#the52Bookclub 2022 Reading Challenge

WOW!  Here is the new 2022 List of Book Prompts!

Beginning on January 1 through December 31, 2022, I hope to read all the books in the following prompts.

(I’ve begun filling in a few book ideas. They will be blue when read.)


  1. A second-person narrative – Booked or 

  2. Featuring a library or bookstore – The Reading List or Little Bookshop of Murder(C)  or The Yellow-Lighted Bookship by Lewis Buzbee (Print)

  3. Title starting with the letter E – Execution in E(C) or Eggs on Ice (Chirp) 

  4. Title starting with the letter F – Flood(C) or Finding Selah(C) or The Four Loves(C) 

  5. Chapters have titles – A Wedding and a Funeral in Mecklenburg (K). or The MEOW book(K)

  6. Household object on the cover – Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe(C) or Ice Cold Murder (cup)

  7.  A non-fiction bestseller – Dave Ramsey Money or 

  8. Involving the art world – The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O’Keefe

  9. A book that sparks joy – Joy or Surprised by Joy or Pony(A)

  10. A book based on a real person – More Than A Hobby (founder of Hobby Lobby) or The Windsor Knot (A)

  11. A book with less than 2022 Goodreads ratings – Pony(A) or 12 Motives for Murder or Villa In Sicily:Figs & a Cadaver (Chirp)

  12. Set on at least two continents – The Magnificent Dappled Sea or I’ll always write back (A)

  13. Includes a club – Tall Tales Secret Book Club or The Maeve Binchy Writers’ Club

  14. A character with superhuman ability – Jesus

  15. A five-syllable title – Chasing Fire Flies(C) or The Madness of Crowds (A)

  16. A book you’ve seen someone reading in a public place – ?The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margo (A) or (see photo)

  17. A book picked based on its spine –

  18. Jane Austen-inspired –  Pride/Prejudice Recipes or a Jane Austen Mystery (Steph Barron)

  19. A book that has an alternate title – Steadfast/America’s Last Days or The Greyhounds of the Baskervilles. 

  20. Related to the word “gold” – A Golden Grave or The Golden Ball & other stories by Agatha Christie (Chirp)

  21. Published by Simon & Schuster – The Long Slide; Thrity Years in Journalism by Tucker Carlson (Audible)

  22. An unlikely detective – The Baker Street Letters (A) or The Murder at Mallowan Hall 

  23. Author with an X, Y, Z in his/her name – Keys to the Deeper Life(C) by A.W. Tozer or

  24. Addresses a specific topic – Triumph of Seeds(A) or

  25. A wealthy character – Cover Your Tracks(C) or 

  26. Has an “Author Note” – 

  27. Includes a map – The Bookwoman of  Troublesome Creek(A) or 

  28. Award-winning book from your country (US) – The Running Dream(C) or 

  29. Over 500 pages long – Never or The One Year Christian History. 

  30. Audiobook is narrated by the author – Just Mercy(C) or

  31. Technology-themed – The Wild Robot!(A) or Digital Minimalism in Everyday Life

  32. A book that intimidates you – Advise and Consent(A) or

  33. A bilingual character – I will always write back(A) or The Birchbark House(A)

  34. An author’s photo on the back cover – The Holiness of God by RC Sproul (Print)

  35. From the villain’s perspective – The Screwtape Letters

  36. Recommended by a favorite author –

  37. Set in a rural area – The Bookwoman of  Troublesome Creek(A) or   

  38. Don’t judge a book by its cover! – 

  39. A middle-grade novel – Georgia Rules(C) or Booked(P/A) or Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson (Chirp)

  40. A book with photographs inside –  Money Matters or 

  41. Involves a second chance – Another Chance(P) or The Narrowboat Summer(A)

  42. An indie read – (Self published) One of Gayle’s or Madeline’s books(P) or 

  43. Author who’s published in more than one genre – Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe/Max Lucado (C) or 

  44. An Anthology – The Golden Ball and other stories. or 

  45. A book with illustrated people on the cover – Miss Cagley’s Adventures or a Flavia or The Peoplel Can Fly!

  46. A job title in the title – As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust or The Glassblower of Murano

  47. Read during the month of November – November Dad or

  48. Redo one of this year’s prompts but with a different genre – “Game” OR 

  49. Book title starts with the same letter as your first name – Jesus Ascended

  50. A person of color as the main character – Death in D Minor

  51. The word “game” in the title – Big Game

  52. Published in 2022 – Untangled Threads (K/P)


PS: I will “republish” or “update” this post each time I READ a book or ADD an idea or book.  And also at the beginning of each month.

If you (or I) need help in understanding a prompt, here is The 52 Bookclub Reading Guide! 

ALSO……. 12 ways to make it harder!


1. Complete the challenge in order.

At first glance, completing the categories in order may not seem that difficult — BUT we would argue that this is one of the trickiest mini-challenges on the list.

Part of the reason it’s so challenging is that you lose a lot of flexibility. (You don’t have the option to shuffle books around to different prompts after you read them, and you can’t just read “what you want, when you want.”)

Butfor those who love order and enjoy being “strict” with their reading challenges, this may be a fun option to add to the challenge.

Added Difficulty:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

2. Limit yourself to one prompt per week.

Some of our participants read through hundreds of books a year, meaning that we usually have people who wrap up their challenge in April or May.

For this mini-challenge, limit yourself to just ONE 52 Book Club challenge prompt a week. Fast readers would intersperse these reads with regular reads. (Example: You may still be reading three or four books a week, but only one of those would be a 52 Book Club read.)

We tried this mini-challenge in 2019 and can attest to the fact that it adds to the intensity! It draws out the challenge, slowing it down and adding to the tension. You also have to pay attention to your weeks as you don’t have a “buffer” to fall back upon if you get behind.

Added Difficulty:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

3. Try to include at least 17 non-fiction reads.

For those who mostly read non-fiction, this is an easy mini-challenge to complete. However, for our fiction lovers, this is a GREAT way to branch out your reading and add to the difficulty.

We suggest at least 17 non-fiction reads for this mini-challenge. (About 1/3 of your challenge reads.)

Want to up the intensity even more? Try to evenly split your challenge with fiction/non-fiction reads. (26 of each) OR complete the entire challenge with just non-fiction books. (With the exception of specific author prompts, you should be able to do so.)

Added Difficulty:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

4. Have at least (half) the challenge composed of authors of color.

This is a specific prompt on the 2021 challenge and one that we believe to be important every year. We recognize the importance of diversifying our bookshelves and supporting those who have been overlooked within the publishing industry. We believe it is important to be deliberate in seeking out and sharing books by authors of colour across all genres.

And so, we invite you to participate in this mini-challenge — to have at least half (26) of your 52 Book Club challenge reads written by POC.

To increase the difficulty of this mini-challenge, you could also aim to read all 52 books by authors of color.

Added Difficulty:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

5. Do the challenge twice: once with regular reads, once with kids books.

This is a cute mini-challenge, inspired by one of our admin, Lindsey! We love it because it highlights the flexibility of this challenge.

Check each category off the list with both a “regular read” and a children’s book. (52 of each.) Some will be easy, some you’ll have to get more creative with!

Example: For the 2021 category “Related to the word ‘fire‘” you could read “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” as your regular read and “Curious George and the Firefighters” as a kid’s book.

Added Difficulty:

Rating: 1 out of 5.

6. Join our “read it, now watch it” challenge.

This is a fun, Facebook group challenge hosted by our 52 Book Club member, Melissa!

Each year, twelve different books are picked. These books have corresponding movies and/or TV shows. Every month, participants read that month’s book and watch the movie. Discussion occurs within the group!

Each of the book picks will fit at least one of the challenge prompts. You can choose to incorporate these into your regular 52 reads or add them on as a bonus 12.

Added Difficulty:

Rating: 2 out of 5.


For those who can’t read 52 books in a year but still want to check off all the categories, we often suggest doubling up the prompts. (Example: The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock would fit both the 2021 categories, “A family saga” and “a book with discussion questions.)

This mini-challenge is a spin on that. In this case, the goal is to still read 52 books. The added challenge? Each book should match at least two prompts.

Added Difficulty:

Rating: 1 out of 5.

8. The letters of the alphabet “book title” challenge.

For this mini-challenge, work your way through the challenge list using book titles that start with each letter of the alphabet.

Example: For “Found via bookstagram” you would pick a title starting with the letter A, “an epistolary” uses a title starting with the letter B, “a character with a disability” uses a title starting with the letter C, and so on…

It doesn’t matter which letter of the alphabet goes with which prompt — simply make sure that you have one of each. (26 letters of the alphabet, matching 26 different prompts.)

Added Difficulty:

Rating: 3 out of 5.


This is essentially the same as the mini-challenge above, except instead of using book titles, use the last name of authors!

Example: For “Found via bookstagram” you would pick an author whose last name starts with the letter A, “an epistolary” uses an author whose last name starts the letter B, “a character with a disability” uses the letter C, and so on…

It doesn’t matter which letter of the alphabet goes with which prompt — simply make sure that you have one of each. (26 letters of the alphabet, matching 26 different prompts.)

Added Difficulty:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

10. Complete the challenge using only one genre.

This mini-challenge was inspired by a 52 Book Club member who completed the entire 2018 challenge using only comic books!! Talk about impressive.

While we encourage members to use this challenge to diversify their reads and find new genres or authors, this could still be a really unique way to mix things up. (Particularly, if you’ve participated in the past.)

Added Difficulty:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

11. Complete the challenge twice.

While this is a “mini-challenge” there isn’t anything really “mini” about it. For this, you’ll complete the entire 52 categories TWICE in the same year. This means that every category will match two books.

This is a fun one because it shows how the books picked for the same prompt can be vastly different. Perhaps the first time through you want to stick to more “traditional” interpretations of each prompt, while the second time, you want to get wildly creative. It’s up to you!

(For those who may be participating for the first time, you could also choose to do one of the past years’ challenges instead. You can find them here: 201820192020.)

Added Difficulty:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

12. Participate in a *BONUS* monthly challenge.

Want more prompts than just 52? Join our monthly mini-challenges. (See all our past monthly mini-challenges here.)

Mini-challenges are composed of 2-3 unique prompts and will be shared sporadically throughout the year. Sign up for 52 Book Club e-mails to ensure you don’t miss out on any of these bonus categories!

Added Difficulty:

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Which mini-challenge are you most interested in trying?
Which one sounds the most challenging?


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