For the third year in a row, The Nerdy Bookworm 50 Books A Year Reading Challenge is back! I never thought this challenge would become as popular as it has become. Cheers to another year of reading books. Each year brings new reading challenges. I am still currently working on trying to finish all of the challenges from 2023 in the last month of December. Reading anything is a success in my book. The only requirement is to read the following challenges below. 

For fellow bloggers, bookstagramers, etc... At the end of this post, you can link all of the challenge announcement posts and more 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 more of in 2024. The challenge last year certainly pushed me outside of my comfort zone that's for sure. I read more from genres I normally do not gravitate towards and that's why I love this challenge so much. 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 previous years.


- 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. The more participants the better.

- 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 2024 but all books need to be read by January 1, 2024 - the end of 2024. 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. ☐ 2024 New Release

2. ☐ A book with less than 300 pages

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

4. ☐ Read a dark romance

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. ☐ Read a novel by a male author

9. ☐ A book that has been on your TBR for more than a year

10. ☐ Read a book recommended by Booktok

11. ☐ Read a novel by a female author

12. ☐ Goodread's 2023 Winner or Nominee

13. ☐ Pick a random physical book off your bookshelf 

14. ☐ Listen to an audiobook

15. ☐ Read a book with a red cover

16. ☐ Read a young adult novel

17. ☐ Read a book with an element or type of weather in the title (air, wind, fire, water, rain, snow, sun)

18. ☐ Read a fantasy book

19. ☐ Read a book with two or more authors

20. ☐ Read an emotional or sad book

21. ☐ Continue reading a series you started

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

23. ☐ A book you have been excited to read

24. ☐ New York Times Bestseller

25. ☐ Read a book with flowers on the cover

26. ☐ Read a book where the characters visit, are in, or attend a wedding

27. ☐ Read a book that you think will be a five star read

28. ☐ Read a book with a love triangle in it

29. ☐ Read a book that has an animal in it

30. ☐ Read a short stories collection

31. ☐ Read a book that you thrifted

32. ☐ Read a book that has a blue cover

33. ☐ A book that has a cover you love

34. ☐ A book that has a vehicle on the cover (plane, van, car, truck, motorcycle, etc)

35. ☐ Read a book that has the enemies to lover's trope

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

37. ☐ A book you bought in 2023

38. ☐ Read a book that has a haunted house in it

39. ☐ A book with mental health representation

40. ☐ A book with at least two different characters points of view

41. ☐ A book you bought from a bookstore

42. ☐ Read a paranormal romance

43. ☐ Read a book from the library

44. ☐ Read a thriller novel that involves a missing person or murder

45. ☐ Read any memoir

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

47. ☐ A book where the setting is by the water (river, lake, beach/ocean)

48. ☐ Read a new to you author

49. ☐ Read a book that has witches or magic in it

50. ☐ Free space/pick any book


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