2023 Reading Challenges

After over committing on reading challenges last year, I have scaled way back this year. This is just a small sampling of the vast amount of reading challenges out there! It seems like every other day I hear about more (yay!). I am looking forward to participating in these few challenges. Please click on the banner to be taken to the host for each challenge to see all the details and sign up (if interested).

First, I will be finishing these states to finish the 2022 Literary Escapes Challenge:

Illinois- Dear Henry, Love Edith by Becca Kinzer

Massachusetts-Is It Any Wonder by Courtney Walsh

Mississippi- Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley

Nevada-The Vegas Proposal by Julie Jarnagan

Rhode Island-An Unlikely Suitor by Nancy Moser

Vermont- Smitten Book Club by Colleen Coble and others

Virginia- Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

West Virginia-Dogwood by Chris Fabry

Each month builds off the previous month!!

✅January: a or the in the title-The Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham

✅February: complementary colors on the spine- Dogwood by Chris Fabry

✅March: Title starts with the next letter in the alphabet: Echoes Among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright

✅April: a different genre: Miles From Nowhere by Amy Clipston

✅May: has more pages-Echoes of Titanic by Mindy Starnes Clark

✅June: title has half as many letters-Buried by Elizabeth Goddard

✅July: set in a different country or world-Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar

✅August: the same genre-The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus by Jaime Jo Wright

✅September: turn to page 50, one of those words in the title-April's Promise by Terrie Todd

✅October: first letter of author's last name is the first letter of the title-Tending Roses by Lisa Wingate

✅November: a different time period-An Unlikely Amish Match by Vannetta Chapman

✅December: page count is within 20 pages-Opening His Holiday Heart by Renee Ryan

Christian Romance Reading Challenge 2023

Oceana's prompts are fairly easy, they just have to be CHRISTIAN ROMANCE

✅January-A Past Favorite-The Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham

✅February-A new to you author-Dogwood by Chris Fabry

✅March-a book in a series-Who the Bishop Knows by Vannetta Chapman

✅April-a 5-star prediction-A Novel Proposal by Denise Hunter

✅May-a new release-The Words We Lost by Nicole Deese

✅June-a cute cover-Is It Any Wonder by Courtney Walsh

✅July-set during summer-Splitting Harriet by Tamara Leigh

✅August- super hyped- A Life Once Dreamed by Rachel Fordham

✅September-recent purchase-Miles From Where We Started by Cynthia Ruchti

✅October-historical-An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

✅November-want to read-Driftwood Lane by Denise Hunter

✅December-Christmas book-Surprise Christmas Family by Renee Ryan

I love reading Bloggin' 'bout Books (Susan's blog) and when I saw she was doing a challenge on BOOKISH BOOKS, yeah, I was pretty much there 😂 It is very low pressure, you pick your level. I have a few bookish books on my TBR that I want to get to this year, so this will help me be intentional with that goal. I am going for the lowest level:

Toe in the door: 1-10 books

1. The Blackout Book Club by Amy Lynn Green

2. Of Literature & Lattes by Katherine Reay 

3. Smitten Book Club by Colleen Coble and others 

4. Book Love by Debbie Tung 

5. Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster X 2

6. Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay 

7. A Novel Proposal by Denise Hunter 

8. Parnassus on Wheels & The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley

9. Dear Enemy by Jean Webster 

Finally, I saw this one going around on Instagram. It's the backlist challenge to read 23 books in 2023. Since I was already planning to unofficially work on my backlog, I decided I could commit to 23 books. 

These are the 23 I committed to:Dogwood
  1. Echoes Among the Stones
  2. Miles From Nowhere
  3. Echoes of Titanic
  4. Buried
  5. The Cartographer's Secret Splitting Harriet
  6. Land of Silence
  7. The Woman in the Green Dress The Haunting At Bonaventure Circus
  8. Tending Roses
  9. An Unlikely Amish Match
  10. Opening His Holiday Heart
  11. Dear Mr. Knightley
  12. A Hope Undaunted
  13. Smitten Book Club
  14. Beyond All Dreams
  15. Love Under Construction
  16. Growing Strong
  17. More Than A Mom
  18. Coming of Winter  The Wedding Kiss
  19. Seconds to Live
  20. The Lady and the Lionheart
  21. Shadows of the Past
  22. Dogwood
  23. All my Belongings

Bonus (only counted if the 23 are done):

  1. No More Faking Fine by Esther Fleece
  2. With You I Am by Cleopatra Margot
  3. Thirty Days Hath by Chautona Havig (Kindle)
  4. Shift: Changing Our Focus to See the Presence of God by Abby McDonald 
  5. Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley
  6. #struggles by Craig Groeschel
  7. It's Not About Me by Max Lucado
  8. Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyers
  9. Get Off Your Knees and Pray by Sheila Walsh 
  10. Created to Dream by Rick Warren

Are you joining in the challenge?! Do we have any books in common? I know I am not the only one who has bookshelves full of books that I need to read 😂 

What challenges have you decided to do this year?


  1. I’ve decided to add another 2023 challenge – one that you joined: Bookish Books Reading Challenge!
    I so love Bookish Books. I’ve been looking for Christian reading challenges that focus on women of the Bible, to no avail. So, it’s become my own personal challenge.
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Yay! That's awesome!! Yeah, I have never seen a Christian reading challenge that focus on women of the Bible, but I am glad you will still be doing it :)

  2. The Nerdy Bookworm 2023 Challenge is up now too :) Hope you participate again this year <3