This January as you are starting out fresh with new resolutions for a healthy diet and exercise, be sure to include goals for your mind as well. Of course the Arlington libraries have a ton of books (print, digital, and audio) for all your intellectual and entertainment needs, but sometimes you need that extra little push to help you get started.
Thus, I’ve combed the internet for you and found many stimulating and fun reading challenges. Maybe one of these will inspire you to discover some fantastic new books! (Note: Some of these challenges “require” posting about books on your blog, but if you don’t have a blog, never fear! You can always participate unofficially.)
Long-Awaited Reads Month Ease into the new year with this month-long challenge and finally tackle that list of books you’ve been putting off for too long.
Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge Do you simply want to read more books than you have in past years? This may be the challenge for you.
Nerdy Non-fiction Reading Challenge Maybe you read plenty of novels, but think it’s high time you read some nonfiction. This looks like a fun one!
Audio Book Challenge If audiobooks are your thing, here’s a challenge just for you.
Women of Genre Fiction Science fiction readers will appreciate this focus on female authors.
Classics Reading Challenge Are there some classics you’ve missed? Now’s the time to catch up!
War and Peace Read Along If you want to be even more specific, I can’t think of a better way to get through this lengthy novel.
7 Continents 7 Billion People 7 Books Reading Challenge This is one of my favorites that I’ve seen this year – read books from different countries while learning more about the world.
Library Books Reading Challenge I’d be remiss if I didn’t include a link to this challenge which encourages reading books from your local library.
None of these seem like quite what you’re looking for? Here’s a whole blog devoted to different reading challenges, or you could just do a Google search for the type of challenge you’re looking for (ex. “historical fiction reading challenge”) and I bet you’ll find something. If you use Goodreads, go to “Groups” and search for “2013 challenge” to find lots more choices.
Or of course you can make up your own. How will you challenge yourself this year?