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These reading challenge prompts for adults are the perfect way to spice up your TBR list in 2023.
Are you up for the challenge? Which reading prompt will you take on first?
Have you ever fallen into a reading slump and can’t pull yourself out of it? Or maybe the overwhelm of deciding what to read keeps you from starting at all?
Trust me. I’ve been there.
With so many fantastic book options, it can feel nearly impossible to know where to start. It’s like full-on decision paralysis (book edition).
This yearly reading challenge checklist is here to keep you inspired and avoid that slump.
By giving you reading prompts to help choose your next book, you can rest assured that you’ll always know where to start your book hunt.
Additionally, the satisfaction of a physical reading challenge checklist printable to check off is a motivator in itself! (Nothing beats the gratification of crossing off a checklist.)
This 120 Adult Reading Challenge Prompts Checklist gives you tons of reading challenge ideas to take on this year!
What Are Reading Challenge Prompts?
Reading challenge prompts are simple challenges that give you a starting point for choosing a book.
The prompts are a great way to add an element of fun or excitement to your typical reading routine.
Most prompts will be centered around a book’s title, author, genre, or plot.
For example, a challenge may be to find a book that starts with the letter ‘A’. This would be a title-related prompt.
This book challenge checklist is filled with different ideas in each category and for all types of readers.
Why Start a Reading Challenge?
Not convinced that you’re ready to start a reading challenge? I hear ya, but hear me out.
There are a few reasons I love participating in reading challenges…
10 Reasons to Start a Reading Challenge
- Takes away new-book decision paralysis/overwhelm.
- Allows you to track your reading progress.
- Inspires you to try new books/authors/genres.
- Pushes you out of your reading comfort zone.
- Makes completing a book more gratifying.
- Keeps you motivated to keep reading.
- Introduces you to new ways of reading.
- Gives you a starting point for deciding on a new book.
- Helps prevent a reading slump.
- It’s just plain FUN!
How to Complete These 2023 Reading Challenge Prompts
Once you download the printable list of reading prompts and challenges (or create your own if you’re into that!), where do you begin?
There are a few different ways to complete this reading challenge checklist:
- Complete it in order
- Schedule X amount of books for each month
- Plan out your challenge order in advance (I recommend tracking this in your planner or phone!)
- Align the challenges with yearly events that feel related to the prompt (holidays, birthdays, summer, etc.)
- Use a random number generator to decide what challenge to do next
- Close your eyes and point to a spot on the list (then do that one!)
- Simply skip around as desired!
Now that you know the “what”, “why”, and “how” of these reading prompts, what do you say we jump into the list?
120+ Adult Reading Challenge Prompts for 2023
Find the perfect prompt for you related to each of the following categories: title, author, genre, appearance, and plot.
Title Book Challenge Prompts
Read a book that…
- Starts with the same letter as your name
- Has the same word in it twice
- Uses the name of a place/city in the title
- Has a comma in the title
- Starts with ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’… (continue through the whole alphabet)
- Has a one-word title
- Has a number in the title
- Uses the characters’ names in the title (ie. Verity or Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating)
- Has a suspenseful title
- Has the name of one of your family members in the title
- Uses alliteration in the title
- Has a color in the title
- Starts with ‘The’
- Has ‘girl’, ‘lady’, or ‘woman’ in the title
- Has ‘boy’ or ‘man’ in the title
- Does NOT have a preposition in the title (‘in’, ‘at’, ‘on’, ‘of’, ‘to’, ‘from’, etc.)
- Has a three-word title
- Has a word in the title related to reading (ie. Book Lovers by Emily Henry)
- Uses the word ‘child’, ‘kid’, ‘baby’, or ‘children’ in the title
- Has a season in the title
Author Book Challenge Prompts
Read a book by a(n)…
- Author that shares your first name
- NewYorkTimes bestselling author
- Author with your parent’s or sibling’s name
- Author you’ve read and enjoyed before
- Pseudonym author
- Author duo (Did you know Christina Lauren is actually TWO people?)
- Internet famous author
- Friend/family favorite author
- Under-30 author
- Author from another country
- Female author
- Male author
- Author you’ve never read before
- Author with your same initials
- Famous author
- Author with your last name
- GoodReads award-winning author
- Author you previously disliked (second chance!)
- Author from your home state
- Classic author (check out this list of classic authors)
Genre Book Challenge Prompts
Read a book that is a…
- Young Adult
- Historical fiction
- Poetry collection
- Short story
- Collection of essays or prose
- Literary fiction
- A classic
- Holiday romance
- Murder Mystery
Appearance Book Challenge Prompts
Read a book that has…
- A hardcover
- A softcover
- Over 400 pages
- Under 200 pages
- A map in the beginning
- A pink cover
- Images of people on the cover
- A hand-drawn/sketch cover
- An aesthetic cover
- A photo of the author on the back cover
- Images/illustrations in it
- Orange font (Every Summer After anyone?)
- A book on the cover
- Flowers on the cover
- A title that is written in cursive
- An award on the cover (NYT bestseller, Oprah’s choice, etc.)
- A sleeve cover
- A fully neutral cover (black, white, gray, brown, gold, etc.)
- Holiday-themed images on the cover
- Over 30 chapters
Plot Book Challenge Prompts
Read a book with a(n)…
- Friend-to-lovers romance
- Unreliable narrator
- Plot twist ending
- Second chance romance
- Sibling relationship
- Strong mother/daughter bond
- Mental health message
- Plot about books/authors/writing/etc.
- Summer setting
- Winter setting
- Small town setting
- High school setting
- College setting
- Divorce storyline
- Big city setting (New York, San Fransisco, Seattle, etc.)
- WWII story
- Childhood friends to adult lovers romance
- Forced proximity romance
- Grumpy/sunshine character match
- Alternating timeline plot (ie. The Best of Me or Ugly Love)
- Setting in a place you want to visit
- Spicy romance (Tessa Bailey anyone?)
- Holiday plot
- Husband/wife thriller
- Setting in the future
More Reading Challenges
- 2022 bestseller
- Oprah’s choice
- A series
- A classic novel you were assigned in school
- NYT bestselling novel
- Reese Witherspoon book club pick
- A book that became a TV show
- A book that became a movie
- Rory Gilmore reading challenge book
- A series connected to another book/series (ie. the Addicted and Calloway Sister series)
- A book that has been on your shelf for years
- Book to make you cry
- Book to give you the creeps
- Two-book series
- A trilogy
Get Your Free Reading Challenge Checklist Printable
Ready to create your own challenge from these reading challenge prompts? Use these free printables to construct your perfect checklist (or BINGO game!).
Which book challenge prompt will you take on this year?
Leave a comment below telling me which prompts you will be taking on first!
Let’s Be Book Besties!
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