Do you want to stretch yourself to read more books (and more books outside your usual comfort zones) next year? Here’s your chance!
- Sign up here with your goal for how many books you want to read next year.
- Every month, I’ll post one main prompt and 3-4 bonus prompts (total of 52 over the course of the year). I’ll post this a month in advance so you have time to discuss and acquire the books you want.
- Look for books you want to read that fit one or more of the prompts, and post your plans. If other people decide to read some of those too, we get an impromptu book club, but if not it’s fine too.
- Once the month starts, post your progress as you finish books. Impressions/discussion/reviews/etc. are welcome but not required.
- Relax, have fun, and don’t sweat the rules. Nobody will shun you if you fall behind your goal, stretch the interpretation of a prompt, or finish a book before or after its assigned month.
- (Optional): I’m posting this thread early so that there is time for meta-discussion before I post the first batch of prompts (for January) at the beginning of December. If you have any questions, comments, or thoughts on how you’d like this challenge to work, now’s the time. And if you want to help fill out the list of prompts, I started a shared doc here and seeded it with the first few that came to mind. If we don’t get to 52, I’ll fill the rest out by stealing from other reading challenges.
Example set of prompts for a month:
- Main: Recipient of an award in a genre you like
- Word in title or author name starts with 'Q'
- Title/author contains 'to'
- Title/author contains 'three' (or '3', 'third', etc.)
- What’s wrong with the normal freeform book thread? Why complicate things with goals and prompts? Nothing – I just think it will be fun to have a bit more structure and defined goal, and the prompts add a bit of a scavenger hunt feel.
- What if I missed the beginning and want to join later? No problem, just pick a goal that sounds right for whatever portion of the year is left, and jump in.
- What about audio books / graphic novels / etc.? Sure, however you read is fine with me.
- What if I can’t find anything for a prompt? Check here and see what other people are thinking about reading, or ask for suggestions. If you really can’t find anything, then take a mulligan on that prompt and read what you want instead – the prompts are supposed to be fun, not stressful.