12 Bookish Resolutions Challenges – 2023

Hello bookworms!

If you are a regular follower of my blog then you will know that I love nothing more than a good challenge. I often find it focuses my reading and helps me pick up books I might not of thought of before. Last year I have decided to do something a bit different. We all go into the start of the year with new aims and new goals and whilst I hadn’t made a new years resolution for a number of years I decided to make some bookish ones, 12 to be exact. These varied from small goals I want to achieve last year or reading challenges I want to participate in. I really enjoyed it last year so I’ve decided to do it again but change some of my goals this time. So here we go….

1. Read 175 books in 2023

In 2022 I managed to read 186 so I feel this will be an achievable amount, especially with audiobooks added in.

2. Audiobook Challenge 2023

The Audiobook Challenge is hosted by Kimberly from Caffeinated Reviewer and Jen from That’s What I’m talking about and this is my second year participating. Last year I managed to pass my original goal of 50 and achieve The 100 Club with 100+ audiobooks! This year I am aiming for the same.

Challenge Details

  • Runs January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022. You can join at any time.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2021 than you did in 2020.
  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweet about the challenge.
  • Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. The first update will be July 2, 2021, and the last update will take place on December 30, 2021.

Achievement Levels

  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multitasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  • Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+
  • Over-Achiever (Power Listener) 75+
  • The 100 Club (Audiobook Addict) 100+

3. Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Next up is the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2022, which this coming year will return to being hosted by Marg of The Intrepid Reader. This will be my second year taking part and I am going to aim for Prehistoric level (which I managed ton achieve last year).

For those new to this, here are the details of the challenge:

  • The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st, 2022.
  • Each month, a new post dedicated to the HF Challenge will be created.
  • Everyone can participate! If you don’t have a blog you can post a link to your review if it’s posted on Goodreads, Facebook, or Amazon, or you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish.
  • Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please use the direct URL that will guide us directly to your review)
  • Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, History/Non-Fiction, etc.)

Also these are the different reading levels you can choose from:

  • 20th Century Reader – 2 books
  • Victorian Reader – 5 books
  • Renaissance Reader – 10 books
  • Medieval – 15 books
  • Ancient History – 25 books
  • Prehistoric – 50+ books

4. Use My Book Journal

Last year I started my book journal and really enjoyed using it. I think it’s a lovely creative way to keep tabs on your reading and dissect your reading choices throughout the year. My templates are ready to go and I am looking forward to it.

5. NetGalley Feedback Ratio

I was very close to reaching 80% last year so I will do it. I’m not going to put any bans on myself because they do not work for me. I am going to focus on clearing some of the back log though and keep on top of my new ARC’s. Easier said than done!

6. 20 Books of Summer

This is my favourite summer reading challenge and I have managed to achieve it the past three years. Will I keep my streak going for the fourth year?

7. Buddy Reading

I discovered buddy reading last year and it has completely changed my reading life. I’ve loved reading and chatting about books with people as we read them so this year I am going commit to one buddy read a month.

8. Monthly Key Word Challenge 2023

This is a year long challenge being run over on Instagram. Each month we have a list of key words and we have to read a book that contains one of those words in the title. I liked the flexibility of this one as there are a variety of words to choose from each month.

9. Beat the Backlist 2023

Every year I try to clear through some of the backlog. I’m going to stick with my usual 52 books a year which is achievable for me.

10. NetGalley November!

This is an awesome, month long reading challenge. The aim is simple read ARCS for the whole month and don’t stop! It was so much fun again in 2022 and I can’t wait to join again.

11. 20 Books For Christmas

Once again I shall be taking part in this reading challenge. I have managed to read all 20 books between October and December for the last three years so I am hopeful I can do it again.

12. 12 Friends 12 Books Challenge

I have asked my lovely friends from my #Tsundoku Book Club to recommend some of their favourites reads to me. Reading one of these a month should be straight forward as I have most of them on my reading pile already.

If you have made it this far then you deserve a medal! What bookish resolutions would you make? Are there any challenges that you are taking part in this year? I participate in all of these because I find them fun, I know challenges aren’t for everyone so which ever way you decide to read or log your reading this year I wish you all the luck.


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