Looking for a List of 2016 Reading/Blogging Challenges? Look No Further!

December 12, 2015 Challenges 64


I’ve been trying to keep track of all the challenges I’ve been seeing around so that I can decide which ones I want to do in 2016 – and since I was doing that anyway, I thought I’d share. This is a list of all the challenges I’ve found – feel free to let me know in the comments if you know of another one and I’ll add it to the list!

If you’re looking for some advice on how to wisely choose the challenges you want to participate in (and how to get yourself organized), check out my post: How to Keep Yourself Motivated and Organized for Reading Challenges. And Julie over at Chapter Break wrote this great post on How to Embed a Goodreads Shelf into a Blog Post!

The Challenges

Misc. Challenges

Book Blogger Discussion Challenge @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction & It Starts at Midnight – Encourages bloggers to post discussion posts! (Hey, you can’t blame me for putting this one first, right?)  🙂

Unique Formatting Book Challenge @ Shooting Stars Mag – Read books with unique formatting (such as: Books with letters/diaries/emails/IMs; Books with drawings/photos; Books with footnotes; etc.)

Book to Movie Challenge @ ebookclassics – Share your reviews of movie or TV book adaptations, and engage in interesting discussions over the course of the year.

Monthly Motif Reading Challenge @ Girlxoxo – Each month has a different theme (click on the link to see them).

Literary Loners Reading Challenge @ Whatever I Think Of – Read books featuring a character identified as a loner, outcast, recluse, wallflower, or introvert. OR read works written by writers known to have been loners or recluses.

The Challenge Challenge @ The Novel Orange – Challenge yourself to complete a certain number of challenges in 2016!

Winning at Reading @ Bea’s Book Nook – Read the books you’ve won or received as a gift.

Color Coded Challenge @ My Reader’s BlockRead books that feature a specific color in the title or where the color is dominant on the cover.

Your Name Your Book Reading Challenge @ The Best Basic Blogger – Read a book each month that has a character with either your first, middle or last name.

Reading New England @ Emerald City Book Review – A year-long challenge intended to draw attention to the wonderful writers and books of the six New England states, along with publishers, booksellers, literary locations, and more.

I Love Libraries Challenge @ Bea’s Book Nook – Read books from your local library!

What an Animal Reading Challenge @ Socrates’ Book Reviews – Read books that involve animals in some way.

Popsugar Reading Challenge – A checklist of 40 different categories of books to read!

Royal Challenge @ She’s Got Books on Her Mind – Read books that have to do with royalty!

Books N’ Tunes Challenge @ Delighted Reader – This challenge is just a fun way to match music to romance books and share what you have with other readers.

The Bad Boys of Romance Reading Challenge @ Delighted Reader – Read books that feature a bad boy hero (Rock stars, MC members, streetfighters, assassins, mafia, loners, geeks, etc.)

Banned Books Challenge @ Buckling Bookshelves – Read some books this year that people have tried to keep off the shelves.

100+ Book Challenge @ Freda’s Voice – Pretty self-explanatory.

Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge @ Corinne Rodrigues – Outdo yourself by reading more in 2016 than you did in 2015.

Charity Reading Challenge @ Becky’s Book Reviews – Read for a good cause! Buy books at a charity shop, or even a friends of the library book sale, or donate a certain amount of money for each book you read for the challenge.

Reading Assignment Challenge @ Fantasy is More Fun & Because Reading – With this challenge you set a goal of how many books you read each month and which books you will read for the year.

Newbery Reading Challenge @ Smiling Shelves – Read Newbery and Caldecott books!

Pages Read @ The Crafty Engineer’s Bookshelf – Read a certain number of pages this year!

Bookish Resolutions Challenge @ Because Reading & Trips Down Imagination Road – Choose from: Blogging Goals, Reading Goals or Personal Goals.

New To You Reading Challenge @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup – This one is ALL about trying something new. A new author, a new genre, a new series, a debut book, etc. If it’s new to you it counts!

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge @ Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book – Read books with titles from every letter of the alphabet.

What’s In A Name Challenge @ The Worm Hole –  Choose a book to read from several categories (click on a link to see them).

Foodies Read @ Based on a True Story – Read books that center on food in some way!

Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge @ My Soul Called Life – For this challenge, there are six keywords associated with each month in 2016. Your task is to read one book each month whose title includes one or more of the keywords for that month.

Commenting 365 Challenge @ READWRITELOVE28 – Comment on 365 blogs in 2016!

Diverse Books Reading Challenge @ Chasing Faerytales & Read, Sleep, Repeat – The main objective of this challenge is to promote diverse books and help bloggers and readers who want to read more diversity in 2016!

6 Squared Challenge @ BOOKSTACKAMBER – Read six books from each of six different categories (click the link to see the categories).

Around the World @ It’s All About Books – Visit many different places in the world through books, especially places that are unique.


Challenges for Specific Genres

12 Month Classics Challenge @ You, Me and a Cup of Tea – Every month you read a classic corresponding to that month’s theme (click on the link to see the themes).

Back to the Classics Challenge @ Books and Chocolate – Another one with a different theme each month.

Classics Challenge @ Pretty Books –  Read one classic book per month and blog, vlog, instagram or tweet about your experience.

Cloak and Dagger Challenge @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! – A challenge that incorporates all different types of mystery and crime novels.

Horror Reading Challenge @ Cornerfolds & Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!

Dystopia Reading Challenge @ My Soul Called Life & Cornerfolds

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge @ Gone With the Words & Love at First Page

Retellings Reading Challenge @ Once Upon a Bookcase – Read retellings of all types (Classics & Children’s Classics, Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends, Folk Tales)

(Fairytale) Retelling Challenge @ The Daily Prophecy

I Love Picture Books Challenge @ Bea’s Book Nook – I’m sure you can figure this one out.

Pick Your Genre Reading Challenge @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup – Everyone can pick their own genre to focus on in the challenge. You can tackle more than one genre too!

Vintage Mystery Cover Scavenger Hunt @ My Reader’s Block – Find as many objects on the scavenger hunt list as possible on the covers of the mystery books you read.

Reading Bites Challenge @ Hippies Read Too – Read vampire books!

Literary Pickers Reading Challenge @ Delighted Reader – A scavenger hunt style romance book challenge where you see if you can find a list of items as you read.

Non-Fiction Reading Challenge @ Lady Knight Reads

Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge @ Shooting Stars Reviews

LGBTQIA Books Reading Challenge @ Pretty Deadly Reviews

Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge @ Hello, Chelly & Alexa Loves Books


Adult Books

Spooks, Howls, and Fangs Reading Challenge @ Addicted to Romance – (Adult/18+) A reading challenge for those fun and sexy PNR reads.

Out of this World Reading Challenge @ Addicted to Romance – (Adult/18+) Read romance that has sci fi elements.

Oldie But Goodie Reading Challenge @ Addicted to Romance – (Adult/18+) This challenge is to try out historical romance books that were published before 2008.

Pervy Girl Reading Challenge @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup – (Adult/18+)  This challenge is all about the naughty and exploring the gloriously kinky world of romance.


TBR or Review Book Challenges

Shelf Love Challenge @  Chapter Break, Second Run Reviews & Bookworm Brandee – Goal: To grow your TBR pile responsibly and read the books you already own. You have ‘em, now read ‘em!

TBR Pile Reading Challenge @ Bookish Lifestyle – Join them on a quest to dust off your TBR Pile and read all the books you’ve been telling yourself you’ll read next time you’ll get a chance.

Blogger Shame Review Challenge @ Socrates’ Book Reviews – Read books that have been on your review list for 6+ months.

Mount TBR Reading Challenge @ My Reader’s Block

The TBR Dare @ James Reads Books

Rock My TBR @ The YA Book Traveler

The Backlist Books Reading Challenge @ Pretty Deadly Reviews – Read books that were published a year or more before the day you read it.

Read the Books You Buy Reading Challenge @ Book Date – Read the books you buy in 2016 (or as far back as June 2015).

Netgalley Reading Challenge @ Fictively


Series Challenges

A Series A Month Reading Challenge @ Love at First Page – Read one series every month in 2016.

Finishing the Series Challenge @ Bea’s Book Nook – Finish those series!

The Series that Never Ends Reading Challenge @ Delighted Reader – Specifically geared toward romance series.

It’s New to Me Series Starter Challenge @ Lisa Loves Literature – This challenge isn’t about finishing a whole series, it is about starting a new series, and seeing just what all the fuss is about.


New Release Challenges

2016 New Release Challenge @ (un)Conventional Book Views & Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! – Another one that’s pretty self-explanatory.

Debut Author Challenge @ That Artsy Reader Girl – Read books from 2016 debut authors!


Re-Reading Challenges

Hard Core Re-Reading Challenge @ You, Me and a Cup of Tea

Read It Again, Sam @ My Reader’s Block


eBook Challenges

EBook Reading Challenge @ Annette’s Book Spot


I’ll be adding to this list as I see more sign-ups. Feel free to let me know in the comments if you know of others!!


64 Responses to “Looking for a List of 2016 Reading/Blogging Challenges? Look No Further!”

  1. Rachel

    I’ll be doing the discussion and wrap up challenges again next year, even though I regularly forget to link up! Lol I’m a real genre jumper, so rather than do a specific challenge, I’m doing the Pop Sugar challenge (http://media1.popsugar-assets.com/files/docs/reading%20challenge%202016.pdf) and maybe the Book Riot Read Harder challenge (http://bookriot.com/2014/12/15/book-riot-2015-read-harder-challenge/) though there is some cross over.
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  2. Lover Of Romance

    I love this list and I wanted to thank you for putting up my challenges—it makes me feel like I have won an oscar award hehe I will check some of the others out. I love reading challenges.

  3. Amy

    This is an awesome list! I was just on Bloglovin’ (trying to catch up on all my unread posts… It’s nearing 200. Yikes.) when I saw this post! I won’t be catching up on those 200 unread soon, because now I have to check out all of these! I think it’s totally cool that you did this; I think doing a challenge would be very fun. 🙂
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  4. Kim

    Thanks so much for mentioning the Monthly Motif! And this list is killer. Going to peruse it and pick some challenges out for myself to participate in.

  5. Sophia Rose

    I am such a sucker for reading challenges. I’ve already picked out several, but oh my, I see a few more on your list that I want to consider.

    Thanks for including a couple of Delighted Reader’s challenges. More the merrier!

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