Five Tips For Setting Your 2023 Reading Challenge

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Five Tips For Setting Your 2023 Reading Challenge

Five Tips For Setting Your 2023 Reading Challenge

If you haven’t already set your 2023 reading challenge, here’s some hints and tips for creating one that’s both inspiring and achievable. 

Set realistic targets – If you have limited time to read, don’t overstretch yourself. Trying to read 50 books in a year, or even 12 books with 500-plus pages is unrealistic if you only have 10 to 15 minutes a day of reading time! Start with a manageable number or length; you can always add to your list throughout the year.

Choose your genre – Setting a reading list allows you to choose books that you wouldn’t typically read. But, don’t go too far out of your comfort zone. Choose a couple of books outside of your typical reading style to start with. Then, add to them throughout the year if you enjoy the diversity.

Check the reviews – It’s always good to read reviews before you buy a new book or decide upon a new author, to see whether he or she is a good match for you. Don’t forget – we have plenty of reviews on The Journal.

Discuss with friends – Like-minded people will possibly share your taste in books and authors and will make good recommendations. They might even offer to share their copy of a favourite book with you!

Be flexible – Don’t restrict yourself to the books on your initial reading list. It’s possible that a book that you’re reading will spark your interest in another subject or author, and you might want to explore that further.

I personally find that opting for one book per month works well with my schedule. If I exceed 12 books in the year, then that’s a bonus. I often alterne between fiction and non-fiction, which challenges me and brings an exploration element to my reading list; biographies and autobiographies are a great introduction to non-fiction. In the past, I’ve  set my reading challenge around a specific subject – for example, female or feminist authors – which is great if there is a specific direction you’re looking to go in. I’ve also chosen a topic of genre that I want to explore and learn more about. 

Don’t forget to check out our Books of the Month for more inspiration!

Good luck with your reading challenge and all the best to you all for a happy and prosperous 2023!

Jacqui Hodges

With 30 years of general management experience in the global insurance industry and having lived in 4 countries, Jacqui now spends her time between London and New York where she continues to pursue her passion for writing, food, books and travel.

A Reiki practitioner, yogi and huge animal advocate, her home isn’t complete without a furbaby or three. In addition to being a BooknBrunch contributor, she writes for  industry publications.

Favourite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Favourite brunch dish: avocado toast with tomato and chilli


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