Successfully Complete Your Summer Reading Challenge!

We all have a lot of time to read lately! Things are slowly reopening, but a lot of us are stay-cationing in our backyards anyway. So let’s read!! Please enjoy this guest post about summer reading challenges.

Books are filled with stories and theories from many points of view. Whether we agree with them or not, they help us see the world through other’s eyes and build a foundation of what we believe. 

Have you been in a book rut? Not sure which titles to pick up or tired of the same basic story? A reading challenge might be what you need to rejuvenate your reading list. Reading challenges come in many different forms, but they all encourage you to read the titles within a set amount of time. This time might be summer or it could be the full year. The parameters of the challenge are up to you!

To help you get started, here are a few tips on how to complete a reading challenge:

1) Set an attainable goal – what is a realistic goal that you can achieve? Your goal might be reading everyday for 10 minutes or it could be finishing a book each month. Regardless, be sure to set a goal that’s not too hard but not too easy. This is a challenge after all. 

2) Choose a challenge that fits your goal – be sure the reading challenge you choose supports your overall goal. If you’re trying to read more each day, a habit tracker will probably be best. If you want to branch out into different genres, a cross-genre monthly reading challenge is your answer.

3) Print out your challenge and choose books – this is the fun part! Print out your challenge and write in the titles you intend to read during the course of the challenge. Not sure where to find books, start by checking out the New York Times bestseller list. Then ask your friends or family what they’ve read lately. You may even be able to borrow the books from them! If you plan on reading a lot of books, check out your local library for a more cost-effective way to enjoy reading. 

4) Set an incentive – while reading itself can be a reward, setting an additional reward for finishing the challenge. This could be a nice dinner or a trip somewhere special. Regardless, reward yourself for a job well-done.

Reading challenges are great for adults and kids. For some inspiration, check out Redbubble’s mix of printable reading challenges. They have something for everyone and you can personalize yours to fit your goals. 

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