Wow! I can’t believe 2022 is almost over. Linda and I will definitely be putting together a challenge for ourselves in 2023 by piecing together parts of other challenges. But here’s a look at how we did this year.
As always, a shout out to GirlXOXO for providing a comprehensive list of 2022 reading challenges for us to choose from! All challenges listed link back to the websites of those hosting each particular challenge. Thanks to all those who host these challenges!
From the Read Harder Challenge:
- Read a book set in a bookstore.
The Boardwalk Bookstore by Susan Mallery
- Read an award-winning book from the year you were born.
- Read a queer retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, folklore, or myth.
From the Beyond the Bookends’ Reading Challenge:
- Read a book of historical fiction.
The Singing Trees by Boo Walker
West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge
Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce
- Read a banned book.
Maus I by Art Spiegelman
- Read a Young Adult romance
Crown of One Hundred Kings by Rachel Higginson
Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman
From the Book Voyage Reading Challenge:
- Read a book set in the Arctic or Antarctic.
- Read a book set in Africa or the Middle East.
- Read a book set in Southern Asia.
From the Backlist Reader Challenge:
- Read at least 3 books published prior to 2021 that were already on your TBR.
Dragon Actually by GA Aiken
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Timid by Devney Perry
Tragic by Devney Perry
Tinsel by Devney Perry
Where I Belong by J. Daniels
All In by Emma Scott
A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter
Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
Still by Kennedy Ryan
Misconduct by Penelope Douglas
Lothaire by Kresley Cole
- Read a book by an author with F at the beginning of their first or last name.
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Up from the Grave by Jeanine Frost
- Read a book by an author with Q at the beginning of their first or last name.
The Duke & I by Julia Quinn
- Read a book by an author with Z at the beginning of their first or last name.
Fated by Rebecca Zanetti
You Can Run by Rebecca Zanetti
From the Diversity Reading Challenge:
- Read a book written by an author who is OR with characters who are LGBTQIA+
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
Mother Road by Bree Bennett
- Read a book written by an author who is OR with characters who are neurodiverse.
Broken Records by Bree Bennett
- Read a book written by an author who has OR with characters who have chronic health issues.
Taking the Leap by Kristen Ashley (not sure it counts but the hero lost part of his leg in the line of duty as a firefighter – prior to the timeline of the book) I read this one, too 🙂
From the Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge:
This one’s a little different since we’re choosing certain month’s keywords and so we’ll have to read a book with those keywords during that month 😉
- MAR – End, Fall, Loud, Queen, Woods, Nine, Beautiful, Crown
At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost
The First to Die at the End by Adam Silvera
- JUN – Sea, You, Hate, Perfect, Shade, Until, Beach, Little
A Stone in the Sea by A.L. Jackson
- SEP – Bright, Here, Out, Life, Strange, Rule, Story, Salt
A 5 Second Life by Emma Scott
- DEC – Still, Cabin, Cafe, Night, Lake, By, Holiday, Fire
Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley
Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost
From the Epistolary Reading Challenge:
- Read a book written in the form of letters, emails, diaries, blogs, etc.
Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid
From the Color Coded Reading Challenge:
- Read a book where the color of the cover (or the color mentioned in the title) is purple
Incense and Sensibility by Sonali Dev has a lot of purple on the cover.
- Read a book where the color of the cover (or the color mentioned in the title) is green
Sweep of the Heart by Ilona Andrews has the color green on the cover.
From Linda’s imagination:
- Brandee should read a book set in either Norway or Switzerland – or a book written by either a Swiss or a Norwegian author.
I purchased The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker (a Swiss author) but haven’t started it yet. I’ll make sure this element is included in our 2023 challenge so I can read it. 😉
- Linda should read a book set in either Colorado or Texas – or a book written by either a Texas-based or a Denver-based author (that she hasn’t read before).
I think I have failed on this – I have read a lot of Kristen Ashley this year, but she wasn’t a new-to-me author…
- Buddy-read one book each month of 2022
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Tempting the Boss by Natasha Madison
The Girl in the Mist by Kristen Ashley
Taking the Leap by Kristen Ashley
Tattered Loyalties by Carrie Ann Ryan
Accidental Tryst by Natasha Boyd
Fallen Empire by KA Tucker
The Artist’s Trilogy by Karina Halle (4 books)
Making the Match by Kristen Ashley
Not too bad, right! Be on the lookout for the 2023 installment. 😉
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- B & L's Excellent Reading Challenge Adventure