It’s safe to say that every book lover wants to read more in a given year. Most book or reading challenges, however, seem intimidating and are thought to set loftier goals than what you can commit with your time and effort. There’s that argument, too, that reading should be enjoyable, so any form of routine or imposition kills that pleasant vibe. John Eilermann, a comparative literature student from St. Louis, Missouri, offers a quick list of book challenges you can still try this year.
Monthly book challenge
The name gives it away: read one book a month, and make it a judgment call. You can play by your own rules or research themes, such as judging a book by its cover, or picking a read for the cover’s colors, tagline, or design.
Book of new beginnings challenge
You can interpret this your own way and even take it literally, choosing a book about uncharted territories, a coming-of-age story, or the first book in a given series. It’s your call, added John Eilermann.
52 book challenge
This is perhaps the most prescriptive and difficult of the three in this list, where you can attempt to read one book per week. Of course, after adjusting for time of the year it will likely come down to around 30 or so books for you for the rest of 2019. The commitment is huge but the gains are also enormous, particularly for the fervent book reader who dreams of getting lost in a good read every time.
John Eilermann from St. Louis, Missouri is a student of comparative literature. Growing up, he fell in love with literature beginning with works of Roald Dahl, C.S. Lewis, and other authors of their time. Learn more about literature on this page.