Judge a Book by its Cover Reading Challenge 2016



I had so much fun doing my Judge a Book by its Cover Reading Challenge last year that I decided to bring it back. For those unaware of the challenge, the Judge a Book by its Cover Reading Challenge has categories that are based purely about what’s on the cover and back of a book. Yes we’re going to pick books based just on the cover.

So for anybody interested, check out the categories below. Happy Reading in 2016!

Reading Challenge 2016

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What I Learned from Judging Books by Their Covers


Last year about this time I issued a reading challenge, the Judge a Book by its Cover Reading Challenge 2015. I had hoped it would keep me motivated and reading throughout the year (like I needed help with that) and it did! While I did read more, I also found out the following 5 interesting things about judging books by their cover.


1) I was overwhelmed by my options.

That feeling you get when you first walk into the bookstore. Oh all the options. I had that feeling every time I tried to knock out another category.  It’s kind of amazing  how even when you think you’re limiting your options in a bookstore, you’re not. So naturally…


2) I repeated a lot of categories without even trying.

Books with colors in their name are more common than I thought. The same thing goes for authors with alliterative names and books that use X, Q, or Z in the title. Although, by far the easiest book to find was a book with “soon to be a major motion picture” (or other similar wording) on it. So many soon to be movies in the bookstore.


3) A lot of book covers take place at dusk.

I had two categories Days of our Lives: A book with a daytime sky  and I Love the Nightlife: A book with a nighttime sky that gave me unexpected trouble. Do you know how many book covers are set at dusk? That’s open for interpretation. Does it count for day or night? Is it it’s own separate categories? Several categories had me scratching my head as to whether a book cover should qualify. I came up with the challenge and I still gave myself  no slack.


4) As much as I tried to complete my challenge, I still strayed.

I knew it would happen. Other books tried to distract me from my ultimate goal and succeeded. While I completed my challenge, I still read books that didn’t fit into any category. Sorry, not sorry.


5) 2016 is going to be fun.

Yes. I enjoyed my challenge so much that I will be creating a new one for this year. Be on the lookout for 2016’s Judge a Book by its Cover Reading Challenge.

For Those Behind on Their Reading Goals



It’s beginning to look a lot like January and you know what that means, some of us need to rush to finish our reading goals. The optimist in us might have ambitiously said “100 books in a year sounds easy enough” and are now facing less than a month to read 20+ books.


I’m here to say, don’t despair. It is still possible to come close to your goal. Below are 5 tips to help you read more in December:


1) Read children’s books to your kids or just for fun

           Yes children’s book count. Just because they’re made for children doesn’t mean that only children can enjoy them. After all the books that first made us fall in love with reading are great for rekindling our desire to read more.


2) Comic books count

            Whether you prefer to call them comic books or graphic novels doesn’t matter. All that matters is with the strong narrative structure and the complex characters and themes explored in comic books today, it’s hard not to consider them as literary. We might have grown up with comic books, but they grew up with us too.


3) Audio books count too

          I used to be an audio book snob. I didn’t think it counted as reading, but I was so wrong. An audio book is a great way to read on those rare occasions when you can’t… like driving. Never read and drive. Also, that “I have to finish this book in one go” feeling is great motivation to keep you working out at the gym.




4) Poetry books

         Poetry collections are very manageable books that can be read quickly and maybe even quiet down some of those ever growing thoughts and tasks that accompany the end of year hustle.  And if you’re one of the hundreds of people who don’t like poetry you might discover just how accessible and enjoyable poetry can be.


5) Consult the internet

          There are many people out there facing the same struggle as you. So seek help. Here are a few sources I’ve found.


Those are some options to help those of us that need to catch up on some reading. If you know any great reading tips or have any other ideas for fun fast reads, write them in the comments below.