2024 Reading Challenges

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2024 hosted by My Reader's Block.

This year, I am setting my goal at Mt. Vancouver, 36 books from my TBR shelves. Even though I rarely buy books for myself, I seem to be losing the battle, and my TBR bookcase now has double rows on two shelves!

Note that the challenge allows e-books and audios to count, but my main goal is to get through some of the physical books I own, so I usually only count physical books. This challenge has monthly review link-ups.

Since I am also on YouTube, I will also reference the Read What You Own challenge there, hosted by Criminolly

  1.  Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
  2. A Blizzard of Polar Bears by Alice Henderson

 


2024 Motif Reading Challenge hosted by Tanya and Kim at Chapter Adventure.

This is one of my favorite annual challenges, with a slightly different name and the same hosts but now at a new blog. The idea is simple: read a book to fit each month's motif. Their monthly themes are always fun! Here are the motifs for 2024:

𝗠𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗛𝗟𝗬 𝗠𝗢𝗧𝗜𝗙𝗦⁠

JAN- “Red Carpet Reads” Read a book that has won an award or been nominated for one.⁠ Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

FEB- “Dynamic Duos” Read a book with a couple of characters that make the perfect pair- whether in business, friendship, or in love.⁠

MAR- “Thrill Me” Read a thriller- Psychological thriller; Action thriller; Crime thriller; etc.⁠

APR- “Who’s In Charge Here?” Read a book where the character’s involvement in Royalty, Government, a Kingdom, or any ruling body plays a roll.⁠

MAY- “Face Off” Read a book with a face on the cover. Bonus points if you take a #bookface photo!⁠

JUN- “Comedy Club” Read a book that’s guaranteed to make you laugh.⁠

JUL- “Creature Feature” Read a book with an animal in the story- real or mythical. ⁠

AUG- “Seasons, Elements, Weather” Read a book where the season, weather, climate, or elements play a roll in the plot.⁠

SEP- “Story of Survival” Read a book where the character stays strong and survives something. ⁠

OCT- “Wicked Good Reads” An ode to Girlxoxo’s annual WGR event. Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Creeptastic or Magical books.⁠

NOV- “An Oldie But A Goodie” Read a Historical Fiction book or a book published before 2000.⁠

DEC- “Cover Love” Read a book with a cover you love!

 

Classics Challenge

In a sad turn of events, the Back to the Classics Challenge that I joined every year stopped after 2022. I looked all over again this year and couldn't find another that fits me (just one that requires 12 classics that fit into monthly themes, which is too strict for me). So, I guess I'm on my own again this year! Like last year, I'm posting the 12 categories from the Back to the Classics Challenge 2022 because they make it more fun, and I am again setting my goal to read 6 classics this year, which I've been hitting for the past few years.

1. A 19th century classic. Any book first published from 1800 to 1899 -

2. A 20th century classic. Any book first published from 1900 to 1972. All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; the only exceptions are books which were written by 1972 and posthumously published.


3. A classic by a woman author.


4. A classic in translation.  Any book first published in a language that is not your primary language. You may read it in translation or in its original language, if you prefer. 

5. A classic by BIPOC author. Any book published by a non-white author. 

6.
 Mystery/Detective/Crime classic. It can be fiction or non-fiction (true crime). Examples include Murder on the Orient Express, Crime and Punishment, In Cold Blood.

7. A classic short story collection. Any single volume that contains at least six short stories. The book can have a single author or can be an anthology of multiple authors.

8. Pre-1800 classic. Anything written before 1800. Plays and epic poems, such as the Odyssey, are acceptable in this category. 

9. A nonfiction classic. Travel, memoirs, and biographies are great choices for this category.

10. Classic that's been on your TBR list the longest. Find the classic book that's been hanging around unread the longest, and finally cross it off your list!  

11. Classic set in a place you'd like to visit. Can be real or imaginary -- Paris, Tokyo, the moon, Middle Earth, etc. It can be someplace you've never been, or someplace you'd like to visit again.

12. Wild card classic. Any classic book you like, any category, as long as it's at least 50 years old! 

 


2024 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge hosted by Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

This type of challenge was a new for me in 2021, and I've enjoyed it ever since! You just track the books you read, trying to cover all letters of the alphabet (first letter of the title, not counting articles). The past three years, I filled in 21 of 26 letters. I just read the fine print and learned that for Q, X, and Z, they can be the first letter of any word in the title, so maybe that will help me!

A

B - A Blizzard of Polar Bears by Alice Henderson

C

D

E

F

G

H

I - I Am Not Alone by Francisco X. Stork

J

K

L - Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe

M

N

O - Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

P

Q

R - Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

S

T

U

V

W

X

Y

Z

 

 

2024 Nonfiction Reader Challenge hosted by Book'd Out.

I always sign up for a nonfiction challenge, and I've enjoyed this one the past three years. I am once again signing up for the Nonfiction Nosher category and shooting for reading at least 12 (which I did in 2023) and hitting as many of the 12 categories as I can (last year I got 9 of the 12 categories).

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Categories:

History
Memoir/Biography
True Crime
Science
Health
Food
Culture
Transportation
The Future
Pets
Architecture
Published in 2024

 


Diversity Reading Challenge 2024 hosted by Celebrity Readers.

This is also a familiar challenge for me that I enjoy every year. I read 40 diverse books last year (53%), a little less than in 2022, so I will aim to hit that high of 45 this year! This challenge also includes monthly mini challenges (I hit 8 of them last year) and a link-up for reviews.  

  1. Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
  2. I Am Not Alone by Francisco X. Stork
  3. Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe
     

JANUARY – diverse folktales/culture/mythology; or diverse retelling; or non-western setting Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng (Japanese folktales)
FEBRUARYpoc: Black/African American Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe
MARCH#ownvoices; or gender: female authors in male-dominated genres/non-fiction
APRIL – poc: Middle Eastern/South Asian
MAYpoc: East Asian/Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander 
JUNE
LGBT+ pride summer: sexuality and gender identity
JULY – LGBT+ pride summer: sexuality and gender identity
AUGUSTmental health/addiction
SEPTEMBERpoc: hispanic/latinx
OCTOBERphysical/sensory/cognitive/intellectual/developmental disabilities; chronic illness
NOVEMBERpoc: Native American
DECEMBERreligious minorities

 

Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge hosted by Mom's Small Victories (great blog!)

I signed up for this one back in 2014, so this is a continuation (it's a perpetual challenge) - I can't wait to see what places I visit in books in 2024! Last year, I read 23 books set outside the U.S., visiting 25 different countries through my reading. This year, I hope to visit some places I have never been before in my books!

  1. A Blizzard of Polar Bears by Alice Henderson - Canada (Manitoba)

 


 

2024 Literary Escapes Challenge hosted by Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

I love tracking where I read domestically, as well. In 2023, I read books set in 32 different states (one of my best years). I'm looking forward to reading in even more states this year!

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois - Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts - Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York - I Am Not Alone by Francisco X. Stork

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington - Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 


Big Book Summer Challenge (link to 2023; 2024 link will go up in May) hosted by Book By Book (me!)

My own annual challenge that I host each summer, beginning Memorial Day weekend (end of May) and running until Labor Day (first Monday of September). The idea is simply to read bigger books (400 or more pages)--just one or two or however many you want. And you have the whole summer to do it! I already have a BIG stack of Big Books picked out. Hope you'll join me for the laid-back fun this summer!

 

R.I.P. Challenge

I participate in this one every fall! It runs through September and October and is all about reading darker stuff in the fall, which I love. That doesn't necessarily mean scary books, like horror (though those certainly count!) but anything darker: mystery, suspense, thriller, paranormal, dystopian, etc.)



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