TCL’s 2023 Reading Challenge Participation List!

They include:

2023 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

2023 New Release Reading Challenge

2023 What’s In a Name Challenge (NEW)


I’ll also be participating in the usual memes – either on a regular basis, or whenever I’m inspired. These include as #6Degrees of Separation, Top Ten Tuesday, Top Five Tuesday, Book Blogger Hop, The Discussion Challenge, Let’s Talk Bookish, Tell Me About it Tuesday, Shelf Control, as many of the Classics Club Spins as I can, 20 Books of Summer, and any others I run across that strike my fancy and/or serendipity allowing (Big Summer Books, Novella November, August’s Women in Translation, and Dean Street December). Obviously, I’ll still be running my #ThrowbackThursday Link Party every month as well! Finally, you never know when I’ll decide to throw in a good #SomethingDifferent post (probably not more of my poetry, though).

Here’s more information about the challenges I’m joining for 2023.

Sign Up to Join the 2023 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge Here!

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About the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge:

In 2023 this Reading Challenge will continue to be hosted by Marg at The Intrepid Reader. Marg actually hosted the challenge before passing the baton to Amy at Passages to the Past, and now she’s passing it back to her.

The History behind the Reading Challenge:

The Historical Fiction Reading Challenge has been around for many years in one form or another. Marg believes that the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge started at a blog called Reading, Writing and Ranting since at least 2008 before it was taken over by The Royal Reviews which is when Marg started participating! In 2011, Marg started co-hosting at Historical Tapestry until Amy from Passages to the Past took over in 2015 and has been doing a stellar job ever since.

Reading Challenge details:

Each month, a new post dedicated to the HF Challenge will be created where you can add the links for the books you have read. To participate, you only have to follow the rules:

Everyone can participate! If you don’t have a blog you can post a link to your review if it’s posted on Goodreads, Facebook, or Amazon, or you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish.

Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please use the direct URL that will guide us directly to your review)

Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, History/Non-Fiction, etc.)

During the following 12 months you can choose one of the different reading levels:

  • 20th Century Reader – 2 books
  • Victorian Reader – 5 books
  • Renaissance Reader – 10 books
  • Medieval – 15 books
  • Ancient History – 25 books
  • Prehistoric – 50+ books

The linkup page to join this challenge is here, but you don’t have to have a post about it, if you don’t want. You can just sign up with your general blog as well!

Don’t forget to use the challenge hashtag #histficreadingchallenge, and grab your challenge badge (from above).

I didn’t make it to Prehistoric in 2022, but I came close with 47 HF books. I think I’ll stick to Ancient History again for the coming year!

2023 New Release Challenge


The 2023 New Release Challenge is a year-long challenge in which we aim to read books released in 2023. As in years past, this is hosted by Bookworm Brandee and Linda Tiliagren @ (Un)Conventional Book Worms.

The rules for the 2023 New Release Challenge are simple:

  • Books have to be released and reviewed in 2023.
  • Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2023 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
  • The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.
  • The New Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2023, and sign-ups are open until September 1st 2023.
  • You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!
  • If you want to spread the love, please use #2023NewReleaseChallenge on Twitter and Instagram!

There are five levels  in the 2023 New Release Challenge:

  1. 1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie
  2. 31-60 books per year – New Release Pro
  3. 61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran
  4. 101-200 books per year – New Release Enthusiast
  5. 200+ books per year – New Release Obsessed

To sign up, please link your sign-up post in the linky from their webpage, and also make sure you use the quarterly linky for your reviews. You can choose if you want to do monthly or quarterly challenge updates on your blog, but you will have the possibility to link up each quarter with your reviews.

In 2022 I read a whopping 60 New Releases! That got me to only one book short of becoming an Veteran. Again, I’m not sure if I can top that this coming year, so I’ll be happy if I can stay within the Pro level by the end of 2023.

2023 What’s in a Name reading challenge! (NEW)


Welcome to the 16th annual What’s in a Name reading challenge!

In years past, this challenge was hosted by Charlie at The Worm Hole. Andrea @ Carolina Book Nook took over in 2019 and will host again this year! Here are the rules:

  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023. You can sign up any time, but only count books that you read between those dates.
  • Read a book in any format (hard copy, ebook, audio) with a title that fits into each category.
  • Don’t use the same book for more than one category. Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed, it’s encouraged! You can choose your books as you go or make a list ahead of time.

Sign up using the Mr Linky here with a link to your WIAN challenge page/post, not your main blog URL. Feel free to save and use the graphic above! Also, link back to this sign-up page in your challenge post so others can join too.

The categories below are links to each category sign up link. Add your book review for each category so we can see what you’ve read and discover ideas as needed.

In 2023, choose 6 books that have titles that contain (Click on the links for more examples and info):

This is a new one for me, so I have no idea how good or bad I’ll be with this one. That said, I already have one ARC that qualifies for the Punctuation category, and I am just about to finish a book that works for Q,X,Z. I also already have an ARC for the Chess Piece category. There’s also another book on my TBR list that might qualify for either the 7 Deadly Sins or the Celebration category. Knowing I have this somewhat head start, I decided to see if I can read books that fit all six categories! Wish me luck!

#LetsDiscuss2023 Discussion Challenge


Here’s All You Have to Do:

  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below. There’s no need to say what your discussion posts will be about–just tell us you’re joining and let us know your goal. (Can be in an update post or a post with other challenges–you’re not required to make a completely separate sign-up post.)
  • Please link back to both challenge hosts and include the challenge button in your sign-up posts. Feel free to also link back in your actual discussions (we appreciate it, so more people can find us!), but that’s not required.
  • The challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2023. Sign-ups will remain open through December 28th, 2023. So, you can basically sign up all year long. Come join us!
  • Share it! The more people we get to participate in this, the more awesome discussions we can all be a part of and the more fun it will be! So, invite your friends to join us!
  • On the 1st of every month, a link-up will go up on both Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight where you’ll leave your links for that month’s discussions. Every month, I’ll update the Discussion Challenge widget in the sidebar with the new post–so you’ll always know where to find the latest link-up!
  • There will also be a big yearly giveaway–multiple winners for multiple things!–so do keep entering and checking back!
  • Use the hashtag #LetsDiscuss2023 to share your progress and connect with other participants on Twitter.
  • Have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments.

The Levels:

1-10 – Discussion Dabbler
11-20 – Creative Conversationalist
21-30 – Chatty Kathy
31-40 – Terrifically Talkative
41+ – Gift of the Gab

Last year, I succeeded in writing 19 discussion posts, and I even won a book through their giveaway!

I’m going to continue to try to write at least ONE discussion post a month during 2023 (remaining at the Creative Conversationalist level). It helps that I get topic ideas from Book Blogger Hop, Tell Me Something Tuesday, and Lets Talk Bookish! Plus, if I post it on a Sunday, then I can call the post #DiscussionSunday, with my own personal graphic (updated for the new year)!

Below find graphics for more of the memes/lists in which I’ll participate like my own Throwback Thursday, #6Degress of Separation, and the Classics Club Spins!

So, what about you? Are you joining in on any of the many, Many, MANY reading challenges for 2023?

Will you be doing any other non-review posts on a regular or semi-regular basis?

14 thoughts on “TCL’s 2023 Reading Challenge Participation List!

  1. Sounds like you have a lot of fun ahead! I’m always tempted by the historical fiction challenge, but I have too many challenges on the go already. Hope 2023 is filled with great books… and other stuff!

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    1. These are easy for me to keep up with, actually. I don’t go out of my way to hunt down and get books that will fit these challenges; they’re books that I’m going to read anyway, and they happen to fit the challenges.


  2. There are so many wonderful reading challenges out there, surely something for everyone. Good luck on your challenges this year and Happy New Year!

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  3. What’s in a Name sounds interesting–I’ll see what you do with it and maybe next year. I haven’t selected all of mine, but definitely the Japanese Lit Challenge–winter is Japanese lit now for me. Nonfiction November, Novellas in Nov and if Dean Street December become an annual–those are for sure.

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