes) you cry
  31. A book with magic
  32. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
  33. A book by an author you’ve never read before
  34. A book by an author you’ve never heard of before
  35. A book a friend recommended
  36. A Pulitzer Prize winning book
  37. A book gifted to you by someone else
  38. A book based on a true story
  39. A book at the bottom of your to read list
  40. A book your mom loves
  41. A book your dad loves
  42. A book that scares you
  43. A book more than 100 years old
  44. A book based entirely on its cover
  45. A book that lacks a graphic cover
  46. A book you were supposed to read in school, but didn’t
  47. A book you own but have never read
  48. A book that takes place in your hometown (or closest city)
  49. A book that takes place in your favorite town/city
  50. A book written originally in a different language (bonus if you find that original book and attempt reading it)
  51. A banned book
  52. A book you started and never finished
  53. A beach read
  54. A paperback
  55. A hardcover
  56. A ebook


  1. A book with how to in the title
  2. A borrowed book
  3. A book printed this year
  4. A book a child cannot read
  5. A book with at least two languages present
  6. A book a child can read
  7. A series
  8. A book with two main characters
  9. A book written in first person
  10. A book written from a narrator’s perspective
  11. A book that came out when you were five
  12. A book that came out when you were ten
  13. A book that uses red on the cover
  14. A book that has no color (black and white only)
  15. A book you wanted when it came out, but did not find until much later
  16. A book you need a dictionary for
  17. A book that crosses genres
  18. A book that makes you fall asleep
  19. A book by someone you idolize
  20. A book someone said was boring
  21. A book someone said was great
  22. A book that hits at least three other items on this list
  23. A book about a subject you dislike
  24. A book about a subject you adore
  25. A book people disagree on
  26. A book set in another time period
  27. A book with author initials the same as yours
  28. A book whose movie bombed
  29. A book your best friend loves
  30. A book with a pet
  31. A book that has five different settings
  32. A book based of off or turned into a play
  33. A book you saw someone else reading
  34. A book written by a president
  35. A book with a non hetero main character
  36. A book with a male main character
  37. A book with a female main character
  38. A book with a costar who is actually the hero
  39. A book that has survived the tales of time
  40. A book without a true author
  41. A book where the main character dies
  42. A book of an author you met
  43. A book with lots of pictures
  44. A book that breaks the fourth wall
  45. A book based in the past or future

All the genre options: (Try for lots of types)


  1. Classic – fiction that has become part of an accepted literary canon, widely taught in schools
  2. Comic/Graphic Novel – scripted fiction told visually in artist drawn pictures, usually in panels and speech bubbles
  3. Crime/Detective – fiction about a committed crime, how the criminal gets caught, and the repercussions of the crime
  4. Fable – narration demonstrating a useful truth, especially in which animals speak as humans; legendary, supernatural tale
  5. Fairy tale – story about fairies or other magical creatures, usually for children
  6. Fanfiction – fiction written by a fan of, and featuring characters from, a particular TV series, movie, etc.
  7. Fantasy – fiction with strange or otherworldly settings or characters; fiction which invites suspension of reality
  8. Fiction narrative – literary works whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact
  9. Fiction in verse – full-length novels with plot, subplot(s), theme(s), major and minor characters, in which the narrative is presented in verse form (usually free verse)
  10. Folklore – the songs, stories, myths, and proverbs of a people or “folk” as handed down by word of mouth
  11. Historical fiction – story with fictional characters and events in a historical setting
  12. Horror – fiction in which events evoke a feeling of dread and sometimes fear in both the characters and the reader
  13. Humor – Usually a fiction full of fun, fancy, and excitement, meant to entertain and sometimes cause intended laughter; but can be contained in all genres
  14. Legend – story, sometimes of a national or folk hero, that has a basis in fact but also includes imaginative material
  15. Metafiction – also known as romantic irony in the context of Romantic works of literature, uses self-reference to draw attention to itself as a work of art, while exposing the “truth” of a story
  16. Mystery – fiction dealing with the solution of a crime or the unraveling of secrets
  17. Mythology – legend or traditional narrative, often based in part on historical events, that reveals human behavior and natural phenomena by its symbolism; often pertaining to the actions of the gods
  18. Poetry – verse and rhythmic writing with imagery that creates emotional responses
  19. Realistic fiction – story that is true to life
  20. Science fiction – story based on impact of actual, imagined, or potential science, usually set in the future or on other planets
  21. Short story – fiction of such brevity that it supports no subplots
  22. Suspense/Thriller – fiction about harm about to befall a person or group and the attempts made to evade the harm
  23. Tall tale – humorous story with blatant exaggerations, swaggering heroes who do the impossible with nonchalance


  1. Biography/Autobiography – Narrative of a person’s life. A true story about a real person.
  2. Essay – A short literary composition that reflects the author’s outlook or point.
  3. Narrative nonfiction – Factual information presented in a format which tells a story.
  4. Speech – Public address or discourse.
  5. Textbook – Authoritative and detailed factual description of a topic.
  6. Reference book – Dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, almanac, atlas, etc.

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