Crazy Fun Reading Goals for 2022

Yes, being stuck in a pandemic for two years sucks. During the pandemic and other personal life stressful events, my reading has ground to a halt. Reading goals? Seriously, I’d like to get through one book in less than six months. Some of you may have read more (a lot more) than usual. Some of you may be like me. Stuck. So I hoped that culling some of the crazy fun reading goals across the Net would lift me (us) out of the swamp of no reading.

Photograph of a girl outside holding a book as if to read but a blindfold covers her eyes. She may need some crazy fun reading goals

Read Only Prize-Winning Fiction

How many major literary awards are there? Let’s see. There’s the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Pulitzer Prize, the Booker Prize, the John Newberry Medal, the Edgar Awards, the Nebula Award… and I’ve barely touched the list of major awards.

While I’m certain every prize-winning book is worthy of its prize, I’m not certain they would all help us regain our pleasure in reading. Some (many?) might help us sleep better, so there’s that.

Read the Dictionary

Photograph of a young girl lying on a sofa, reading the dictionary. Would this be a crazy fun reading goal for you?

I know there are people who say they have read the dictionary cover-to-cover. How do you think they did it? Did they read it straight through A to Z or did they read a page a day or read an entry or two a day?

Do you think you could read the dictionary in a year’s time?

Read in a Different Location Every Day

If you have enough money and leisure time, this could be fun for city dwellers. If you’re a rural dweller, I suppose you might need a picnic basket and blanket and perhaps alternate methods of transportation. But it’s doable. 

You can also take this one up a notch. Make the challenge to read in a different city every day. For some, that would be a drive down the coast or certain highways. For others, it might involve a lot of travel. Are you up for it?

Read Every L. Ron Hubbard book

Mr. Hubbard holds the Guinness World record of most published works. He has a whopping 1,084 published works.

Apologies to any Hubbard fans out there, but even on my best reading day I haven’t been able to get through a single one of his books.

Read a Book From Every Country

Photograph of a woman in a hijab and a man in a cap and middle-eastern style clothes, reading with three girls in hijab in a desert setting.

This would be fun and enlightening, I think. I wonder how many countries’ books are in the average metropolitan library? There are tiny countries from which it might be difficult to buy any books. There are other countries that may not have the translation you need. Not to mention that shipping and other charges might get expensive.

But it would be fun to try, wouldn’t it?

Read Every Book on Your TBR List

I don’t know about you, but this would be a LOT of books for me. One day I will do this. Really. How about you?

Read 5 Books from Each Major Genre

To simply figure out what the major genres are will take some time. A quick Google search came up with different sites claiming there are from five to eighteen different major genres.

This might not be so crazy. Even if we decide that there are 18 different genres, that would only be ninety books for the year. Though some genres may be harder to get through than others. 

Read a Page a Day

This isn’t a goal for someone who wants to read a lot during the year. But it might be a goal for someone who’s having a hard time getting through any books. It might be a fantastic challenge for someone who reads fast. Reading a page a day may give you a better appreciation of the story.

Crazy Fun Reading Goals

Photograph of a young boy holding an open book on his lap, his head thrown back and mouth open  in a big laugh. He's got a crazy fun reading goal

Reading goals are great. For some of us, during this pandemic, reading goals are undoable. I hope that this post has helped readers struck down by pandemic, or other, reading inhibitions. It has inspired me to re-read an old favorite at a minimum of a page-a-day. Perhaps that will re-energize my reading habits. If you need inspiration for what to read next, check out my First Line Friday posts.

Do you have reading goals? Do you reach them?

What is the craziest or the most fun reading goal you’ve ever had?

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A Science Fiction First Lines Friday

First Line Friday is a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online books. Today’s post features Science Fiction first lines. (And maybe a fantasy or two.) Are you hooked?


The cover for Joseph Nassise's book Eyes to See have a young man standing in an alley between tow brick buildings. He's got an electric blue haze around him and his entire eyes are that same blue. This SF & F First line is arresting.

I gave up my eyes in order to see more clearly.

 Eyes to See
(Jeremiah Hunt Book 1)
by Joseph Nassise

Cover image of Lightning Game is of a man looking over his shoulder and hovering in the air behind him is a larger than life face of a young blonde woman.

Rubin Campo stood in front of the small cabin made of mostly broken lumber his brothers and father had dragged or cut from the trees in the forest and pieced together. 

Lightning Game (A GhostWalker Novel Book 17) by Christine Feehan

Cover for the Eye of Elektron has a red-headed woman in the center wearing a off the shoulder metalic bodice and chain mail-like skirt, she has something in her hand that is causing swirls of yellow and red

Dawn knew death awaited her at the hour’s end. 

The Eye of Electron (The Sumrectian Series, Book 1)
by Leigh G. Wynn

Jane strained against the harness as the capsule shuddered around her, craning her neck for a better view of the ship they were hurtling toward. 

Fluency (Confluence Book 1) by Jennifer Foehner Wells

There were quite a few interesting things about Johnnie: replacing his left had was a golden claw, he had no scent detectable to any creature on Earth, and he was the most infamous mercenary in two out of three Confederate states.

Beyond the Last War: The Wayward Mercenary by Claude McKenna

No one could have possibly known what was truly in the container.

Europa Contagion
by Nicholas Thorp

Your name is Emma.”

Emma wiped the tears from her eyes.

Blue are the Hills by Lilly Piper

Charlotte knocked over her plastic model solar system toy when she heard her parents fighting again.

Brazen Planet (Tears of Venus) by Gayle Katz

I knew I was different the moment I awoke…or came online, as the Masters call it. 

Omega Force: Revolution (OF9) by Joshua Dalzelle

Clarification

There are no affiliate links in this post. I don’t make a cent off of the books listed on this page. Usually these titles are pulled at random. They are here for your enjoyment. And to entice you to buy more books.

Do You Want to Read More Science Fiction First Lines?

Did you enjoy this list of science fiction first lines? Check out previous First Line Friday posts. You’ll put an enormous smile on my face if you tell me in the comments below— Which ones spoke to you? Did you buy it?

Holiday Stories Earn a Special Place on Your Bookshelves

No, it’s not a first Friday. But there’s more to the holidays than A Christmas Story or ‘Twas the Night before Christmas. Some stories cross all the lines no matter the plot, no matter the holiday. Holiday stories earn a special place on your bookshelves. Hopefully, in this list there are first lines from old favorites as well as new and different stories for you to explore.


Image of the cover of Night of the Moon is a colorful drawing of a girl looking up at the moon. It's one of the holiday stories you might like on your bookshelf.

It was bedtime and Yasmine waited for her mom to read her a story as she did every night. But this night was different.

Night of the Moon A Muslim Holiday Story
Hena Khan (Author), Julie Paschkis (Illustrator)

Old Bear awoke from his winter sleep. He poked his nose outside of his den.

Hanukkah Bear,
Eric A. Kimmel (Author), Mike Wohnoutka (Illustrator)

“Really. It’s fine,  honey. You couldn’t have predicted a bird bombing as soon as you stepped out of the house….”

Frisky Connections: A steamy, modern dating, Hannukah,
romcom novelette. (The Frisky Bean) Michelle Mars

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies.

The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry

The house is called Enysyule. 

Enysyle. The word lingers on my lips like honey from a spoon.

The Cat of Yule Cottage:
A Magical Tale of Romance, Christmas and Cats, Lili Hayward

It was biting cold, the sort of cold that burns into your bones. It was snowing and so dark that evening before Christmas. 

The Little Match Girl, Hans Christian Andersen

Santa Claus lives in the Laughing Valley, where stands the enormous, meandering aimlessly palace in which his toys are made. 

A Kidnapped Santa Claus, L. Frank Baum

And look at this! A storm system is making its way across the country, and it will bring heavy snow to the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes before wreaking havoc on the East Coast.

The Secret of Snow, Viola Shipman

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house,

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

The Night Before Christmas,
Clement C. Moore (Author) and Charles Santore (Illustrator)

Clarification

There are no affiliate links in this post. I don’t make a cent off of the books listed on this page. Usually these titles are pulled at random. They are here for your enjoyment. And to entice you to buy more books.

If you liked those first lines, I hope you’ll love these:

The giant bronze angel of death loomed over Miranda Clarke’s shoulder.

My Soul to Keep, Book One in the Fellowship Dystopia series by Lynette M. Burrows

Fellowship.

Do You Want to Read More?

Did you enjoy this list? Check out previous First Line Fridays. You’ll put another enormous smile on my face if you tell me in the comments below— Which ones spoke to you? Did you buy it?

The Perfect Gift for Your Bookworm

It’s almost time but you still haven’t found the non-book perfect gift for your bookworm. Have no fear, I’ve found a few gems that will light up the most serious book nerd’s eyes. There are no affiliate links here. I get nothing no matter what you click, except for the joy of being able to help you. So click on the picture of the item you think will bring your reader friend you and be whisked to the online store page where you can buy it. 

Image is of a hard cover book with a plain beige cover. A silken rope is tied around it with a bow on top. Really the perfect gift for your bookworm is a book.

Your Reader’s Mug

I have never seen a more perfect gift for readers of this blog. Heck, I think Santa might bring me one of these first lines mugs. I’m not sure I’d fill it with coffee, because I’d spill it trying to read all the first lines.

Image of a coffee cup with first lines from books on it, the perfect gift for your bookworm

Fill a Reader’s Cup

Some like to sip coffee or tea while they read. Fill the tea drinking reader’s cup with something fun and flavorful. 

Photo of tea tins that look like books with tongue-in-cheek titles such as Peach and War a perfect gift for your bookworm

Others prefer something stronger but how boring to drink a beer or glass of wine. Give your book lovers a literary twist to their drinks.

The cover of the book Tequila Mockingbird, cocktails with a literary twist has a mockingbird perched on the rim  of a full martini glass. a book that is the perfect gift for your bookworm

Fill Your Bookworm’s Belly

Don’t forget to feed your reader friends. This cookbook offers a touch of the literary with each dish.

Image of the cover of book lovers cookbook--cook something from your favorite book

Your Book Lover’s New Favorite T

Available in Men and women’s sizes this book lover’s t-shirt comes in five different colors. 

Image of a t-shirt with the outline of a stack of books over the words get lit.

Keep your Bookworm Warm

This warm hoodie is sure to tickle the fancy of your most die hard bookworm friends. Get one in all five colors.

A hoodie with the words my weekend over a stack of books followed by the words is all booked.

Tote those Books

Believe me, a book nerd never has enough totes to carry books. And who wouldn’t love to carry a Kate Spade?

Image of a tote with a stack of colorful books on it.

Help Your Book Nerd 

Okay, I am a true book nerd and a writer and this appeals to me. If your book nerd is also a writer, this journal will be appreciated. 

Image of the cover of Book Marks, a reading tracker journal. Cartoon images of books sitting on and reading books

Don’t Forget Gift Cards

Find a local bookstore and buy a gift card for your bookish friends. Why would a reader want a gift card? Seriously? Have you ever met one that didn’t want need more books? Believe me, it will be their favorite gift.

Confession Time

Okay. The gig is up. This is my Christmas list. These are things I would love to have. Me– Your book loving friend. I’m kidding- sort of.

Seriously, if I love these items, I’m sure the friends on your list will love them too.

Make Merry

No matter what holiday you’re celebrating, I hope this list helped give you find the perfect gift for your bookworm friend. And I send a wish for you to be healthy and safe and comfortable during this holiday season. 

Image Credit

First Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

A Touch of Vegas on First Line Friday

First Line Friday is a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. These entries are a sampling from the authors I met at the 20Books writers conference in Vegas. Do these first lines hook you into reading more?


This first line Friday Book cover for Selfsame shows the back of a female in a red cape standing on a rocky outcropping facing a distant castle-like building or city.

Aria dropped her spear on the grass and stepped into the water’s edge.

SelfsamE
Lower Earth Rising Book 1
Eden Wolfe

This first line Friday book cover the Princess of Shadows shows woman with long brown hair and a purple gown 3/4 turned toward a valley and toward a castle on a mountain top across the valley against a dark sky filled with lightening bolts

Air rushed into Lina’s lungs. Her eyes snapped open, but she saw only darkness.

Princess of Shadows:
The Princess and the Pea Retold (Fairy Tale Adventures)
A. G. Marshall

This first line Friday book cover for the Pulse with two men and a boy holding weapons and standing with their backs to the camera looking out of a cave-like place toward a city

The sunlight breaks through the blinds like a hot knife cutting through a stick of butter.

The Pulse
Greenlight Boys Book 1
Daniel MacLagan

In the top third of this first line Friday book cover for The Lost Yearsis a round clock shape photograph of a city inside a frame that looks like gears. The clock hands shows four o'clock and  in the smaller portion of the photograph the city is in ruins

A small, white corner protruded from the damp ground, barely waving in the gentle breeze. 

The Lost Years:
The Palumbra Chronicles: Book One
L. D. Fairchild 

This first line Friday book cover for Project Dandelion has a woman wearing a gas mask with a worn flag behind her.

Katrina wanted to scream. Instead she rolled onto her belly and stretched her arms underneath the thin pillow.

Project Dandelion
Project Dandelion Book 1
Heather Carson

This first line Friday book cover for Lies the Guardians tell has a woman with long brown hair and her arms crossed on the top half. On the bottom half is a dome over a city

“Is there a problem, Sierra?”

Claudia loomed over Sierra’s desk, a scowl on her face, the emerald-tree orb on the head of her staff pulsing in unison with the blue luminescence that lit the walls of the classroom.

Lies The Guardians Tell
Lies of The Guardians Book 1
Herman Steuernagel

This first line Friday book cover for Upload has a textured background in a wine red color with an eye in the center. In front of the eye are a pair of crossed swords.

Jett is pure adrenaline. Even with a shackle on her right ankle, she can’t stand still, shifting weight from one foot to the other.

Upload
The Daughter of Rebellion
J Lynn Hicks

Clarification

Even though these are authors I met at the conference in Vegas, there are no affiliate links in this post. I don’t make a cent off of the books listed on this page. These titles are here for your enjoyment. And to entice you to buy more books. Buy books from Indie authors like these and you make a direct difference in that author’s life. Leave a review and you help the author and any reader looking for a similar book.

Do You Want to Read More?

Did you enjoy a touch of Vegas on First Line Friday? Check out previous First Line Fridays. You’ll put another enormous smile on my face if you tell me in the comments below— Which ones spoke to you? Did you buy it?