Take On the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge!

Posted by Marie on May 20, 2019
For book lovers who want to stretch their reading goals this season, our exclusive summer reading challenge is here to help. Below you'll find prompts for beginners who want to get their feet wet and additional prompts for experts who want a deeper dive. You can also download a PDF version here. Happy reading!

For Beginners


  • Good as gold: Read a book that won a Goodreads Choice Award.

  • The book is better: Read a book being adapted for TV or film this year.

  • Short & sweet: Read a book with less than 100 pages (or a book you can finish in one sitting).

  • On the bandwagon: Read one of the most read books right now on Goodreads.


  • Actually want to read: Read a book that's been on your Want to Read shelf for more than a year.

  • Not from around here: Read a book set in a different culture from your own.

  • In the friend zone: Read a book that a friend has recommended.

  • It takes two: Read a coauthored book.


  • Wheel of format: Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read in (­a graphic novel, poetry, a play, an audiobook, etc.).

  • New voices: Read a debut novel.

  • Past love: Reread a book you loved when you were younger.

  • Armchair traveler: Read a book set in a destination you want to visit.


  • Expert-Level Additions

  • Stay awhile: Read a book with more than 500 pages.

  • Stranger than fiction: Read a nonfiction book published this year.


  • Tongue-tied: Read a translated book.

  • No place like home: Read a book that appears in your Goodreads newsfeed.

  • Continental drift: Read a book set on every continent.

  • Genre explorer: Read a book from a genre you've never read before.

  • Reading roulette: Read the third book you see on your Want to Read shelf.

  • Primary reading: Read a book with a number or color in the title.

  • Back to school: Read a book about a subject you don't know much about.




  • Check out the complete guide to Summer Reading, including:
    Summer Reading Recommendations from Favorite Authors
    Goodreads Staffers Share Their Summer Reading Picks
    The Hottest Books of Summer

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    message 1: by Dana (new)

    Dana Cristiana This challenge is amazing! But the link is not working?


    message 2: by Shaun, Goodreads employee (new)

    Shaun Dana wrote: "This challenge is amazing! But the link is not working?"

    Hi Dana, we'd like to investigate — could you specify which link isn't working please?


    message 3: by Jay (new)

    Jay Awesome! Looking forward to getting into it!


    message 4: by Magali (last edited May 21, 2019 12:49PM) (new)

    Magali Do you think "summer" is already there or do we have to wait for actual summer. Also, when does it end ? I'd need a time frame to know what to aim for (particularly as I am in a coding bootcamp until september...)

    Also, do you think we can have one book checking more than one box or do we have to have one book by prompt ? :D


    message 5: by Dana (new)

    Dana Cristiana Shaun wrote: "Dana wrote: "This challenge is amazing! But the link is not working?"

    Hi Dana, we'd like to investigate — could you specify which link isn't working please?"


    Hello! The PDF one wasn't working for me. It kept saying that it was an error. But I checked it again now and it's working. Thank you!


    message 6: by Tracey (new)

    Tracey Is there a specific place to post about our progress, or just download the PDF and check it off for ourselves? It would be nice to have an easy way to share it on my feed.


    message 7: by Catie (new)

    Catie I can't get the PDF download to work and also, is there a place to share my progress and dates for the challenge? That would be a fun thing to do in a specific amount of time!


    Gizem-in-Wonderland Tracey wrote: "Is there a specific place to post about our progress, or just download the PDF and check it off for ourselves? It would be nice to have an easy way to share it on my feed."

    I was thinking the same thing! I wish there was a badge or something that appeared every time we complete a challenge from the list :)


    message 9: by Shaun, Goodreads employee (last edited May 22, 2019 09:31AM) (new)

    Shaun Dana wrote: "Hello! The PDF one wasn't working for me. It kept saying that it was an error. But I checked it again now and it's working. Thank you!"

    Glad to hear you were able to download the PDF now! 😊


    Tracey wrote: "Is there a specific place to post about our progress, or just download the PDF and check it off for ourselves?"

    Feel free to share your challenge progress with your friends through a general status update accessible by clicking the "General update" link text on the Home page.


    Catie wrote: "I can't get the PDF download to work and also, is there a place to share my progress and dates for the challenge? That would be a fun thing to do in a specific amount of time!"

    Hi Catie, we've tested the link and the PDF access across multiple browsers and mobile and the PDF is downloading okay. Do you possibly have a popup blocker, browser security setting or plugin that could be obstructing the download?


    message 10: by Tracey (new)

    Tracey Shaun wrote: "Dana wrote: "Hello! The PDF one wasn't working for me. It kept saying that it was an error. But I checked it again now and it's working. Thank you!"

    Glad to hear you were able to download the PDF ..."


    The PDF works for me. Thanks for the tip on a General Update!


    message 11: by Ayacchi (new)

    Ayacchi What does "Read a book set on every continent" mean?


    message 12: by Tracey (new)

    Tracey Antarctica, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia/South Pacific.

    I know that depending on where you live in the world, you consider different places to be continents, but that's what it means in Canada and the USA.


    message 13: by Ayacchi (new)

    Ayacchi Tracey wrote: "Antarctica, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia/South Pacific.

    I know that depending on where you live in the world, you consider different places to be continents, b..."


    So we read 7 books to complete the challenge? Or 1 book that consists of those 7 continents, or a book set in our continent?


    message 14: by Denise (new)

    Denise This sounds like fun!! Can’t wait to start!


    message 15: by Catka (last edited May 24, 2019 12:26AM) (new)

    Catka Aya wrote: "So we read 7 books to complete the challenge? Or 1 book that consists of those 7 continents, or a book set in our continent?"

    I understand it that you should visit all the continents. So if one book takes you to more continents, that would tick it for you :)


    message 16: by Ellina (last edited May 24, 2019 02:12AM) (new)

    Ellina Romanova Well, I will somewhat modify my challenge by selecting books that match criteria in both lists :))
    Also, just to put a realistic goal, it will be only six books:

    1. A book with 500+ pages - From Third World to First: The Singapore Story: 1965-2000
    2. A translated book - An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth (in Russian)
    3. Book on a subject I don't know much about - Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School
    4. A book with a number or color in the title - 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
    5. A books that appears in my Goodreads newsfeed - Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE
    6. A book set in different culture from my own - The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan


    message 17: by Katherine (new)

    Katherine Hayward Pérez The PDF download is working well now. I've just completed my Goodreads Challenge for the year today- 50 of 50 books. I wanted to aim for a lower goal than previous years as life gets in the way but I can see myself surpassing my goal. Looking forward to this challenge!


    message 18: by Stuart (new)

    Stuart "For book lovers who want to stretch their reading goals this season, our exclusive summer reading challenge is here to help."

    Some interesting suggestions here. I shall try to remember them while I wait for "this season" to be summer, up here in Aotearoa. Else throughout our winter, I shall be discontent learning of others' glorious summer reading challenges.


    message 19: by Patricia (new)

    Patricia Kaiser Love this challenge and can't wait to get startet but what's the time frame for it? Can we start right now?


    message 20: by Yacoob (last edited May 24, 2019 04:46AM) (new)

    Yacoob Are there any suggestions for books that cover "Read a book set on every continent"?


    message 21: by Avalon (new)

    Avalon I'm in.


    message 22: by Maria Freitas (new)

    Maria Freitas Domingues Does it start on June 1st? :)


    message 23: by Tamela (new)

    Tamela I think this is a great way to find some interesting books outside my normal reading comfort zone. I'm sharing with my book club and hope they like the suggestions as much as I do.


    message 24: by Vicki (new)

    Vicki I'm going to try the "Beginners"


    message 25: by Shannon (new)

    Shannon Some of these I just can't do, I already read in every format, and a genre I've never read before? I'm the kind of person that reads everything I can get my hands on, can't think of a genre I haven't at least tried. Going to try to complete as much as I can though!


    message 26: by Mehsi (new)

    Mehsi Oh, I just LOVE a challenge. Will be waiting for it to be actually summer before I start though. :) Plus I will have to make some adjustments as I don't have/use the Want to Read shelf. And two of those challenges is something I already do (genre + format). But I can't wait to get started. Eep! Already planning on what books I may read when summer hits next month.


    message 27: by Ana (last edited May 24, 2019 07:27AM) (new)

    Ana I've got almost my whole TBR figured out. Only things I'm missing are a book recommended by a friend and a book set on every continent. I'm going to do it from 21 June to 23 September.
    It would be super awesome if there were a group for this challenge.

    Edit: I'm going to make a group! Later I'll post the link here. Everyone is welcome to join.


    message 28: by Ana (last edited May 24, 2019 07:39AM) (new)

    Ana So I created a group for this challenge. It's just a beginning. I hope to add all the prompts later during the day and hopefully some more content.
    https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...


    Latanya (CraftyScribbles) Okay! I'll complete this challenge. Sounds good.


    message 30: by Rachel (new)

    Rachel When is the start and finish date? Is there one?


    message 31: by Hilary (new)

    Hilary I also wish there was some badge or way to track this a la the annual reading challenge. I guess I’ll download the pdf and share my progress via my newsfeed 🤷‍♀️


    message 32: by ValerieR (new)

    ValerieR It’s back! Yay!!!


    message 33: by Tracey (new)

    Tracey Rachel wrote: "When is the start and finish date? Is there one?"

    I don't think there are dates.


    message 34: by Stina (new)

    Stina Shannon wrote: "Some of these I just can't do, I already read in every format, and a genre I've never read before? I'm the kind of person that reads everything I can get my hands on, can't think of a genre I haven..."

    That's what I thought when the "new genre" prompt popped up on a different challenge. But I was swiftly disabused of the notion. Ask some friends whose reading tastes are different from yours. Here are a few that I found for myself:
    Pharmadystopian
    Ergodic
    K-9 Procedural
    Foodie Manga

    For this challenge, I'm going with 17776: What football will look like in the future, but I'm not sure what to call the genre. Multimedia? I like that somebody has shelved it as "wierd-internet-sh!t" [sic] [censoring mine].


    message 35: by Stina (new)

    Stina Ana wrote: "So I created a group for this challenge. It's just a beginning. I hope to add all the prompts later during the day and hopefully some more content.
    https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/......"


    Thanks for creating a group!


    message 36: by Yvonne (new)

    Yvonne Doing this! These are fun challenges!


    message 37: by Eule (new)

    Eule That sounds fun! Only, genre you've never read before could be a challenge unless you go deep into subgenres.


    message 38: by Erin (new)

    Erin A book set on every continent? Suggestions please!!!!


    message 39: by Meghan (new)

    Meghan I like a lot of these ideas, though I have already checked many of them off this year on both the beginner and expert levels. This includes a lot in the Past Love section.


    message 40: by Tatra (new)

    Tatra Around the world in 80 days? Some sort of travelogue?


    message 41: by Ann (Inky) (new)

    Ann (Inky) I'm already doing the Read One Book for Every Country challenge, and usually try for a monthly bingo with Bookish's challenge....but this just sounds like too much fun!

    Not sure what the "rules" are, but I will only check off one box for each book, and will only be counting from June to the end of August.

    Best of luck to everyone giving it a go!


    message 42: by Michele (new)

    Michele I've only decided on two. One I am currently reading for Non-Fiction published in this year is : The Map of Knowledge: How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found - A History in Seven Cities

    For the Book that Won A Goodreads Choice award: Circe


    message 43: by Isa (new)

    Isa Oh boy am I gonna try and complete the whole list?? I'm gonna try and complete the whole list


    message 44: by Nancy N (new)

    Nancy N I'm thinking this is just an initiative to get you reading more over the summer and doesn't have an actual start/end date like the yearly challenge. I'm starting this weekend and trying to finish by Labor Day Weekend, aka the "summer season". Just looking forward to reading more in general. :)


    message 45: by Nancy N (new)

    Nancy N Michele wrote: "I've only decided on two. One I am currently reading for Non-Fiction published in this year is : [book:The Map of Knowledge: How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found - A History in Seven Cities|4179..."

    Circe was amazing. Totally not my usual type of reading and I couldn't put it down. Enjoy!


    message 46: by Daph (new)

    Daph L My group here on Goodreads is tackling the challenge head-on. Come on over and join in the fun!
    https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


    message 47: by Chicarita (new)

    Chicarita Count me in! Sounds like fun. I'm going to play it by ear and will probably pick from both lists.


    message 48: by Valerie (new)

    Valerie I'm in. Just finished to the Popsugar 2019 Reading challenge and this one sounds fun. Not so intense.


    message 49: by Susan (last edited Jul 08, 2019 08:26AM) (new)

    Susan Wonderful challenge. Looking forward to this I will add as I read
    1. Armchair traveler - Norfolk England The Outcast Dead by Graham McNeill
    2. New Faces Thin Air (Jessica Shaw #1) by Lisa Gray


    message 50: by Karen (new)

    Karen Katherine wrote: "The PDF download is working well now. I've just completed my Goodreads Challenge for the year today- 50 of 50 books. I wanted to aim for a lower goal than previous years as life gets in the way but..."

    Wow! That is awesome! Congrats!


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