Let’s go! The 2023 When Are You Reading? Challenge Starts Today!

1 Jan

when are you reading 2023

Today is the first day for the 2023 When Are You Reading? Challenge! I hope you’ll consider taking on the challenge and joining me. This is the tenth year! Yes, the tenth! There’s not a lot of things I’ll do for ten years straight, but this is one.

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.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

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12 Responses to “Let’s go! The 2023 When Are You Reading? Challenge Starts Today!”

  1. Julie Anna's Books January 1, 2023 at 11:03 AM #

    Ohh this looks really fun! This is the first time I’ve seen this challenge, the premise is really cool.


    • Sam January 1, 2023 at 5:41 PM #

      I hope you’ll consider joining us! I’ve really enjoyed doing it the past few years. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Janette January 1, 2023 at 1:38 PM #

    I love the idea of this challenge and already have a couple of ideas for different periods of time.


    • Sam January 1, 2023 at 5:42 PM #

      Wonderful! I find it to be a great way to expand my reading.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Janette January 2, 2023 at 3:52 AM #

        Definitely. I’m all ready for the first one 😀


  3. margaret21 January 2, 2023 at 4:35 AM #

    This looks fun. Books that range through more than one of these periods don’t qualify I guess?


    • Sam January 3, 2023 at 7:58 AM #

      It’s up to you! I usually pick one time period for a book. If it sounds a few, I pick the one where most of the story takes place, but it’s up to the participants. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Davida Chazan January 2, 2023 at 5:28 AM #

    I think I’ve joined enough challenges this year, but I will try to read eras that I haven’t read before during the coming year – if the opportunity arises.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Shannon January 4, 2023 at 4:30 PM #

    I’m definitely joining this year! Here’s my post: https://pillowfortreaders.wordpress.com/2023/01/04/the-2023-when-are-you-reading-challenge/

    Liked by 1 person


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