Summer is finally here, meaning it’s time to take a deep breath, relax and pick up a good book. The only problem is you’re stuck in a reading slump. Perhaps you have no idea what to read, have no motivation or don't find yourself engrossed in anything you read. Whatever the reason, don’t fret. We’ve got five reading challenges to reignite your inner bookworm this summer:
2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
Diversify your reading with the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. Officially released on May 1st, this list of 40 (or 50, if you’re feeling ambitious) book prompts is the perfect balance between choosing your own books and having your books chosen for you. The prompts range from Nordic noir to a book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym. To get book ideas or gush over your latest read, join the Goodreads group for the POPSUGAR reading challenges, which currently has over 14,000 bookworms ready to discuss anything literary.
Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder
If POPSUGAR’s challenge is too intense, try Book Riot’s Read Harder. Similar to POPSUGAR, Book Riot seeks to push readers outside their comfort zone, but with only 24 reading tasks. Some tasks to choose from are an Oprah Book Club selection, an essay anthology or simply a western novel. To get more involved, participants can use the hashtag #ReadHarder or join the other 15,000 readers in the Read Harder Goodreads group. Book Riot also produces a Read Harder podcast series, which features tips and tricks for each task.
The Hub 2018 Reading Challenge
Can’t get enough of YA novels? Check out The Hub, an American Library Association blogspot for its young adult division. Instead of specific guidelines, The Hub compiled a list of 83 award-winning YA novels for this year’s challenge, including J.K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Melissa Bashardoust’s Girls Made of Snow and Glass. Participants read 25 of these titles by June 30th. Upon completing the challenge, they can also enter a random drawing for bookish goods by submitting multimedia pieces responding to books they read, which will be published on The Hub website.
Penguin Random House Classics Reading Challenge for 2018
Challenge yourself with classic literature this summer. Beginning with The Picture of Dorian Gray and ending with The Great Gatsby, publishing firm Penguin Random House matches every month with a different novel. For example, June is paired with the whimsical tale in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. With varying genres and writing styles, this challenge is great for classic literature newcomers and fans alike.
Goodreads Reading Challenge
For bookworms looking for minimal guidelines, the Goodreads Reading Challenge is perfect. Readers pledge however many books they’d like and complete the challenge at their own pace. With over 2,500,000 participants, booklovers who want reading prompts can definitely find Goodreads groups with their own reading challenge tasks. It’s also super easy to discuss your latest reads with the abundance of Goodreads book clubs. There is no reward for finishing the Goodreads challenge, but it is very satisfying to see your reading progress bar reach 100 percent.
If none of these summer reading challenges are appealing, turn to local libraries and online literary communities. Additionally, don’t be afraid of starting your own reading challenge and sharing it online if nothing else suits your interests.