Hi everyone! Believe it or not, it is time to start planning our 6th Annual Reading Challenge Month! For those of you who haven’t played along before, Reading Challenge Month is a month-long extravaganza held each September. Each week, the reviewers here at Joyfully Jay read books that fit a different reading challenge. Our readers are encouraged to join along by commenting on reviews, as well as reading along with their own challenge books. We have prizes each week for participation, as well as a grand prize at the end of the month. You can check out details on our past Reading Challenge Months here to get a feel for things.

Our goal with our weekly challenges is to find themes that will stretch people’s reading a little outside their normal box, while still allowing everyone to find books they enjoy that fit the theme. The team here at Joyfully Jay has already picked two weekly challenge themes, and we want your help in choosing the other two! Our reviewer picks are Self Published Book Week (choose a book that is self published) and Past and Future Week (historical and futuristic stories — including medieval fantasy, steampunk, or pretty much anything other than contemporary).

So now we are opening it up to you all for the other two challenge themes. Our team narrowed down the choices:

  • Favorite Books Lists: Choose a book that matches the theme of any of our Favorites lists. You don’t need to pick one of the actual books off our lists, just choose one that fits one of the Favorites lists themes.
  • TBR Pile Week: Choose a book that has been in your TBR pile for at least a year
  • Judge a Book By Its Cover Week: Pick a book because you like the cover
  • Around the World Week: Choose a book set in a country other than the one you live in
  • New-to-Me Author Week: Pick an author you have never tried

Rather than having a specific diverse books themed week, we are encouraging readers and reviewers to look for challenge books that include diverse characters and own voices authors. We believe diverse books are important all the time and are encouraging everyone to make them a part of their regular reading.

Ok, so here is the poll. We will keep it open for a week, so let us know what you would like to see for our challenges this year. And if you have other thoughts, feel free to share them in the comments.

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