2023 Reading Challenges

It is a new year, which means it is time for new reading challenges.

Picture Prompt Book Bingo (by bookforager)

Like many challenges, I’ve seen this one around for a while but was too late to participate. This year, I’m in from the start and I hope that bookforager’s Picture Prompt Book Bingo will be just as fun as it looks. It’s called a “loosey goosey reading challenge” and that sounds just like my jam right now, what with a new baby at home and all that. I cannot wait to fit books to the pictures and, in some cases, figure out what exactly those pictures are showing anyway. See, I’m having fun with this already! 🙂

Picture PromptBook
Printing press
Door knocker
Dancing skeletonTamsyn Muir – Nona the Ninth
Man with an axe ?
(very weird) Hand

Magical Readathon(s) 2023 + Adventure in Aeldia

As with every year since I’ve discovered the Magical Readathon, I am absolutely hyped for 2023. G from the Book Roast always puts so much effort and love into this challenge and the community is one of the warmest, loveliest I’ve encountered on the interwebs. Plus, my character has passed every test she set herself so far and I am eager to let her continue her studies at Orilium Academy.

This year, there is an added (optional) year-long reading challenge that’s like a choose your own adventure story. Depending on which way you go (meaning, which reading prompts you ulfill), the end of the year holds a great bonus for your character in store. Find out all the details in this video and then wish me luck on getting my very own baby poof-otter. Because of course I want that one!

TURN LEFT: Neon Yang – The Black Tides of HeavenTURN RIGHT: Naomi Novik – The Golden Enclaves
FOREST: Catherynne M. Valente – Osmo Unknown and hte Eightpenny WoodsCASTLE: Sangu Mandanna – The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches

CAVE: Hank Green – An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
GIANT: Fonda Lee – Jade LegacyWIZARD: Fonda Lee – The Jade Setter of Janloon

Orilium Spring Equinox (April)


Orilium Autumn Equinox (August)


Turtle Recall

This reading challenge was created by Annemieke at A Dance With Books and it’s the best kind of challenge you can imagine. Because – you guessed it! – it’s all about reading Discworld books.

Goal 1 – Ankh-Morpork – Read 6 Books

Goal 2 – Death’s Domain – Read along with the 5 readalong books chosen in the goodreads group.

I’d love to reach both goals because the buttons are so cute but as I both don’t know how much time I’ll have and want to save some Discworld books for a rainy day, this might be a bit too lofty a goal. I’ll apprach this with very low pressure.

  • The Fifth Elephant
  • Night Watch
  • Thud!
  • Snuff
  • Going Postal (reread)
  • Making Money
  • Raising Steam


The yearly double-edged Hugo reading challenge is here. Part one should be the easy one, yet I fail spectacularly most years. Part two is the tough one and with that one, I usually do well. Go figure.

Read a former Hugo finalist/winner:

One of these, for example:

  • Walter M. Miller, Jr. – A Canticle for Leibowitz
  • Ursula K. LeGuin – The Dispossessed
  • Paolo Bacigalupi – The Wind-Up Girl
  • Isaac Asimov – Foundation’s Edge (so I can be forever done with Foundation)

Read the 2023 Hugo Award finalists:

  • Best Novel: /6
  • Best Novella: /6
  • Best Novelette: /6
  • Best Short Story: /6
  • Best Graphic Novel: /6
  • Lodestar: /6
  • Astounding: /6
  • Best Series:

And because it’s a tradition of sorts, I also would like to read 100 books again this year. It gives me the illusion that my TBR is shrinking even when it’s not.

Happy reading, everyone!