Friday, December 28, 2018

Dread & Read Challenge 2019

Note: Sign-ups for this challenge are now closed. 

Are you a list reader? Are there some books on your list that you just can't seem to get around to reading? 

This challenge sweetens the deal for list readers who have books they’d rather not read--but have to finish to accomplish their goal of reading all the books on their list.

You know who you are. And we are all in this together.

Face your dread! Name the book(s) you’re going to knock off this year and what kind of treat you’d like when you’re finished. Get reading, then say when you’re done. Not only will we celebrate with you, you'll receive a surprise.


You’re determined to read all the books on a list, whether it’s the Pulitzers or the 100 Best Novels--but now that you’ve done your research, you realize you’re going to have to read some books you'd never choose otherwise. Maybe a review turned you off, or you had a bad experience with one of the writer’s other books, or the subject matter is something that repels you. Those books are sinking to the bottom of the list, and you’re dreading them, right?

This challenge encourages you to move past the avoidance by adding a sweetener. Dread steals the joy out of things, doesn’t it? You’ll feel better when you face up to that book you’re not looking forward to. Trust me on this.

Join in by leaving a comment and/or a link to your sign-up post.


1. Join anytime before March 1, 2019. The challenge ends at midnight EST on December 31, 2019.

2. Books MUST come from your TBR pile or from a list you're already working on.

3. Overlaps with other challenges are allowed and encouraged.

4. Change your books at any time.

5. Include in your sign-up comment or post what kind of sweetener you’d like for each book read. What kind of treat would suit you most? Something book-related? Something sugary? Something practical? Or something indulgent? It won't be expensive, but it will be something you'll probably like.

6. Limit of 3 sweeteners per person.

7. Reviews and reactions are encouraged, but you don’t need a blog to participate.

8. All genres and formats are eligible. If it’s a book, it counts. But to qualify for a sweetener, it must be 100 pages or more.

9. Progress can be tracked at a “Progress & Reviews page” in the sidebar.

10. After you sign up, spread the word! Please do a sign-up post on your own blog, if you have one, and borrow the button for display.


When you finish that dreaded book, shout your news to the heavens--or at least to the rafters of the Cafe! Your sweetener will arrive promptly, while you're still basking in the glow of success.

What's not to like about that?

Sign up by leaving a message in the comments, with a link or your list, and don't forget to name the kind of reward(s) you're looking forward to.

See, that dread's better already!


  1. I have decided to make my favourite reading challenge, even more of a tough job. I have selected three books (two lying there for more than a decade) from my shelves:

    1. Arjan Singh Gargaj di Samuchi Rachna (Complete Works of Arjan Singh Gargaj)

    2. Sutluj Vehnda Rea (The Sutluj Flows on) by Baldev Singh

    3. Shaheed Sukhdev by Jaidev Thapar

    Why I dread these books? The first two are in Punjabi, the third one in Urdu and my knowledge of both the languages is just rudimentary.

    Hopefully, this challenge will push me to learn the languages properly and finish these books. Please wish me luck.

    1. Wow, Neer, your list is very ambitious! If there was a way to give you double credit, I would -- for reading in challenging languages, too. Good luck!

    2. Thanks Jane. Luck is very much needed:)

  2. I edited my entry for 2019 if that's okay :)
    still want some kind of local sweets if it's not too much of a hassle to send them :D


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