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Challenge Yourself with the Winter Reading Challenge at YPL!

As December begins to draw to a close, many people start looking forward to the next year and thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you want to pick up a new hobby, learn a language, run a marathon or visit another country. If you’re looking for inspiration for your New Year’s resolution, consider taking on a book challenge and making reading more books a goal for next year.

Book challenges are popular in online, bookish circles, and finding something that fits your reading interests is easy. Check out this master list of book challenges for 2023 or keep reading to learn more about a few challenges from this list that could help broaden your reading horizons.

If you want to make your reading challenge a little sweeter this winter, be sure to sign up for the Winter Reading Challenge at YPL! Sign up on the READsquared app or ask a librarian at your local branch to help you sign up. There are several reading brackets split up by age group: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten (Ages 0-4), Children’s Program (Ages 5-11), Teen (Ages 12-19) and Adult (Ages 19+).

READsquared has great features such as direct access to ebooks and audiobooks through the website and with over 100 reading lists available to help give you an idea for your next read. For every book you log between January 1st and March 15th, you earn a virtual raffle ticket for a $25 Amazon gift card!

Happy Reading in the New Year!


Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

The independent editorial website Book Riot poses this book challenge to “invite readers to explore settings, characters, formats, genres, and perspectives that might be outside of their reading norms.”

There are 24 tasks on this reading challenge which averages to about 2 books a month. The full list of tasks can be found here, but some of the tasks include:

  • Read a novel about a trans character by a trans author.
  • Read a book that’s been challenged recently in your school district/library OR read one of the most-challenged/banned books of the year by a queer and/or BIPOC author.
  • Read a graphic novel/comic/manga if you haven’t before; or read one that is a different genre than you normally read.
  • Read an author local to you.
  • Read a YA book by an Indigenous author.

If you’re interested in this challenge, check out some of these books from your local library that meet this challenge!


Unabridged Reading Challenge

Does 24 books in a year sound a little daunting? The Unabridged Reading Challenge asks readers to read at least one book for each of its ten prompts. Some of those prompts include:

  • Reading a memoir
  • Reading a short story, essay, or poetry collection
  • Reading a work of speculative fiction
  • Reading a mystery novel or collection
  • Reading a classic by a BIPOC author

If this is the book challenge for you, check out some of these books from the library that meet this challenge!


Read Around the World Challenge

Maybe you want to travel the world, but you don’t exactly have the time or the money to go jet setting on an international adventure. With the Read Around the World Challenge, you can see the world through the power of books from the comfort of your home! Each month you’ll read a different book set in a different continent or country. 

Check out some of these books from the library if you want to try out this book challenge!


Alison Robles is a part-time clerk at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for fantasy, history and science fiction. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations.