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30 Day Reading Challenge for Adults

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It is a new year and this 30 day reading challenge will get you off on the right foot. Get out of reading ruts by challenging yourself and some friends to a fun reading contest.

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I know there are a lot of 30-day challenges floating around and honestly, I am a huge fan of them. A timed and specific challenge can really help me (and YOU) learn new things, try new things and gain better habits.

The basic concept of a 30 day challenge is that you are working on one area in your life a little bit each day. It is much easier to make changes in our lives if we start small and stay consistent.

Most people can complete a 30 day challenge. It is a reachable goal. Trying to convince someone to do something every day for 365 days would be difficult. Asking them to try something daily for 30 days is attainable.


There are lots of ways to go about doing a reading challenge.

The printable 30 day reading challenge I have for you (and me) is all about expanding our reading selections and trying out new genres.

If you are anything like me I stick to the same type of books most of the time. I read what is comfortable and easy for me.

We need to start challenging ourselves to try new authors out. What about reading a totally new genre? We may be very surprised by the results at the end of this challenge.

30 Day Reading Challenge printable log


The first thing you will do is print off this 30 day reading challenge printable. I always print mine off on white cardstock so it lasts all month.

Just fill in the form below to download the 30 Day Reading Challenge.

The basic premise of the challenge is to pick out and read at least one chapter of a book that fits the description for that day. You can read the book at home, at the library or even online.

I know you won’t have time to read a whole book each day of the month. This will give you an idea about the book and you can finish it throughout the coming weeks.

a woman sitting reading a book

By the end of the 30 days, you will have gotten a taste of many different types of books, genres, and authors. You will have totally immersed yourself in a wide variety of book options.


This is a great challenge to complete with friends. Gather up a few friends and give each person the challenge printable.

Each person in the group will pick certain “days” during the challenge.

At the end of the month get the group together and report back on what books you found to read for your days. You will get some great book recommendations from the other members of the group.

For example, one group member will pick days 5, 10, 15 and 20. Another group member will take days 3, 6, 9 and 12. Just make sure each day is covered by someone in the group.

This works great for book clubs too. If you aren’t in a book club this could be the segway to starting one.

a woman holding a book and a cup of coffee


It is a good idea to keep a reading journal or log. Write down what books you have read and a brief synopsis of whether you liked the book and the author or not.

I have found myself grabbing a book and starting it only to realize it sounds familiar and I have read it before. If I consult with my reading log beforehand I don’t waste time rereading a book.

This reading challenge is the perfect time to start a reading log if you haven’t done one before. You will be trying out so many new genres and authors and it can be hard to remember later which ones you liked best.

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