The New Year’s Resolutions Reading Challenge

I was nominated by two wonderful book bloggers, Laura @ The Corner of Laura (thank you so much for inviting me to do your original reading challenge!) and Paige @ YA Books Daily to do this reading challenge! I sort of dipped my toes into reading challenges this year and I’d like to get a few more under my belt! My deadline would be February 12, 2020 so good luck to me!


  • Link back to the original creator (The Corner of Laura) and link back to this page (otherwise, the original creator won’t get a notification).
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post
  • Tag 5 or more other people.
  • Read books that fit the description. I’ve put some recommendations in the original post to help you pick but you can read anything that fits the brief.
  • The deadline for the challenge is six weeks after you were originally tagged (which, statistically, is the point when 80% of people give up their New Year’s Resolutions) e.g. if you were tagged in the original tag, the deadline is 12th February.
  • Post a wrap-up when you’re done to show how you got on.

Challenges and My Chosen Books

Exercise More: Read a book longer than 500 pages.

I’ve seen this cover so many times throughout my youth when I was stalking the libraries of the primary, middle and high schools, looking for my next read. I’d like to give it a try this year, although there is little chance I’ll finish this in time.

Bonus challenge: Read a book more than 800 pages or longer.

Learn a New Skill: Read a book from a genre you never usually read.

I started reading this book at the start of the year, so I’ll use it for this challenge. The genre is military sci-fi/dystopia, which is not one I reach for usually because the military gargen bores me.

Bonus Challenge: Read a book outside your comfort genre that was published in 2020/2021.

Save Money: Read a second-hand book.

I picked up this book in the summer of 2019 (those were the days, eh?) ’cause I really wanted to get into cozy mysteries that didn’t take themselves too seriously or were too gritty. This is also a relatively short book, which helps!

Bonus challenge: Read a library book – you don’t have to pay anything for those!

Reduce Stress: Read a happy book.

This is ultimately a happy, silly graphic novel about the Tres Horny Boys (yes, that’s their team name) hunting down the Raven, a mysterious thief with their hands on a powerful relic. The Adventure Zone is always a wild time and never ceases to not be happy in the end!

Bonus challenge: Read a happy book about reducing stress/tackles mental health problems.

Travel More: Read a book set in a foreign country.

Absolutely loved the first volume, and I ran out to get the second and third volumes! This a slice-of-life manga about an ex-yakuza’s days as a stay-at-home house-husband and it’s as hilarious as it sounds.

Bonus challenge: Read a book was originally published in another language.

Spend More Time With Family and Friends: Read something recommended by family or friends.

This re-telling of the Cthulhu Mythos has come highly recommended from a couple of friends and I have a copy so it’s just a matter of getting to it!

Bonus challenge: Read a recommended book that you wouldn’t have picked up otherwise.

Stop Procrastinating: Read a book that’s been on your TBR for over a year.

I’ve had this horror novel on my shelf since 2017 so this might me the year where I bite the bullet, if not for the challenge than for 2021!

Bonus challenge: Read the book at the very bottom of your TBR.

Focus on Self-Care: Read a book focusing on mental health.

This is an ownvoices book about checking into a mental health institute for suicidal attempts that promises a sweet found family. I’m looking forward to getting going on this one.

Bonus Challenge: Read a self-help book and try out one of the pieces of advice it gives for yourself. Let me know how it went in your wrap-up post.

Screw Resolutions, I Quit!: Re-read an old favourite.

This was one of my favourite graphic novels, and I’d to delve back into this world once again!

Bonus Challenge: Re-read an entire series.

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10 thoughts on “The New Year’s Resolutions Reading Challenge”

  1. Good luck with this!! That Aquicorn Cove book looks SO cute, I’ve not seen it before so I’ll have to check it out. The Way of the House Husband also sounds hilarious. The Eragon books were some of my childhood faves so I hope you’ll enjoy! (hahaha I don’t think I’ll be able to finish my 800pg one either 😂 but good luck to us)

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