Do you like making lists? I do. And I’ll let you in on a not-so-well-kept secret: My favourite kind of lists are book lists! Even when I was a child I enjoyed making lists of all the books by my favourite authors. And oh, the satisfaction when I could cross another one off my list because it had taken up residence on my bookshelf.
As a book blogger and reviewer, I get plenty of opportunities to make bookish lists, but one of my favourite lists of all is the one I begin making at the end of each year listing all the new releases for the following year. Once I’ve done that, I can begin on my favourite list of all: my TBR!
Despite being my favourite list of all, it’s not an easy one to compile. For starters, there are so many wonderful new releases each month it’s impossible to read them all, even if I devote myself solely to reading new releases. Then there are the books that released the previous year that I didn’t get around to, the books I hear other readers raving about—and, of course, I want to make sure I have variety in my reading diet: different genres, a mix of non-fiction and fiction…
Are you beginning to feel a little overwhelmed?
Take a few deep breaths. Ready? Breathe in…two…three…four, and out…two…three…four. Feeling better? Feel free to keep taking those deep breaths while I share some good news with you!
Here at Hope by the Book, we understand how traumatic it can be to maintain a healthy bookish diet. That’s why we’ve created the Hope by the Book Reading Challenge for 2019. It’s perfectly tailored to meet all your bookish nutritional needs while giving you the freedom to choose the books you read!
Here’s how it works.
There are three levels to the challenge: Avid Reader (2 books per month), Voracious Reader (1 extra book each month), and Insatiable Reader (2 extra books per month). You choose the level that best suits your reading appetite. So if you class yourself as a voracious reader, for example, you would choose two books from the Avid Reader list each month, plus one additional book each month from the Voracious Reader list.
Each month, we’ll be talking about the challenge on the blog, sharing some book suggestions and encouragement. And make sure you watch out for us on social media as well. We’ll be using the hashtag #HBTB2019reads, and we’d love for you to do the same so we can see what you’re reading!
Want the whole reading challenge as a PDF? Download it HERE!
Here’s wishing you a blessed and bookish 2019!