Well, 2021 did not turn out to be the banner year we all hoped it would be! One of the silver linings for me, however, is that I continued to have plenty of time to read (and plenty to ignore so I could read instead). I did appreciate the “kinder, gentler” reading challenge we put together for 2021, where we maximized the flexibility allowing every prompt to be fulfilled by either a nonfiction or fiction title. But, if you are like me, I read mainly in my comfort zone this year and rarely wandered outside it. So, we are back to our more “traditional” prompts for 2022, some of which should push us outside those comfort zones a bit more.
It’s hard to believe this will be the 5th year of the Marshall Lyon County Library Reading Challenge. With four past challenges under our belts, the challenge has become finding the right mix of prompts without too many previous prompts repeated. But some are worth repeating, like choosing a title from your to-be-read list (TBR), since that list seems to only grow!
So, please join us for the Library’s 2022 challenge! Signing up is simple…just visit the Library’s GoodReads page (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/223422-marshall-lyon-county-library) and respond to the discussion post about this challenge that you would like to participate (a GoodReads account is required but it is free to sign up). To find out more about the challenge and to get a list of this year’s 25 prompts, visit this page.
Looking for other bookish challenges if this one is not enough? Here are a few others to check out:
- If you know about reading challenges, you are most likely familiar with PopSugar’s, which is their 8th year doing an annual reading challenge. It’s 40 “standard” book prompts and a 10-book advanced list focusing on doubles, twins and pairs: https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/reading-challenge-2022-48569820
- Since many of us haven’t traveled too much in the last few years, the Literary Escapes Challenge caught my eye. You have a year to read a book set in each state (plus the District of Columbia). That’s almost 1 book per week, so it would definitely be a challenge! https://www.escapewithdollycas.com/2022-reading-challenges/2022-literary-escapes-challenge/
- For a nearly exhaustive list of 2022 Reading Challenges, check out GirlXOXO’s list: https://www.girlxoxo.com/the-2022-master-list-of-reading-challenges/
For the past two years, I have also been reading Newbery Award Winners, given by the American Library Association for the most distinguished contribution in American children’s literature, first awarded in 1922. With its 100th anniversary in 2022, I plan to read as many of these titles as I can ~ and I’ve added a prompt to honor the anniversary!
Regardless of how you spend your reading life in 2022, I hope you enjoy it. And if you choose to tackle a reading challenge, I hope you will join us in the Library’s 2022 Reading Challenge!