Devoted readers and aspiring readers: want to get more out of your reading life in 2019? We’ve got a challenge just for you, and a free reading challenge kit to help you see it through.
We’re entering our ninth (!!) year of helping readers get more out of their (reading) lives. Over the years, we’ve learned so much about why people are (or are not) happy with their reading lives, and how we can help them better enjoy the books they read. We’ve carefully constructed this challenge to help you get more out of your reading life in the year to come.
Step 1: Choose amazing books.
For many readers, this is easier said than done, because it’s not always easy to predict which titles you’ll ultimately deem amazing. That’s why our challenge focuses on categories that have had a phenomenal success rate for your fellow readers.
We’re focusing on ten categories that have helped thousands of readers enjoy best-of-the-year reading experiences. Our supporting role here on MMD is to share amazing books on this blog and on my podcast, What Should I Read Next, so you have plenty of excellent titles to choose from, all year long.
These categories are diverse and doable, varied in style and scope, structured enough to avoid decision fatigue but broad enough to offer numerous options. We’ve chosen ten categories—for a total of twelve books—because that’s far more than the average reader reads in a year, but few enough to let you choose those titles with care.
This year’s Reading Challenge Kit includes brand-new printable planning worksheets, with a tool to help you take a snapshot of your reading life right now, which is going to be fun to look back on at year’s end. We’ve also included a checklist to track what you’ve read for the challenge. All are sized to go right in your reading journal.
Step 2. Track your reading.
You won’t believe the difference this makes in your reading life. The title and date read are sufficient, but you’re free to make your log as simple or complex as you’d like.
I track my books in my everyday journal, but other readers use dedicated reading journals, Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest, or Excel to track their books. Choose whatever method you like—just choose one.
- Check out Episode 64 of What Should I Read Next: How 15 WSIRN listeners track their books. Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts.
- I also highly recommend my class Book Journaling for Book Lovers, which we’re keeping on sale through the end of the month.
Let’s get started! Enter your email below to join the 2019 Reading Challenge and we’ll immediately send you your free Reading Challenge kit. Plus we’ll stay in touch throughout the year with tips and encouragement to help you meet your reading goals.
Pin the challenge graphic for inspiration; share it with your fellow book-lovers on Instagram. We’ll revisit the challenge periodically here on the blog to share what we’re reading. This year we also created an Instagram story template for your to share snapshots of your reading life. You can find that in my highlights under “Story Templates” and “Challenge.”
Browse the book list archives here for reading ideas, and start making your lists. Share this with your fellow book lovers! I’ll be using the hashtags #MMDchallenge and #MMDreading on Twitter and Instagram; tag me @annebogel. But most of all, enjoy the challenge.
It’s so good to be among people who are reading, and I’m looking forward to reading with you in 2019.