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2018 Reading Challenge – Read More. Read Different.

By Bianca Smith • December 28, 2017

Is your New Year's resolution to read more? Or maybe to read differently? Here's a book challenge to help you with that.

What Is a Reading Challenge?

Did you do a readathon as a kid? A reading challenge isn't like that. There's no prize for reading the most. There's also no criticism if you don't finish it. A reading challenge is designed to broaden your reading. If you're like us you have your go-to books (hello, Harry Potter). But there are so many more amazing stories to be read. Some that'll show you a different way of thinking, and some that will teach you something new. And some with new stories that you know you'll love.

Here's our reading challenge for 2018. Print it out, put it on the wall. It's now in your hands. That means you can interpret it as you wish. What is a beautiful book cover? That's up to you. We know all book lovers are different (that's what makes you great), so book challenges are intentionally open to interpretation. These are three versions to choose from. They all have the same challenges; you can choose if you want a color version or if you want to color and personalize it yourself.

We'd love to see how you're going. Snap a photo and share your reading challenge sheet on Instagram. Don't forget to tag @ThriftBooks.

The Reading Challenge

  • A book translated into English (or your first language if it isn't English)
  • A book written the year you were born
  • A book published more than 100 years ago
  • A biography or story with a view opposite to yours
  • A book you can finish in one day
  • Your favorite book from childhood
  • A banned book
  • A book set in a different country
  • A memoir or biography
  • A book of short stories or poems
  • A book set in your hometown or region
  • A graphic novel
  • A book published in the last year
  • The book at the bottom of your to-read pile
  • A book that promises to make you cry
  • A New York Times Best Seller
  • A book by a person of a different cultural group
  • A best seller
  • A book based on a true story
  • A book with multiple authors
  • A self-help book
  • A book with a female hero
  • A book that's been made into a movie or TV series
  • An original fairy tale (Disney re-writes don't count, sorry)
  • A book with an unappealing cover
  • A book by a male author
  • A book by a first-time author
  • An LGBT novel or memoir
  • A book by someone who isn't an author
  • A book from a celebrity
  • A book that teaches you something new
  • A book suggested by someone close to you (sibling, partner, close friend)
  • A book you started and never finished
  • A book with dragons
  • A book recommended by a book blogger (YouTubers count too)
  • A coffee table book
  • A book by an author with your initials
  • A book set in your favorite season
  • A guilty secret book—you can keep the title a secret
  • A book mentioned in a TV show or movie
  • Something written by an author you've never read
  • A book with an inspirational main character
  • Read a book with a child
  • Your best friend's favorite book
  • A book everyone has read but you
  • A book about an animal
  • Re-read your favorite book
  • A book about an indigenous people group
  • A scary book
  • A book with a beautiful cover
  • A sequel
  • A book you've been wanting to read

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