Welcome to the M. Judson Booksellers Reading Challenge, where we break you out of your comfort zone and take you places you never thought you’d go.
Each month, pick a book that fits the prompt (you can be creative with it), and then submit your reading here. For extra credit and to share the fun, post to your social media account with the hashtag #mjreads2022.
At the end of the year, we’ll gather the names of those who finished all 12 months and draw a winner for a big bag of books and a gift card. Everyone who finishes will be invited to a celebratory party!
This challenge is about more than upping your reading for the year. It’s about being an adventurous reader for life. Are you up for the challenge?
Finished a book? Log your reading here to make sure we have your progress on file!
*Even if you are posting on social media, please log your books here as well. With the massive amount of people now participating in the challenge each year, we don’t want to miss a single entry! This is the best way to ensure we don’t.
Our idea: next time you visit a friend, browse! Our Store Manager Alyssa says she’d pick The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray or Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan from a friend’s shelf.
Another idea: next time you have a zoom meeting or watch an author on Instagram Live, TikTok, or Interview, see if you can find an interesting title on the bookshelf behind them!
If it’s Thriller: Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
If it’s NonFiction: The Kissing Bug by Daisy Hernández, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders, Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu, How the Word Is Passed by Clint Smith, Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
If it’s Poetry: Blood on the Fog by Tongo Eisen-Martin, Love and Other Poems by Alex Dimitrov, Returning the Sword to the Stone by Mark Leidner.
If it’s another genre, we recommend searching that genre in our staff reviews!
Alyssa says: The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman, Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman, and Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Our owner June says: “There are some childhood favorites that just land differently depending on where you are in life, like A Wrinkle in Time or The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Alyssa is also one of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book club moderators, and she suggests: The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes, She Who Became The Sun by Shelly Parker-Chan.
June says: “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip Dick, which is the basis for Bladerunner. So, so good. Also for a great YA crossover, the Leigh Bardugos Six of Crows or Crooked Kingdom.”
It could be your mom’s: Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worlsey
It could be a sibling’s: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
June says: “You learn so much about people by reading their favorite books. I loved reading my mom’s favorite (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) or one that actually got my child to read (Falling by T.J. Newman).
There are no shortages here!
Alyssa says: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt, Lapvona by Otessa Moshfegh, Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou.