Hello fellow booklovers!
February is coming up, and with it, Valentine’s Day. Some love it, some hate it, and some switch back and forth depending on their relationship status.
But this isn’t about Valentine’s Day. This is about our love for books and other things. This is the “Booklover Challenge!” A challenge split into three parts: The Booklover Challenge–or which books we read. The Butterfly Challenge–or how we read those books. And the Rainbow Challenge–or how we spread love during the month.
There’s a Prezi below to explain the whole thing, or, if you don’t like Prezis, then everything is explained beneath the Prezi.
The #BookloverChallenge is broken into three levels, plus a bonus level. To consider the challenge completed, all you need to do is read 3 books during February. Easy, right? If you’re going to read more, you can see how many categories from the bonus level you can check off.
Level 1 – Self Love
“Self-love is the source of all other loves.”
Read a book to make you happy. Any book, so long as you choose it for the purpose of feeling happy.
Level 2 – Love for family & friends
“Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family.”
Choose ONE of the following options:
- Read a book written by a family member or friend.
- Read a book gifted to you by a family member or friend.
- Read a book borrowed from a family member or friend.
- Read a book recommended by a family member or friend.
- Read a book focused on a family relationship.
- Read a book focused on a friendship.
level 3 – love for humanity & strangers
“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t met yet.”
–William Butler Yeats
“I want you to recognize that your voice matters.”
Choose ONE of the following options:
- Read an #OwnVoices work with a main character who has a disability.
- Read an #OwnVoices work with a POC main character.
- Read an #OwnVoices work set in a nonfictional culture other than your own.
- Read an #OwnVoices work with a main character in the queer community.
- Read a biography, autobiography, or memoir.
- Read a book by an independent/self-published author.
- Read a “banned” book.
bonus level – other loves of the bookish world
Choose as many categories as you wish. The same book may be counted across multiple categories.
“Everything I learned I learned from the movies.”
1. Dinner and a Movie – Read a book that has been adapted into a movie.
2. Netflix and Chill – Read a book that has its own television series.
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”
1. Can’t Buy Me Love – Read a book you did not buy.
2. Love is a Battlefield – Read a book with war as part of the setting.
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
-Ursula K. Le Guin
1. If you love something, let it go – Read a book you have lent to someone but not read yourself.
2. There and Back Again – Read a book you have taken on vacation, but did not read.
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
1. Puppy Love – Reread a book you loved when you were younger.
2. Plenty of other Fish in the Sea – Read something a friend DNFed.
“I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.”
-Louisa May Alcott
1. Not my usual cup of tea – Read a book outside your typical genres.
2. Buy you a drink? – Read a book with someone on the cover you could, potentially, be physically attracted to.
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
-Charles M. Schulz
1. Apple of my Eye – Read a book with a beautiful cover.
2. Shortest Way to a Man’s Heart – Read a short book (less than 300 pages).
“I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.”
1. Happily Single – Read a standalone book.
2. True Love is Worth the Wait – Read a recent release for a series you started.
These challenges may be done individually, or grouped together. Complete four of the six to consider the challenge passed.
- Read a book cover to cover, but only when the sun is down.
- Read a book cover to cover, but only when you’re outside.
- Read a book in one sitting–literally. (Okay, you can get up and go to the bathroom, but that’s it.)
- Read a book along with a buddy.
- Read a book cover to cover, but never while you’re at home.
- Read an entire book out loud.
***You can do all six of these at once and count it. Just read a book at night, away from home, outside, with a friend, out loud, in one sitting.
These six challenges are to encourage you to do some things you may not regularly do. Do them safely and reasonably, and in a way you are fairly comfortable with. The hope is that this will make your February a happier month.
- Hug someone–someone you don’t regularly hug, but who needs it.
- Write a love letter. This can be romantic or not–it could even be more like a fan letter. Paper letters are preferable to emails.
- Apologize. Sometimes people make mistakes. Don’t let one ruin something beautiful. An alternative challenge is to forgive someone.
- Go on a mile walk. No headphones or other distractions. Just enjoy the world around you.
- Call an old friend. See how they’re doing. Reminisce. Family members also count, if you haven’t spoken too recently.
- Give someone your undivided attention for 1 hour. No phones, computers, books, etc.
There’s nothing at stake here–no prize or anything. This is all just for fun, and is meant to be low-stress. These three challenges are meant to be done all together, but you can pick and choose which you would like to participate in. If you want some rules, here they are:
- If you are going to participate, please help spread the word, and be sure to link back here with any posts you make about the challenge.
- All books must be finished after Feb. 1 and before March 1.
- Books may be counted between categories (e.g. a book you’re counting for “Food Lover” could also be counted towards “Film Lover.”)
- Books may not be counted across levels. (e.g. the book you read to complete Level 1 cannot also complete Level 2, even if it was a gift from a family member.)
- Rainbow and Butterfly challenges should be completed during February as well.
- If you’re comfortable with doing so, please share any experiences you have with the Rainbow and Butterfly challenges on your blog.
- Have fun, be happy, and be safe!
That’s it! No points,
winners, or losers. Everyone’s a winner. Book lovers loving their books and other good things. 🙂
Graphics can be found here for use on your own blogs, if you wish.
For anyone who is interested, ARC copies for my third novel, Happily, will be going out in February, in anticipation of its publication on April 3. If you’d like an e-ARC, just let me know, and I’ll be happy to hook you up with one! It could potentially fulfill any of the first three levels of this challenge, or quite a few categories in the bonus level–just sayin’. 😉