2023 Reading Challenges

The 2023 reading challenges have been turning up for a while now, though I'm just starting to take notice. (Old and slow just go together, don't they?)  I'm not sure I'll be keeping a very thorough list this year, but at least I can make a stab at it.

The list is in roughly alphabetical order,
with links to announcement/signup posts.
(Check marks will indicate challenges I've signed up for.)

Notes and Caveats:

  • The challenges listed are, in general (it's not a strict rule), year-long challenges, open to everyone. I don't usually list read-a-thons, read-alongs, "personal" challenges, or challenges linked to special days or time periods.
  • This list is NOT meant to be a complete list of ALL the reading challenges available for 2023. It's mainly just challenges that seem attractive to me. And I'm not necessarily recommending any of these — just keeping track.
  • I will not be signing up for ALL these challenges! I'm sure I'll be joining in for a few, but definitely not all. (See the challenges I'm participating in HERE.)
  • In general I'm not a fan of the "check list" type of reading challenge with a bunch of set categories — so I'll list a few, but not every one of them. And I definitely prefer challenges that let participants choose their own books. 
  • I don't do a lot of social media hanging out, so if a challenge is being hosted primarily on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, you probably won't find it on this list. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: I really don't like to deal with a lot of ads on the blogs I read. So if challenges are hosted by ad-heavy websites, they might not make it to this list.

For a much more comprehensive, up-to-date list of 2023 Reading Challenges, you can check the Reading Challenge Addict website.

The 2023 Reading Challenge List

  1. 2023 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge | Host: Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book
  2. 2023 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge - Author Edition | Host: Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book
  3. 2023 Beachcomber Mystery Reading Challenge | Host: Rick Mills
  4. Booklist Queen's 2023 Reading Challenge | Host: Rachael @ Booklist Queen.  
  5. 2023 Books in Translation Reading Challenge | Host: Introverted Reader
  6. Calendar of Crime 2023 | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  7. 2023 Children's Books Reading Challenge...for Adults! | Host: Belle's Library
  8. Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge 2023 | Host: Carol's Notebook.  
  9. Color Coded Reading Challenge 2023 | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  10. 2023 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge | Host: Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book
  11. Creativity Reading Challenge 2023 | Host: Jamie Ghione @ Whatever I Think Of! 
  12. Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2023 | Host: Socrates' Book Reviews
  13. 2023 Diversity Reading Challenge | Host: Celebrity Readers
  14. Epistolary Reading Challenge 2023 | Host: Jamie Ghione @ Whatever I Think Of! 
  15. 2023 European Reading Challenge | Host: Rose City Reader.  (to be added)
  16. 2023 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge | Host: Celebrity Readers
  17. 2023 Gaia/Nature Reading Challenge | Host: Gum Trees and Galaxies
  18. Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2023 | Host: Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
  19. Humor Reading Challenge 2023 | Host: Jamie Ghione @ Whatever I Think Of! 
  20. 2023 Indie Challenge | Host: Ninja Book Box
  21. 2023 Library Love Challenge | Host: Angel's Guilty Pleasures
  22. 2023 Literary Escapes Challenge | Host: Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book
  23. Memoir Reading Challenge 2023 | Host: Jamie Ghione @ Whatever I Think Of!
  24. Mental Health Reading Challenge 2023 | Host: Jamie Ghione @ Whatever I Think Of! 
  25. 2023 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge | Host: Kim & Tanya @ GirlXOXO
  26. 2023 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge | Host: Kim & Tanya @ GirlXOXO
  27. Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2023 | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  28. NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2023 | Host: Socrates' Book Reviews
  29. 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge | Host: Book'd Out
  30. The Purrfect Reading Challenge 2023 | Host: Socrates' Book Reviews
  31. Read Around the World Challenge 2023 | Host: Read Around the World
  32. Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge | Host: Robin @ Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks
  33. 2023 Reading by the Numbers Challenge | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block.
  34. Read It Again Sam Reading Challenge 2023 | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  35. Roll to Read 2023 Challenge | Host: The Literary Dispatcher. (This challenge also has an Instagram page: Roll to Read 2023.) 
  36. 2023 Six Shooter Mystery Reading Challenge | Host: Rick Mills @ The Mystillery
  37. 2023 Southern Literature Reading Challenge | Host: Introverted Reader
  38. Space Time Reading Challenge 2023 | Host: Jemima Pett
  39. The StoryGraph: Reading Challenges for 2023 | Various hosts. (There are dozens of challenges available on the StoryGraph website. I'm not going to list them separately -- just go have a look.)
  40. TBR Challenge 2023 | Host: The Misadventures of Super Librarian
  41. The TBR Pile Reading Challenge 2023 | Host: Roof Beam Reader
  42. Thrifty Thursday Challenge 2023 | Host: Books of My Heart
  43. 2023 Victorian Reading Challenge | Host: Belle's Library
  44. Vintage Scavenger Hunt 2023 | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block.  
  45. What An Animal Reading Challenge 2023 | Host: Socrates' Book Reviews


  1. This is great. As 2015 comes to a close, I've been looking for reading challenges to contemplate joining for the new year.

  2. So many challenges! If only there was time to join in on them ALL! lol Thanks so much for including mine in your listing today :)

  3. Ah this challenge tab is so awesome! Thank you for this. I'm going to try to not go crazy this year :P

    I just posted my own challenge if you want to take a look (:

  4. Thanks for featuring the #ShelfLove Challenge. We would love to have you on board!

  5. What a fantastic list here! I need to find an hour now to sift through these and make my choices for 2016.

  6. Thank you so much for a very thorough list of Challenges, I found many here that I am now considering!!

  7. You might want to include this one, too.

    1. Thanks, Jamie. I've added it to the list. I had seen something about the MIA challenge earlier, but couldn't figure out if it was still active.

  8. Wow these are great---thanks for including mine!

  9. And this one, too;

    1. Hi, Jamie. Thanks for pointing the way to this challenge. Actually, though, there are so many "check-list" type challenges out there like this one, I decided not to include them in this list. I sort of think of them as personal reading goals-lists which, while they are definitely valuable tools, tend to differ from individual to individual. I thought about including the POP-Sugar list, since it seems to be the most popular, but in the end just decided to do a separate listing of all the checklists -- I just never got around to it!

  10. Thanks for sharing the Deal Me In challenge & great work on creating this list!

  11. Thanks! This list is very helpful! ;3

    One snag though: Hippes Read Too's blog is giving me a 404 error. http://readingeveryseason.hippiesreadtoo.com/2015/11/warm-up-for-winter-reading-challenge.html

  12. Thanks for linking Literary Distractions! Would you mind updating the link to "http://www.literarydistractions.com/2015/12/14/2016-b-y-o-b-reading-challenge/" please? Thanks!

    1. Hi, Mary! No problem. I think the links are all updated now.

  13. This is very helpful. I found several I'm going to try. Thanks!

  14. I've been looking for the ones for 2017, but there aren't very many yet. I got all mine posted on my blog in October. I'm doing three new ones as well as the one I did this year. A list is up here:

  15. Joy, I hope I can entice you to any of my 4 this time! As always: they run February 1 to January 31, so finishing them off never takes up time at Christmas! :) Sincere thanks for listing me again! Gratefully, Carolyn Of RIEDEL Fascination.

    CELTIC COASTS 2017 https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/celtic-coasts-2017/
    ETHEREAL 2017 https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/ethereal-2017/
    GENTLE SPECTRUMS 2017 https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/gentle-spectrums-2017/
    MY KIND OF MYSTERY 2017 https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/mykindofmystery-2017/

  16. I am unsure how often you pick up messages at Goodreads. Even though Blogspot does not make commenting easy for Wordpress or rural internet and rejects them, if there is a captcha; I had better see about adding my 3/4 2019 groups that are ready.

  17. GENTLE SPECTRUMS 2019 is done as well, Joy! Thank you dearly for not using a captcha. Happy new year 2019, for us all! Yours, Carolyn https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/gentlespectrums-2019/

  18. Thanks so much for linking our 2020 AtoZ Reading Challenge on your list! We really appreciate it :)

    Megan & Crystal | Ginger Mom & Company

  19. Thanks for sharing this wonderful information. View this also - Best 2020 dystopian books

  20. Thanks so much for including my 2021 link to the Aussie Author Challenge to this wonderful resource!

  21. Hi Joy -- I'm hosting the European Reading Challenge again in 2021, for the 9th year now! Can you add it to your list? I'd appreciate the boost! It makes a nice crossover with other "read the globe" or "books in translation" challenges. And we'd love to see you back. Here's the link to the sign up page with more information: https://www.rosecityreader.com/p/2021-european-reading-challenge.html

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for letting me know about the 2021 Challenge. I'll add it to my list. And I'll definitely be signing up, too!

  22. Thank you for joining the Monthly Book Award, Monthly Motif, and Monthly Key Word challenges!

  23. I keep a comprehensive (well, as best I can) list of challenges on my reading challenge blog: https://readyforareadingchallenge.blogspot.com/

    Like you, I'm not sure exactly which challenges I'll be signing up for this year. There are so many that it's hard to choose sometimes! Good luck with whatever ones you take part in.

  24. Hello Joy! I also have a reading challenge on my blog: https://elifthereader.com/reading-projects/reading-challenge-2022/
    I hope you'll join me too. Have a joyful new year!

  25. For those who love reading romance, check out the She Reads Romance Books annual Romance Book Reading Challenge for 2022: https://www.shereadsromancebooks.com/reading-challenge-2022/

    1. Thanks for mentioning the challenge. The 2023 Romance Book Reading Challenge is now live too! https://www.shereadsromancebooks.com/reading-challenge-2023/

  26. Many thanks for including the Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge and the Six Shooter Mystery Reading Challenge! We welcome new challengers!

  27. For those who love to read with kids, check out the 2023 Reading Challenge for Kids, https://wereadtweenbooks.com/reading-challenge-for-kids-2023/


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