Last year, I started The Nerdy Bookworm 50 Books A Year Reading Challenge and I never thought it would become as popular as it did. Plus, I had a lot of fun trying to read all the challenges in 2022. Therefore, I am going to be making this a yearly thing each year! Each year brings new challenges. I am still currently working on trying to finish all of the challenges from 2022 in the last month of December. I don't know if I will be able to but I at least finished over 50% of the challenge and you know reading anything is a success in my book. The only requirement is to read the following challenges below. 

For fellow bloggers, bookstagramers, etc... I will post a link-up at the start of January where you can link up all Nerdy Bookworm Challenge posts to. At the end of this post, you can link all of the challenge announcement posts that you may have.

Sounds easy enough right?! The whole purpose is to read period and to increase the amount that you read. This is even a great way to try out some new genres or to go outside of your comfort zone which I personally want to try doing. The challenge last year certainly pushed me outside of my comfort zone that's for sure. I hope it does the same for you. Like last year, this challenge is what you make of it. Don't stress yourself out.

As always, I want to encourage more reading in the world and this is a great way to do just that. If you’re not feeling one of the categories or themes in the reading challenge, change it up or skip it. Do what you need to do to make this reading challenge completely your own. 

I personally try to read at least 50 books per year as my target goal. So, this challenge helps me do just that. I honestly, probably won't be able to complete all of the themes below again but I sure am going to try my best. By no means is this supposed to stress you out. Read and complete as many of the challenges as you can.

I can't wait to have some new challenges this year as well as some of the ones used in 2022!


- You cannot double up on books. For example, one book per category. 

- If you are a blogger, bookstagrammer, etc, and posting your reviews and books read try to link back to my blog and this challenge when you can. That way, more people can join in on the fun/discussions.

- Use the hashtag #NerdyBookwormChallengeXO when posting on social media and sharing books you read for challenges etc.

- You can join in on our Facebook group here for discussions. Just like last year!

- You can read and do the prompts/challenges in any order you want. 

- Set fun but attainable reading goals. If you do not complete all prompts that is completely fine! No stress zone here.

- Join at any time throughout 2023 but all books need to be read January 1, 2023 - the end of 2023. Pretty basic. Same as last year.

- It is okay to DNF any book that you start for that challenge. Even better, share why you did not finish it. DNF books still count.

- All audiobooks count regardless of the challenge.

- Feel free to use all graphics for your posts on social media.


1. ☐ 2023 New Release

2. ☐ A book with more than 300 pages

3. ☐ A book outside of your comfort genre's 

4. ☐ Read a nonfiction book

5. ☐ Read a book based on a tv series or movie adaptation (watch the show or movie after for fun)

6. ☐ Read a steamy romance novel

7. ☐ Thriller, mystery, or suspense novel

8. ☐ Book that is set in the decade you were born in (90s baby here)

9. ☐ A book that has been on your TBR for 2+ years or more

10. ☐ Read a book that is hyped online

11. ☐ Read a book with a number in the title

12. ☐ Goodread's 2022 Winner or Nominee

13. ☐ A book with one word in the title

14. ☐ Listen to an audiobook

15. ☐ Read a retelling

16. ☐ 2023 Bestseller

17. ☐ Read a book that involves family

18. ☐ Highly anticipated read

19. ☐ A book that discusses death, grief, and or moving on

20. ☐ A book title that starts with the word "The" (for example The Great Gatsby, The Help, The Hobbit)

21. ☐ A book set in NYC

22. ☐ A book by an auto-buy author of yours

23. ☐ Read a historical fiction novel

24. ☐ New York Times Bestseller

25. ☐ Read a book with a person on the cover

26. ☐ Read a book that has time travel in it

27. ☐ Read a book with a happily-ever-after ending

28. ☐ Read a YA book

29. ☐ Read a book where the two main characters are "fake dating"

30. ☐ A book set in a place where you have visited 

31. ☐ Read a book with two or more authors 

32. ☐ Read a book that has a purple cover

33. ☐ A book that has a cover you love

34. ☐ Read a celebrity memoir

35. ☐ A book that has mental health aspects to it

36. ☐ Read a graphic novel, manga, or comic

37. ☐ Read an author's debut book

38. ☐ Read a horror/creepy novel

39. ☐ Read the highest-rated book on your Goodreads TBR list

40. ☐ Read a book that Rory Gilmore read in Gilmore Girls (There are over 500 books on the list to choose from) you can reference these book lists onetwo, and three

41. ☐ A book you bought from a bookstore

42. ☐ Read a book that is set at a carnival or circus

43. ☐ Read a book from the library

44. ☐ Read a book set around wartime 

45. ☐ Read a book with a close proximity romance

46. ☐ Book you meant to read last year but didn't

47. ☐ Read a book that has one of your favorite book tropes in it (enemies to lovers, second chance romance, forbidden love, good vs evil, etc.) check out this trope master list here for inspiration 

48. ☐ Read a new to you author

49. ☐ Read any book from a series

50. ☐ Free space/pick any book


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