Announcing the 2023 When Are You Reading? Challenge!

12 Dec

when are you reading 2023

It’s back again! I’ll be running the When Are You Reading? Challenge yet again in 2023. 2022 was a challenging year for me to read so much and I’m hoping things get a little easier in 2023. I think this is a good challenge for me to still aim to complete since it’s a relatively low number of books.

The premise of the challenge is to read one book from each of twelve time periods. It’s up to the reader where a book lies. You can do it based on publication date or setting, whatever you want. Feel free to switch it up, too. I did make a small update this year. For those who have been doing the challenges multiple years, if there are time periods you find very challenging (like I do for the 1300-1499 time period), let me know and we can make changes moving forward.

The challenge is located here. If you’d like to participate, leave me a comment somewhere on the blog letting me know and giving me a link to your challenge page or post. I’ll add a link to my challenge page so other readers can visit you and see what you’ve been reading. 

The time periods are:

  • Pre 1200 [UPDATED]
  • 1300-1499 [UPDATED]
  • 1500-1699
  • 1700-1799
  • 1800-1899
  • 1900-1919
  • 1920-1939
  • 1940-1959
  • 1960-1979
  • 1980-1999
  • 2000-Present
  • The Future

I do hope you’ll consider joining me. I’ve had a lot of fun with this challenge over the past several years and I’m looking forward to doing it again.

Until next time, write on.

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11 Responses to “Announcing the 2023 When Are You Reading? Challenge!”

  1. nickimags @ Secret Library Book Blog December 12, 2022 at 10:11 AM #

    I’m so glad you’re hosting this again next year Sam. I love joining in and have been thinking about my books already. I find the 1300-1499 the hardest category as there doesn’t seem to be that many books around that I want to read or listen to.


    • Sam December 12, 2022 at 10:16 AM #

      Agreed! I’m opening that one up, to be 1200-1499. I’m hoping that makes it a little easier. Please let me know your experience and how that changes your interest!!!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Janette December 12, 2022 at 11:26 AM #

    This sounds great. I read a lot of historical fiction but haven’t really thought about organising it by time periods before. I love the 1300 – 1499 period. You can’t beat the Wars of the Roses for exciting drama!


    • Sam December 12, 2022 at 12:14 PM #

      I hope you’ll consider joining us! It’s fun to review history in this way. Happy reading!


  3. whatcathyreadnext December 14, 2022 at 5:17 AM #

    I’m definitely up for this again. My first challenge will be stopping myself thinking about books for this when I should be concentrating on finishing the books for blog tours I’ve committed to early in January. Future is the category I find most difficult as I read very little sci-fi or fantasy. In fact the little I do read is probably because of this challenge! Love the new graphic by the way.


    • Sam December 14, 2022 at 9:19 PM #

      I’ll let my husband know! Happy to have you join again!


  4. themoonphoenix January 6, 2023 at 8:46 PM #

    This sounds fun,
    My sign-up post

    Liked by 1 person


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