Hi everyone! I am very excited to have Jackie from Death by Tsundoku on my blog today! She’s going to be talking about reading challenges (something that I am notoriously bad at…) Take it away, Jackie!
My blog is called Death by Tsundoku. For those who don’t know, tsundoku is a transliteration of a Japanese word which is defined as:
The act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with such other unread books on shelves, floors, or nightstands.
My quest? To solve for tsundoku. I might or might not have literal tables in my house built out of stacked books I haven’t been reading – and I’m on a quest to finally read them all. One way I strive to put a dent in this overwhelming task without making it feel like a chore is by participating in Reading Challenges.
Reading challenges come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. Some are time-boxed, some are themed. Some are long, some are short. Some let you pick what books you are reading, others don’t. No matter the reading challenge, I find they keep reading fun, refreshing, and easily accessible. Participation means you’re making a commitment to yourself to keep reading for pleasure an active part of your daily life.
You can find dozens of reading challenges online, but I want to share a few of my favorites with you:
- Popsugar 2019 Reading Challenge: A challenge inspired to broaden your scope of reading.
- Book Riot’s 2019 Reading Challenge: A challenge to push the boundaries of what you’re comfortable reading.
- Beat the Backlist: A challenge to read the books which are wasting away on your To Be Read list
- Reading Women 2019: A challenge to read women widely while fighting the patriarchy
I also like to participate through Goodreads. Obviously, you can participate in your own Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge by identifying how many books you’d like to read over the course of the year. But there are endless varieties of other challenges waiting for you within Goodreads Groups! While there are tons of groups you can find leading reading challenges, my personal favorite is the [Insert Year Here] Reading Challenge group. They have multiple yearly and monthly challenges going at any one point to help inspire your reading. Plus, now there is a community to inspire you and keep you dedicated!
For me, the most important thing about reading challenges is staying engaged. I need to have a system to keep track of everything, or I won’t be able to commit. Thankfully, most challenges provide you with Infographics or Checklists. Goodreads is another great way to track your reading, by using Shelf tags for different challenges. Personally, I like to keep track of my reading challenge participation (and goals!) in my month-in-review blog posts.
No matter how you participate, or keep track of your reading challenge participation, I strongly encourage you to find some sort of community to connect with. A challenge-focused community will provide you recommendations and keep you inspired to continue following your reading challenge. They can be bloggers, Goodreads or Litsy participants, or just your bestie. Connect and challenge yourself to be a more committed reader. I promise it will improve your reading experience overall!
While I only mentioned a few 2019 reading challenges in this post, I encourage you to find the ones which suit you best. Check out any of these 2019 Reading Challenge Master Lists to find your next favorite challenges!
- Feed Your Fiction Addiction 2019 Reading Challenges Master List
- Girl XOXO Master List of 2019 Reading Challenges
- A Novel Challenge
While these are direct links to 2019 challenges, all three of these locations provide updated in future years. If you are interested, bookmark them for perpetual use!
A HUGE thank you to Wendy for giving me the opportunity to share my love of reading challenges on What the Log! Solving for Tsundoku is a passion I want to spread far and wide; I know I couldn’t do it without amazing bloggers and friends like Wendy. Thank you!
What do you think?
- Do you suffer from Tsundoku? Why or why not?
- Have you participated in reading challenges in previous years? Which ones? Which are your favorites?
- What are your tips for participating in reading challenges?
- Will you participate in any reading challenges this year? If so, which ones?