This week, I’ve been thinking about how I want to add a little more variety to my reading diet. What I came up with is a 2020 reading challenge for myself to read one book a month that is different from what I usually read. So in case you, too, are looking to read outside your norm, here is a list of monthly book prompts I hope you’ll enjoy! If you do accept the challenge, be sure to check out our discussion board and share what books you decide to try.
So without further ado, here is the official LitWyrm 2020 Reading Challenge list!
Read Toward A Goal- Find a book that helps you fulfill a specific goal you’ve made for yourself. Whether it be a how-to for your newest hobby, a travel journal about your next adventure destination, or just a book on a topic you’ve been meaning to learn more about, find a text that will make you feel like you’re making progress in an area you care about.
Read About Time and Its Complications- In honor of Leap Day this year and having an extra day in February to fill, find a book that deals with the passage of time in unique way. Time travel is a great place to start. Other books in theme might include the history-repeating-itself type of stories, races against time, or novels with predictions of the future spiraling toward fulfillment.
Read Locally– Find a book written by a contemporary author in your region. Bonus points if they’re from your town.
Read of Poems or Poets- April is National Poetry Month, so celebrate this beautiful writing form by picking up a new book of poetry. Alternatively, if poems themselves aren’t really your cup of tea, try reading a biography of a poet. Even if you don’t enjoy their work, it can be interesting to learn more about the lives of creative types.
Read Internationally– Find a book written by a contemporary author of a different nationality than you. (For example, my grandmother has started reading a lot of Norwegian authors, which is what I’m planning to try.)
Read a Story For the Campfire– Ghost stories, folk-lore, and legends, oh my. June is a month of nights beneath the stars, making it a wonderful time for stories meant to be told aloud. Retellings of old myths and fairy tales also land nicely into this category.
Read About the Great Outdoors– Summer is a good season for learning more about the natural world. Check out some non-fiction books about gardens or bird-watching, or try reading a survival story or outdoor-based adventure. There are plenty of narratives out there about climbing mountains and traversing deserts. Find one that suits your fancy and enjoy it out in the sunshine.
Read a Throw-Back– Find a children’s book or YA novel you’ve never read and give it a go. Try picking a genre you always liked as a kid. Or, if you weren’t much of a reader, trying asking friends for recommendations of their childhood favorites.
Read about Memories– I don’t know why, but September always makes me nostalgic, making it the perfect month for a memory-related narrative. A memoir would be great to try or else a story centered around the loss of memories or the weight of the things remembered.
Read a Wanderer’s Tale- October makes the feet itch and the soul want to wander through the hills. In the spirit of the season, find a book about a journey, whether it be a fantasy quest to misty mountain or a historical account of exploration. Novels about seafarers and biographies of travelers will carry you to distant places.
Read an Opposite Worldview– It can be easy to find books we agree with, but how often do we enjoy engaging with opposing ideas? Find a book steeped in a culture different than yours, explaining a philosophy you probably won’t agree with, or describing the life of someone with a different set of beliefs than you.
Read the Neglected Book– Finish the year strong by shopping your unread stack in the corner of your room. Read one of those books that’s been sitting on the shelf, waiting for months. Maybe years. The book you keep meaning to get to, but some other story always gets in the way. Give that book the only Christmas gift it wants and read its story.
Reading in general is a fantastic way of expanding our mindsets, but if we always read the same genres, we limit ourselves. By occasionally trying new types of books, we give ourselves more opportunities to grow and discover new ideas. I hope you’ll use this 2020 reading challenge as a chance to sample a variety of authors. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new favorite writer.