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The 52 Book Club Reading Challenge 2023

December 28, 2022
52 Book Club Reading Challenge 2023

Reading is one of my favourite past times and each year I use Goodreads to record what books I’ve read. For a couple of years I tried working towards challenging myself to read a certain number of books. This appealed to my love of challenges but it also added pressure and I felt I rushed through books rather than enjoying the story and the writing.

Three of my blogging friends, Deb from Deb’s World, Donna from Retirement Reflections and Jo from And Anyways join me each month to present the What’s On Your Bookshelf? Link up. We encourage readers to share what others are reading during the month and it is a wonderful way to discover books which may not fall into our usual reading genre.

Details of the What’s On Your Bookshelf? Link UP

It’s simple really….

  1. We encourage you to share favourite books or recent reads.
  2. This series will go live on the third Friday of each month (actually Thursday in North America).
  3. The goal is to keep it simple and inspire others with your recommendations or those you didn’t like. Perhaps you would like to share your favourite books and why you rated them as favourites.
  4. You can share in the comments, with a blog post, on Instagram or on any other social media of your choice. Include the hashtag #Whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge so that we can find you and include your link in our posts.

I would love you to join us in 2023.

One of our members, Jennifer Jones from Next Phase in Fitness & Life wrote about participating in the 52 Book Club 2022 Reading Challenge.

I investigated and decided that I would like to try the challenge in 2023.

What is the 52 Book Club Challenge?

The challenge starts January 1 and finishes December 31 and the official 52 Book Club.com website suggests:

The 52 Book Club’s annual reading challenge is made up of 52 unique prompts. (You may have heard it described as 52 books in 52 weeks.) The goal is to match one book to each prompt. This means that participants will read a total of fifty-two books throughout the year. We encourage participants to try new authors or genres, push themselves to read more, read differently, and get creative with it!

Now before you get stressed about trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks, the rules do suggest that you can make up your own rules. It is all about encouraging participants to read outside of their comfort zone and I’m willing to give it a go. Some people only read 20 some read more than 52. It is up to the individual and how much time they have. Remember it is about enjoying reading, first and foremost.

Here are the links for more information if you are interested

The challenge guide: The 52 Book Club’s 2023 Reading Challenge Guide – The 52 Book Club

The 2023 Reading Challenge: 2023 Reading Challenge – The 52 Book Club

I also found this post which will be helpful with book selection ideas for each of the prompts – The 52 Book Club’s 2023 Reading Challenge | The StoryGraph

Other Suggestions to help you read more in 2023.

  1. Subscribe to my blog so you never miss a post, especially for What’s On Your Bookshelf? each month.
  2. Join me in the Women Living Well After 50 Facebook Group to participate in the monthly What’s On Your Bookshelf? thread to share what you’ve been reading. I will also put the posts for the 52 Book Club challenge each week if you would like to share.
  3. Check out the Facebook Group – Come Read with me which I would recommend. It is run by my good friend Leslie from Once Upon A Time Happily Ever After and is a lovely Book Club style group.

Do you love reading? I would love to hear your recommendations.

Happy reading in 2023!

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Retirement Reflections December 28, 2022 at 07:32

    Hi, Sue – I look forward to following the reading you do on this challenge. Scanning the prompts brought numerous great books to mind.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 28, 2022 at 13:30

      HI Donna, I’m not sure how I will go although I did read over 70 books this year. I like the idea of stretching myself with the prompts and maybe trying books I might not usually read. xx

  • Reply Jo December 28, 2022 at 13:28

    Some of these prompts would be quite challenging! Look forward to following along… and maybe even joining in…I like the part that says you can make up your own rules.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 28, 2022 at 13:38

      I’m not sure if I will do them all, although I found a post that gives many suggestions for each prompt which I found interesting. Yes making up your own rules takes off the pressure. The idea is really just to get people reading and also maybe trying a book they would not normally read. x

      • Reply Jo December 29, 2022 at 06:56

        And both of these are good things.

  • Reply Deborah December 28, 2022 at 15:22

    I intend to join the linkup more this year Sue…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 28, 2022 at 16:06

      Oh that will be great! I love your reviews and always learn more about how to write them when I read yours. xx

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