2023 Reading Challenge

Another year, another list. 2023’s reading list takes us to 40 (!) items, with some more new categories to keep things interesting. The list is below. For this year, we removed the category “read in school”, (partly because that list was actually quite short and had even fewer that we wanted to reread), amalgamated “recommended” and “chosen” into a single “recommended by other book-clubber”, and added a book about art, a non-mainstream book, a book based on a true story, and a book that is part of a series. All that, plus an additional wild card category, et voila – 40.

Here’s to 2023!


2023 Reading Challenge

  1. A book with a murder in it.
  2. A book with a body part in the title.
  3. A book published before 1939.
  4. A book published in 2022/2023.
  5. A book about language.
  6. A non-fiction book about travel.
  7. An author’s debut book.
  8. A book written by a female author.
  9. A book that is (or is becoming) a film.
  10. A book of non-fiction essays.
  11. A book recommended by a fellow book-clubber in 2021.
  12. A book you feel you ought to read.
  13. A book set somewhere you’ve never been.
  14. A book with someone’s name in the title.
  15. A book with a number in the title.
  16. A book with a colour in the title.
  17. A book with a place name in the title.
  18. A book of short stories.
  19. A book based on a true story.
  20. A book with a one-word title.
  21. A book translated from (or in) another language.
  22. A book of poetry or a play.
  23. A biography, memoir, journal or book of letters.
  24. A book about food or cooking (not a cookbook, although it can include recipes).
  25. A book by an author whom you’ve never read.
  26. A (non-fiction) book about science.
  27. A book received as a gift.
  28. An old favourite.
  29. A book you have previously left unfinished.
  30. A book on philosophy or religion.
  31. A book on history or politics.
  32. A book about art (painting, music, writing).
  33. A book by a Canadian author.
  34. A book or author that won a major prize.
  35. A book that has been banned somewhere or some time.
  36. A book that is part of a series.
  37. A book from outside the mainstream (non NA/EU)
  38. A book that was utter drivel.
  39. WILD CARD – a book that doesn’t fit in another category (or that fits one you’ve already used).
  40. Another WILD CARD.

General guidelines:

• No more than four books can be ones you’ve read before.
• You can reassign a book from one category to another throughout the year. As your reading progresses, you may decide that your number 7 book would be better as your number 15 book, as you’ve found another new author you’d like to read.
• After completing a book, the reader emails the other with a synopsis and review. This may help others seeking that elusive book-of-poetry-they-can-get-through.

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