52 Books in 52 Weeks | Reading Challenge 2023

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As your reading journey of 2022 comes to an end it’s time to plan your reading for 2023. If you’re up for a real challenge, this 52 books in 52 weeks reading challenge is for you!

Bookworms love a reading challenge, since a good book challenge can help a book lover explore new genres, be able to expand the reading and have a lot of fun. 

This is a fun challenge to create an amazing reading experience in the new year! The challenge also comes with 52 reading prompts so that you can make reading plans and finally tackle your TBR  list!

Why are reading challenges so important? 

  • Reading challenge can help you reach your reading goal

We all want to read as many books as possible. But sometimes we might not know the best way to reach our reading goals.

So reading challenges can help you navigate the path to reach your reading goal. For instance, if you want to read 52 books in 52 weeks of 2023 then this reading challenge will surely help you achieve your goal. 

  • Reading challenges are a great way to explore new genres

It’s very common to stick with your favorite genre for a long time.

I have been a fan of romance novels for a long time. But being part of reading challenges have helped me expand my horizons.

I have been reading a lot of historical fiction, young adult fiction and even sci-fi novels. 

  • A good challenge help you appreciate the book more 

This is my favorite part about doing a reading challenge. Not only do you get to read the book but also learn a lot more about it. If you’re doing the 52 books in 52 weeks reading challenge that I am about to share, you get to explore the book covers, the number of pages, the background of the author etc. Overall, you will be delighted to have participated in a unique challenge.

How to do reading challenge on a budget

The 2023 reading challenge is obviously a fun challenge for book lovers AND you get to read a lot more books.

But that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money to BUY the books.

Also I don’t recommend you do that either. Because there are many ways through which you can get FREE books/ books for a cheap price.

Here are the best ways to find the books for the 2024 reading challenge without spending too much money ! 

  • Amazon

You might love shopping books on Amazon, but do you know, they have a whole selection of free books and low priced reading options.  -> click here to browse through their catalog of cheap reads for kindle! Kindle-unlimited is another great option if you’re into indie books! 

  • Goodreads giveaway

You can enter to win free giveaways that are sponsored by authors and publishers.Enter here 

  • Scribd

Scribd is an audiobook subscription service with millions of books. ALong with audiobooks you can get access to e-books and magazines. The Creative Muggle readers can get FREE two month subscriptions. Click here to get your free two months! 

  • NetGalley ARC copies

NetGalley gives you access to FREE ARCs ( advanced reader copies). Start your free account to get started! Start here 

  • Barnes and Noble Free ebooks 

The Barnes & Noble digital shop offers many free e-books for book lovers. But you might want to have their reading account ( NOOK) to avail the offer. Check here 

  • BookBub free ebooks

BookBub is known as a promotional platform for authors. But it is also the best place to find free ebooks. The website  features  limited-time offers for the best free books in over twenty genres.  Click here to view the FREE ebooks

  • Become a Reedsy reviewer 

Want exclusive access to hundreds of books and you’ll be notified about upcoming releases. Not only you get to read more books, you will be able to support indie books.  Click here to join 

  • Lit2go 

This is a free collection of poems, stories and audiobooks. You can even download the mp3 version of the book to listen to.  Visit Lit2go

Now that you know the benefits of doing reading challenges, and finding the ways to find free books, let’s get started with these 52 books in 52 week challenge.

You can find 52 reading prompts along with book recommendations! 

Happy reading!

A book set around New Year’s day 

Book recommendations 

A book written by an Indian author

There are lots of amazing writers from India that you might have missed. Here are a few Indian author recommendations. 

Book recommendations 

A book with a floral cover

I am a huge fan of floral book covers. But often book covers don’t get the appreciation they deserve. So it’s time to explore and read a gorgeous book with a floral cover. 

Book recommendations 

A book from your TBR list

I obviously have no clue about what’s on your TBR. Here are some of the books in my TBR list that I hope to read in 2023! 

Book recommendations 

A debut book from a British author 

Book recommendations 

A book set in your state

Book recommendations 

Alaska- The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

California-  Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Kansas- Billy Summers by Stephen King 

Maryland- Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

New York- The City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

North Carolina- Where was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Ownes

PennsylvaniaThe Dutch House by Ann Patchett

South Carolina- The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Check this post for more book recommendations of this prompt-> Books Set in Every U.S State

A Jane Austen retelling 

Book recommendations 

A popular translated book 

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A book made into a movie in the 90s

Book recommendations 

A book set in Amsterdam

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A book set in WWII 

Book recommendations 

Read a book and watch the Netflix adaptation ( TV Show)

Book recommendations 

A historical romance novel with steamy scenes

Book recommendations 

Check this post for more book recommendations of this prompt-> 25 Best Steamy Historical Romance Novels To Read In 2023

A booktok recommendation 

Book recommendations 

A book under 100 pages

Book recommendations 

Check this post for more book recommendations of this prompt->Best Short Books Under 100 pages

A book about a bookshop

Book recommendations 

A book set in the Victorian Era

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A book about your favorite sport( fiction/ nonfiction)

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A classic children’s book

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A book with a month in the title

Book recommendations 

Check this post for more book recommendations of this prompt->21 Phenomenal Books with “a Month” in The Title

A book of poetry

Book recommendations 

A book with an illustrated cover

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A cowboy romance novel 

Book recommendations 

Check this post for more book recommendations of this prompt->28 Hottest Cowboy Romance Novels

A book with an elderly protagonist 

Book recommendations 

A YA romance set in NYC

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A book with a couple on the cover

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A book published in 2023

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A book set in space

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A book with more than 1000 pages

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A chick-lit book written by a man ( lad-lit) 

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A book based on a true story 

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A book by an author of color

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A book with less than 500 Goodreads ratings 

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A thriller novel 

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 A memoir of an actress

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A book set in the Middle East

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A book with a four-word title

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A book with a vampire protagonist

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 A book with multiple points of view

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A book with the title start with M

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A book with food on the cover

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A fun and uplifting book 

Book recommendations 

Check this post for more book recommendations of this prompt-> Fun, lighthearted books

A coming of age book 

Book recommendations 

A book set in the place you are traveling this year

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A road trip themed book 

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 A self help book 

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 A romantic comedy featuring a dog 

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A book with magical realism

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A book featuring a singer/ band

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A graphic novel about mental health 

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A book recommended by your family member/ friend

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A book with a person of color as protagonist 

Book recommendations 

There you have the reading prompts for 2023 reading challenge!

Happy reading !

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Stephy George
Stephy George

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2 Comments

  1. I didn’t know!! Thank you very much Rhonda!! Really appreciate it:) Updating it ASAP!

  2. Hi,
    The printable for the 2023 reading challenge only lists 50 prompts. Comparing it with the list from the website I believe the prompts “A book with a title that starts with M” and “A book with food on the cover” are missing. I just wanted to give you a heads up if you didn’t already know.
    Happy New Year!

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