There is nothing more refreshing than opening a new book and going on a journey with the characters. Or picking up an old book, like visiting an old friend that you haven’t seen in a while. This is especially true today as we find ourselves in the midst of a pandemic. So what’s better than a reading challenge to make this seemingly never-ending quarantine more pleasant?

What’s better than a reading challenge?

In 2019, we launched our first-ever global Reading Challenge. You, our dear readers, picked the books that we proposed to our audience of millions. This year we are pleased to announce we are repeating last year’s experience after your enthusiastic participation. What better time than now to relaunch this fun initiative?

How this reading challenge works:

You nominate the books and tell your friends and families to do the same.

We will publish the final list of books and then we’ll start reading together. You do not have to read all the books on the list. And you may read other books that didn’t make the list. While you do, you get to talk about the books with everyone at The Tempest and our audience.

Without further ado, here is the form for you to submit the book nominations.

We at The Tempest are constantly striving to provide better representation for underrepresented groups, and that is reflected even in this project. And there are some new categories, to spice things up a bit! Remember, you don’t necessarily have to nominate one (or more!) book for each category, you can skip if you do not have any recommendations.

This year’s categories are:

  • A book on disability or written by a person with disabilities
  • A book written by a woman of color
  • A book with an LGBTQIA+ main character
  • An ‘own voices’ book
  • A book based on true events
  • A self-help book
  • A book on careers
  • A book from a new author
(Pssst… head on over to our Instagram for a cute printable to keep track of your reading challenge.)

The last category, in particular, we added because we want to help new authors promote their debut books. Thousands of book tours and launch events have been canceled due to the pandemic, so we are going to give them the push they deserve. If you know of any rising authors who could use the promotion, refer them to us, we’re here to help!

All the more reasons to join…

In other words, our Reading Challenge this year is going to be bigger and better. We will host virtual events and live Q&A sessions with authors and bloggers to, giving you the opportunity to interact with your favorite authors.

As last year, we encourage you to share on social media what you are reading using the hashtag #TheTempestReadingChallenge and to invite your friends to participate.

Show us what you’re reading and what you’re feeling. Send us your favorite quotes, share pictures of the books and videos of you talking about them, and you’ll be reposted on our official social media channels.

And join our Goodreads group if you want to participate in deep discussions about the novels. You are welcome to send us pitches of your book reviews if you want to be published on The Tempest website. Email me at with “READING CHALLENGE BOOK REVIEW” in the subject.

Let’s go on an adventure. Stories will keep us together (and sane!) even if we are apart.

You have until April 30 to nominate books.

  • With a degree in Communications and Media, an insatiable passion for humanities, social justice, and anything involving dragons, Federica is your fandom resident expert. She is a certified multitasker and professional workaholic who is proud to serve as Editor-in-Chief at The Tempest. Her biggest challenge in life is to smash the hetero-normative patriarchy while perpetually running around in seven-inch heels.