Win with the OUABC 2024 Reading Challenge!

2024 40 Book Reading Challenge poster with a pink border and book recommendation sections on a teal background with confetti

Here at Once Upon a Book Club, there is always a bookish buzz in the air. It feels like bookish bubbles of joy are bouncing around. There is always excitement around our latest book subscription boxes containing fabulous books we’re all dying to read, and those world-famous surprise gifts. Then there are our book club meetings which we can’t wait for—books and food. What more could you want? And let’s not forget how much fun we have on our social media pages, and now we have the 2024 40 Books Reading Challenge!

This year’s reading challenge is designed to push your reading boundaries, spark your imagination, and, most importantly, bring a ton of fun into your reading routine. And just so you know, in the office, we’re secretly competing to see who can finish the challenge first.

Prompt 1: OUABC Selection featuring book covers such as 'Georgie, All Along,' 'One Puzzling Afternoon,' and 'Under the Tamarind Tree.

What’s the Challenge?

The 2024 Reading Challenge poster features 40 unique reading prompts. Each time you complete a prompt, you get to scratch off the poster to reveal a hidden image. For example, "The Shortest Book on your TBR" - once you read the shortest book on your TBR shelf (shortest in length, shortest in height, the rules are open to interpretation!), you can scratch off the image underneath!

The challenge is not just about reading more, but also about exploring new genres, authors, and book lengths.

To make it even more exciting, we’ve shared specific prompts on our social media pages, like our first one featuring books such as Georgie, All Along by Kate Clayborn, and The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. We have loved the engagement from all of you!

Why We Are Loving This Year’s Reading Challenge!

Increases Reading Diversity: By following prompts, you’ll find yourself picking up books you might never have considered before. Who knows, you may just meet your new favorite author or discover a new genre you hadn’t thought of trying!

Builds a Reading Habit: Setting a goal of 40 books gives you a target that is attainable. The act of scratching off each completed prompt is so satisfying and we find that it motivates you to keep going.

Community and Connection: Joining a reading challenge connects you with a community of fellow book lovers, and we love our community engagement. There is something about sharing your progress and recommendations that makes reading a shared experience.

Prizes and Rewards: We believe that everyone should get rewarded for brilliant work! To make it even more exciting, completing the challenge could win you a free mystery book from our past selections or special editions!

Personal Growth: As we are sure you know, reading has a host of benefits. Each book you read doesn’t just offer you a moment to partake in your favorite hobby or escape for a moment; each book also offers new perspectives and insights.

Fun and Entertainment: Let’s be honest, reading is one of the best forms of entertainment around and a challenge adds an element of fun and excitement to your reading routine.

How to Participate

Get the Poster: Purchase your 2024 40 Books Reading Challenge poster directly from our website.

Read and Scratch: Start reading and scratch off each completed prompt. Don't forget to jot down the book title and date finished!

Submit Your Progress: Once you’ve completed all 40 prompts, submit a photo of your filled-out poster with your name to by December 31, 2024.

Win a Prize: Enjoy your free mystery book reward!

Why We Do It

At Once Upon a Book Club, you know how crazy we are over anything bookish, and we believe books have the ability and power to transform us. Reading challenges like this one are a fantastic way to inspire more reading, foster a love for books, and create a community of readers who share their journeys and discoveries. We love seeing the joy and excitement that our challenges bring to our bookish community, and we’re always here to cheer you on every step of the way.

Reading opens doors to new worlds, ideas, and experiences. It's a way to escape, to learn, and to grow. Our 2024 Reading Challenge is designed to encourage all of these wonderful aspects of reading. By participating, you’re not just committing to reading more books—you’re joining a community of passionate readers who are eager to explore and share their love for literature.

Prompt 2: Debut Author showcasing book covers like 'The Resort,' 'Remarkably Bright Creatures,' and 'All Good People Here.

Shared Prompts and Community Engagement

One of the highlights of our reading challenge is the shared prompts we’ve posted on our social media pages – we have a total of 19 prompts so far to help you along the way.

These prompts guide your reading journey and connect you with fellow participants. For example, one of our prompts features a selection of books like The Resort by Sara Ochs, Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt, and All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers under the "Debut Author" prompt.

Prompt 5: Memoir featuring book covers including 'When Breath Becomes Air,' 'Crying in H Mart,' and 'I'm Glad My Mom Died

Another example is the "Memoir" prompt, which includes compelling reads such as When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi and Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner.

Prompt 7: Book inspired by mythology with covers such as 'Herc,' 'Gods of Jade and Shadow,' and 'Daughter of Sparta

We also have a prompt titled "Book Inspired by Mythology," featuring titles like Circe by Madeline Miller and Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. These mythological adventures are perfect for diving into worlds filled with gods, legends, and epic tales.

Join the Fun!

Ready to join the 2024 Reading Challenge? Grab your poster, pick up a book, and let’s dive into an unforgettable reading adventure together. We can’t wait to see what books you discover and the milestones you achieve.

Happy reading! 📚✨ Why not subscribe and give yourself a bookish-birthday every month with our fabulous monthly book subscription boxes? Unbox something amazing!

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