For the last few years I’ve posted a comprehensive list of all the book blogging and reading challenges I’ve found. It seems like it’s been a useful resource, so I figured I’d do it again this year! This is a list of everything I’ve found so far, but I’ll be adding to it—feel free to let me know in the comments if you know of another challenge 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!
And if you’re considering hosting a challenge yourself, you might want to check out my guest post over at 125 Pages with advice on Running a Successful Meme or Challenge.
Book Blogger Discussion Challenge @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction & It Starts at Midnight – Encourages bloggers to post discussion posts! Has a monthly giveaway.
Blog All About It Challenge @ The Herd Presents – A blogging prompt challenge. Each month there’s a different prompt that you can interpret as you’d like then create a blog post around it.
The 365 Commenting Challenge @ Read Write Love 28 – Visit and COMMENT on 365 blogs in 2018!
12 Months, 12 (or 24) Covers @ The Hufflepuff Basement on Goodreads – Read books with certain items on the covers.
Color Coded Challenge @ My Reader’s Block – Read books that feature a specific color in the title or where the color is dominant on the cover.
Read the Rainbow Challenge @ Mia Sutton’s blog – Read books each month of the year with covers that correspond to a color in the rainbow.
Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge @ My Reader’s Block – 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.
AtoZ Reading Challenge @ Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest – Read books with titles from every letter of the alphabet. There is a Kid-Lit version and an adult version. There will be mini challenges, read-a-thons, Twitter parties, and giveaways throughout the year!
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 the link to see them).
Germ Magazine Reading Challenge @ Germ Magazine – This is an A to Z challenge, but you can use title, author, genre or whatever you’d like!
Gentle Spectrums @ Riedel Fascination – Choose books based on color or categories. There is a giveaway.
Literary Escapes Challenge @ Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Try to read 1 book set in each of the 50 states + the District of Columbia. There will be prizes, which will be announced later.
Literary Voyage Around The World Challenge @ Gathering Books – Read books from around the world. This challenge has giveaways.
British Books Challenge @ Tales of Yesterday – Read and review books by British authors. This challenge has monthly prize pack giveaways.
European Reading Challenge @ Rose City Reader – Read books by European authors or set in European countries. There will be a giveaway.
Australian Women Writers Challenge @ Australian Women Writers – (Sign-ups for 2018 will be going up Jan 1st!) Read and review books by Australian women throughout the year.
Aussie Author Challenge @ Booklover Book Reviews – The objective of this challenge is to showcase the quality and diversity of the books being produced by Australian authors.
Armchair Travels and Authors @ Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks – This challenge combines reading certain locales with certain authors.
Language Learning Reading Challenge @ Eurolinguiste – This challenge helps you in your quest to learn a new language! Read books that cover everything from culture, language learning, general learning techniques, history, and more. Plus, you’ll be reading both in your native languages and target languages.
Celtic Coasts @ Riedel Fascination – Read books with any type of Celtic connection—author, setting, strong heritage, Celtic myths, etc. This challenge will have a giveaway.
Time Period-Based Challenges
When Are You Reading? Challenge @ Taking on a World of Words – The complete challenge will include 12 books from eras
Travel Through Time Online Reading Challenge @ Info Cafe – Each month has a different time period for you to read from.
Birth Year Reading Challenge @ Hotchpot Cafe – Read books published the year you were born. There will be giveaways for those who complete the challenge.
Family Tree Reading Challenge @ Becky’s Book Reviews – Read a book from the birth year of at least three selected family members.
Diversity or Marginalized Groups Challenges
The Platypire Diversity Challenge @ Platypire Reviews – (Sign-ups for 2018 are up and graphics are currently being updated) Read more diversely!
2018 Reading Challenge @ Bookish – This is a list-style challenge with 52 categories and many (not all) of the categories have to do with diversity.
Bingo or List Style
The 2018 Reading Challenge @ The Island Reader – A checklist type challenge where you read books that fit the various criteria and check them off. The first person to complete the challenge wins a $25 gift card.
While I Was Reading 2018 Reading Challenge @ While I Was Reading – A category-based challenge with a giveaway at the end of the year.
Full House Reading Challenge @ Book Date – A Bingo style challenge with giveaways every three months
Popsugar Reading Challenge – A checklist of 40 different categories of books to read!
“18 for 2018” Reading Challenge @ Blydyn Square Books – Sign-up is via Facebook group. Read 18 books in 2018. There is a list of categories, but they’re just suggestions. There will be a giveaway for one of their books and an Amazon gift card.
Monthly Motif Reading Challenge @ Girlxoxo – Each month has a different theme (click on the link to see them).
2018 Reading Challenge @ Linz the Bookworm – A checklist type challenge with several levels.
52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge @ Mommy Mannegren – Checklist type challenge with a free printable to help you out.
#Booked2018: A Seasonal Reading Challenge @ The Bibliophage – A year-round challenge broken into seasons. There will be six prompts for each season for a total of 24 prompts spread across the year. There will be a giveaway each season.
Badass Books Reading Challenge @ Melissa Hawkins – Checklist type challenge with a free printable.
Dread & Read Challenge @ Hotchpot Cafe – This challenge sweetens the deal for list readers who have books they’d rather not read–but have to finish to accomplish their goal of reading all the books on their list. You can earn “sweeteners” by reading your books (which sounds like a giveaway?)
2018 Reading Challenge @ For Reading Addicts – Members of the challenge group chose a list of categories for this year’s challenge.
The Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge @ Modern Mrs. Darcy – A choose-your-own-adventure reading challenge with twelve categories.
Read Harder Challenge @ Book Riot – 24 categories of books to read.
Reading Women Challenge @ Reading Women – A list-type challenge.
Michael Jackson Reading Challenge @ Worth Reading It? – This fun challenge uses Michael Jackson’s songs and matches them to reading topics!
ONTD Reading Challenge @ Oh No They Didn’t! – A list-style challenge with one category per month.
The 26- or 52-Book Reading Challenge @ Hannah Braime – A list-style challenge with options for 26 or 52 books.
The Ultimate 2018 Reading Challenge @ Facebook – A list-style challenge with 52 categories.
Challenges for Specific Genres
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.)
Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge @ Andi’s ABCs – There is a monthly giveaway for this one!
New Years 2018 Reading Challenge @ Unapologetic Romance Readers on Goodreads – This Goodreads group challenge asks you to read 50 romances over the course of the year that fall certain categories.
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. Can use romance books or any book with a strong romance.
Romance Roundabout Challenge @ Under the Covers Book Blog – Gives you a chance to have a tour of all the many sub-genres that romance has to offer. Read at least one book per listed sub-genre.
Victorian Reading Challenge @ Becky’s Book Reviews – Read 4 or more Victorian books with an optional checklist of up to 32 different types.
Austenesque Lovers TBR Pile Challenge @ Goodreads – This one’s a Goodreads Group based challenge to read books by Austen, about Austen, or other Austenesque books.
Back to the Classics Challenge @ Books and Chocolate – Another one with a different theme each month. This challenge has a giveaway.
The Les Misérables Chapter-a-Day Read-Along @ One Catholic Life – Did you know that Les Mis has exactly 365 chapters? Read a chapter a day and get the book read in 2018!
The Frankenslam! @ Bibliophilopolis – Read the three books that made Frankenstein’s monster so literate.
The Purrfect Reading Challenge @ Socrates’ Book Reviews – Read mysteries that have cats as the main characters.
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge @ Socrates’ Book Reviews – Read books in specific cozy sub-genres.
Cloak and Dagger Challenge @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! – A challenge that incorporates all different types of mystery and crime novels with a monthly linkup and two giveaways throughout the year.
Vintage Mystery Challenge @ My Reader’s Block – Read mysteries from the Golden or Silver Mystery Eras. There will be periodic giveaways.
Follow the Clues Mystery Challenge @ My Reader’s Block – This is a very unique challenge where you’re supposed to follow a set of clues furnished by the mystery books you read to create a body of evidence to support a book court case. Click the link to find out more! There’s a giveaway.
Craving for Cozies @ Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book – Just what it sounds like. This challenge also has a FB group if you want more interaction.
My Kind of Mysteries @ Riedel Fascination – Puts the spotlight on “mysteries” that go beyond the typical cozy mystery or crime genres. There will be a giveaway.
Sirens Reading Challenge @ Sirens – Read fantasy written by women and non-binary authors.
Swords and Stars Reading Challenge @ Ms. Nose in a Book – The purpose of this challenge is to celebrate the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. It has a fun checklist of twenty categories and there will be a giveaway at the end of the year.
Science Fiction vs Fantasy Bingo @ Curiosity Killed the Bookworm – This fun challenge has a giveaway on the sign-up page and may have more throughout the year.
Out of this World @ Addicted to Romance – Read romance that has sci fi elements.
Ethereal Challenge @ Riedel Fascination – Read anything that’s out of this world. Fantasy, magic, surreal children’s books, non-fiction metaphysical subjects like healing and positive empowerment…. This challenge has a giveaway.
Dystopia Reading Challenge @ Hope, Faith & Books – This challenge has some giveaways.
Reformation Reading Challenge @ Operation Actually Read Bible – Any book by a reformer, about a reformer, or about the reformation (history, theology, legacy) will count.
Reading the Bible as Literature Event @ Roof Beam Reader – Read the Bible from cover to cover. His posts will focus on reading the Bible as literature. You can follow along with a daily, weekly or monthly plan.
Operation Deepen Faith @ Operation Actually Read Bible – Read the Bible or Christian non-fiction books
The 2018 Christian Reading Challenge @ Challies – A checklist-type challenge that offers lots of fun options for reading!
Christian Reading Challenge for Women @ Young Wife’s Guide – Comes with a free toolkit with everything you need to follow along with the challenge, how to tailor it to fit your needs, book suggestions, etc.
Christian Reading Challenge for Men @ Young Wife’s Guide – Comes with same free toolkit described above.
Picture Book Challenge @ Becky’s Book Reviews – Read at least 6 picture books, with an optional checklist of categories.
Middle Grade Reading Challenge @ Becky’s Book Reviews – Read at least 6 middle grade books, with an optional checklist of categories.
Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge @ ReadatHomeMom – Encourages bloggers and other kidlit enthusiasts to read and review more children’s books of the past. In general, a book will be considered “old school” if it was published in the decade of your birth or before.
Book Bingo Reading Challenge @ Fundamental Children’s Books – A Bingo-style challenge that works with picture books or chapter books. There will be a (reportedly huge) prize pack giveaway.
Graphic Novels & Manga Challenge @ Graphic Novels Challenge – This challenge has been moved to a FB group this year.
Comic Book Bingo Challenge @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog – Lots of fun topics in this one!
Manga Reading Challenge @ Manga Hoarder – A list-type challenge with lots of fun categories!
Oldie But A Goodie Challenge @ Addicted to Romance – This challenge is to try out those books that were published before 2010. This challenge is to be centered around historical romance.
Humor Reading Challenge @ Whatever I Think Of – Any book (fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, graphic novels, poetry collections, plays, picture books) labeled as humor counts.
Memoir Reading Challenge @ Whatever I Think Of – To participate, you must read a minimum of five memoirs from any of the categories listed.
Nonfiction Reading Challenge @ Doing Dewey – There are several different ways to play along with this one. It has a giveaway at the end of the year.
The Second Star Society @ The Frozen Book Blog – This challenge is being run as an online book club. Each month you will read a retelling of a particular classic. You can either read the “official” retelling for that month or any other retelling of the classic.
New Adult Reading Challenge @ The Girl Who Read Too Much – This challenge offers a couple of different ways to participate, one of which is Bingo-style.
TBR or Review Book Challenges
TBR Pile Challenge @ Roof Beam Reader – Read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months). There will be a $50 gift card giveaway.
Beat the Backlist Challenge @ Novel Knight – This fun challenge puts you into teams where you earn points for the team. Then a monthly giveaway winner is chosen from the team with the most points.
Review Writing Challenge @ Delighted Reader – Let’s get those reviews written!
Blogger Shame Challenge @ The Herd Presents – Any review book that is 4+ months PAST DUE is eligible for the challenge.
TBR Challenge @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian – Once a month, pull a dormant book out of your TBR pile and read it!
#2017Throwback @ Books and Ladders – Read a book every month that was published in 2017! You can make it fun by trying to read a book that was published in that specific month or you can just choose twelve books from 2017 and read them.
Tsundoku Bingo @ The Broken Spine – A Bingo challenge where you’re supposed to use books from your TBR to fill it.
The Backlist Reader Challenge @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – Read the older titles on your want-to-read list. There will be at least one giveaway.
Tackle My TBR Challenge @ Kimberlyfaye Reads – Read at least one book from your TBR each month. Link up and watch for announcements and giveaways!
Read Your (Book) Shelf Challenge @ Gather Together and Read – For this one, you literally read 12 books across (or up or down, if you stack) on your bookshelf
Finishing the Series Challenge @ Celebrity Readers – This challenge is focused on finally finishing those series that you’ve started but not yet completed.
The Series That Never … Ends Challenge @ Delighted Reader – Read at least five books in a series you’ve fallen behind on. Only romance series are accepted. Any sub-genre of romance accepted.
Author Love Challenge @ Because Reading – Pick an author that you love and read at least 15 of their books.
#ASeriesAMonth2018 Reading Challenge @ Dani Reviews Things – Read a series of two or more books each month. The series should be new to you, meaning you have yet to read the first book. The challenge will have a giveaway with three winners!
Series Enders Reading Challenge @ Somewhere Only We Know & Words Fueled by Love – This challenge is for all of you series readers who are scared to death of that last book in the series. This challenge has a monthly giveaway.
New Authors Challenge @ Literary Escapism – Read authors that you’ve never tried before!
New Release Challenges
2018 New Release Challenge @ (un)Conventional Book Views – Read and review books released in 2018. Link up quarterly for the giveaway!
Debut Author Challenge @ That Artsy Reader Girl – Read books from 2018 debut authors! There is a bi-annual giveaway.
Strictly Print Challenge @ Book Dragon’s Lair – Read those paperbacks and hardcovers!
Epistolary Reading Challenge @ Whatever I Think Of – Read books written in the form of letters, diaries, blogs, e-mails and such, either completely or partially written this way.
#LetsReadIndie Challenge @ As Told by Tina – Read self-published books or books published by small indie publishers
Indie Challenge @ Ninja Book Box – Pledge to read and buy more independently published books than you currently do. They’ll be issuing monthly prompts to get everyone thinking about the greatness of indie publishers!
Deal Me In Short Story Reading Challenge @ Bibliophilopolis – Read 52 short stories. The challenge has a fun playing card twist to it.
Fanfiction Reading Challenge @ Cat on the Bookshelf – Levels are based on how many chapters of fanfiction you read (since most fanfic is serialized).
What an Animal Reading Challenge @ Socrates’ Book Reviews – Read books that involve animals in some way.
Kitty Lit Reading Challenge @ Becky’s Book Reviews – Read books with cats in them.
Creativity Reading Challenge @ Whatever I Think Of! – This challenge is about reading books on creativity, art, crafts, writing, film making, photography, cosmetology, DIY, cooking, music and any other topic that helps you live a more creative life.
Foodies Read @ Based on a True Story – (Scroll down to the bottom of the post for details of the 2018 challenge) Read books that center on food in some way! This challenge has a monthly giveaway.
Reading Naturally @ Hotchpot Cafe – Encourages readers to dip their reading toes into books that will deepen their understanding of nature. Has a list of topics to choose from and you’ll get a small giveaway when you complete your list.
Books N’ Tunes Challenge @ Delighted Reader – This challenge is just a fun way to match music to books and share what you have with other readers.
Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – Any full length book that includes a witch as a main character or includes major witchcraft elements counts. They may be fiction or non-fiction. There will be a giveaway at the end of the year.
The Strategic Reading Challenge @ The Invisible Mentor – Books to help you learn the 10 key skills the World Economic Forum has determined professionals need for future jobs.
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.
Share a Tea Reading Challenge @ Becky’s Book Reviews – Love drinking tea while you read? This challenge is for you!
Good Rule Reading Challenge @ Becky’s Book Reviews – Challenge yourself to read both old and new books. Goals can be very flexible and you set them yourself.
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 Challenge Addicts 2018 @ Reading Challenge Addict – Enter and complete reading challenges!
Bookopoly @ Goodreads – This is different than the Bookopoly I had listed on this list last year. This one’s run on Goodreads, and it starts on December 1st. It looks complicated—but really fun! I linked up to the sign-up, but all the threads for the challenge can be found here.
Newbery Reading Challenge @ Smiling Shelves – Read Newbery and Caldecott books!
Reading Assignment Challenge @ 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. There will be a giveaway at the end of the year!
All About the Trope Challenge @ The Herd Presents – This fun challenge asks you to pick a trope… and read it as much as you can! You can read across genres as long as it includes your trope.
Try Something New Challenge @ The Herd Presents – This challenge is all about pushing your boundaries and trying something new! And author, a series, a sub-genre, etc.
Bookish Resolutions Challenge @ Because Reading & Trips Down Imagination Road – Create three or more resolutions related to books/book blogging/writing (there are examples but you can make up your own). There will be a giveaway at the end of the year.
Book to Movie Reading Challenge @ Gather Together and Read – Read books that have been/are being made into movies and TV series!
Read & Go Challenge @ The Novel Tourist – This unique challenge helps you explore both reading selections and activities that you otherwise might not. As you read, highlight or jot down the activities or locations that seem interesting to try and then grab a friend or strike out on your own, and go explore!
Moody Reading Challenge @ Perspective of a Writer – Choose books in genres you love but never seem to get to. Mix it up so that there will be all sorts of books to fit any mood! Don’t feel pressured, even DNF if you’re not feeling the book.
Take a Chance Reading Challenge @ BTH Reviews – The idea is to read a minimum of one book per month from an author you have never heard of before. You can’t read any reviews or see star ratings of the book before picking it. (Scroll down a bit to see the info in the post.)
Read and Write Challenge @ BTH Reviews – The idea is to read a book, then take the first sentence and use it as a springboard for a totally new book idea. (You include a summary of the idea or another sentence that could follow.) This challenge includes a giveaway!
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!!